Previously 'Adventures of a Tall Girl in Chile'. Read of my many adventures as I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Chile Santiago North Mission from March of 2015 to September of 2016, and of my many adventures after as well!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
The Island Juan Fernandez!!!!!!!!!!
with Hna Petramalo
BECAUSE well, so remember that time when i got a week added to my mission? WELL, they had to add that week on in some place and they were going to do it the next cambio, but the new missionaries arent going to arrive until next week, so they decided to just add the extra week to this cambio, so we STILL DONT KNOW IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TRANSFERS BUT WE'LL KNOW THIS WEEK FINALLY and NEXT week we might be in different places but who knows :S i'm FREAKING OUT
because just like what even
what even is going to pasar
who even knows
just only Pres
but so anyway, what are some things I can tell you about this week?
OH BEFORE I FORGET
i am very ashamed
a few weeks ago i made a title of an email 'En La Valle del Rechazo' but
i was wrong
because it's el valle
valle is a man
not a woman
BUT HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW IF LA CALLE IS A WOMAN
so this week was an interesting week because the ENTIRE WEEK we were freaking out about what was going to happen in cambios and stuff and like trying to visit people and take pictures and all that stuff, including at the end of district class we all took tons of pictures of the zone and the district and stuff and DANGIT THE ONE WEEK THAT I HAVE THOUSANDS OF PICTURES TO SEND YOU I HAVE THE COMPUTER THAT CANT CONNECT TO MY CAMERA
dangit dangit dangit
i'll just have a real ton to send you next week at this time...
so, it's been an interesting week.
yesterday was an awesome day
because last week we found somebody
we found somebody that wants to hear the gospel and listen and of course he has doubts and things but he invited us to come back and when we came back
he was there
and it is the first time that i have felt so really excited and like he's going to progress here in this sector. He is awesome. We went to teach him the second time yesterday and without even bringing up if he had read something from the Book of Mormon he says, 'i was reading a little bit in that book you left me'
and we were like
because some people here have real problems reading and keeping commitments
so he's like 'but i wasnt able to read much, i didnt have that much time this week, i only read like 15 pages or so'
and we were like
THAT IS SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME
AND IT WAS SO EXCITING AND SO AWESOME AND HE HAD QUESTIONS AND WE ANSWERED THEM AND HE COMMITED TO A BAPTISMAL DATE AND THINGS AND HE IS JUST REALLY AWESOME AND I AM SO EXCITED TO BE TEACHING HIM
it's a little bit sad because I have felt kind of like I'm going to be transferred... that's not official, I just have felt like I'm gonig to be transferred from this sector, but anyway, I just...
well, whatever happens, I am ridiculously happy to have finally found somebody, even if it was only one person in my whole time here, that wants to hear the gospel; somebody who recognizes that they need it and that has questions and is willing to change and do things...
i love the gospel SO MUCH and i love to see the difference it makes in other peoples' lives and to see the difference it makes in my own life.
Also let's talk about the scriptures for a second.
I dont talk about the scriptures enough, but let me just tell you, one of my favorite parts of the day is the hour i have in the morning to study the scriptures. That time is SO PRECIOUS and the scriptures EVEN PRECIOUSER. There are so many wonderful things in the scriptures; we can find revelation and significance in every single verse if we are searching with the Spirit. I encourage ALL of you, if you are not reading the scriptures, TO JUST DO IT. You are truly MISSING OUT because the scriptures are amazing. They are a gift that God has given us, a holy tool to help us get along in life. The scriptures were written specifically for our time period, for our generation, for these last days; how on earth do we think we can live without them?
My mamá told me something interesting today that I actually had been thinking about during the week; she talked briefly about Mary and how she didnt recognize Jesus at first when she saw him after he had resurrected and then posed the question 'What if I don't recognize him?'
Mary Magdalene Hears Christ's Voice
And this very week I was talking to somebody about that. I asked the person how their relationship was with God and Jesus and he said he didnt know. That he felt that he could pray and tell Jesus and God lots of things but how was he supposed to know them? And I testify that the answer lies in the scriptures.
Maybe we can't do a 20 questions to God and Jesus and ask them their favorite icecream flavor or sports team (the Broncos duh) but we have something EVEN BETTER. We have four books of scripture; the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, all of which testify of Christ and of the Father. If we want to really get to know our Heavenly Father, if we want to really get to know our Savior, we will find all we want and need to know in the scriptures.
And more than that, if we really REALLY want to get to know God and Jesus, we will strive to become like them; strive to develop the attributes of Christ and strive to become perfect as he was and is. We will serve other people and be witnesses of him; we will use his saving atonement to wipe away our sins and we will be examples of the believers. If we want to understand the atonement of christ, we have got to be willing to experience a little bit of it; offer our own little sacrifice. We will never fully understand all of those things, but we can always believe and have faith in them.
so everybody, read the scriptures! Get to know the Savior! And then act on the knowledge you recieve and you will get to know him even better.
I love the gospel! I love Jesus Christ and I know that he lives and that he loves us. I testify of him and of this gospel and of the power that the scriptures hold. I know these things are true. And this I leave you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
we'll see next week if anything has happened to our humble companionship in our humble sector
i dont know why i put the word humble in there lol
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