today i complete 8 months in the mission and this is the last week before transfers and time is going so quickly it needs to stop. plus this week is general conference and i can't believe it.
the email is late today because we went on a field trip to a big national park and took a hike and pics and we just got back to valdivia. so this email is going to be short because we still have to go grocery shopping. but a ton happened this week im going to try to cover it all.
we had a ton of ward activities to get people pumped for ward conference yesterday. on monday there was a noche de hogar and birthday party for a hermana in the ward and we sang karaoke haha. chilean mormons are crazy =)
wednesday we had a international food and dance competition. hna chura and hna conde cooked and danced from peru. they cooked aji de gallina and it was super rico. i baked brownies from the US and i tap danced... again. it was a big hit and tons of people came. rodrigo brought his kids and it was awesome.
then on friday there was another noche de hogar about family history and our investigator A came with her three kids which was a miracle.
saturday there was a huge ward lunch but only 20 people came... including the 4 missionaries. on saturday we also presented the new video the church put out (Because He Lives) gracias a que Ël vive for easter and to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. we decorated a classroom in the church to look like the sepulcre and we showed the video and it was super spiritual and went really well. afterwards we had everyone take photos with a banner that has the #graciasaqueËlvive so they can put it on facebook.
this week we taught J again... and we´re going to drop him because really he doesn't want to do anything he just wants to learn more facts and information. we showed him the talk by President Uchtdorf from last general conference about gaining a testimony of truth and light and he told us it was all brainwashing.... it was sad.
we taught I with a member, the returned missionary in our ward, A and it went well. she is more receptive and open with her ideas and opinions and shes come a long way. instead of saying flat out no to going to church she says she will try.
hermana conde was super sick all day thursday and then she passed it me on friday so we weren't able to work like normal.
ward conference was sunday! i played the piano, and im getting better. i also sang with hermana V. we sang nearer my god to thee. and it wasnt bad, considering that my voice was rough from my sickness friday.
there were tons of people in the church. 97. which is a lot. normally there are only 55 or 60
I invite everyone to look up and watch the new mormon message "Because He Lives" on youtube and the Church website mormon.org. its a beautiful video to help us remember the meaning of easter and what it means for each of us in our day to day life.
I know that Christ lives, i know that he is the savior of the world. i know that this is his church and im so grateful that i can be a missionary. because he lives, there is always hope.
thanks for all the emails, have a great week!
love, hermana williams