National Proud to be Chilean Day

Hi friends! Today is 18 de Septiembre, and you know what that means? It smells like smoke. Everywhere. All day. You know why? Because everyone is having an asado. They take a metal oil barrel and they cut it in half and put a fire in it and stick grill rack on top of it. Basically Chilean BBQ, but without the sauce. And, tonight everyone will be getting very very drunk. So we will be in our casita early, no se precupen [don’t worry]. When we had intercambios, it took two hours to find a colectivo [bus] to go back to our sector from the center because everyone from the little pueblos comes to buy food. I saw someone leave the grocery store with a cart full of just beer. Classy. The part I really love is that they have so many traditions. The national dance is the Cueca. it’s the story of how a country boy wins over a girl, you should look it up. My favorite part is the dresses. So tempted to buy one! But I don’t know what I would do with it for the rest of my life. We saw a parade of little girls in their cueca dresses and little boys in their waso clothes with a pancho and cowboy hat and spurs. So cute! And every house has a flag. I mean every house. We put one up in the window so the neighbors wouldn’t hate us. The cueca music has this annoying whistling-barking thing that makes me want to scream. I will not be sad when September ends for that reason haha.

We had a branch 18 party and they did all the traditional games. They have this relay race thing where you have to carry an egg in a spoon and then drink water and then search for a coin in a pile of flour with your mouth. They made us do it and it was disgusting haha, in the end you have a big wad of dough in your moth from the flour and water.

We are teaching so many little girls right now! Constanza moved her baptism date, because her mom is worried about her staying active and wants her to go to church more before she gets baptized.

Such a miracle happened with Anais! We found just her Grandma at home and we were able to share with her and she didn’t understand why this church. We shared with her about the restoration and she agreed to pray to know if it was true. The next day she said she had prayed and she’s afraid to commit to the fact that she received an answer, but there’s a different light about her. She came with Anais and her other granddaughter to the branch activity and she was just so happy to be in such a positive environment where families were so good to each other.

There’s a different Anahis who has 5 sisters who are all members less actives, who really want to get baptized, and yesterday we were able to talk to her mom and they are really excited for her baptism on the 1st (2 days after her 9th birthday). They are so sweet it kills me.

Yesterday we decided to go to the campo again to visit the members there. We passed by a house where a member said inactives lived. We got there and they told us they’ve been a little distant from the churh but want to come back and were just praying for missionaries to come help them put goals. And we just so happened to go to the farthest corner of our sector to answer that prayer. Miracles!

I love you all! Hope you can all tune in to Womens’ Conference on Saturday!

Hermana Miller

Seen below: A random old man gave us aloe vera in a contact. Mate Mornings are the best mornings. And a bottle of needles we found on the side of the road #classy

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“I think we’ll get on quite well”

Well, this week was a doozy. On Wenesday, I had to jump on a bus for 6 hours to go to Viña and then we came back on Saturday. But we still had so many miracles!

Tuesday before we left, we had a lesson with Daniela, someone that we contacted on the street. We got there and she had read the pamphlet about temples and wanted to know what she had to do to have an eternal family. We taught her the Restoration and she had all the right questions! She wants to know who has the authority to act in the name of God. So cool! THEN we found Anaise who is a little girl that is SO ready to accept the gospel, she just needs someone to support her in her family. And she has a baptism date! She came with us to church yesterday and she is just so precious.

 

So my new companion is just the cutest little British nurse you’ve ever seen. We had to spend one day in the office doing her presentation for the leaders council. And I made us matching agendas. Companionship goals, am I right? This was my debut in her presentation:

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We stayed the night with the Goulds, they’re the housing coordinators of the mission. I felt like I had parents again, and it was lovely.

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Pancakes with Hermana Gould

The consejo de lideres was crazy good. Perks of the mission nurse as your comp: smart phone. And her phone has a wierd airbrush setting. But this is us in Viña contacting.

