Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Baptism of Carolina

Hello!!

Carolina got baptized this week!! I honestly have never seen somebody progress that fast, we started teaching her less than 4 weeks ago and this past Saturday she got baptized. Her husband, Ricardo, was able to baptize her and it was so cute to be able to see how he has changed alongside his wife, as she was learning everything that we teach, he was remembering how much the church means to him, the blessings that we are offered as we live the gospel, and when he said the words to baptize Carolina he almost couldn't speak because he was trying not to cry, just so happy. And they have already put the temple as their next goal, in two weeks to go and do baptisms together and in a year they want to be sealed. Before I met them and Rogelio, I never told the people that I would return to Chile, just because I mean, its kind of expensive to travel down here and I don't want to make promises that I cant keep, you know? But I mean, thinking about them, it would be totally worth it to come back just to see them sealed. But that is a decision for another time.

AND. Something else that happened is we got a new ward mission leader! Our other ward mission leader couldn't devote much time to his calling because of his work so it was kind of like we didn't even have a ward mission leader. But NOW. We have a mission leader who is like our age and he is awesome, he is preparing to go on a mission in about a year hopefully less and he is super excited to work hard with us and he is a convert of 3 years or so and I am so excited because I feel like he is going to be the best ward mission leader of my mission. Although all my other mission leaders have been or gone inactive hahahaha. Thats not funny. But kind of.

Anyways, this has been the first week of my last change in the mission!! Weird. But we are doing super good. Have a fantastic week!

Hermana Rand













Wednesday, November 8, 2017

THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE THE BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE

Hello hello!


Carolina is going to get baptized this Saturday!! She had her interview on Monday and the elder who did the interview told us that she is so ready, she's perfect. So we are making all the preparations for her baptism and we are so excited! And Ricardo [her husband] is going to be the one to baptize her! They are so excited. [As a side note, Aleigha told me that Ricardo is a member, but hadn't been to Church in 23 years before he went back about 4 weeks ago. He bore his testimony last Sunday and Carolina was in tears.]

And Cliff, he is a haitiano we are teaching right now, has a baptism date for the 9th of Diciembre. His story is actually super cool, his wife is a recent convert of like 5 or 6 months i think? And he has been receiving the missionaries for all that time. The thing that impeded him from getting baptized was that he doesn't feel comfortable with Spanish so he wanted to wait until he felt comfortable and learn more. So we have been teaching him the entire time we have been here and he had a baptism date for the same day as Carolina but last week when we went to visit him, he told us that he wasn't ready, he still wanted to wait. And so we told him that was okay, that it was important that he feels ready to make the decision but that we are going to be there to help him and we would plan a new date. And then the next visit that we had with him he tells us that he was walking in the street one day and he felt like he heard God tell him, "Cliff, arrepiéntete y bautìzate." ("Cliff, repent and get baptized") And so now he knows that even if he doesn't understand 100% of the things that they say in church, he does have a testimony and is ready to be baptized. And so we are working for the 9th of December with him and we are super excited! 

Also changes happened this week but Hermana Guerrero and I are going to stay together to finish her training which is awesome! But what that means is that this is my last change of the mission. How crazy is that? Anyways, I attached a foto of us and the elders that we share a ward with trying to do a cool picture but just looking awkward. 

Enjoy! Have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Hello hello everyone!

Hey so disclaimer I cant really remember what all happened this week, Carolina is doing amazing she is so excited for her baptism! She invited her mom to come visit her from Viña del Mar so that she can tell her the news and invite her to the baptism, and we have taught her almost everything that we have to teach a person before their baptism and we literally only met her like 2 weeks ago, this is the fastest I have ever seen anyone progress but it is just because she was so prepared to learn the gospel. And! We taught her about temples and family history and she is so excited, she understood immediately why it is so important and we are going to have an activity with some people from the ward tonight to help her and some investigators of the elders get started on their family history.

And turns out, the ward had a halloween activity a few days ago but we just had no idea it was happening so um we missed it? But the elders too so no worries.
But! Today we had a pday and we met up with a lot of other missionaries and dressed up with the things that we could find.

Also! Turns out I have not lost my hunting instinct because this week I killed the biggest fly I have ever seen in my life. So, look out dad.

Anyways, please keep Carolina in your prayers! Also Luis and Cliff, two of our other investigators who are progressing a lot right now.

Have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand









Wednesday, October 25, 2017

MIRACLE ROUND THREE

Hello hello!

