Happy Chile independence day! this week was crazy but actually went by
Tuesday we had district meeting and i got to meet some of the
elders. the lesson was in spanish, and i can basically
everything everyone who is not chilean says but i have to really
attention. sometimes my thoughts wander and i get completely lost
what they are saying.
wednesday president and sister Obeso came down to
Punta Arenas with
Elder Vinas from the seventy. We had a all missionary
the morning and elder vinas was so cool. President and hermana
it was so fun seeing all the missionaries from our zone
and i got to
see Hermana Coombs! she finally got her passport back and flew
tuesday. shes still feeling a little sick but shes doing okay. i
so excited to see her.
that night Elder Vinas gave a devotional for
everyone in the ward and
any investigators interested. he basically taught
all the first three
lessons in 45 minutes. it was amazing. sometimes in our
spend 45 minutes just on half a lesson. but he inspired us that if
can do three lessons we can do 1.
Thursday was independence day and the
whole city was shut down and the
streets were deserted. everyone was inside
sleeping, eating or
partying with family. every house had a chilean flag
outside. our ward
had a huge fiesta! so much food and music and decorations.
ward is amazing their like one huge family. everyone loves
they played traditional games that are similar to ones in the us
tug of war, three legged races, relay races, musical chairs.
everyone was super into it, like screaming and jumping around. it
the most exciting ward activity ive ever seen. it was so much
they had a folk dance group and perform the traditional dance,
Cueca and sing songs. all the little kids were dressed in
attire. the missionaries were able to learn! we couldnt dance
anyone but they brought us up on stage and taught us the basic
everyone can dance the cueca, everyone learns it when their a
kid. they had an open dance floor where people would just go dance
cueca. it was so cool. even little kids knew the steps.
they had soup,
empenadas, a rice, apricot drink for dessert, bread,
cakes, everything was so
okay so they taught us the cueca and then they had us perform it
everyone haha. it was crazy. hma obeso and presidente were there
learned it with us.
in ward council this past week hna Baker let it
slip that i knew how
to tap dance, so the hermano that was leading all the
up to me during the fiesta ad asked me to tap dance for
they had never seen or heard of tap before. So i borrowed
character shoes from one of the girls int he ward and i tap danced
stage for everyone haha. it was really cool, they were all
impressed just because they had never seen tap before haha. it
crazy. now when people in the ward see me they try to imitate tap
they sang happy birthday to Hermana Baker (oh yeah, her
on wednesday! shes 20 now) and brought out a cake for her.
was an amazing fiesta, the ward is so great. im so happy i got to
something like that.
this past week was kind of hard with teaching and
finding people just
because everyone was out of town or busy with the 18th
we went to a baptism on saturday night with one of our
church yesterday was good, some investigators came with out us
to pick them up or call them! it was great!
we taught a couple the
gospel of Jesus Christ and i was actually able
to contribute and talk so hna
Baker wasnt all by herself.
its still kind of hard to understand the chilenos
down here, depending
on the person. some people talk really fast and really
words. but its getting easier day by day.
the days all kind of
blur together, its hard to remember everything.
but it was a great week. i
took lots of pictures and im gonna try to
showing general conference in our ward building and im
hoping they´ll have a
room that can stream english, fingers crossed.
we are super excited for
conference, hna baker said the other day that
for missionaries conference is
better than christmas which now that im
out here i realize is very true
Its very cold here. but im getting used to it. thanks for the
and warm stuff mom. yeah my boots are wonderful, my northface
and all my tights and leggings. ive accepted the fact that there
always some part of my body that is cold. in the mornings and nights
can see my breath in our little house. we dont have to chop firewood,
have a gas heater in our main room, but it doesnt really reach
congrats on getting past the deadline dad!
More about Hermana Baker? okay shes from salt like, she has
siblings, shes the oldest, she went to byu before her mission, she
to be a music teacher or go into music therapy. she sings and
piano. so we end up singing a lot, and we start our lessons
our with hymns.
she is very fun and is doing a fantastic job at
training because i know it
probably isnt easy for her or anyone. her
spanish is great, i can understand
her to the point where if she
started switching between english and spanish i
wouldnt be able to
tell. shes a great teacher, has a lot of enthusiasm for
shes great. shes been on her mission 10 months, and has been here
punta arenas for 2 months.
we`re teaching some great people. One
girl Named Luz who is probably
our age. shes been investigating the church
for like four months. shes
a tough cookie, she doesnt want to committ to
anything serious because
she needs a for sure answer from God. but she is
super fun and even
though we cant really understand each other we`ve become
we`re teaching a family whos oldest son just got baptized three
ago, hes 16. they have another son whos 6 and little twin boys only
year old. so cute. they`re a rock solid family, we`re working to
<Natasha is another investigator, she has a
couple month old baby boy
who is the world to her. gosh ive never seen a
mother love her baby so
much (except for you mom, because you love me). but
shes moving out of
our ward this week which is very sad.
people are great. very nice, they wont let us into their homes
all the times,
but they also wont slam the doors in our faces. i like
them a lot, i just
wish i could understand them haha.
