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




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

All the Hermanas in the mission got together for Women's Conference!


Its been a week of acting like I know what I'm doing

Hello hello! 

This week has been great! We are figuring out the area and finding people to teach. I accidentally bought paper towels instead of toilet paper so thats what we have been using for an entire week.

Speaking of which, I now live with Hermana Borja again! We live us four hermanas, Hermana Borja, my companion Hermana Guerrero, and hermana from Argentina and me. Which is so much fun!

And the ward here, San Miguel, is just awesome. The members really want to help and they are super excited to have hermanas back in the ward because for a change there werent any, there were only elders. In fact, the other day we set up an appointment with someone we had found in the area book and when we went to go meet him, he didnt have a woman in the house with him. He had received missionaries before so he knew the rule that we couldnt enter if a woman wasnt in the house and so he told us of a member who lived close to him that we could visit and ask if they could accompany us. When we went to that member, he and his family we super busy but they started giving us names and numbers of people who could help us and the first family that we called told us that they were in their house and of course they could accompany us. Just like that they dropped what they were doing and went to our appointment with us and they really helped by testifying and helping the investigator get more answers and get a different perspective on things.

And we have just had a really great response from the ward which really helps because I just came from a ward where there were only a few families who were really actively involved in missionary work.

OH! And Rogelio is going to get baptized this saturday! Rogelio our golden investigator who came to the service projects and sang the hymns louder than the members and who went and watched general conference even though he had just gotten off work and hadnt slept and who asked us to write down which lessons we were going to teach him before his baptism so that he could prepare himself for each lesson. THAT Rogelio. So I will be going back to San Bernardo to see his baptism and I am so excited.

We are doing super good here, I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Hermana Rand




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

IVE GOT A DAUGHTER

Hello hello!

So we just had changes yesterday and I am training an hermana from Ecuador! Her name is Hermana Guerrero and her name is honestly my worst nightmare because after 15 months in the mission I have yet to learn how to roll my "rr"s. So I am taking it as a 3 month long challenge to never ever ever say my companions name. I will keep yall updated on how it goes.

I am training her in San Miguel. I have officially said goodbye to San Bernardo. Between wards Quimey and San Bernardo, which are both from the stake San Bernardo, I was in that stake and zone for about 10 months. And now I have returned to zone San Miguel. I actually started my mission in this zone but I was in Departamental, which is the ward next to San Miguel. # tinymissionlife. And so I am training her in a whitewash, we opened the sector up for hermanas after it being closed for a cambio or two. So neither one of us has any idea what we are doing but it is great!

Yesterday we were able to visit a few members, and the elders gave us references of a few people that they were teaching but are part of our sector so they passed them to us and we were able to teach the Restoration to a family of colombianos and my companion did SO good she shared the first vision and it was such a cool experience to be able to hear her teach that on her first day.

And before changes day, Hermana Cribbs and I got to go do an open temple house in another sector which was fun. Oh and we got to go do service in another sector, we went with the elders of another zone to go sing for an hermana... who had a family member die. So we went and we sang to the family and it was so sad the lady who passed away had a really little son and he started crying as we sang and Cribbs and I were a mess, trying to comfort this little kid who had just lost his mom and it just made me so grateful for the knowledge we have that our families can be together forever. And we dont just know that they can, but we know how they can be together forever. The hermana who asked us to come was the only member of her family and it just made me really grateful to know that God does have a plan for us that is the reason why I am here, to be able to share that with everyone.

I hope you all have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand

pics of us at last pday, random stairs, renata (our investigator in san bernardo), and a dog that I named teancum because he is a killing machine








Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy 18 of September! (round 2)

This week was so much fun!! First off, we got a call on Friday telling us that they needed us to show up for service in like 30 minutes.. so we go and turns out a house had been badly burned and they needed us to help clean it all up. It was a big two story house and basically our job was to tear it all down. WE GOT TO DESTROY A HOUSE AND THEY CALLED IT SERVICE. So there we were, 16 or so missionaries, half of us on the top floor throwing a bunch of burned wood and pieces of wall down to the lower floor and the other people were cleaning up all the stuff that we tore apart. It was definitely one of my favorite services. But by the end of it, the street in front of the house had the biggest pile of wood and debris that any of you have ever seen in your lives. But it was super cool and the family was super grateful. They weren't members so it was a great opportunity to introduce them to the church.

