Oi, como voce esta? tenho saudade de voce. Aonde fica o banheiro? That`s about all I got for my Portuguese this week. Before you get TOO impressed, I just said, hello, how are you? I miss you. Where is the bathroom? Haha buena no?
I`m glad you guys had a great week! My week was awesome. I love my new sector a lot! I still miss Chorrillos and the people there but I love everyone I`ve met here!
First off, question... Do I look like Avril Lavigne???????? I`ve seriously had a thousand and two people tell me since I`ve gotten here that I look exactly like Avril Lavigne. I just don`t see it. The bishop's wife, every time she sees me, she breaks out in some Avril Lavigne song. I don`t know. Chileans are crazy.
Speaking of celebrity look alikes, my district leader looks just like Zac Efron hahahaha. It honestly cracks me up. It`s kinda bad but I have a hard time taking him seriously when we do practices haha. I like to drop little references from Zac Efron movies when I`m playing the investigador like, since I started reading the Book of Mormon, I feel like ¨¨It`s the start of something new¨¨ and that I`m kinda scared to change my life but I know that ¨¨we`re all in this together¨¨ and that I just got ¨´to get my head in the game¨¨ hahah it`s fine though because in Spanish it`s not obvious at all but my companion and I get a kick out of it.
Our district leader is great though. This past week he made up a game with our number system. Like a lesson with a member is 4 points, a normal lesson is 3, to give out a Book of Mormon is 1 and so forth and whoever has the most points by this Wednesday wins a pizza. Well my competitive side has come out and it is safe to say that the Hermanas will win by a LONG shot! hahah But it`s been awesome though because it makes you so much more focused in using every second to the very best and we`ve seen so many miracles come out of it. Miracles and pizza. I`m totally down.
One of these miracles. ...Our cita (appointment) fell through so my companion and I were leaving this apartment building and this lady starts screaming at us out of her window, Wait!! Do you speak English?? And I stopped and told her yes. And then she asks if we teach lessons because she wants her kids to learn because the family wants to move to the US next year. I told her that I'd love to, but we were actually missionaries and we teach more than English, we teach about Jesus Christ and how His teachings can strengthen us as families and blah blah blah. She was totally down to learn more and everything. So we taught her about the Book of Mormon right there through her window and she excepted the book and we put a cita to come back another day to teach English AND the first lesson! BOOM! It was awesome. One thing that I`ve learned to love on the mission is fallen appointments. Because I know that means that Heavenly Father needs us in another place with another person and he always uses fallen appointments to put us on a path to find new people, or even a new FAMILY! So you know, when the things don`t work out how we want them to it`s just because there is something better for us and we end up being grateful for it because it always just works out in the end.
Other miracle... We go back for the cita that fell through but Rodrigo, our investigador is SLEEPING! Ah! But his mom is like, well I`ll go back and see if he will come out for a few minutes so you can share something. Ok so I know that if I was sleeping and if I was 14 years old and my mom came over and told me that the missionaries are here, do you want to get up, I`d be like no way, I`m sleeping! So as she went back to his room I just started praying and praying and praying that he would come out so we could teach him. And guess what. HE CAME OUT!!!! Just like that!!!!! Wow, I just felt really strong in that moment that God was really listening to me and that He loves Rodrigo so much that He wants him to listen and wants to help him so that he can get baptized. Usually answers to our prayers don`t come so instantly, but when they do, the Lord`s hand is so clear and it`s just so cool to see the Lord at work.
Funny story... I contact this one guy outside his house and we`re talking and he`s speaking bien Chilean and all and he asks me where I`m from, so as a joke I say, I`m Chilean. (you should see the look on some peoples face when I say that.. they get REALLY confused hahaha) But he just looks me straight and says with a PERFECT gringo accent in English, No you`re not. Where are you from? I was like WOAH! You speak English! He was like yeah, I do. Where are you from? I told him California and he then said, 'I`ve been living in California for the past 30 years. Small world!
Speaking of California... You`ll never guess where the first counselor in the bishopric in my new ward served!! haha... in the Carlsbad, California mission. AND he served in the San Marcos Spanish branch! haha in our chapel!!!!!! How crazy is that! He showed me his mission tag and on the back it`s covered with In n Out stickers haha.
Another cool thing that happened this week is that we got to go do service for a blind lady in our ward, making chocolate!! Well not making chocolate but melting it and then putting it in molds with almonds and peanuts and making chocolate roses and bears and stuff and then she goes and sells them. But I have to be honest, she is the most seeing blind lady I`ve ever met! If a bit of chocolate drips on the stove, SHE KNOWS!!! And you should see her handling a big knife cutting up the chocolate or lighting her gas stove!!! At first I was like there is no way she is actually blind, but she totally is! But it`s way fun to make the chocolate and she always gives us one afterward .) haha the things you get to do as a missionary.
Anyway, I`m running out of time so I will close with one last miracle of the week. We`re teaching this guy, Tito. He works from 11pm to 7 am every day, but since we invited him to come to church, he comes AND shows up early even!! He`s awesome. He has a baptism date for the 24th!!!! And when we taught him last night and were asking him about how he likes the church and everything he was like well I`m tired and all but I like it a lot. Then he said, it`s ok though, because I have more faith than sleep. Listening to that simple but powerful testimony I felt the spirit really strong. I know that he is sacrificing sleep to come to church, but the fact that he loves Christ more than sleep itself is really humbling. Also, he started reading the Book of Mormon 2 weeks ago and he`s already at the end of ETHER! Is he a rock star or what???? Keep him in your prayers this week that he can be baptized next Sunday! The week before the baptism is always the hardest!
Thank you for everything! I love you guys so much!!!! Have a great week!!!!!
te vejo depois falo com voce depois
Con todo el amor en mi corazon,