Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chilly in Chile

Hahahaha. Well it got a bit chilly down here at the end of the world because IT SNOWED THIS PAST SATURDAY. Thats right, San Bernardo has not gotten snow in over like, 40 years and then super early in the morning on Saturday we woke up and realized that it was snowing, and I was in divisions with Hermana Borja and it was the first time she had seen snow in her life so of course we ran outside and played in the snow it was so cool. So anyways, that was super cool. And that was the most exciting thing that happened this entire week hahaha.

And also today for pday, all the people from Arizona got together and we ate food and drank Arizona drinks (those giant cans that say Arizona on it?) and I realized that I am from a completely different world than the people from Mesa and Gilbert. But thats okay because we are all from a place where the steering wheel burns your hands if you try to drive in the summer.

Also, this week, I was on divisions with another Hermana and my companion was left in the sector, and she has only been there about two weeks, and so she was trying to call a member when I was gone and she sets an appointment with a ward member so that we can visit her the day I get back. And so when I get back in the sector, that night we go looking for this lady and she tells me the name of her, its Ximena, and Im like okay I dont think I know her, lets call and get the address. When she tells it to us, we go walking down the street where supposedly this lady should live and we get all the way to the end of our sector and are like, what in the world, the numbers of the houses dont reach that high and that is the edge of our sector. So we decide to go in the other direction hoping that it will be on the other end of the street. But then we reach the other side of the sector and we still havent found the house. So Im like okay Im going to call her. And then Im talking to the hermana and I realize that this lady doesnt even live in our sector or ward, she lives in one of the wards where you need a bike to get to her house. So basically we walked from edge to edge of our sector looking for a member of another ward and had to end up telling her that we have no idea what we are doing and we cant visit her but we will send the elders. And that about sums up our companionship, we just try so hard and then we realize that we never know what we are doing hahaha. But its great.

Anyways, I hope you all have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand

Monday, July 17, 2017

this one guy in the street and the cat from batman [07/12/2017 email]

Hello hello! 
This was from a little get-together they had at the President's
house for missionaries who just passed the one year mark

So this week we were contacting in a random street of our sector, and there is this dirty old guy pulling a little cart behind him who comes up to us because he saw that my companion is a blond and starts asking where she is from. But he was only talking to me because they always assume that I am the only one of the two who speaks spanish. So I tell this guy that she's from the United States and that I am as well, and he got all confused and tells me that there is no way I am from the United States, I must be from Argentina or Venezuela or something. And so then my comp starts explaining that actually, in the United States we've got people of all kinds of colors and whatnot. And he just, I dont think he believed us. So then he goes away and we keep on contacting and then this lil cat walks up to us and its breathing like Bane from Batman and we are like what the heck and we look at it and its got the front part of its face burnt off. And we felt so bad because it was so sad but for those of you who are caught up on my time in Chile, I once adopted 3 puppies for a day and it was the worst decision of my life so I was like "maaan we cant help this cat its going to give us so many problems".  But then we just felt so bad that my comp was like okay pick it up. So I do but then this freaking cat is so happy that it climbs out of my arms and up onto my shoulder and just sits down there. So then Im freaking out because there is a Bane cat on my shoulder breathing like darth vader into my ear and my comp pulls it off of me but then it freaks out and climbs onto her shoulder to. So then we are just two american girls freaking out and dying laughing in the street as I pull it off of her. And then we figured if it followed us to our house we would help it but it ended up crossing the street and we were like, well, we tried. But yeah so that was the story of how we tried to find new people to teach but ended up with an old man and a burnt cat.

Also my companion and I have decided that we have exactly opposite personalities. Like, I am bad at letting people help me and so this week we ended up having to take apart a bed (can we say life skills?) because I just didnt want to call elders and have them do it for us. And if it were up to my comp we would have just called them. So things like that we are completely different. But in terms of awkwardness we are exactly the same. So just imagine two Hermana Rands running around together hahaha. Anyways, I hope you all have a great week! 

