Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 11, 2016 - Somos Hoy Llamados al Servicio

Hola familia y amigos, 

This week went by really fast. and I'm not going to say how many weeks I have left. My companion is already counting the days.... I think she wants to get rid of me haha. 

Last week we passed through a lot of rejection and kind of a slow moment in the work here. We`ve been doing a lot of contacting but without seeing real success.  Monday and Tuesday we were a little down in the dumps. On Monday we made and ate pizza with the family of Hno Aldo, our trusty returned missionary side kick. We expressed to him how we were feeling and the next day he asked us to come over to his house for twenty minutes. 

We stopped by and he basically had a mini district meeting planned for us haha. In his mission he was a district leader for 6 sister missionaries. So he gave us encouragement and we read the scriptures and then afterwards we asked him to give us each blessings because we both felt discouraged and tired. 

We left his house super excited and ready to work and we stopped by to visit a woman we contacted a week ago. An elderly lady, we greeted her, said hi and then she started yelling at us about how we`re never going to convince her, stop pestering her in her home, she's Catholic and will never change, to stop obligating her.... let me point out that we have talked to this woman twice... we didn't even really teach her anything. and she started yelling at us. It was pretty rough. I realized that I had two choices. I could get depressed and upset or I could let it all go and keep working even harder. We said goodbye and left to go work really hard. 

On the same day we were able to find a new golden investigator named Gina who said she wants to get baptized, have two lessons with members and contact some really awesome people. We saw a lot of miracles, but only after the trial of our faith. 

This week wasn't perfect, we still had some hard days but at the same time we saw miracles. On Tuesday we helped our landlord cut her grass and I learned how to use a weed wacker for the first time. 

We had a noche de hogar with the Familia Fuentealba and with Hno. Aldo. I made them brownies. I had been promising them brownies for a long time. Chileans love brownies. 
It was adorable because their 11 year old daughter called to tell us that we should bring our swimming suits to the noche de hogar because she was going to have  her little swimming pool set up.... it broke her heart when we said that we cant go swimming. It was hilarious, she was so excited to go swimming with the sister missionaries. haha. 
Selfie with the Familia Fuentealba and Hno. Alba.

on friday we taught a couple the plan of salvation and it was really special because the woman had just had a miscarriage a couple weeks ago. i shared moms story. it really touched her and the spirit was really strong. it felt really great to be able to help them. 

On saturday our mamita taught us how to bake kuchen. I'ts a Chilean pastry that's a lot like a crumble- 

 We also saw an elderly lady carrying firewood into her house all alone. Here in Chile everyone uses wood burning stoves and there are big trucks that drop off big piles of firewood outside your house or on the sidewalk when you pay for more wood. But then you have to move all the firewood from outside and into your own house property, patio, backyard, etc. There was a woman with a huge mountain of firewood and she was entering it all alone! So we immediately helped her. She was a little scared of us Mormons because she was Catholic but we still helped her. The two of us alone threw all her firewood over her fence and into her patio. There were about ten men that passed by on the street but never offered to help. The woman also said that she was going to pay a guy to do it but he never showed up....I felt like we were really an answer to her prayers and even though she wouldn't let us share the gospel with her we still felt really good to be able to serve a daughter of God. 

Yesterday we were able to teach Nataly, a new investigator, the Plan of Salvation and we found another new investigator, Pamela. Last week on one of our hardest days we contacted Pamela and we felt something really special with her. We came back to her house yesterday and she let us in and we were able to teach her and she said that she had been thinking about us all week, she was glad we passed by. She's awesome. 

I feel that we were really blessed this week. I'm really grateful to be a missionary and to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to be able to help His children find peace and joy in this life and the life to come. I testify that the only source of true happiness is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Thanks for all the letters and support. have a great week! 

love, Hermana Williams

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