Monday, December 29, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sí pues vamos a conversar esta navidad! We have everything planned out
to use a computer in the home of a miembro. There are 4 hermanas that
will be having Christmas dinner with this family so I am not entirely sure
what time...but if possible probably Christmas day is the best for me...if not..
let me know and I will work on something else. But if you assign me a time
I can work with that too;) SOOOOO excited to see your beautiful faces in Skype.
This week was the last week of the cambio. It is a time to reflect on what went well this cambia
and what we need to work on the next cambio. I love that in the mission we are always reevaluated
our progress and goals. There is always something we can work on.
I am staying in my sector. I will be a hermana trainer again..and my comp nueva is a very
cute hermanita se llama Hna Henry. The first time I will have to have a compañera gringita
en el campo. She is from California and I am sooo excited to serve with her. We have a lot
to do in this sector. Vivaceta es la máximo. We have tons of support from the ward which has
been a great blessing.
One thing that I have been thinking a lot about is the many ways we do missionary work.
For example this last cambio, nobody was baptized in our ward. It would be easy to think
that this was a ¨failure¨but what I have learned is there are many ways to have success in a
cambio. And furthermore it is not our success but it is the spirit. Our job is to remain
worthy to have the companionship of the spirit, and in the end people have the opportunity to decide.
A couple experiences from this week.
We contacted a lady in the street who said she is atea...atheist. We asked her if she had
something happen in her life that basically shook her faith. She responded that there were
a lot of reasons..but we could pass by her house one day and maybe she would be there.
So of course we went. A miracle happened and she came out of her house and talked with us.
She told us about her experiences with missionaries, with churches, with God. It was super
interesting to listen to her. One thing that happened with missionaries in the past she said was
that the missionaries just talked and did not listen to her. And as soon as the missionaries
stopped talking they tried to push her to commit (missionaries from lots of different churches).
I learned a lot about the importance of being a good listener. Often it is more easy to enter
a home, give a spiritual lesson, and to leave, and then expect changes. But each person is
different, and at times we just need to listen.
I have been thinking a lot about this because in the mission I have had the opportunity to meet
a lot of people in really poor conditions-physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Sometimes in my
mind..I am wanting to teach a family ¨without¨any huge problems. That would not have to give up
addictions, etc. to progress in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I read a talk in the Liahona this week
where Elder Uchdorf stated that if Christ was living in the earth again He would be found amoung
the meek, humble, and poor in heart. This was a answer to my prayers that it is not up to me to decide
who would best fit to progress in the gospel of Christ, but I need to seek out those who need this
message of hope, love, and purpose.
I know that lives change when we accept the Atonement of Christ more into our lives. We accept that
we are not perfect, that we need help, and that even when we try with all our might to do what is right
we can confide in Christ to make up the difference.
Christ was born in lowly circumstances. Lived a humble life. And in the end of His mortal life,
He was still focused in the needs of others. I know Christ lived and lives. That He already suffered
for all that I will do in this life. And that this gift, the greatest gift of this season, is the mercy He offers
us to return with Him to live with our Heavenly Father.
I love you guys so much
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Hope you guys passed Thanksgiving wonderfully with mucha comida....I was able to eat pavo (turkey) this week for the first time in the mission which was awesome that it happened the week of thanksgiving.
en serio I am soo sorry my spanglish is getting worse every week....
Oh there is a niño en my ward here who wanted me to write to you guys to tell you that he thinks we look like the creatures from Avitar jajajaja.
Update on the dog whistle...it works. It was the best thing ever. We passed by some dogs that we dont have the best relations with this week..and the sound that the whistle makes..causes them to run away. Thank you Presidente Videla for the gift! But we found out if the dog is old it does not affect them. We were in a house and my companion used it and the dog didnt react at all.. it´s old ears did not pick up the sounds oh well.
This last sunday...Una jovencita se llama Mitxi and I sung in the sacrament meeting. We sang the song, A Child´s Prayer..pero por supuesto en español.
We live right next door to the Hipodromo en Santiago (horse races)..and there was a huge race this week..fireworks and everything..whoot whoot. There is an investigador en our ward right now who is a jockey and races in the Hipodromo.
Awesome experience this week. We are teaching this jovencita se llama Berta. We had been teaching her mom (who is through o through evangelica) but in the end she stopped progressing and in the end we are now teaching her daughter. We introduced her to the Book of Mormon..and basically in 3 days she read up to 1 Nefi 10. This was the first time in my mission where someone has really ¨feasted on the words¨in the scriptures. She said she loved the vision of Lehi and felt like she was a part of this vision when she was reading it. Please keep her in your prayers!
We had another milagro/miracle this week. We are teaching a menos activo hombre and his wife. They just had their first baby and are super bueno. Are sacrament meeting is the last meeting of the 3 hour block. We had invited them to attend the church Saturday night and they said they would. During the last talk of the sacrament meeting...they walked in holding their baby! There is such a joy to see someone that was baptized years ago but has been inactivo for mucho tiempo to enter the chapel again. The ward was awesome to befriend them...always helps when a couple has a cute newborn too ;) If you can put M en your prayers too (the wife) the next step they need to take is matrimonio. I love the mission!!!!!! I love the opportunity to see people use their agency to make changes in their lives.
My comp and I have started studying Doctrina and Convenios. Read Section 6. Especially verses 14-15. 29-30.
I have been thinking a lot about what is my purpose as a missionary..what does Heavenly Father desire of me in my time in Chile.D and C 1:24....we are called as representatives of Christ..but still have weaknesses. With these weaknesses it forces us to trust more in Him...to Repent each day..and realize that the Atonement is a gift we need to utilize every day in our lives.
Christ lived and lives. He fulfilled His mission in the earth to carry about the plan of God our Father. He did it out of love and he was perfectly humilde en everything.
Con cariño y amor