And then after that, we had the 18 of September! Which is basically like chilean independence day, and they celebrate it here for like 4 days straight. So I have been eating barbecue for the last 4 days. No complaints here. And for our zone activity today we decided to celebrate it the chilean way and play soccer for 4 hours and then eat barbecue! 

Also, Rogelio is one of the investigators right now who is just progressing so much, he is the kind of investigator that every missionary looks for. He has a baptism date for the 7 of October and he told us "my birthday is on the 5th of october so my present will be my baptism!". He is so awesome, he has only been to church 3 times but is so converted. He heard that our ward is going to do service this saturday and he said that he is going to come even though he works that day. And he just understands so well the gospel and the commandments and is so excited to be a part of the church. That is him in the fotos, we call him our chilean grandpa. We just love him so much. 

Anyways, it has been a week full of lots of work and really being able to see the tender mercies of the Lord. Keep your heads and think of things to be grateful for! Have an amazing week!

Hermana Rand




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Fiestas Patrias!!

Hello hello family and friends!

This week was great, our ward had a party for the 18 of September which is like the chilean 4th of July. So we had half a day of being with most of our ward, eating a bunch of meat, playing ping pong, and watching people dance the cueca which is a chilean dance. So it was super fun. And I realize that it still is not the 18 of September, but they decided to put the activity a week before the actual holiday because a lot of people travel and whatnot.

And then on Sunday and Monday, we had the best days of our LIVES because the 11th of September is actually a relatively dangerous day in Chile, in some sector people really start kind of going crazy and fighting in the streets and stuff (so Ive heard, we didn't see anything near where we live) so for the afternoon on Sunday and all day on Monday we had to stay inside the house. WE HAD TO STAY INSIDE THE HOUSE. It was the most chill thing in the world, we just studied, cleaned up a bit, took a few naps, oh it was GLORIOUS.

But before that, when we went to church on Sunday we had the best day ever because the family we have been teaching, Cecilia and Luis and their son and grandkids came to church, as well as Rogelio, our chilean grandpa investigator, and two Haitian investigators came to church all in the same day. THEY ALL CAME TO CHURCH. That was the most investigators Ive seen come to the church in my entire mission, and they all LOVED it. They loved the classes, they loved the sacrament meeting and we were just so happy. So that was awesome.

And guess what!! Hermana Yufra, my second comp, came to visit Chile and totally surprised me! It was super good to see her, I have pictures and everything but they are on my comps camera... so those will come later! But that is it, we had a great week full of investigators that are really progressing and it is amazing! I hope you all have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand



Monday, September 11, 2017

Divisions in Quimey [9/6/2017 email]

Hello hello!!

This week has been great! I never got to send pics from the last pday that we had, but we had a onesie pajama party! Hey when you are in the smallest mission in the world outside of Temple Square, you have to get a little creative and almost anything outside of the ordinary seems like a blast okay? So we had a onesie pajama party! I was Mike Wazowski. 

Anyways, this past Friday I think it was, we got to go to a different sector and do an activity where we go with young women from the ward and they come be like "mini missionaries" with us. And so my companion and I were walking around with 3 girls aged like 15 and 16 in a sector that we did not know at all and we accidentally went to a pretty ghetto part without realizing it. But it was great because we found some pretty receptive people and were able to pass the references to the elders of the sector.

Also, we did a breakfast for all of our Hermanas, we all met up at our church building and had breakfast and afterwards we did a little class on the importance of studying every day. Which was pretty easy because it is one of the things that I have really gained a testimony of, is that it is really important to study the scriptures every single day. Our president has been focusing this change on revelation, and how we can better receive and understand revelation as missionaries. And really as I have been able to study and focus on that, I have been able to see that really God communicates with His children all the time, it is just that we sometimes do not listen or act on what He says.

Also! This week I was able to do divisions with one companionship of Hermanas and I got to go back to Quimey, my past sector and we visited Benjamin! It was so cool to be able to see him and Jocelyn again, because they are just as strong as ever and when we taught the Plan of Salvation, Benjamin remembered EVERYTHING and was able to explain it all to us and he said that as soon as he turns 12 he wants to go to the temple and do baptisms there and oh it just made me so happy to see him and how he is still doing so good. They are my favorite miracle. Hope you all have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand