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!

 

“You’re Worth 3 Hojas”

Hola!

This week was great! We found a family to baptize! We contacted them on the street 2 different times and turns out their aunt is a member of our ward. The member told us to beware of the husband, but in the end, he warmed right up to us. He went on a big trip for 20 days because he’s a seaman, but he brought his Book of Mormon with him and he’s reading a ton! Tania and her kids came to church and they loved it! Such a miracle!
Today we went adventuring to a parque in our Zone and found some nature! It was so nice to see nature for the first time in months! And it’s not even dog or trash infested! And we found cows! Hermana Barney hates me a little because we had to hike a little to get out of there, but she’ll thank me later 🙂
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That’s all I’ve got, sorry I’m litterally the worst.
Les quiero!
Hermana Miller
PS you haven’t lived until you’ve heard pan flute Let it Be
PPS I’m addicted to Churrasco and I don’t even want to help it.
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Chao-uahua

Hey folks! It has been a good week to be alive. We’ve been keeping it pretty chill this week, but we’re still workin!

Monday I wasn’t feeling so hot, so we spent the evening at home and slept for probably half a day.
Tuesday we had physical therapy, and they told me that the cold and rain are destroying my knees and ankles, so I have to take a day of complete rest. They put magical tapes on my knees that make my life so much better. We were able to teach José, oh that kid kills me. We were watching the restoration video and he pauses it half way through and says, anybody want bread and eggs? haha. I tried to tell him we were fine but apparently he was really hungry so he went to the kitchen and made the fastest egg of my life and in the processes dropped one on the floor. I don’t know why it was so funny, but it was. He said he learned how to make eggs on YouTube. Kids these days.
Wednesday we met a little miracle named Verta. Two years ago she got in a car accident, and now she’s paralyzed from the neck down. But she’s so happy. She says she loves her body and is grateful for the life she was able to have. She doesn’t have anything of muscle. at all. And her legs are stuck folded in half. The ward is helping her out because her sister has to work but someone has to change her… sanitary items for her. We went on Wednesday to help. Let just say, I’m never going to complain about my knee pain again. We also made Brayan’s post baptism goals and he’s amazing. Still says weird things sometimes that I don’t know where he gets his ideas from, but we’re helping him out. We had Once  with Familia Gracia and he’s probably the closest thing I’ve met to the Chilean version of my Dad.
Thursday was our day of rest. So obviously it consisted of studies, arts and crafts, brownies, and sleeping.
Friday we visited a whole bunch of recent converts. When we were at Marias we read in the Book of Mormon with her and one of the Hatians that lives in her house named Patrick. He’s pretty cool and… HE SPEAKS SPANISH! he talks in only tu form so it gets confusing sometimes, but it is so nice to be able to communicate verbally.
Saturday we found out who our real friends are. Sebastian and Catalina made us Cafe Rio. They didn’t get the sweet pork quite down, but it was still SO good. But they put mayo and ketchup and BBQ sauce on their tacos. They are just the most gringo little newlyweds that I know. Everyone in the ward thinks they’re weird and antisocial, but they’re really just normal and incredibly hipster. We had a pretty rad Noche de Capilla activity that only 6 people came to, but we still had a blast.
Yesterday was fast Sunday aka the best Sundays. I had been fasting to receive a confirmation that the Book of Mormon is true and I felt it so strongly while I was bearing my testimony. I’ve found that the majority of doubting questions I have in my mission, I find the answers to when I’m in the process of bearing testimony. And, PATRICK COMMITTED TO A BAPTISM DATE! It was a good miracle to end the week with.
I love you all, eat some good BBQ for me!
Also Chile lost yesterday. If you didn’t know. It was really tragic.
Besitos
Hermana Miller

