Thursday, July 27, 2017

I've been good


Renata and us, we went to lunch at the house of the marriage missionaries
This week, I got to see the baptism of Ernesto, the cousin of Benjamin who was our little miracle that got baptised a while back. He's only got 9 years, but it was cool to see his baptism because his family has been inactive for years and years and supporting him getting baptized was a big reason of why they came back to the church. It was also pretty weird because they have a lot of family in Departamental, which was my first ward, so I got to see a lot of ward members that I knew from when I was first here in Chile.

Also we are teaching an investigator who is super awesome, she is named Renata and she's got 20 years and she loves learning about the Gospel. She came to church this past Sunday and wanted to see the baptismal font and ahh she is just so great. 

And today we went to the temple which was fun, we went with about 20 other missionaries. And afterwards we went to Carls Jr. because we were in the rich part of Chile and it was the most American place I have been ever. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Rand

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​