its hard to describe punta arenas...
its right on the water. but my
area is a little ways inland. (for hna Bakers
birthday we walked to
the beach and took pictures at the end of the world)
our area has a
lot of unversities and schools so lots of college kids and
the houses are small and colorful and definitely have a
influence. the streets are kind of dirty, lots of mud and puddles
garbage. theres´lots of graffiti, but i dont know its kind
beautiful in an urban kind of way. we do lots of walking. or we
taxis or collectivos which are like taxis but with a fixed
some days are really hard but i think i really like being a
well i dont have too much time left. hope thats enough
you. i love you all so much. i show off pictures of my family
people all the time here. i miss you, have a great week!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Oh my goodnesss so much has happened in just week. It`s going to be hard to fit everything into one email.So I found out I was going to Punte Arenas and after I finished my letter to my family I found out that I had to take a small plane to my area and could only bring two suitcases with me. They would have to send my other suitcase on a bus but it would take two weeks to get to me in my new area! so I spent the rest of the night trying to repack and make sure i had everything i would need for only the next two weeks. i had a weight limit too, it was rough and stressful but i got it done.
Hna Coombs left her passport on the plane but they have in the santiago airport and they`re going to send it to the mission home. until then shes gonna hang out in a trio in orsorno.
the main meal here is lunch. we eat something small for breakfast like cereal and hot herbal tea. then we go to a members house and eat a huge lunch with like three courses. we dont really have dinner. its just whatever we can find in the house when we come home at night. they eat a lot of pasta, sausage, chicken, rice, potatoes, bread and tomatoes. the bread here is ridiculously delicious. the average desert is fruit, cakes or icecream. its delicious. way better then the food in the CCM haha.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Im almost out of the CCM! time has flown by so fast, it feels like i just got here. I picked up my flight plans - Hna Coombs and I leave the CCM around for our flight at . we have an 8 hour flight to santiago then a 5 hour layover then another hour and a half to Osorno. Its going to be a long trip. but we´ll finally be able to take naps and read Jesus the Christ haha. Hna Coombs has never been on a long overnight international flight, actually the longest flight she´s ever been on was coming here from Chicago. we´ll see how she does haha.
This week was a blur. Friday night the power in our casa went our for a couple hours and so all the hermanas in our house gathered into our room and had a mini party, we talked about the gospel and church and told cool spiritual stories and it was really fun, really good bonding experience. the lights turned on right in the middle of our group prayer before bed.
I had a chance to teach part of my district, I led a study of the Book of Mormon in Alma chapter 5 and i think it went really well. its fun to be able to just sit and discuss the book of mormon with other missionaries.
Hna Coombs had to give a talk this pasthaha. and then all week Elder Neeley was specifically praying for the comedor to serve hamburgers and french fries. on our way to lunch he was telling us about it and how he was jokingly going to fast until he got hamburgers haha. while we were walking we smelled french fries and we all started to freak out. we walked inside and they were serving hamburgers and french fries! it was a miracle haha. the funny part it they ran out right as Elder Neeley was about to get one haha, its okay he was able to go back and get a hamburger later. just goes to show the Church is true and God answers prayers haha.
i forgot it was labor day... that was weird.
Hna Coombs and i bought awesome scripture cases for our spanish scriptures at the tienda. they´re leather and have the Latin tree of life picture engraved on the front and then my name, mission and favorite scripture on the back. its so cool, i´ll try to send pictures. i chose 3 nephi 22: 10, 14
the ccm has a sand volleyball pit out back behind the gym and our district has been playing that this past week for gym. its super fun.
we got new hermanas in our zone last week but they never sit next to us or talk to us, they´re extremely independent and made friends with other hermanas from different zones already so we never get to talk to them. so Hna Coombs and i just hang out with the only other hermanas in our zone, Hermana Nielson and Hermana Williams (No we´re not related we already checked) they are super fun and we love sitting with them. Hermana williams taught be a how to break and apple in half with my hands (i might have already told you that sorry...) and hna Nielson taught me how to do a cart wheel! i wish we couldve all been together at byu or something cause we love them so much.
there are a lot of people here i wish i couldve met at BYU or something cause i think we could all be best friends. being here is like a super hyped up byu or efy but way better.
it poured down rain yesterday afternoon ( it does that a lot here) and so our district made paper airplanes and threw them out the window to see how far they would fly in the rain. then Elder Neeley and Elder Winn made planes out of huge pieces of paper and this morning we went up to the top floor of the Thomas S. Monson building (which is the tallest building here) and threw them out the windows to see how far they would go.... it was a pretty epic build up but due to the awkward angle of the windows, both planes just dropped straight down... it was a but of a let down.
I promise we focus and study but sometimes we just end up doing stuff like that. its district bonding and we´re building zion in unity haha.
I love you all!
I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is true and that Heavenly Father loves all of His children. I know that he will protect me and watch over me as I head off to Chile. I know that he answers prayers and performs miracles in our lives everyday. I feel so grateful to Him for all he has given me.
Until next time!
- Hermana Williams