Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy thanksgiving!

Happy thanksgiving! They don't celebrate thanksgiving here. But està bien because today we made apple pies with Hermana Gwilliam. I mean "we" as in all the hermanas. So that was fun, they're going to give one to each district this upcoming Monday

Ummm okay lets see this week we had stake conference, and four of the Haitians that we are working with went with us to the chapel that day. And it was super cute, afterwards, one of the girls was talking to me, she's just a year older than me, and she said, "i want to be a sister like you, how can I be a sister?". As in, like, she wants to be a missionary. And right now she's an investigator. But they are super cool, only one of them is a member and he really wants to serve a mission too. So he helps a bunch in the lessons which is great cuz they're usually a mix of Spanish and Creole and occasionally English.

Also, this week a member told us a cool experience that she had. But first, backstory, like a few weeks back we ran into her on her way home and she has two little boys who are sometimes a little too much for her. So we helped her get them home by like playing and running around with them and she was super grateful at the time. Anyways, flash forward to when we were in a lesson for her and she told us that one day she was super frustrated because her one son didn't want to get on the bus and was having a tantrum and she just felt super like overwhelmed I guess. But she remembered something an hermana of the church said about angels taking care of God's children and she prayed kind of angrily and said like, Heavenly Father if you really care about me please send me one of those angels to help me get my boys home. Then she was able to get her son on the bus and when she got off she ran into us and we helped her get her kids home. And at the time, she kept saying like oh you are angels and we didn't think anything of it, it was like aw hermana don't worry about anything but then she told us that story and it was like awww hermana. Cuz after that she was like talking about how she knows that our prayers get answered and we were sent there to help her in that moment. It reminded me of a talk that we heard in the CCM where one apostle, I have no idea who, said that we have to stop worrying about if the thoughts and feelings we have are the Spirit or only our own thoughts because it is after we act on it that we will be able to recognize it but the important thing is that we don't have the fear to act.

But anyways. Thaaaats about it. Hope you all have a happy thanksgiving! 

Hermana Rand 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

hello hello

Hola! How is everybody? Im not going to lie, I dont really remember what happened this week, big surprise right?

Buuut umm oh something cool was that in the MTC here, the missionaries get to leave the MTC and work for a few hours with missionaries in the field, which we didnt have in Mexico. So a bunch of super new missionaries came to our mission and we got paired up with them and my companion was Hermana Bouza, she was so cute she was from España I mean Spain and she was just great, she wanted to talk to everyone that she could and was so excited to be proselyting and it was so much fun. Actually, theres a mormon message about her but I cant remember what its called sorryy. But she was awesome. 

Also this week we found a house of Haitianos, one of them is a member, hes a convert of like 3 months and he is super excited to help us because no one in his house is a member. So we are teaching them and this week we had 4 haitianos accompany us to church this sunday. So that was super cool.

Umm and Maria Jose, one of the young women that we have been working with and who has been progressing a bunch is going to move this sunday which is super sad, we had our last lesson with her yesterday. But the good thing is that she has been coming to church and doing her personal progress and we are just really really hoping that the missionaries in the new ward will be able to work with her as soon as she gets there.

Also for this pday we played kickball as a district until on of the elders kicked the ball on the roof of the building next to the church and we couldnt get it back haha. And then we went to the house of a member because she was having a barbecue for her birthday. So that was cool cuz she invited a bunch of other sister missionaries to come so I got to see Hermana Despain again.

Buut anyways that is about all, but I hope that everyone is doing great, until next week!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Temblor in Chile

So guess what!! There was a temblor this week!! I dont know what the word is in english (maybe its the same??) but from my understanding, it is not an earthquake but is almost an earthquake. But the point is, literally everyone else felt it except for my companion and I. We were walking in the ferria, which is like umm like like the farmers market but not really its just outside and they sell everything you could possibly imagine and its goes on through a street for quite a few blocks and yeah so we were there and the elders called us and were like hey did you feel the temblor and I was like "ha good one what temblor" and turns out they were not lying I just didnt feel anything so booo.

Buuuut umm what else happened this week. Oh yeah heard that Trump won woopdeedoo everyone kept asking me who I was voting for.

Also since they don't have Thanksgiving here I feel justified in singing Christmas songs all the time so thats happening. Also our ward had their halloween party this past ummm Friday I think it was and everyone was dressed up it was so fun. But as missionaries we couldnt really do much so Hermana and I just used our skirts to dress up as women from India and the elders wore sunglasses and were Men in Black ahahaha it was so lame in comparison with everyone else but hey what are you gonna do. 

ALSO this pday we went and played QUIDDITCH as a zone oh my gosh it was the funniest thing of my life. They made us pick houses and they had hula hoops hung from the cieling as goals and we all brought brooms and it was freaking intense ahaha and afterwards we WATCHED the first Harry Potter (we had permission okay) and we made butterbeer and it was just great oh my heck. I love quidditch. We're such nerds.

Umm okay not going to lie I think thats about it umm Jorge is doing good he and his cousin are having a contest to see who can read the Book of Mormon faster which is great cuz I mean yeah they're talking trash but they're reading so can't complain right?

Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful week!!

Hermana Rand

A few more pix she sent after I updated the blog...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Zone Conference, Halloween and the Supernatural car

Hello family!! 

Not going to lie, I dont really know what happened this week other than the usual walking around and teaching people, sooooo ummmmm, sorry if this letter is a little boring.

But! this week at zone conference President announced that we arent going to be able to leave the mission anymore for p-days and that we can only go to the temple 6 times a year and we can only go with members to the temple for their sealings or for their endowments. So thats a bummer because that cuts out going to the temple for baptisms with Jorge and also since our mission is super tiny we have to be really creative to think of things to do for p-day, haha. This week Im pretty sure everyone went to eat food somewhere and play soccer or volleyball, haha. 

Also this past Sunday we went to teach a few Haitianos and they were super cool but it was super confusing because one speaks English and not Spanish and the other speaks Spanish and not English so Hermana and I were basically teaching everything twice haha.

Also! Haha, Mom and Dad, you both told me that they probably dont have Halloween here but its funny cuz here everyone talked to me as if we dont have Halloween in the United States, hahaha. But yeah we were super lame, we walked around trying to find people to teach and ended up helping Jorge and his cousin Carol decorate their house for a Halloween party. And then we found out the next day that our Elders just went out and ended up trick or treating cuz apparently "everyone thought they were dressed up as misisonaries" ahahahah.

ALSO y'all know that sweet car from last week? I sent you a picture of it? The one that looks like its from Supernatural? Yeah so we saw that car parked outside a house this past week and I was like wow there it is again and so we go and I was looking at it and then this lady walks out of the house and we start talking to her and she was so nice and she knew the missionaires from like 8 years ago but then moved to Canada and then she moved back to Chile. I dont know what happened but when she met us she was super receptive and we'll have another visit with her next week. So that was cool, thank you Spirit and Supernatural car. 

Also!! Jael Kanani I got your letter and it made my DAY!! Thank you so much, a response letter will be on its way soon.

But umm, yeah, also we had service yesterday painting a house which was fun but it basically turned into a paint war with us and the family and the Elders.

Buuut anyways I think thats about all. I love you, have a wonderful week! 

Hermana Rand