Hermana Rand

Aleigha & her comp with Pres. & Sis Gwilliam

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

changes and happy 4th

Benjamin hugging Aleigha at his baptism.
This is Aleigha's favorite pic from her mission and she said
"it was worth coming on a mission just for him..."
Hello hello!

Happy (belated) 4th of July for everyone in America!!

We had changes yesterday and I am now with Hermana Cribbs! The trio is officially done, thank goodness. ​​​​She is from Las Vegas and I definitely forgot to take a picture with her... But anyways! Thats about it. That we had changes. 

OH! And that it was the 4th of July! Haha when we woke up yesterday, Hermana Johnston and I had taken Hermana De Carvalho to the airport the day before, and we were with another hermana who's comp had also gone home. And this hermana is from Argentina and we were going around the house singing the star spangled banner at the top of our lungs and she thought we were crazy. But umm working with Hermana Cribbs is great, she is super fun and I think that our personalities are 100% the opposite of each other but thats okay because I feel like we teach well together.

Umm I literally have nothing else to say so I hope you all have a lovely week! Heres some pictures from the pday last week and from yesterday, with Hermana Johnston. Love you!

Hermana Rand

This is Aleigha's new comp, Hermana Cribbs

the baptism of benjamin and we climbed up a mountain (part 2) [6/28/2017 email]

Hello hello!!!

Benjamin got baptized this week!! I got to go back on Saturday and be part of his baptism. I actually got to the chapel in Quimey about an hour early because they wanted me to play the piano for the baptism and since I haven't played since I left Quimey a month and a half ago I had to practice. (fun fact, my current companions and ward still don't know that I play the piano because for the baptism I just became a trio with Hermana Borja and her new companion, so they have never seen me play. But its okay because in my new ward there is a member who can play). And so I was there practicing the hymns and the special musical number that we were going to do with the elders of the ward and Benjamin walks in with his family, sees me, and runs up the stage to give me a hug and it was the cutest thing of my life, I missed him and his mom so much. Ah but it was so cool being there for his baptism. Afterwards, Jocelyn, his mom, shared her testimony about how she knew that this really was her sons choice, to take this step in his life, and how when we knocked on her door, Borja and I, that was a miracle in their life and it was one of the moments when they really knew that God had a plan for them. But really, being there and seeing him be baptized was one of the greatest rewards I could have received for being here in the mission. I just love them so much. 

As for other news, we haven't had changes yet, Hermana De Carvalho will go home this Monday and then we will see if Hermana Johnston will stay with me for another change or what. And for pday today we got to go climb another mountain, this time as a zone. It was so green and pretty which is kind of bizarre because it is winter here. But it is kind of how I have envisioned the Shire. 

ALSO another miracle that happened this week! So since this mission is so tiny and we focus on teaching menos activos and investigators, it can be kind of difficult finding new people to teach. And as a mission, there are not a lot of companionships that have been reaching the goal every week for new investigators. So not this past Monday but the one before, my comps and i fasted together to find new investigators and reach the goal for that week. And literally throughout the week, we working so hard and we were seriously SO BLESSED and at the end of the week we had not only met, but exceeded the goal! We had found families and all kinds of people throughout the week and it was so cool, especially since we had not found hardly anybody for like a month. The power of fasting. 

Anyways, I hope you all have a great week!!

Hermana Rand​

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

estamos sacando la mugre

Hello hello!

So literally everything that has happened this week is that we are working as hard as we can to find new people, talking with literally everyone in the street, working at every moment that we can and we are seeing results! We are finding a lot of people who we are going to try and visit this week and the next, and we got a new investigator yesterday who has such good questions about the plan of salvation which makes us super excited, and we are really seeing how when you have faith and do literally everything you can, the Lord will bless you. I feel like we finally know how to teach as a trio, only took 5 weeks but patience is a virtue! But yeah so we are super pumped, just working so hard every day that we come home DEAD but I prefer it like that. 

Also I never wrote about pday last week which was awesome. They did an activity to say bye to the missionaries who are leaving after this change and they rented a bounce house slide thing and had a bunch of things going on in the different rooms of the chapel where they did it and out of the 170 (roughly) missionaries in the mission, 155 showed up to the activity haha, so we got to see almost everybody. But that was super fun, I got to see Hermana Borja so we spent the time running around and taking pictures with everybody. 

