Well, I am here in Chile!! And WOW!!! I love my area,
Futrono. It is beautiful. A mix between Idaho, New Zealand and Utah. Lots of
rolling hills, groves of trees and farms. There are also a lot of dogs and cats
that roam around the streets. I learned REAL fast that if a dog starts baking
at you or charges you, just pick up a rock. It scares them off.
My companion is Hermana Braithwaite from Oregon and she is
AMAZING!!!! She is dedicated to the work and loves it. We already have seen so
many miracles here. We are in a branch of 30 strong. And yeah, it is weird,
well, just a different culture and it will take some getting used to…
They look to us for a lot. We have so many responsibilities
that shouldn’t be ours and it is a bit frustrating at times because we should
be teaching people, but instead we have to do other things…haha, but it is
great. Everyone calls me Hermanita (little sister).
In our sector, we have Futrono, Llifen and Non Tuela. We
travel a lot. Futrono is a small town, like half the size of Rexburg, and the
other two towns are even smaller. (editor's note: I couldn't even find Non Tuela on the map, it's so small...) Each are about 30 minutes away from each
other by bus. We walk everywhere and my feet were really swollen the first two
nights but are better now.
The food is good…although they literally cook everything and
eat everything with oil! My arteries are going to be in trouble by the end of
my mission…but it’s worth it!
Jeez, no time!
We are teaching some twins how to read right now. They
are nine and in school but the teachers aren’t great and the twins don’t know
how to read.
Something funny, we were in a lesson and I invited the
investigator to be baptized and her daughter (who is a member of our church but
doesn’t come very much) started, not yelling, but raised her voice at me and
started talking super duper fast. What I got out was that I can’t ask her mom
to be baptized because her mom doesn’t know if the church is true. Haha, pretty
intimidating, because it lasted for like five minutes! But in the end her mom
said yes she’d be baptized, once she gets an answer!
Dang I wish I had more time to tell you all the miracles
that are happening. (We visited a woman and invited her back to church. She
wanted nothing to do with it. She hadn’t been to church in four years. Two days
later we testified to her about the power of prayer and she said she would come
back to church!)
They talk SO fast here!! And don’t complete their words…it’s
a fun guessing game trying to understand what everyone is saying. I am
definitely learning patience! I can understand when they talk fast if they say
words I know, which I am happy about. I can usually follow a conversation
semi-well and my talking has improved a lot. The Gift of Tongues is real!
Oh! And mom, my trainer, it was her companion that got bit by the dog! Moonboots!
Anyway…she is the best. I have learned so much from her
already and we both love to work. I am so blessed!
We live in a small casa (house). It is one room, just like a
yurt! Seriously, future house right here! We have a “mamita” who cooks lunch
for us. Breakfast and dinner is on us.
I love it here! Everyone should go on a mission! I’ve never
felt so nervous, worthless and happy! Haha, it sounds weird but oh, I am so
grateful for the person I am becoming.
Love you all!! I hope you have a wonderful week!
Work hard, help others, serve God! He is real! Les Quiero (I
love you all)!