It’s raining, it’s pouring, I’m pretty sure I’m snoring

Holy Hannah it knows how to rain here. Forget the umbrellas. We started carrying a ton of socks in a ziplock bag with us every where, so we can occasionally stop by a members house and change socks. I don’t know if I’ve already said this, but if I ever liked the just rained smell, Chile ruined that one for me. When it rains here, it smells like dog droppings and trash.
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This week we’ve been teaching a little guy from Columbia named Jose. He’s probably the cutest. He’s 10 and he asked us to come back every day at 6 to read the Book of Mormon with him, we didn’t even have to ask when we could come back. When we taught him how to pray, he asked “por favorcito bendícenos con una tortuga”. We came back two days latter and he got a turtle! Pray works folks.
Fun fact: Daniel now translates my blog into Spanish every week. Other fun fact: Daniel never made us completos this week.
We had a Capilla Abierta in Miraflores this week. We had to memorize the tours and Hermana Barney was stressing, but she killed it. This girl is a spiritual beast and knows how to tell it like it is.
Also we found a gaggle of wild puppies. I melted a little.
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Other fun fact: Chileans believe that if you get cold in any way you will get sick. I’m walking around with all the layers and they ask me where my coat is. Oh Chileans…
LOVE YOU!
Hermana Miller
PS here’s my new favorite scripture:
Helamán 3:35  No obstante, ayunaron y oraron frecuentemente, se volvieron más más fuertes en su humildadmás más firmes en la fe de Cristo, hasta henchir sus almas de gozo de consolación; sí, hasta la purificación y santificación de sus corazones, santificación que viene de entregar el corazón Dios.

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Okie Dokie Alcachofa

Well. This week was a fun one. I may have eaten an entire bar of chocolate in one day #stresseatingisreal Are hashtags are still a thing there? Also do they have these little finger spinner toys there, because they are super popular here.

Beginning of the week we had lots of medical appointments. On one of the micros there was a rapping small person. I swear, you can get on a micro and do anything and Chileans will give you money.
Friday, it rained like crazy! And with insane wind so umbrellas weren’t good for anything. We tried to go up to the little shack house of Virgilio and it was like ice skating in mud. Pure clay. It was hilarious. And then a small child lost their umbrella in the wind and I heroically went running through the mud with my magical rain boots to save it. I was dramatically running in slow motion mainly because my boots were so stuck in the mud haha.
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Saturday, we had the baptism of Brayan! It was so great. Ironically enough, this time we used a different chapel to have hot water, but it was boiling hot. And really dirty water. But it worked! I made everyone brownies, so they were happy. Brayan shared his testimony and said “ever since I saw a one legged man running I felt the holy spirit and knew that this is the true church” hahaa. He’s a little odd. I promise he actually knows things, he just expresses himself in interesting ways.
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Yesterday was the big football game. It was crazy walking the streets and every time they made a goal you could here literally all of Chile screaming. Everyone was in their houses. Then there were a bunch of drunk men  in the streets harassing us so we went home early.
Love you all! I’m learning to know My Savior more every day. Ya’ll need to repent. Just throwing it out there.
Hermana Miller

Do I look like a fire hydrant?

You guessed it. The other day we had a rocking contact with a young man named Claudio and a dog straight up peed on my leg. We went to Maria’s house and she sprayed me with disinfectant and I was in business (pun not intended).

This week we had to take a bit more time to breathe and make plans for how to deal with the pressures and stresses of mission life. Life is always better when you’ve got a plan:)
Brayan is still going strong for his baptism date this Saturday! He’s a funny kid. We went to a baptism in another ward and I think he finally got over the whole needing to be baptized in a river gig. We just have to finish teaching him, even though we’re really teaching him all the lessons for the 2 or 3 time in his life.
Daniel is a hot mess. He told us that he went drinking with his friends the other day and then he told us that yesterday he got mad at his mom so he took her completo and  threw it at a dog haha. It’s not funny but it is. I don’t know what to do with him.
The members told me that I’m “finally normal” because I apparently came here deathly skinny. I think it’s every Chileans biggest dream to fatten all the gringos. I’m just letting it happen.
Once again, driest letter out there. #sorrynotsorry
HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
Con Cariño,
Hermana Miller
Because some how pictures make up for lack of content:)
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