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I love you all and you should watch this video. I love it and you probably all saw it a long time ago, but that’s okay:)

Besitos,

Hermana Miller


https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/the-music-of-the-gospel

 

…. And some more photos for good measure

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Another One Bites the Dust

Well friends, it’s that time again… CAMBIOS! And I am staying here in the lovely Ovalle, but the beautiful Hna Lundgren is ditching me. She’s heading back to Valparaiso where she started her mission, but as an Hermana Leader, genial, right? And I just found out that my new companion is none other than the Hermana Rimmer! She’s the mission nurse and is from England and is just a lovely little human that has helped this girl out on several occasions. It’s going to be a party. We are going to get so lost in all the pueblos, but it will be a party.

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Graffiti for the win. It means “I invite you to smile, I’ll pay”. 

We spent another week of half time in the pension. Just to clarify, I’m fine, my companion is the gimpy one this time haha. We’ve basically accepted the fact that Hna Lundgren will be in pain no matter what, but we love people more than our beds (big step), so we’ve been leaving for about 3-4 hours every day and then we come home and use all the heat packs. BUT we got news from the area District Office that she’s going to get x rays and the whole nine yards.

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Elder Jensen went home this week, so naturally we had a party. And naturally we all took a self timer pic and my camera got bumped #typical

Also, ROSA’S SON SERGIO ACCEPTED A BAPTISM DATE!!! And CONSTANZA HAS A BAPTISM DATE! miracles are happening my friends. More details on them and their lives next week.

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And Hna Lundgren turned 20 yesterday!!! So we wore tiaras and Chilean aprons and made cinnamon rolls.

Love you all!
Hermana Miller

Muy Amable

Note to self: never pick up a pencil with a stiff back. 
 
We’ve been battling the back pain this week. But we will come out victorious! On Wednesday the mision nurse told us to take 4 days of full time rest in the pension. So I turned into quite the fixer upper this week. I fixed sinks clean all the floors, tried to kill several incredibly poisonous spiders, and made the worst oatmeal cookies I have ever tasted. 
 
BUT we still saw so many miracles. We were able to work with the branch missionaries to do splits. we visited an inactive family and found the lovely Constanza who is 10 and just a little girl of pure gold. She came to church on Sunday with her mom and little brother and she is so getting baptized. We have such nice members that brought us almuerzo during the week. We went to one almuerzo really close to our house and found new investigators there too. So many miracles! 
Some words from Presidente this week that made my little heart happy. I’ll let y’all translate.

Me gustaría compartir Helamán 10:4 
“Bienaventurado eres tú, hermana Miller, por las cosas que has hecho; porque he visto que has declarado infatigablemente a este pueblo la palabra que te he dado. Y no les has tenido miedo, ni te has afanado por tu propia vida, antes bien, has procurado mi voluntad y el cumplimiento de mis mandamientos.”

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Sneak peek of our house and hecka good pasta Hna Lundgren made!

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Our picnic from a couple P days ago. It just makes me laugh because they said they would bring a “little picnic”. Guess which part is ours.

Besitos,

Hermana Miller

Butterfly in the sky

You want to know my favorite part of this sector? when we’re walking down the side walk, there are flocks of butterflies that are fluttering all around us. I have never seen more butterflies in one place. They’reall just little orange and black guys. but it makes me feel like I’m walking in paradise.

