Friday, June 20, 2014

Is It A Road Or A River???

June 16, 2014

Hola mi familia!!!
Les amo mucho mucho y espero que ustedes tuvieran una semana super bien! This past week has gone by so fast! On Tuesday we had Elder Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy come to our mission so we got to go to Viña to listen to him and it was amazing! When I shook his hand and said hello he goes Wow, Hermana Evans, aren´t you just the happiest person, which made me feel really good! It always amazes me how all of the general authorities I´ve seen speak (with the exception of general conference I think) never have any notes prepared. They just get up and can speak and it´s amazing and powerful. He talked about the importance of the Holy Ghost in conversion. He gave the example in the Book of Mormon of Alma the younger who was one of the vilest of sinners but then he was visited by the angel. When Alma the younger is telling his son about the experience he says that it was through much fasting and prayer that he received his testimony of the gospel. It wasn´t from the angel. He then talked about Laman and Lemuel. They saw angels, they received many manifestations from angels and from God but they never gained a testimony from any of that. Elder Robbins said that while powerful manifestations would be super awesome, they rarely happen. That the effects of the holy ghost on one´s heart are way more lasting and powerful than any manifestation from angels or what not. I thought that was super interesting and has made me think a lot more of what I can do as a missionary to help my investigators have experiences where the Holy Ghost can testify to their heart and their conversion process can start. He then did a question and answer segment with us so we could ask questions. I don´t remember exactly what one of the questions was but he ended up talking about success and he quoted Winston Churchill and said that success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. How awesome is that! He went on and talked a lot about patience and diligence and the atonement. How rarely it´s easy for missionaries but this is a time where we are learning patience, diligence, and that through the atonement in the end everything will be made right. We have to have the patience and the faith to keep going. I love when I can learn and understand a little bit more of the doctrine of the atonement. What a crazy wonderful power source it is for us to pull from every day. Whatever we need: strength, patience, diligence, charity, etc etc, when we turn and access the power of Christ´s sacrifice for us through prayer we´ll get the help we need. And if I´ve learned anything on my mission, it´s the power of prayer. God REALLY does listen to us!

This past week it was SUPER rainy for a few days. The roads here are crazy in the rain too. And when I say roads I mean rivers. At one point we´re walking on the sidewalk, not even in the street, up on the sidewalk and the water is up to our shins! I didn´t think swimming was allowed for missionaries but I guess rainy days in Chile are the exception. Crazy stuff. But it was fun because my companera and I were making up Spanish raps about the rain haha. But now this next week is looking like it´s suppose to be in the 70's and 80's so that´s great news too! It was crazy though because the next day after the huge rain we were saying how we hoped it would rain until after our studies in the morning and then it could start raining again after 9:30 when we return home and it was POURING that morning and then justo cuando we finished and it was time to leave, the rain stopped and it didn´t rain for the rest of the day. Spooky right? Ahhh. 
Today we climbed the cerro mìyaka (spelling?) in Quillota which is where Parley P. Pratt had the revelation that everyone in Quillota would be a member of the church one day. It´s basically like This Is The Place: Chile! haha  The view was BEAUTIFUL! I still can´t believe how incredibly blessed I am to be serving in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I know my Heavenly Father loves me and I know He loves all of you! 
Anyway that´s probably the most exciting stuff that happened this week--besides the fact that Chile won their partido in the mundial! CHI CHI LE LE VIVA CHILE!!!!!!!!! 
Hasta next week!
Con todo el amor en mi corazón,
Hermana Evans

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It's Truer Than True!

