Wowza folks. I hope you all enjoyed Fast Sunday yesterday. I loved it. A lot. It was a Sunday of miracles! We were fasting to be able to consecrate ourselves more to the work. I was reading an article my mom sent me Sunday morning (you should read it https://www.lds.org/liahona/2017/10/becoming-true-disciples?lang=eng&cid=HP_SU_1-10-2017_dPFD_fLHNA_xLIDyL1-C_) And I realized that I need to be a lot more honest with the Lord in my prayers and really pour out my desires. I started meditating a lot about my intentions behind my goals; whether I’m doing things just to be a “successful missionary” or because I love these people. I said a really sincere prayer and poured my heart out about how I felt about these people. We went to church and we were just about to start, when in walks the Familia Nuñez, who we have been teaching for a long time and receiving a lot of empty promises from them. But they came! For the first time in 3 years! You know what got them there? They were doing family history, like we had invited them to do, and they said they felt the support of their loved ones helping them get there. There is power in this work friends!
One day we were out making contacts with people, and a man came out of his house. We asked him how he was and he said “tired”. Then he pulled a handful of rose petals off a bush and threw them in our faces. We asked him what that was for and he said “I might be tired, but I’m not boring”. Valid.
Other funny story:
We were walking home from a member’s house, and my companion said “you know I’ve never felt unsafe walking in the night in Chile”. Just when she finished her phrase, a man comes running up behind us and yells “buenas noches” and we both flipped. It was the member. He followed us home to make sure we got to the house safe #kindbutcreepy
Intercambios almost always mean food. Even if they`re stale completos – such a let down.
This little girl who made a drawing of an elder haha
I love you!!!!!
Hi folks! This week was our vacay. Just kidding, but it does kind of feel like that because we traveled all the way down to Viña and loose 3 days of work with the conference and everything. The COnsejo de Lideres was so good. They talked a lot about how to be more creative and efficient at finding people and how to use members more. They hit the nail on the head with the need that we have as a zone. We went crazy applying it yesterday and it works so well! Now we just need to find all of these references and help them out:)
After the conference I got permission from Presidente to visit people in Achupallus! It was so great to see them and see that they are continuing with strength. It was really hard to see that some people have had blows to their testimonies and aren’t making very good decisions right now, but I know repentance is real and I hope I helped them find the courage to repent and feel the Spirit again like they once did.
The view from the 2nd story of our mansion. So Chileno.
Eating sketchy Churrasco en el Mercado
We won the trophy that we made for the Zone. Again. We made a challenge for the Zone (that I stole from Hna Rimmer) where you had to contact someone, ask their name, and then teach them a principal that started with the same letter as their name. We won so hard. And then yesterday we won a challenge for getting the most referances from members. It gets tiring always winning;)
My babe of a companion wearing the beautiful dress I made her buy in the feria. Traveling to Hawaii… Vina del Mar. Same difference.
The Mexica 4 together at last! So happy that we’re all Hermana Liders now so we’ll see each other every cambio!
Our feelings about 6 hours in the bus without eating anything except pure sugar in 24 hours
Right now we are finding a whole lot of new people, but it’s still a struggle to find people that want to stick around. But… ¡Sigamos pues!
Today I had one of the top ten Chilean experiences of my life. We went to the Feria. There was a big one in Belloto but we could never go because it wan’t open on Mondays. Think of every South American Market place stereo type x10. That’s the Feria. We bought all the veggies and fruits for super cheap. I’m pretty sure they ripped us off on some things because we’re white, but I’m over it. Sometimes I am so tempted to dye my hair brown just so that people don’t treat me like I’m a dumb white person, but then I decided you can only be a white kid in Chile once and embraced it.
This week was a little rough because we had to drop a lot of people and we were searching for new people. We spent 2 days without going into a house. That’s a lie – we went into the house of a less active member, but almost! It’s made me think a lot about how God feels when we are so stubborn. How many times is the answer to our problems right in front of our faces and we can’t recognize it or we are too stubborn to accept it? I was thinking about every time we have had “success” as a missionary and it has never ever ever been because I thought of something clever or logical to say and it convinced them. It has always been because the God gave us a miracle or the Spirit showed the simple way to do it.
When you can only take so many P-days of playing futbol.
This picture is from a few weeks ago but it makes me laugh so hard every time! Haha I love this little girl! She got confirmed yesterday and did her little part in the Primary Program. So precious!
I did something a little different this week and made a voice recording. All the cool kids do it, so I went with it. Hope you enjoy and that it works. Good luck understanding me with my thick accent
Hey ya’ll! Crazy week because Hna Rimmer went to Viña Saturday, so I was companion-less and in between members and hermanas in the south. But I’m here with Hna Clawson now! I promise I love her, I’m just really awful at taking pictures! She’s from Manti Utah and has 14 months in the mish and is ginger and so sweet and kind and chill and I love her:) We have P-day on a Wednesday because Presidente went to Argentina for a conference. I love you all and I promise I’ll write better next week (event though that’s what I say every week).