This week our branch had a week of activities. Tuesday we had a Desserts night and about 50 people came! Wednesday we had a Movie night and we found an amazing referance for the Zone Leaders. Thursday was sports night, but the best was Friday: Talent Show. This little branch really brought out the big guns with there talents. Somebody invited thier cousin to perform with his new indie rock band. We had 20 non members in the activity! All the families of the band members came and we got their addresses to go visit them. So amazing! Every organization was required to do an act, so we represented the Obra Misional. Haha we did a “I hope they call me on a mision” rap. I’m sure several members recorded it, I’ll have to send it next week. And the family members of Rosa came to all of the activities. Her son Sergio is getting really excited to get more invovled. They didn’t come to church this week because they all slept in, but they promised it won’t happen again!
Hna Lundgren and I got really bored of just contacting, so we decided to do singing contacts. We just ask people if we can sing to them about Jesus. We sing a verse of Grand Eres Tu or Señor Te Necesito and then we just testify of the message of the song. I really love it because it’s fun but also because I feel the Spirit in every single contact and I know that they feel it too. Sometimes they just look at us weird, but I got over that 6 months ago.
We startedup English classes again and we keep on miraculously finding people to invite, and they show up! The embarasing part is when they correct my English #bilingualstrugle
Friday we went to a never touched kind of sketchy part of our sector in the morning (don’t worry with our mission leader) and Hna Lundgren did something to her shoulder when she bent down to pick up her pencil haha. Of all things, picking up her pencil?! She took all sorts of drugs but was still dying. Saturday night we went to a clinic with the Palmers and we still don’t really know what her deal is because we couldn’t understand them haha but we have other pills now that seem to help. When we went to leave we asked how much they said and they said it was free. Such a miracle! Normally for foreigners it would be at least $50 for just a consult.
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The zone in the Capilla Abierta Saturday. We have a pair of senior missionaries here in the north and I decided they need to be best friends with my parents one day. They’re the have the same ages (I don’t even know how to say the phrase correctly in English) as my parents and Elder Palmer grew up in Milo Idaho which apparently is close to Menan.
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That lovely little mountain of food is called Chorillana. It’s fries with cut up sausages and ground beef and mushrooms and onions on top. And because it’s Chilean, it has two olives and a cut up hard boiled egg in it. Every Chilean dish has the olives and egg. But all the olives here have seeds. And normally they put an only slightly cooked egg on top. This and all the soda consumption is why all Chileans have Diabetes. Any way the important part is the water fountain in the background. This is in the centro of ovalle. They have this huge fountain that’s programmed to lights and music. Really pretty right? Except for the music is awful. Like 70s music that was never popular anywhere for good reason.
That’s all folks.
Love you!
Hermana Miller
PS Here is my classic 9 months pic that I remembered to take just moments before going to bed. Disfruten. dscf4140.jpg

When life gives you lemons…

… Make lemon honey tea. because we’ve been taking turns having colds and a convert gave us a huge bag of lemons.

This week has been really great. On Wednesday we had Zone Conference and Hna Lundgren and I gave a training about being positive and have more effective planning and studies. We talked about the last talk from General Confernce by Elder Cook. It was really cool because Ovalle is so out of the way, it’s jut our little zone one on one with Presidente Diaz and the asistentes.
The best part of this week is that we were able to work like crazy with the members for Rosa and her baptism. She has so much love from this branch it makes my heart really happy. So big story of this week… Thursday we were dropping off Rosa after a Noche de Hogar and walking back home when we realized someone was following us. He walked up next to us and asked us for the hour. That’s a super typical way that people try to see what kind of phone you have before they rob you. But he just kept on walking and went really far off so I didn’t think much of it. We only had 10 more minutes of our day, so Hna Lundgren showed me where a house is before we had intercambios the next day. When we stopped to look at a address, the same guy came up to us and told us to give him our watches. I told him they weren’t worth anything and he told me it didn’t matter. And then I saw that he was holding a big kitchen knife. We gave him our watches and then he asked for our phone and money. Hna Lundgren lied and said we didn’t have any and he believed us. He told us to walk down the street and followed us with the knife. That’s when I started to freak out because I thought he was going to take us somewhere, but I saw the business of an investigator was still open so I went in there instead and  he already went running the other way. We’re fine. We called our leaders and they brought us a phone and consolation Oreos. It was a really powerful spiritual experience for me to learn how to have faith when it was so easy to have fear.
On Saturday, when Rosa got baptized, I just felt such an intense peace and I know the Lord was protecting us in that situation and I know that I only need to fear God and I’ll be fine. The sacrament is so sacred. I am so grateful for a forgiving Heavenly Father.
Love you all and enjoy the pics of our P day adventure!
Hermana Miller
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The Mom Questions

Every time I get to a new sector there a lots of mom questions and I figure the rest of you would like to know too, so here we go.

What’s your apartment like?
Well, we don’t have an apartment. We have a house. Not just a little house, a HUGE house (well on a Chilean skill anyway). It has a nice big kitchen and living room downstairs with a bathroom and upstairs there are 4 bedrooms and another bathroom. HUGE. And it takes a long time to clean it all. We have a little backyard and everything. I think next Pday I’m going to buy some flowers to plant in the front beds:) It gets really cold at night, but unlike the condos, the moment there’s sun, the whole thing heats up.
Does it have a heater?
No, indoor heating isn’t a thing here. They use gas space heaters. But we have a little electric guy we can use for 4 hours every day.
Do you have people you are teaching?
Yes! We have the lovely little Rosa who is 60 something and will be getting baptized this weekend! She is precious and really wants to get baptized on the 12th because it’s the birthday of her husband that passed away recently, but she need one more attendance, so we’re working on getting special permission. We are teaching another kid named Diego who has a super Evangelica mom, but he really wants t get baptized. We had an amazing lesson last week with this lady named Lorena. We shared the Restoración and asked her if she would pray to know if it was true and she said no because she already feels it with all of her heart that it’s true. She just needs to break up with her pareja and she’s getting baptized! We’ve been spending a lot of time cleaning up the sector and contacting. The people here have a lot of intellectual doubts and it’s really tripping me up. Yesterday we made contacts by singing hymns to people, it was pretty entertaining. They still told us no, but I know they felt the Spirit:)
Are the members good to you?
Yes, they are very good to us. They are helping out Rosa a lot. I still don’t have a mother figure in this sector, but I’ll find one soon:)
How is your companion?
Hermana Lundgren is amazing. She only has one cambio more than me in the mission and one cambio as Hermana Lider and this sector is HUGE. But she’s doing it all like such a boss.
I’m sorry that I still don’t know how to use these computers, so pictures aren’t a thing, except this one that Hna Palmer sent me from the Capilla Abierta we did on Saturday. You don’t have to tell me I look different, the Chile chin is coming in strong and I know it.
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Love you all!
Hermana Miller

Ovalle, Tierra Santa

SO It was a crazy week.

I guess a lot of people don’t really know what a Sister Training Leader is, so here’s a quick description: In the mission, we do intercambios to help out the missionaries, give training, verify how they’re doing, and give a report to President. The assistants do intercambios with the Zone leaders [Elders or dude missionaries], the zone leaders with the district leaders and the district leaders with their district. But what about the Hermanas? That’s where the Hermana Lideres come in. It’s like Zone leader, but for the Hermanas. We do intercambios with the Hermanas in our Zone or sometimes 2 zones to help them with personal problems, support them, correct behavior if necessary, verify how the sector is, planning, studies, all of it. And then we do weekly reports to Presidente. We also help set the goals and enfoques (priorities) for the Zone and participate in the mission leader council (I think that’s what it’s called in English, not really sure). I’m way the heck north in Ovalle, so we just have one companionship of lovely Hermanas that we do exchanges with every week. And that’s about it.
Tuesday, we ran around saying goodbye to people and teaching and packing and all that good stuff. It was so hard to say goodbye to Guly and Sabi. Broke my little heart. They gave me a little scarf and gloves to remember them forever:) Wednesday we had transfers so we ran around like chickens with our heads cut off. So crazy. Then Wednesday we sent my suitcases to Viña and left Hna Barney with her new companion in Reñaca, and then I kicked it with the Hna Lideres in Achupallus for the day. At night we went to the bus station in Viña to pick up my companion. Thursday we had the training for new leaders and the Friday we had the Consejo de Lideres. We talked a lot about the power of Christ to help us. We are really focusing on how as a Zone we can put more faith in Christ to have the power to do more than what we alone are capable of. We also talked a lot about how in the Gospel of Jesus Christ bosses don’t exist. The more I study about faith the more that I realize that it’s just confidence in God.
Saturday I finally jumped on a bus for 6 hours and now I’m in Ovalle. It’s a branch here, but it’s bigger than any ward I’ve been in in Chile.
I love you all and I don’t understand this computer so I don’t have any pics. Sorry!
Besitos,
Hermana Miller

