Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I´ll be home for Christmas

3 John 
13 had many things to write, but will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
14 But trust shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee.
Greet the friends by name.
Hermana Aleigha Rand

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Close to the end

Hello hello!

So. Its getting really close to the end. Each day that passes brings me closer. And its like a constant struggle of thinking about the things that I have to do to get ready to leave, and thinking about the people here in this sector and my companion. What I have to do to leave her feeling ready, and with people to teach. We are doing good. We feel good because we are doing our part. 

The other day, Fernanda, one of our investigators, told us that even though we helped her so much, and even though she loves the things that we teach her and knows that they are true, she could never leave her religion and get baptized. That was a really sad lesson, because she is so awesome, and the gospel could help her so much. But now isnt her time. I have confidence that at some point in the future, she will be brought back to the church or the missionaries in some form or another and will be able to accept it. Really we arent in charge here, right? As I have seen countless times in my mission, our Heavenly Father has a plan for every one of His children and He will be taking care of Fernanda in this time. 

So as I sit here writing this email and thinking about what I could possibly say, I would just like to bear my testimony I think. Ill try to sum up everything that I feel, everything I have learned but I cant promise that I will be able to fully express the gratitude I have for this time that Ive spent here. 

When I first came on the mission, I just knew that I was here because I wanted to serve. I knew that who I was as a person was in large part because of the gospel that I had in my life, the teachings I had recieved. And so I knew that I was here for a good reason, and that I would have to step up to the plate. That if I was going to serve, I was going to serve with everything I could. I would give everything I had to give to the Lord. But I never realized how very real is the love that He has for us, and how we can feel that love in a way that is so strong. Overwhelming sometimes. In this time, this year and a half, I think that is the thing I have learned most. Every time that I felt like it was too much, like I had done everything I could but it wasnt good enough, like I was alone, like I didnt know what else to do, my Heavenly Father showed me that He was there. That He cares. I can testify with all my heart, that He hears and answers our prayers. I can tell anyone who listens that our God really does work miracles in our days, that He is aware of every single one of us. His son came to this earth. Because of Him, we never have to go through anything alone. I came with the intention to give Him everything I could but really, Christ already gave everything for me. We are all in debt to Him and all that we can do to show gratitude for what He has given us, is by continuing to serve. Wherever we may be, name tag or no, we continue in debt. And so we must continue to serve. I know that Jesus the Christ made it possible for every single one of us to return to live with Him and with our Heavenly Father, if we will only do our part. The scriptures and prophets are there to help us along the way, and if we follow their counsel we will not be led astray. I know that Christ lives, that He loves every single one of us. I know that God has a plan and that plan is in effect every single day. He loves us and I love Him. I testify that the Restoration is real, and continues today. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Hermana Aleigha Rand

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Endure to the End

Hello hello!
our district

What to say. We had a meeting this last friday for all of the people that go home this change, all the people that are finishing. A meeting about finishing strong. And even though last week was really rough, and this week hasnt been easy, I have been able to see even more how the Lord blesses us for the work that we do. He always gives us little miracles, little ways to see His love for us, that help us to keep moving. This past sunday, obispo realized that they needed one more person to bless the sacrament and he asked Ricardo to do it. You shouldve seen how happy he was to serve, and how happy Carolina was to see her husband up on the stand. And the day before that, the friday before, we went to go teach Carolina. And as usual, she had something amazing to share with us. She told us about how a few days before, she had lost her job. She was the only one working, Ricardo was looking for work and so she realized that they were in a bad place. And she was talking with a member of the ward who told her "pay your tithing, its the only thing I can tell you. Pay your tithing and the Lord will bless you, I cant explain how but you will be able to see that He will help." And so she and Ricardo decided that they would do it, that night they put the money in the envelope and the next morning, Ricardo got a call saying that he had a job, Carolina got a call saying that even though she hadn't passed a test for a job interview, they wanted her to come in and have another interview anyways. And the day after that, she received the job and it was way more than what she had been earning in her other work. She shared that with us and told us how grateful she was for tithing, for the chance to gain a testimony like that. And there have been lots of things like that to keep us going. 

And so it goes. We are working hard every single day, I have holes in half my clothes and my shoes, tan lines on my arms and legs from two chilean summers, my name tag is turning yellow and has scratches all over it but I love it. I love it. Every day that I have to go out and work is another day I have to show my love for the Savior. Because at the end of the day, thats what this work is about. It doesn't matter how much time one has in the mission, how many sectors they've had, it matters the love that they have for Him who gave everything. And if we preach about enduring to the end but then we cant endure to the end of every day, the end of every month, the end of this year and a half, how are we going to endure to the end of our days on this earth? How can we expect to stay faithful to the end if we cant do it here? I cant wait to see you all but Im here for these next 20 days for a reason. I love you all and I will see you soon!

Hermana Aleigha Rand

Monday, November 27, 2017

From the Mission's FB page with link to article

"Your missionaries were recognized for all their service in the Church's Chile news web site "Sala de Prensa". What fine sons and daughters you have, generous, diligent and hard workers, not to mention lots of fun! Thank you for sharing them with us in the great Chile Santiago South Mission!"

Saturday, November 25, 2017

its getting close

hello hello!!
From Sis. Gwilliam's FB page: "Pie Pday with the Hermanas....
yummy apple pies for all our missionaries. Just a little thanksgiving in Chile!!'

So it is getting real close to the end here, my comp and I are really trying our best to do our part and work as hard as we can every day. Its been hard to see the effect, as we have been experiencing lots of rejections in almost everything we do, we've had investigators tell us that they dont want to keep receiving us, we had one man invite us over and then start showing us verses in the Bible that explained why we as a church are wrong, we had a brother and sister invite us in and then start telling us that we dont know anything because we are so young, when we are older and have experienced more we will be able to understand why God doesn't exist and why all the churches are wrong, and lots of other experiences that were similar, all in one week! Woohoo!

But you know what, in Doctrine and Covenants, when Joseph Smith was in Liberty Jail, the Lord told him this: 
5 If thou art called to pass through tribulation; if thou art in perils among false brethren; if thou art in perils among robbers; if thou art in perils by land or by sea;
6 If thou art accused with all manner of false accusations; if thine enemies fall upon thee; if they tear thee from the society of thy father and mother and brethren and sisters; and if with a drawn sword thine enemies tear thee from the bosom of thy wife, and of thine offspring, and thine elder son, although but six years of age, shall cling to thy garments, and shall say, My father, my father, why can’t you stay with us? O, my father, what are the men going to do with you? and if then he shall be thrust from thee by the sword, and thou be dragged to prison, and thine enemies prowl around thee like wolves for the blood of the lamb;
7 And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
8 The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?
So that is what is keeping me going right now, knowing that whenever any one of us has difficulties, has problems, is frustrated, is sad, has been rejected so many times for so long, we can find peace in the knowledge that Christ has as well. That he felt all of this before we did. He knows. I testify of that and I hope that you all have a wonderful week.

Hermana Rand

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Baptism of Carolina


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


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