This week we found a miracle named Carolina! Lets talk about the story of Carolina, she was raised in a certain religion but a few years back she decided to take a step back and not be a part of that religion because there were a few things actually a lot of things that she didnt like and didnt agree with. So it was really a hard time for her because she was looking for answers to a lot of questions. Her husband, Ricardo, started to answer some of the questions she had because he has been a member for a long time, but has been less active in the church. He would never tell her too many details but he and her mother in law who is also less active would help her get a new look on things. And after a few years of that, he really felt like he should return to the church and she needed so many answers that he took her to the ward that he had grown up in. That ward shares a church building with my ward, and turns out that they actually live in the sector that I am working in now. Well Carolina LOVED church and the hermanas of the ward that they attended took her address and number and sent the reference to my comp and I. We called and set up an appointment, but what we didnt know is that her husband told her "if you start recieving the missionaries, it is with the idea in mind that you are going to get baptized." Which is true, that is our purpose, to help people come unto Christ by living the gospel, and the first real step is baptism. And so she kind of freaked out and had a panic attack that day. But then the day after, she and her husband and daughter went to the church so that he could play soccer with all the men of the ward and she had had a bad day and was super frustrated but said that when she got to the church she just realized that she didnt have any of those feelings, they had been replaced by feelings of happiness and calmness and she realized that she wanted to be a part of that always, she realized that she wanted to be baptized she wanted to learn more and she was really anxious for us to visit her the day after. So when we finally met her, she let us into her house and told us this story and we were just, like wow. Before we even met her she had decided she wanted to be baptized, when we taught her about the Restoration of the church and the Apostasy she told us how much sense it makes, how shes been trying to find these answers for so long. And a few days afterwards we taught her the plan of salvation and talked about temple work and what she can do for her ancestors and she thinks it is the most amazing thing she has ever heard and is already excited to go to the temple and she hasnt even been baptized yet! Talk about prepared. And at the end of our first lesson, she said the prayer and thanked Heavenly Father for sending the missionaries that she felt are perfect for her. Just another testimony builder of how our Heavenly Father has a plan and that plan is on his timing but it is perfect. It is honestly a privilege to be able to teach her. And at the end of that first lesson we gave her a Book of Mormon and she started crying because she was so excited to be able to read it and learn and find the answers she wants and we invited her to be baptized and she THANKED us for giving her the opportunity to take this step and now she has a baptism date for the 11th of November and we are so excited! These pictures are of her and her family.

And then last night on the bus, I started talking to the lady sitting next to me, asking about her life and she tells me she is separated from her husband and that it has been really hard for her and how when she saw me come onto the bus she felt like God had sent her someone to cheer her up. She thanked me for talking to her and how she felt like God was taking care of her. Her name was Rosa and I gave her a hug as we left. Just so many things happen that we think are coincidence but really they are little answers to our prayers. There is a quote that mom always had on the fridge at home, that I have been thinking about a lot lately. Something like, "God does hear our prayers, but it is usually through other people that he answers them." We all have the opportunity to be instruments in Gods hands. Im so grateful for this time I have to meet the people I am meeting and those that I already have met. I love you all!

Hermana Rand


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

'We are just killing it together...'


Hello hello!

We are just killing it together, Hermana Guerrero and I. She is seriously so awesome, she learns super fast and loves to work! Never complains about things, the other day we were knocking on doors and she says, "I like contacting people by knocking on doors, its fun." And I was like, "I LIKE THAT ATTITUDE".

And then there was one day where we were in a lesson and the lady we are teaching says "oh its raining outside". And by the time we got out of the lesson it was time to go home. And it was indeed raining. And since both of us had forgotten our little bus card that lets us get on any city bus and get a ride home, we were like, "well time to walk home, hopefully it doesnt start raining more". And of course, our prayer was heard and it started raining even harder. Like that one time that we prayed to knock the door of 3 houses in a row and have the people talk to us but we didnt pray that they would be receptive just that they would talk to us. And we found 3 houses and at each one of them the person came out and talked to us just to tell us that they dont want anything to do with us. Or that time that we prayed that the family we had set up an appointment with would let us in and would be nice and listen to the message we had to share. And the family let us in, they listened to the message we shared, and then they told us that they were less active and didnt have intentions of coming back to church. SO if there is a lesson to be learned from all this its that yes, God hears prayers and he does answer but he also has a sense of humor. So anyways, we started walking home and since we live outside our sector it took us like half an hour of walking/running in the rain with shoes that have holes all in the bottom, my comp with a jacket that didnt have a hood and we got home and it was just the greatest we thought it was the best adventure ever. Hermana Borja had made us hot chocolate because they called us when we were on the way and we told her we were running home. So that is why we have hot chocolate and blankets in that picture, because Hermana Borja went into total mom mode :).
Anyways, other than that we have been having a great time, we are finding so many people. We taught a lady the other day who when we told her about priesthood blessings just got super excited and asked for one for her husband so we called up the elders and they came and gave blessings to her and her husband and she felt the spirit so strong.

I love being here! Life is the best. I hope you all have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My chilean grandpa

Hi, 

Rogelio got baptized this past Saturday!! He is our investigator from San Bernardo who is just the definition of a golden investigator. He got baptized this past Saturday and I got to go back to the sector and help in his baptism. Which means it was basically the best day of my life because he is just so converted. When he listened to the talks and then heard our musical number we looked at him and we was just crying he was so happy. He invited his entire family to the baptism and there were more nonmembers in his baptism than members. Granted, not very many people from the ward came out but still! It was super cool to be able to meet his family and help them get to know the church a little bit. And then after he got baptized, he bore his testimony to all of us and talked about how for years he had given excuses of why he couldnt let the missionaries in his house and had just never let them in but how when we came and knocked on the door he just knew that we were welcome in his house and how now he knows that the gospel is true and it was just so cool to be able to hear of how he has changed and how he loves the church now.

And also! Valentina got baptized this past Saturday! Valentina is the friend of Benjamin that we were working with in Quimey and it took her a lot longer to get baptized but she finally did! I dont have pics of her because Hermana Borja has them but next week!

So I had a day of baptisms and it was so fun. Now I just have to find somebody here who is ready to listen to us!

We have been doing so many contacts lately and talking to so many people, so we have a lot of faith that as we do our part, we are going to be able to see blessings.

But we are doing super good, I love my comp she is so stinking funny and we have fun together. I hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Rand