The last district picture
When I was sick, but it was her last day, so we ate like Chileans anyway.
Our matching agendas, because we’re cute like that.
Love, Hna Miller
I love Limari so much! There is so much to be done and so much happening all the time! This week was a little crazy because both of the Anaises had their baptism dates set up for this Domingo. In the end, Annais C didn’t have support from her biological mom, so we’re waiting to see if we can strengthen the family a bit more before we go ahead with her baptism.
My companion is teaching me a lot about how to just love people and just understand them. We had a lesson with an inactive family that just all of the sudden stopped going to church. I felt inspired to ask some questions and they started opening up to us about how they have felt about some church leaders and things. My first instinct was to just start telling them how they can’t pretend that they believe and follow Jesus Christ if they aren’t willing and capable of forgiving others, but then I felt like I needed to listen and help them recognize that someone loved and cared about them. He started crying and now he’s really determined to come back to church. Hna Miller:0 Spirit: 1
Her baptism was so precious!
Hermana Rimmer’s last p-day tea party surprize
Here’s to Chile
Love you all! I hope you can all help someone feel the love of Christ this week!
Welcome to Chile were you eat a new fruit every day. Fruit of the day is Chirimoya. I think they have it in the states, you should all eat it.
What a week. We set the enfoque as a zone to focus on the impressions of the Spirit and follow the first impression. We’ve been really working to apply it and it has been amazing! I have realized that I can be really unempathetic sometimes and I just want to rationalize people into doing what I know is right. I learned this week that sometimes it’s better to let the Spirit tell them what I can’t instead of stumbling over my own words trying to do it. I’m also learning that I’m sooo good at overthinking and the Spirit is so simple.
Remember our friend John from last week? The Australian? We taught him this week and it was the most intellectually challenging experience of my life. I have never had such a well educated investigator! I felt like I was back in the singles ward teaching Heidi again! But he really knows that the Spirit motivated him to talk to us, so he’s willing to find the answers to his doubts.
The two Anaises are doing really good and are getting ready for their baptism on Sunday! They came to conference and I was amazed at how well they paid attention!
I loved conference, I felt really strongly that I can’t afford to let go of all the things that I have learned on the mission. I can’t afford to let go of the scriptures.
The English room
Love you all!
Welp. 18 happened. Everywhere you walk just smells like burning charcol. I have eaten so much meat this week. We had a pretty chill day because everyone went to the country to celebrate. We ended up just visiting widows that were all alone. Everyone was flying kites so we bought some and tried to join in on the fun… We aren’t talented enough for that. It was a pretty slow week because everyone was gone, but we were still able to find a lot of people to help.
Speaking of which, we were walking down the street and we saw this old lady who fell down. We go inside her gate and help he up. She told us she needed to go take a colectivo to go to her sister’s house. We started helping her down the street and then we realized that we were probably helping her escape. She didn’t have her keys and closed the door. We started calling for neighbors, but nobody had the number of her son. We sat her back down and somebody called the cops. Then this old lady starts saying that we stole her keys, AND THEY BELIEVED HER! But then another neighbor who was there from the beginning defended us and all was well. But that little old lady almost got us in court. In the end we found someone with her son’s number and she got back safe and sound. That was a close one.
This is officially the weirdest thing I’ve eaten in Chile. It’s blood. With other stuff. It’s actually really good, it has lots of onion and garlic in it. Psychologically, I couldn’t eat more than a few bites.
Miracle of the week:
We’ve been doing a lo of contacting lately to try to get to know the sector better. We were just walking around and all the sudden decided to stop and yell outside of a house. This guy comes out speaking to us in English with a supper thick Australian accent named John. He explained to us that he was born in Chile but lived in Australia for a long time. He asked for a pamphlet or book of something. I tried explaining that we’e here for more than handing out papers and he said he actually listened to missionaries a long time ago and really wants to learn more, but just got married that day, so he’s a little busy. We left him a temples pamphlet and planned to come back.
This morning he calls us and says that he read the pamphlet and really wants to know what he needs to do to have his salvation and wants all the books we have so he can learn “how to be a Mormon”. He basically just asked us baptize him. So crazy!
Here is a little GIF for ya’ll of these old people singing to us in almuerzo. They’re singing “Grand Eres Tu”. They sing in the centro every weekend for a living. Every time I watch it I die laughing haha, only in Chile.
Yesterday none of our investigators made it to church and all of the little girls are having quite a bit of opposition, but it’ll all work out:)
My companion is teaching me how to be British. During weekly planning, we ate crackers with butter and cheese and herbal tea. #pinkiesup
I love you all! ¡Que disfruten la conferencia general!
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!
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
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:
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.
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.
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:)
…. And some more photos for good measure
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.
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.
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.
And Hna Lundgren turned 20 yesterday!!! So we wore tiaras and Chilean aprons and made cinnamon rolls.
Love you all!