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

What even happened this week [8/30/2017 email]

Hola!! This week has been great, not going to lie the only pictures we have taken are with Dude, the mission dog, from when he followed us home and slept in our house. So here you go! I promise he's actually really cute, just in this picture he kind of did a face like Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes.

BUT ANYWAYS. Not quite sure if I have already told this story but literally the people right now are contacting US not the other way around. The other day, Hermana Cribbs and I were walking in the street just laughing like normal and this couple of old people come up to us and is like, "hey do you guys have magazines?" and we are like what the heck no we don't sell magazines... we have pamphlets if you want?" and they are like "yeah we do! Can we have some?" and we are just like mmmokay and we start talking to them and the lady is telling us that she wants to get baptized, there was a time when she was receiving the missionaries and was going to get baptized but then her mom got sick and just so many things happened that she wasn't able to. And they were like, "were not married but we want to get married and baptized in your church, we just love what you teach" and we are like, well that is literally our job! And they invited us over to teach them the next day and when we passed by for them it was awesome! We were able to teach them both and they are just so ready to listen! Talk about miracles.

And yeah we have been working hard, working hard working hard. It is finally getting a little bit warmer her so that is cool. Every time I talk with somebody who is from a different Spanish speaking country I learn just how many of the words I am speaking are Chilean Spanish words. Turns out a lot! But Im doing good. Everything is good. Life is good. Hope you all have a lovely week!

Hermana Rand

Photo of Entire Mission!

Here's a photo we took from the mission Facebook page, it's the entire mission together. Aleigha is in the front row, the fifth from the left...