This week has been great.
It started to be cold again (finally). When we wake up in the morning it is especially freezing because not a single house in Chile has heating or air conditioning. Not a single one. It is all good though because I would choose the cold over hot any day. I just wish that we could have a thunderstorm or it would rain. Santiago weather is either super hot or super cold. Nothing in between. Literally nothing more than that.
The stuff you have heard about all the earthquakes is all true. It is very likely that before the next time I right you guys another earthquake will have happened. If not an earthquake, a temblor. The earthquakes are just like feeling turbulance in a plane. Everything starts to move and shake and stuff starts falling down. It is crazy. Look it up on youtube.
This week we found a really good family. We were looking for less actives and we ended up finding a girl in her thirties called Paulina. We knocked on her door around 8:45, and she told us to come in. As we talked to she and her parents, we found out that all three of them are members! We are really excited to reactivate them. We have been working a lot with Benjamin, a guy from Colombia and Claudio, a mechanic of heavy machines. Benjamin has a desires to learn and has accepted everything we have taught really well. We taught him about the BOM yesterday. Claudio´s mom is really sick right now, so we are teaching him about Plan de Salvacion. The both are progressing really fast. I am excited to see what all happens.
I had several experiences this week that I really liked. One of them was a service project that we did for a woman in another sector. She asked us to do was scrape the paint off of her house with spatulas so she could paint it again. It took so much work to scrape off the paint, and there were like 8 missionaries there so while we scraped, we talked about life and stuff that had happened to us and after about 40 minutes of intense scraping, one of the missionaries asked the woman how long she had been a member. She responded that she was not a member. The missionaries from the sector hadn`t told us anything and all of us just assumed that she was a member. After hearing that she was a member, I began to think about the conversaciones that we had, to try and remember if anything “not missionary like” was said. That is a feeling we should not have to feel as missionaries or as members either. True integrity is acting as Christ would all time no matter who we are around. One of the most important things we do. Watch what you say to other people this week.
Another thing I really loved was a división that I did with one of the asistentes from our mission. He is named Elder Allred and he is from Idaho. I really look up to him. He is one of my heros in the mission. After the division I was thinking about the traits of a good leader. To me, an excellent leader is confident and not afraid of what people might to do to them. They have a firm testimony, they know when to be serious and when to be funny. They are concerned about others and are good examples. We all should apply these traits everyday.
I think one of the moments that takes the cake for favorite moments this week was getting mail from Grandma Harmer. A little while ago, I asked her for some family history information, and I got the letter this past Friday. It was an envelope with a bunch of stories about our family and how the crossed the plains and became converted and other spiritual experiences. I loved reading and learning about my family. It is super important that we know where we came from and that we do things so that our great, great grandchildren or whoever it might be can know who we were and the experiences we had. Write things down! Keep a journal! Take pictures and save them!
Tiny moments this week:
1. We left the phone in one of the members houses after lunch so we didn`t have our alarm clock, so right before going to bed I drank 2 liters of water so I would have to wake up to use the bathroom during the night and not sleep in. It worked perfectly. I woke up without an alarm clock. A blessing if you ask me.
2. One of the members of the ward, Romauldo, that was inactive was reactivated 4 months ago. He blessed the sacrament for the first time in his life. He is a really loving man. He has problems with his knees and it is difficult to kneel. But he blessed the sacrament kneeling down even though it was extremely hard for him. Talk about being converted.
3. I learned the secret to feel the Spirit more and feel more confident; Chill. Before in the lessons I would always talk fast and try and fit lots of information into what I say, but this week I have been trying to slow down and make what I say more powerful and following the spirit. It has been great.
This week was super great over all.
I am super excited to talk to my family next week!
Love you all!