Tuesday, April 21, 2015

1/2 way in and 1/2 out

What in the world!  I hit half way in the mission....9 months! It has been 9 months that I have hardly felt pass by. Other than being a little bit tired of sleeping in a twin size bunk bed in a sleeping bag for 9 months I am doing just fine :) Now I actually like my water with gas and mayo with almost everything especially my hot dogs. 

But I am coming up on my full winter in Chile now. After a Summer in the states and then in Mexico and then in Chile with only a week or 2 of rain in between I feel like it is only fair to finally get my winter. We left the other Saturday to work in the afternoon with Fall like weather clothes and at about 6 o clock we got drenched with a rain storm. Everyone says that the rain came late this year but now that it has started it will not stop till September. 

I have to brag about our less actives this week. They have been working so hard with their compromisos and the Ward has been so helpful. They have great friends now and it has almost been a challenge to meet with them because they are always receiving invitations for activities by the members. 

We also had a Zone conference recently. Our president introduced a challenge he had for us. He was going to send a companionship out in the street to look for someone to teach and they were suppose to bring them into our conference to watch the church video called Gracias a que El vive. And then talk with them about it after. He promised this companionship that they would be able to find someone because we would all be praying for them. We were a room of about 50 missionaries. So as the Elders left we prayed and prepared, not knowing who would be the companionship to teach this person......5 minutes past.....and they returned! 5 MINUTES CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!? We should be able to find someone willing to listen every 5 minutes if we do it with the urgency that these Elders had. Thinking that maybe just maybe it could be this next person we talk to who will say yes. That there was not an option to return without someone to teach. In the end the man opened up so much and asked to receive the missionaries in his home. How cool :) 

Oh also I gave my comp bangs. She was wanting a change so I sat her down and gave her one. She feels so much more beautiful and I said a pray after thanking Heavenly Father it turned out well considering a hair accident I had my Senor Year in High School :) 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Richard's Baptism

Lots of Noticias this 11th de Abril:

Richard: Got baptized
Hermana Ponce: Turned 29
Hermana Shupe: Turned 20
Saturday Richard got baptized! He showed up nice and early with some sweet looking white crocs :) It was a beautiful service with so much friendship and love from the members. After he was baptized Richard put his head down but threw his hands up like a winner :) So happy he was! He has so many great relationships and supports in the church now. While he was changing after the baptism we asked all the members to write a testimony or card to him and we then gave him a nice box with them all in there together for a memory. 
But Richard is gone. He moved on Monday...he found out on Saturday night after his baptism and had to move for work on Monday. It was a huge surprise on Sunday to ask him when we could visit him in the week and to hear a reply like that. I knew at one point I would have to leave but never thought he would be the one to leave us :( But he will be in good hands - the Bishop has been helping him with details for his new Ward. He will not even be in our mission limits anymore. I just pray he has a good friend waiting for him there.

So my comps had birthdays this same Saturday and my hippo face photo just shows a little of how we tried to make it a special morning for them. LOTS of balloons, brownies, Doritos...

I do not know what kind of trio only celebrates 2 out of the 3 birthdays.... no broma :) we had a wonderful Saturday :)

Happy Easter!

Easter here basically does not exist
. The picture we took was the only  Easter things we saw all week long from this lady selling things outside her house.

Being in a trio is the funnest thing in the streets and as far as contacting people in the street we cover so much more ground. 

It has been so great to have Hna. Ponce with me to update me on how Lirquen is doing. I do not know if you all remember a Franciso that I was teaching. He is a family member to Hermano Raul (the convert who passed away). HE IS GETTING BAPTIZED THIS WEEKEND! It makes me so happy especially because he is family to dear Hermano Raul. 

Other than being super blessed to listen to General Conference and have specific questions about every kind of topic answered I am doing super good. With about 25 or so flee bits on my tummy we are doing just fine!