Well, after almost 5 months in Las Avenidas, we had changes. Now, I am in La Pintana, one of the more dangerous parts of Santiago with Elder Rei, a Brazilian from Sao Paulo, that has 11 months in the mission.
It was hard to leave, but I am happy. I got to end my time in Las Avenidas with the baptism of Gustavo and Ximena, a Colombian couple that I taught a few times with the sisters during lunch appointments. Four months before their baptism, I shared 2 Nephi 25:17 with them, a scripture that talks about the restoration. I love seeing how the fruits of efforts develop. It is something that the Lord is helping me appreciate more.
The baptism was crazy. The hot water wasn't working, and in Chile it is Winter right now, so it was a problem that needed to be fixed. We worked on the heat for a good 45 minutes but nothing was working, so we started heating kettle pots of water on the stove in the chapel and pouring them into the font so that the water would be a little bit warm. We decided to offer a prayer, and afterwards we started to mess with the heating again, and discovered a panel underneath of batteries. We ran to a hardware store, bought batteries, plugged them in, and it worked. HOT WATER. Interesting how the Lord tested our patience. Everything has a reason.
During the service, Elder Gonzlez, the sisters and I, sang a special musical number. We sang the song, When I am Baptized and during the middle of the song, the sister´s phone rings, and on the screen it said President Gwilliam (our mission president). The Saturday before the changes, President calls to give assignments and when Hermana Maldonado saw his call, she almost fainted and Hermana Cribbs stopped singing and so did Elder Gonzalez. I was the only one that kept singing and those that know me know I am not the best singer. Anyways....
This week I was studying a lot about the story of Moses and the bronze serpent. All that the people had to do to be cured was look. Just look. That simple action healed them from the venom of the snakes. God has given us a simple solution that fixes all of our difficulties. Are we willing to just look? I feel like as humans we don´t trust God enough and we try and solve everything by ourselves. The thing is, those who have "looked" can tell you that trusting in God and following his plan is not just an easier plan, but also more effective. God will not try and force you to follow him. Don´t expect that the solution will come from doing nothing. Be active with your faith and "look" this week whenever you feel down or overwhelmed.
Love you guys a bunch