Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cold Showers and living in the 18th Century

ola familia!
como estan? (How are you?) This week was un montaña russio or a russian mountain (roller coaster). The week started off really sad. Our closest investigator to baptism told us that her husband and her got in a fight 2 nights earlier and that he doesn't want her to be baptized into another religion and that her reading the Book of Mormon was causing her to forget her womanly responsibilities, such as cooking.

And its true.

Honestly, I have never felt such joy the week before when she shared with us her testimony of the Book of Mormon and how she cannot deny it.

Every time we visit her, she stops everything she is doing to come and listen, including cooking. It's funny because one time she was in the middle of making a cake and totally stopped all to come and listen.

They have a baby so it is complicated. But yeah, she told us that she was really sorry but we couldn't come and visit her anymore. I've never felt such sadness. She knows.... she knows....

But nevertheless, the work will go on, with or without us.

And that being said, a freaking awesome experience that we had yesterday. Well Friday, we were knocking doors and I saw a lady chopping wood and asked if she needed help. At first she was really cold with us but changed when we told her we were missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ... she told us that her sister and entire family had just joined the church 4 months earlier and that she wanted us to visit her.

Yesterday we went and it honsetly felt like I've known her forever. She's awesome. After getting to know her a little better, we shared a scripture and video "de Jesucristo" and after asked for her thoughts. She began to open up a lot to us and shared some really spiritual experiences she's had. SHE IS SO PREPARED. She then told us that after moving here, she felt so alone because all of her family and kids are far away.

She prayed for the first time in a long time for help and comfort on Thursday, and Friday we met her. she knows a lot about the church already because she lived with her sister while they were talking to lessons. She told us that we were an answer to her prayers and that because of that, she wants to take the lessons and come to church this Sunday. The Spirit was so strong in her one-room tin hut. This definitely was one of the coolest experiences I have had here in Futrono.

Yep, como dice el título... cold showers baby!! Haha its like Das Boot every morning. But hey, could be worse.... on the bright side we are showering really quickly and have more time to prepare for the day!

It is really weird living here. It's like the 18th and 21 century collided. There are smart phones, TVs, cars and such, but every night and morning we have to go out and gather wood and chop it, then start a fire if we want to be warm.

There is a small outbreak of bronchitis in Futrono. About half the kids have it. There's medicine but not like the stuff we have in the states.

Also something interesting... most women here don't know how to drive. Como driving is a man thing. My comp is 27 and has never driven before.... it's a different life here....

Familia, the church is true. The gospel is perfect. I love it here. Every day there is a new challenge. I now understand and know the type of pérson that I want to be in the future. I love my mission! I wouldn't trade it for anything. It is the best choice I've ever made.

Oh, and today is my 5 month mark.... SO CRAZY!

love you lots

les quiero mucho!!!!

It's official---my Chilean Visa Card!

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