Also we've got one year as of today! Woohoo! That just means that this part of my mission has to be the BEST. But I am so excited, I am with someone from the same group as me and we are so pumped to get the work moving here. Aaaand that is about it, I hope you all have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand

pics from the pday last week

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Everyone has a "weird mission food" story

Hello hello! 

So this week has been eventful. BUT my favorite part of the week was this past Wednesday. So we are working in the night and we stop by for a less active lady's house and she invites us in, she was the first one to receive us all night (because nobody wants to talk to the missionaries if it is raining outside) and makes us sit at her table cuz she wants to share the little dinner that they were eating with us. And so she cuts up the bread and stuff and then she takes out a plate that had on it... headcheese. And I was like "oh no, we're in that missionary movie where the hermana has to eat headcheese" and I told her "oh hermana, I'm okay" and she was like oh alright and gave me some avocado to put on the bread. So I'm there with my two comps, and DeCarvalho, the Brazilian, is like super happy, starts to eat the headcheese by the slice and whatnot and then the member lady gives Hermana Johnston a heated up sandwich of headcheese and Johnston told me afterwards that she was thinking "hmm maybe it wont be so bad" and so she starts to eat it and she is like. STRUGGLING. Like gagging and trying to not let the member's husband see. And meanwhile I'm just eating my bread with avocado trying not to give her away and die laughing and DeCarvalho is happy but Johnston is just dying. I was so happy that I escaped but afterwards we were literally dying it was so funny.

And then on Saturday we had a baptism, but it was one of the investigators that the hermanas before us were teaching, we just finished up a few lessons and planned the baptism for her, so I don't know her too well but she was super happy afterwards which was cool.

And then these past couple of days we have been trying to help a few hermanas that are really struggling in their companionship so we went and had divisions with them which meant that I got to see Hermana Borja. But it was stressful because both of the hermanas feel like going home right now and we are super worried about them. But our division went really well and we are going to work with them and try to help.

And then yesterday, our ward mission leader, who is the light of this ward to me because he is just the cutest old guy and he helps us so much and loves the mission work so much came to us in our weekly meeting that we have with him and told us that this was the last meeting we would have, that because of the members and how they never help they only criticize and they don't really care about others and just a combination of a lot of things, that he was going to ask to be relieved as ward mission leader and he was going to distance himself from the church. As in he is going to go inactive. And it just broke our hearts we tried to say everything we could but it was, it was bad. So that happened.

But we ended yesterday on a good note because we visited a member and she told us that she is always super lonely on Tuesday nights because her husband gets home late and her dad goes to the temple so she is at home with her little son and that us coming to visit her for a little bit was an answer to her prayers and let her remember that she's not alone and that God listens to her prayers.

So anyways. Come what may and love it. Hope you all have a great week! 

I don't have pictures because I am a parasite and I depend on pictures from other peoples cameras, so Hermanas Johnston and Borja have literally all the pictures from this week...

Hermana Rand

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Elder Clayton came and gave us all palo


So this week we had stake conference and Elder Clayton, who is like an important guy from the 70 or maybe a leader from the 70 or something, but the thing is he's cool and also the second counselor from the General Relief Society or something came and they all talked during stake conference along with President Gwilliam and his wife, the president of the mission. It was a super good stake conference, they basically told us that we have to be better and strengthen our testimonies and how when we live the gospel we will not have problems that we cannot fix, like we will still have problems but we will be able to deal with them. so that was super cool. Also I am still in the same stake as Quimey so I got to see a lot of families that I love from Quimey there!

Other than thaaaaaat all of my news is like drama between the other hermanas. But the good thing is that I am learning patience!! Woohoo!!

Anyways, here is a picture of Hermana Castro and I in the back of a trunk, we didn't actually ride in it I just thought it would be a funny picture. And the important relief society lady that came to stake conference with us and Hermana Gwilliam.

Hope you all have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand