|HUMP DAY!!! Half way mark|
|For our 9 month mark we took prego pictures and bought sushi to celebrate. SO good. :) We are both in the same group and completed 9mos together. so it was extra special.|
WE have officially completed HALF of the mission here in Chile and can I just say, TIME GOES BY SO FAST. The last month has flown by and the more that we keep going the faster it goes. But I am so grateful for the time that I have had, all that I have learned and all that I will learn in the next 9 months.
This week went by quickly as well. We are working and working, trying to be diligent and have fun at the same time. I love my companion, and we laugh a lot in the street and try to avoid all the sketchy humans who are stunned that two blonde people are walking down the road....
Friday was probably one of the most tiring-physically and spiritually- that I have had in the mission. It was a holiday and nobody was working, so we were hoping to find people in their houses, but literally EVERYONE slammed the door in our face, ALL of our appointments fell and by the timehit and we still had 30 minutes to contact people, I felt like I was going to die. I was so tired and cold and my body hurt and I was so done. But we said a prayer asking heavenly father to lead us to prepared people and help us to have the energy. And even though we didn´t find a golden investigator, we made it. And the next two days were incredible in comparison. The whole experience was an intense manifestation of the reality of 2 nephi 2 and how there really must be an opposite to everything. I know that we have hard days for a reason. Heavenly father really wants us to trust in him and he will help us to recognize the good and grow from every experience.
Their are still so many less actives here, and some people have told us not to visit them anymore, but we have been able to miraculously find a few people that really might be able to progress, so if you could throw in a prayer for them and for all the people here and that we can find those that are prepared, that would be incredible. :)
I really love you all so much. I know that this church is true, and even though it´s not always easy, it is so worth it and I am so grateful to have this experience. I´m excited to talk to you all on SUNDAY!!!!! :) wooohoo!
Have the BEST week.
ALL MY LOVE,
This week was super fast....and slow...but really time is passing so fast and I can´t believe it´s almost MAY. What. Happy birthdy Kenna! (they don´t celebrate cinco de mayo here. Nor in mexico found out. But I will be eating mexican to celebrate. don´t worry.) haha
Winter is officially coming here in the lovely country of Chile. So while you are all enjoying some extra rays of sun, I will be enjoy more rain. There isn´t really that crisp breaze and changing leave colors nor snow here. So its just getting a lot colder and raining a lot more. Yaaaaaaay. But it´s fine. We survive. I have rain boots and an unmbrella. Lots more door knocking yesterday and apart from entertaining ourselves with spanglish 20' questions in the rain, we´ve been finding various people and hoping and praying that they will progress. :)
We visited a VERY less active family this week and saw some miracles. They haven´t been to churh in a long time, but always recieve the missionaries. So we were on the brink of stopping visiting them becuase they wouldn´t progress. But his brother from the other ward in pto varas, who is active with his family, wanted to visit him with us. So we had a lesson with his brother and sister in law and their family. And we had a pretty intense lesson (charla franca..) talking about what is really stopping them from going to church and a testimony of his brother. We tried to just tell them how much we love them and how much the sacrement is going to help them in their lives to be parents and help their children grow and learn with the spirit. They told us they would go, but I still doubted a little, as they had sid the same things earlier. We told them we were going to pick them up on the way to church, just to make sure. On sunday morning, we were walking to church and had forgotten to stop by their house. So we ran back trying to find thier street. Both of us are pretty new to the area, and they just barely moved. So we were running around trying to find it, already late and ended up not being able to find there house. So we just went to church, without and investigater or less active and LATE on top of it all. But when we entered the chapel, I sat down a little stressed and tired. And i looked over and the entire family was sitting there. They came!!!!!! I was serously in shock. And another person who I was sure wouldn´t come also came. And stayed all 3 hours. I was humbled to realize that god really works in mysterious ways. Even though there wasn´t a single investigator in the chapel, Heavenly father was still working to touch the hearts of the people here and bring to pass the work of salvation here in Pto. Varas.
God is present. He is here and loves us and works through us in mysterious ways. LOOK for them. Miracles are there. I love you all so much and wish you the best this week!!!