Monday, April 13, 2015
First i am sorry i am rushing to write this email. Although this week was incredible and we found a ton of news this week through members, contacts, and actividades it was so cool. I am so happy with what is going on with our district and ward we are starting the success right back up.
Also i had a really cool experience this week. We found a lady who has been sent through references through like 3 city's and 4 bishops and nobody has helped her yet because she has not had any food for her kids for like quite some time so we asked some members to bring some food on Sunday and they did and after we brought her to the church and she was balling her eyes out and said that because of the night before her husband finally got a job and this will last until he gets paid thank you so much. It made me really happy.
Also this Monday was super cool we went to lago chungarà it is a lake right next to a volcano close to the border of pure and Bolivia it was super cool i have a lot of photos and will send more next week but just like 1 this week.
Love you all so much have a great week
I just want to start of by truly saying im sorry that i didn't get a chance to write you guys last week and my email was really pathetic but i had minutes to write and it was between being disobedient or writing you guys and i am sorry but I have repented and accepted the lord as my Savior so has for my weeks they were great. We had some craziness go down this last week and this week have happened some pretty end of the world crap! We in arica and Iquique are the only citys in our mission that have not been washed almost away! What happened is that in this time of the year especially February Bolivia gets A LOT A LOT A LOT of rain and when we get some of those clouds on the interior of the desert it turns the dessert into a mountain slide of sand and dirt that destroys citys and villages and with that the cites Copiapò, chañaral, vallenar, and antofogasta, are pretty much destroyed with mud and dirt.
Although so everybody feels good, i am safe in Arica we have not had any problems except a strange little earthquake (6.4) at night me and my comp we woke up and watched people start to leave there apartments because we are right by the beach so if we get something big we have 10 minutes to get out of the apartment but we didn't hear the alarms and realized that it wasn't big enough to have a tsunami so we went back to sleep. All in all we are good.
Also this week we had a really cool opportunity to help out the people in the south who don't have running water so we spent Thursday filling up a giant semi truck with water jugs i have not felt so worked out since i was going to Golds gym a year and a half ago haha. Although i love the opportunities that i get to do service it makes me feel so lifted up.
Also another thing amazing that happened this week was CONFERENCE it was so great this time i had the luck to watch all the sessions in English (except the two speakers in Spanish i went and listen to them in Spanish it sounds way better than hearing the translator) As for the talks i really cannot decide what was my favourite talk i liked almost all of them they all caught my eye in so many different forms and ways for you guys and my investigators and for me. what can I say I love general conference. Although the ones that come to my mind first are the sister that was the second to speak in the first session Saturday she finally gave the credit the father deserves not coming from another father. It really impressed me that a woman went up there and talked about that just because i have never heard it before.Also the talk of the difference between being a latter day saint and latter day quitter i liked that one a lot Also the talk right before elder Holland spoke Sunday I started of a little mad because i wanted to hear the talk from elder Holland but then its funny how the lord slaps me in the face and says "It doesn't matter who speaks it matters what you get out of it" and a seventy spoke about the prodigal son i was truly crying hearing that talk i will never forget how i felt after that talk.
As for the work everything is good we are working really hard with a new initiative that i didn't get to announce last week that's called "He lives" we have had so many oppurtunitys to share the gospel in the street it is so awesome. I love having a little thing like this that opens peoples hearts so fast.
Well i hope you all feel a little bit better that i am not dead and am here and kickin ready to bring the gospel to everyone. I love you all and really love your PRAYERS and can feel them each and every day so keep it up.
con mucho cariño
this is a photo of a sweet dog that one of my less actives has from far away he attacks the fence but when you get close he just loves you. his name is 6 i have no idea why.
i finally got around to making dianne lohners oatmeal cookies my comp absolutely adored them and i did too thanks mom also sorry i didn't get a photo of my traditional cinnamon rolls that i make for conference they came out and i completely forgot and everybody just started eating right away.
gringo room during general conference it was so awesome
This week was pretty awesome and really strange things crazy went down. First of all in our apartment were living 4 elders and on Friday morning the other two elders got a call from president and told them they had to move to another sector and that in my district there would be coming in two other hermanas so that makes it 6 hermanas in my district and me and my comp are the only elders also so now with only me and my comp in our apartment its a lot more peaceful and we can actually feel the spirit and keep it clean faster. So it was good but it just seems like we have a ton of room now haha.
That's the crazy now the good thing we had stake conference this week and we were prepping our investigator Brandon so that he could come with us but Sunday morning some crazy stuff went down with his mom and couldn't come so we ended up praying so that we could have somebody in church and i felt that we needed to call Felipe who was and old investigator who was sick last week and we gave him a blessing and he felt way better so I gave him a call and invited him thinking he was just going to deny me like normal but he said he would come and me being really prideful i thought yeah he isn't coming but i tried but when we got to the stake Oh boy the lord slapped me right in the face he was there with his kid and his mom i really almost cried it made me so happy.
As for the funny moments well we were on our way to a house and we walked by an old investigator Pablo and he was cementing and couldn't here us say hi to him so we got close and then a splash got all over the shirt and pants of my companion it was really funny. Also we got to go to the Morro this week for P-day it was super cool it is where Chile took the north from Peru it was really interesting and pretty.
Also we had a really cool zone conference with our mission president who made taught us a lot and challenged us on a few things which makes me really determined to get out and work harder than before it was really cool.
Anyway to end I just want to all let you know how much i truly appreciate the lord in my life and want you all to see that in your lives because things are passing that i don't think you guys realize that the lord has just prepared and done but we have not recognized. I invite you guys to REALLY PUT YOU ATTENTION in the LORD. I know he will guide you all this week and for the rest of your lives.
Con mucho cariño y amor
my comp loves cars and wanted to take a pic next to this challenger
you cant really see it that well but this is when my comp got the cement all over him haha
this is just a giant photo atop of the morro of all of arica it was super hot
me and my comp on top
I DID IT
There is a super cool Jesus statue on top
this is the sign that is on the jesus statue
It says "love one another as i have loved you"
Alright this should have been first but this was the sign coming in with the sweet cannon and sign and the GIANT flag.