Jun 9, 2014
Hola familia!
This week has been super rainy here! Funny story time: So like last Tuesday it was a downpour and the streets here turn into rivers when it rains. We needed to cross a street so we bought trash bags that we used potato sack race style to cross the river, I mean street, to keep our feet dry haha. It totally failed and we were soaked but it was fun!
This week I got a new compañera!!!!!!! She´s Hna. Farias and I just ADORE her! She was born in California and lived in San Diego for a few years and goes to BYU too! She´ll be 20 next month and her parents are Mexican so she grew up speaking Spanish in her home and in their Spanish ward so it basically couldn´t be any more perfect! 
This week went by way too fast it feels! Yesterday we had a beautiful baptism service for Catalina! She´s 14 years old and her parents are menos activos that we found contacting one night. It´s amazing to see the change in this family. They hadn´t gone to church in 11 years but are reactivating now. The mom had a problem with smoking but she prayed hard about it and was able to give it up just like that. You should hear her testimony of prayer because of this experience, it´s so powerful! The family is so much more happy now! Catalina is just all smiles! There´s just no words to describe the change the gospel has brought to this home. They had a lot of problems before but now the problems aren´t gone yet but they are overcoming them with strength and happiness and a new perspective. I feel too blessed to be able to see this change in the family! I just love them so much! This gospel is so true, it´s truer than true. I love being a missionary and being able to see everyday miracles like this. I wish I could communicate in words how amazing it is, but there´s just none.
Besides that, nothing more exciting happened this week. Oh! actually I have another funny story but it´s actually more sad than funny. So for my birthday I bought myself this super cool backpack. It´s like the coolest backpack I´ve ever seen in my life. It´s super colorful and made with the same material as my baja jackets so super Latin America and Super cool. On the front pocket is this square that was stitched on that´s a bunch of colorful checkers. I didn´t think anything about it, I just thought it added to the color of the backpack. My new compañera saw it last night and was like uhhh did you add that on to the backpack and I was like no, why? Apparently it´s a communist flag.. Gosh. Why didn´t anyone tell me that before I bought it! So I´m going to find a Chilean flag to stitch over the top of it. Man. At least now I know what a communist flag looks like...

On that note, I hope you all have an awesome week!! Enjoy the warm sun because here it´s FREEZING and rainy. But the snow on the mountains is a pretty sight! Also I´m sending photos! I love you all and I´ll talk to you next week!!!

Con todo el amor en mi corazon,
Hermana Evans



Friday, June 6, 2014

Happy June!

June 2, 2014
Hola mi familia!!!

I´m so glad to hear that everyone is well! That´s awesome mom that you went on a cita with the sisters there! Hahaha you make me laugh at your description. We have lots of lessons outside. Welcome to the life of a missionary!
This week went by scary fast! Friday we had our show de talentos that we put on for our obra misional activity. It went really well!! Each of the auxiliaries had an act and we even had investigadores and menos activos that participated! But I´m glad it´s over haha. 
Sunday was the baptism of Cesar and Nellie!! I´d send a picture but my camera died an hour ago so you´ll have to wait for next week. But it was a beautiful service and you can tell they´re so happy!! They´re golden. We call them to set up appointments or to tell them to read something in the Book of Mormon and they already have the Book of Mormon in hand and are reading it with their family. They really are some of God´s elect!!
I´ve been going back and forth between Quillota and Viña since my compañera finished her mission. I love going to Viña but the bus is terrible. I think the drivers think they´re in the Indiana Jones ride or something because that´s seriously what it feels like. After we dropped my compañera off this morning we were like we´re in Viña and it´s P-day so we went and found where they have the music festival there every year. It´s like the coolest stadium ever! And it´s in this really pretty park. It reminded me a lot of Balboa Park because of all the palm trees and plants and old spanish looking buildings. Super cool!

Right now I´m in a trio with the Hermana´s in the sector next to mine until Wednesday when I´ll get my new compañera.
Sorry this is so short but this week really wasn´t that exciting haha. I hope you´re having lots of fun and sun! Good luck with those pesky ground squirrels!
Until next week!
Con todo el amor en mi corazón,
Hermana Ebans 
(that´s not a typo, that´s how everyone says my name here)

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Your golf trip sounds awesome!! I´m so glad you had a great time! And the fact you didn´t get sick from the food really is a double win. This past week I learned the long and hard lesson that my body cannot handle mote con husillos... It´s this chilean dessert more or less. I don´t think I´ve ever been so sick in my life.. The nausea is coming on just thinking about it right now so we´re just going to move on... We had two baptisms yesterday. A esposo y esposa! They´re awesome. They´re best friends with the bishop and his family so really all we had to do was teach them the lessons and then they were set. But they have a strong testimony and are golden. They´re the only investigadores that actually complete everytime their commitments. We call them to set up an appointment and they´re reading the book of mormon with their family... Too perfect. So their baptism was smooth sailing...the daughter is a bit of a different story but I know she´ll get baptized at some point.
It´s starting to get colder and colder here and also I´ll get a new compañera this week so I´m excited and things are looking good! I love you so much! Tenga una semana buena!
Hermana evans