We put the cambio in intercambio

What a week! This place is full of miracles, I’m sure gonna miss it. On Monday, we were walking to an appointment and this guy just stopped us on the street and said, “hey I’ve been reading this Book of Mormon my friend gave me and I was wondering if I would be allowed to come to your church to get answers to a few of my questions”. Pretty crazy.

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Tuesday we went to Santiago for some medical appointments and I was assistant to the President’s wife for the day. I swear she’s the Chilean Oprah. We were in the bookstore next to the temple and anything I said would be nice to have she had me buy 10 of them haha. We went to lunch at this really nice restaurant and ate something about stake for poor people and it was so stinkin good. Hermana Barney is teaching me how to eat like a civilized human. Fun fact: in Chile it is very bad manners to eat with one hand under the table. Offensive in fact.
Wednesday, we had surprise intercambios and we taught a very distressed woman who talked a lot about “la gloria” and how all of her friends are devil worshipers. Thursday, we did a triple intercambio with the Hermana Liders and Quilpue. Then, the Hermanas got stuck there for the night so we had another day of intercambios. It was quite the adventure.
Guly and Tania are so excited for their baptism! We found out about some family complications and Nice and Tania are a bit more hesitant about the baptism gig, but they’ll get there soon:) We went to a baptism yesterday and they loved it.
Saturday, we went helped out with a stake youth activity and it was so cute to go out contacting with these little budding missionaries.
Daniel FINALLY made us completos. So life is good:)
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And somewhere in there, the Mission President called, the conversation went like this…
“Hermana, tengo una asignación para usted”

“Bueno”
“¿Aceptará la asignación de ser una hermana líder entrenadora?”
“Por supuesto Presidente”
“Bueno, que descanse”
And just like that I’m going to the north in Ovalle to be a Sister Training leader,
So, naturally, I frantically started taking pictures.
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Talk to you from the north next time!
Hermana Miller
(Sent July 24th)

Sunshine, Lollipops, and Miracles

Hello friends!
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Man so much goodness. We had Zone Conference on Tuesday all about developing Christ-like attributes and talking about the example of Joseph Smith. President Diaz may or may not have dressed up as Joseph Smith. It was pretty dang on point, you’ve gotta see it.
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Behold! President Diaz dressed up as Joseph Smith

Almost everyday we’ve had a lesson with Tania and her family. Guly is just so excited about going to church and said that her favorite part was the sacrament. She is such a blessed child. So being the amazing little girl she is, she told her cousin, Samantha, all about it. And naturally, Samantha loved it, and told her mom, Nice, all about it. Yes her name is literally Nice with a latino accent.  SO we’ve been working with them and…. THEY HAVE A BAPTISM DATE FOR THE 30th! They all came to church yesterday, and it was the best. The talks were about faith and repentance and other things really basic. We planned ahead of time some kids that could take all of the children to their classes and their was an Hermana that went to Gospel Principles with us. It was so good. I love them to death. Even though they give us gross papaya juice every time that we have to pretend to like #thepriceofsalvation . Daniel was being super stubborn (hope you’re reading this), but he found the faith to come to church again and it was just a great day.
Yesterday we were in a lesson with Maria Isabel, a recent convert and she was saying that she wanted to go back to her old church. I was talking to her and just praying for something to help her remember her testimony. Lo and behold, the Relief Society President and her husband came knocking on the door. El Hermano shared something that touched her heart, and she could recognize it as her answer. Miracles are so real friends!
Love you all! God is so good and he is so ready to help us progress and move on from our mistakes even though we can’t do anything to be worthy of it. Take Him up on the offer. Por fi:)
Besitos,
Hermana Miller
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The Zone!