March 11, 2013
1. The Good and Bad of Missionary Work
So I’ll start off with the not so happy, we can’t get one of our investigators Raul to come to church and it makes me so sad because he is missing out on so many blessings. This must be how God feels when we choose a path that is not correct. We have tried everything and we just have to leave the rest up to the Lord and Raul. Hopefully he will come.
|Another option for getting my hair dry!|
There is this inactive family in our ward that feeds us three times a week. At the beginning I felt they didn't like me, but I think they were just going through a rough patch. Now they are some of my favorite people. I can kind of understand them and their 2 daughters speak English so that is great. Sister Morales taught us how to make homemade chocolates with coconut filling - they were so good. We sure had such a fun time making them and even a funner time eating them! They came to church this Sunday, I was so pumped to see them.
3. Chilean Culture Corner
So a funny thing I have noticed is Chileans just grab whatever food they want with their forks even if they have already used it...hmm, not sure how I feel about this . . . We great everyone except men by putting our cheek on theirs and kissing the air. hahah Its funny - I’ll probably try to do that to you when I get home....sorry in advance.
4. Grapes, Jehovah´s Witness, and Kidneys
5. Learning Spanish
|At the Bus Stop - every day and all the time!|
6. Centro Visitantes en la Capilla
7. I Got to Speak English Today
Sunday was fun because I got 2 opportunities to speak English. The first time was with a lady who is in her early 20s named Miranda Lewis. she used to live in DC ask Sara Kowallis if she knows her? She is married and has a son, she is small and blonde. Her husband and her just moved to Chile and she doesn’t speak any Spanish. I went up and talked to her and the Relief Society President asked me to translate . . . Let’s be real, I am not quite at the translating level yet. It takes all my mind power to just understand what is going on! I was trying, but it was not very effective. Then I remembered the Morales girl can speak English so I asked her to translate and it went well. Sister Lewis even got to bare her testimony and Catalina translated and she started to cry. It was so touching because that was probably the first time she understood anything at church. I have no idea how long she has been here. She is looking for a Spanish tutor and that’s where my next story comes in. The next sister is a mom in our ward who is probably in her early 30’s. She is bilingual and is looking for work. I got to share some thoughts in English with her and it was so nice to express myself adequately. One day I will get to do that in Spanish. I asked her if she knew Hermana Lewis, but she didn’t. I told her that she is looking for a tutor and maybe they could get together. That way Hermana Lewis can learn Spanish and make a new friend in the ward also and the other sister needs a job. They could both be blessed by knowing each other. I hope they become friends, it must be so hard for Sister Lewis. I can understand a lot of Spanish, but I have Hermana Cisneros who is an angel and helps me out so much.
I am loving the mission so much. It’s so hard but it’s so worth it. I just love people and everything will be ok. This life is not about us, it’s about others. P.S. I am obsessed with peanut butter now... it’s probably because it’s the one thing that I can eat that is a little bit American to me! hahah The food here is good and interesting all at the same time. Well love ya’ll have a great week and don’t forget to smile. J