Wednesday, July 8, 2015

June 1, 2015 - Happy Birthday to Scott....and Me

hola familia y amigos,

wow its almost my birthday, I cant believe it! Im going to be 21... unlike most 21 year olds on their birthday, i will be reading the scriptures and going to bed at 11pm.... you only live once haha. I also completed 10 months in the mission this past week. Hna Espinoza reminds me everyday how old i am in the mission and how i am going to "die" end the mission soon. 

shout out to Scottie Happy Birthday! I love you and i wish we could celebrate together but next year sí o sí  haha. 

we were blessed with a lot of miracles this week. we found some really awesome people to teach and a couple new people who are going to progress and we´re really excited. we taught 21 lessons total this week which for me is a lot. we have an investigator with a baptism date, M., but its not super official, only if she receives an answer. we´ll see how that goes because she still hasn't come to church. yo tengo fe. 

we had a new investigator M. come to church yesterday. and we've only taught him two times. the first time was for 15 minutes on his front porch. he committed to read the Book of Mormon and to pray and that if he receives and answer he would get baptized. 

we´ve been working a lot with less active members. we taught D. two times, helped her make bread in her bakery and everytime we come over to visit she gives us fresh bread. its a pretty sweet deal. we also found 2 new less actives. that's the thing about Chile, you can knock 10 doors and 2 out of 10 are less active members that you didnt even know existed. we set up times to come back and teach and visit them. 
One of them is E. and she was super receptive. she actually told us that right before we found her she was just about to go take a shower where she wouldn't be able to hear the doorbell but something told her to wait a couple minutes more, like a voice in the back of her head... and five minutes later we knocked on her door! miracle!

we had interviews with president Obeso on thursday and they went super well. he helped me a lot and gave me more advice, he also interviewed me for a new temple recommend because i lost mine in my backpack. the APs, assistants to the president, gave a training on lesson plans. we´re supposed to have outlines of all the lessons and mine were in my scriptures which were stolen. so i only had 1 lesson plan that i did in the morning haha. and of course the Elder chose my 1 lesson plan to show in front of everyone. it was a little embarrassing haha. but it was a really good training. 

we also had intercambios with the sister training leaders this week. i was with hna Oross from california in my sector. we had a lot of fun together... and to be honest we spoke a little in english. our companions are latinas and we missed speaking english haha. 

on saturday we sang in a funeral in a catholic church. a member died and her whole family is catholic so they had a catholic service but invited all the missionaries to come and sing. it was my first time in a catholic church and it was interesting. a couple elders said some words and then we sang abide with me tis eventide. it was nice. 

it has rained so much this week! i have never seen so much rain in my whole life. last night i woke up like 5 times because the rain was beating so hard on our roof. but im okay, a member gave me her old, but still very nice umbrella and that saved me this week. 

hna espinoza is great, she really likes to clean haha. she has a couple quirks that im still getting used to. but we work really well together. we teach well, i don't have to worry about her backing me up and its nice. she is very responsible for a missionary that only has 6 months. we have a lot of fun and laugh a lot. she is super funny. 

we worked really hard this week. and im starting to feel again that 8 months isnt long enough to do everything i need to do here, or change myself in all the ways that i need to change. i feel like there's so much more i can give. this sector has so much potential. 

thank you for all the birthday wishes! it means a lot. im excited to have a birthday as a missionary. it will be a once in a life time experience. 

God is real, he loves us, miracles still happen and Jesus Christ is the savior of the world. I know that with him i can do all things. im so grateful to be a missionary. 

love, hermana williams

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