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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

We are basically the Power Puff Girls

Hello hello family and friends! 

So this week has been interesting, I have been getting accustomed to working in a trio and to my new calling. This last Saturday we had a service project as a zone where we went to an old person retirement home or something that is in my past sector, Quimey, and we cleaned up like weeds and threw away a bunch of trash that they had collected up there, like wheelchairs and whatnot. So thats why theres a pic of us standing in a big ole trash can. Dump thing? Ima go with trash can.

Also what else has happened, hmmm today for pday we went to a house where the hermanas were fighting and helped them have conflict resolution for three hours. And we were able to resolve it! Woohoo! At least we think we resolved it but we will see.

But that is about it because honestly it has been a lot of meetings and stuff, and trying to find people to teach. BUT I am doing super good, and I hope that everyone else is as well! Have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Goodbye Quimey, Hello San Beka

Hello hello! 

So yesterday we had cambios, and now I am in San Bernardo ward in a trio! [The three of them are now the sister training leaders for their sector.] My companions are Hermanas Johnston and De Carvalho, from Philadelphia and Brasil. Its super weird this change because now I don't have a bike and the sector is TINY, whereas in Quimey it was gigantic. But its good, its always weird getting used to new comps and areas.

But yeah so this week was full of us saying goodbye to people which is literally the worst, especially saying goodbye to Benjamin and Jocelyn. But the good thing is he is going to baptized in a few weeks so I will be able to return and attend the baptism.

So not too much has happened other than that, yesterday we taught a few Haitianos with the Elder from the marriage couple of missionaries who speaks a bit of french and it was the weirdest mixture of languages, spanish, english and french. But it was actually super cool because they were able to understand the priesthood and everything. 

But anyways, I will let you all know next week how it goes teaching in a trio! "I testify that the words of my... my two companions are true." haha.

Okay have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand

Monday, May 22, 2017

Satan thought he could win [5/17/2017 email]

Screenshot from our Skype call with Aleigha on Mothers Day, 5/14/2017
Hello hello!!

So first off, HAPPY LATE MOTHERS DAY!! Talking with the fam was fun. And weird. But mostly fun. Mmmm this week we had a family home evening with Benjamin and Jocelyn who are doing super good, and Hermana Jocelyn did the lesson and talked about how we are literal children of God and sometimes the world makes us forget that like how she forgot that for a long time but in the end it was super good and we could feel the spirit so strong. It is super cool to see how they both are progressing so well.

Also today, we had to get up at 5:00 so that we could make it to the 9 o'clock session at the temple and we first off were supposed to meet the elders at a certain bus stop and when we got there the elders weren't there so we just decided to get on the bus. Then we met up with other elders at the train station but turns out the train wasn't working at that time in that station so then we had to run to the other train station but turns out we didn't have the special train pass thing that we needed because we thought that the one main card would work for it but nope. So then we had to take the bus and then take a metro and then another metro and in Chile in the morning the metro is so crammed full of people that you don't need to hold onto the hand rail because the people are packed in so tightly that it is impossible to fall. And then we literally ran like 7 blocks from the metro station to the temple and got there 4 minutes too late. So we had to wait for the next session BUT we got to do initiatory so that was cool. So the lesson is, when Satan thinks he's got you and he's foiled your plans, just go and do initiatory in the temple and you'll learn new things and get the upper hand on him.

Also here are some pictures from when we were in the house of an investigator the other day, her niece was putting the blanket all over me because she thought I was cold and wanted to help. Anyways, I hope you all have just a lovely week!

Hermana Rand

Photo from the Mission FB page, apparently most missionaries there do not have bikes (Aleigha is near the upper left)

Another week in Chile [5/10/2017 email]


You know, sometimes the people in the street just randomly yell "HELLO HELLO" at the missionaries. And that is true for almost all of us. Like, it doesn't matter if they're full latinos or actual gringos, people just see the name badge and want to yell at you in english. Fun fact for you all.

Also hmm lets see. This week has been good, just, you know, working as usual. Benjamin and Jocelyn are doing super good, and they always tell us about the little miracles that have been happening in their lives that have started ever since we found them that day. They say that they have started to receive so many little blessings that they never received when they were far from the church, like when they had separated themselves from the church. So that was super cool to hear, you can tell that they really are happy to be turning back to God. So naturally we are super happy for them. They are really a testimony to me that the timing of God is definitely not our timing. I know that for a long time, Hermana Borja and I were fasting and praying and contacting literally everyone that we met because we were trying to find people to teach, people who needed this message that we have. And it felt like a long time that we were struggling with that, and then one day we found Benjamin and Jocelyn by miracle (it felt more like an accident) and they were just one of the answers to our prayers that we've gotten because there are more that have happened. So don't worry because God always listens and always answers, we just are sometimes impatient. Or we don't recognize the answers.

But that is it, I hope you all have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Today we climbed a mountain [5/3/2017 email]

Hello hello! 

So today, Hermana Borja and I climbed a mountain. And that is the most exciting thing that we have done this week. Other than having new bikes. And having ínterviews with President. And telling him that we don't want changes but him basically telling us that we are going to have changes. SOOO BUMMER. But climbing up a mountain was fun, especially since the mountains here look like they were plucked out of Arizona and put into Chile.

Umm also we had a family home evening with a less active family that we found, and a member family accompanied us and it was super cool because this family doesn't remember too much about the gospel so we taught the Restoration and talked about Joseph Smith and the spirit was so strong.

But we are doing super good, there were a few other little temblors, but nothing to worry about. Okay I hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Rand

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Temblor, Dude

Hello hello!! Okay so first off this week I felt my first earthquake!! Well, okay here they call the smaller earthquakes "temblor" so if its less then 7 its a temblor and if its more than 7 its an earthquake, or a terremoto. So this past Saturday, we all woke up at like 12 at night because it was temblando, like a lil earthquake was happening and we were all like oooooh temblor although my companion just slept right through it, i and the other Hermanas were talking about it. That was the first one i felt! And then like two days ago we were in a lesson and I said, "okay, today we are going to talk about the plan of salvation." and then the house started shaking and we were all like freak thats an earthquake. So we ran upstairs because apparently its safer to go upstairs so that if the roof falls we wouldn't get smashed on the first floor and die, we would get smashed on the second floor and probably not die. So then we continued the lesson after it stopped and the family was all ready to repent and get baptized hahaha. So that was fun. The good thing is that the houses here are pretty earthquake-proof, it would have to be like above an 8 or 9 to take them down.

And then like three nights ago, we had a guest in our house! Haha Dude, the mission dog, followed the other hermanas home and ended up sleeping inside our house for a night. So we made him a bed and he was our lil guest.

ALSO GUESS WHAT WE GOT NEW BIKES. Our other bikes were like the worst bikes in the world and I had them for 4 months and we were very grateful to have bikes but them broke like every other day. But now we have new bikes and they are the same bikes as the elders, and oh my heck they are like bikes from heaven. So we are extremely happy. Also its just hard not to be happy when Borja and I are companions.

ALSO we had our Polynesian Pday today! Well, half Polynesian Pday. But we made candy leis, we watched Moana, and we made Hawaiian haystacks, and we played volleyball it was super fun. So thats me with the two other half poly elders of the mission.

But anyways, that is about it for this week, hope everybody is super great!

Hermana Rand

A few pix from the Mission FB page...

This is a picture of the entire mission on Dec. 30, 2016. You can see Aleigha in the very front on the right.
Posted Dec. 23rd, so I'm assuming the Mission Christmas Party. ;-)

A picture of all of the Hermanas at the recent Womens' Conference.

Aleigha and her comp at Womens' Conference.