September 16, 2013
So it has been a very long week. Amazing it has only been one actually. But at the same time, it flew by. Strange how that works.
It was a great week for finding new people to teach--in the end, we found 16 people who accepted a second visit, and some are even interested in progressing and coming to church and preparing for baptism and stuff! It is still troubling us that no one wants to come actually check church out, but we are working on it.
Skin is getting better. Hermana B, the mission nurse, showed up at our house one night with meds and did a spontaneous cleanliness check. Without any prep, we passed, so go us. This week everyone in Chile is getting ready for the 18 de Septiembre, the huge celebration of Chilean Independence. We are very excited--they dance the queca, eat lots of meat and empanadas and mote con huesillo and other Chilean stuff, play field day games basically, and drink a lot of chicha and eat a lot and eat some more. Everything you need! So we are getting pumped for that. We are going to have a big ward party on Friday.
And the big news: Played tennis this morning! It was fabulous, tons of fun. Played some with Elder S and then with a Chilean joven, a good player--I haven’t played that hard since Duke maybe. Now I’m sore. Darn. But worth it.
Been working hard to find the positive things and be more grateful, as well as recognize the Spirit working in the work more. This week, we went to a part of Tome called Punta de Parra, that’s like a 20-minute bus ride away. Missionaries haven’t gone in almost a year, so we went by and there we found a woman that wants to get married and get baptized. That’s what she told us. AWESOME! Couldn’t help from grinning in that lesson, that’s never happened to me before. She is a great woman, very humble, and her partner is a menos activo. So that’s going to be great here.
Other than that, we are working hard and having lots of fun! If you’re not enjoying your mission, you’re doing something wrong. There is lots of stress and pressure but knowing we are working hard and obediently gives solace.
Anyways, until next week!
Love you all!