TRANSFERS! I am staying here in Angol and I am training! We are going to Concepcion Wednesday morning to pick up our companions. Also I've been called as an Hermana Líder Capacitadora (Sister Trainer Leader) with Hermana Soria who will also be training. Definitely was not expecting that! As a Capacitadora I do inter cambios with the Hermanas in our zone and the zone just north of us and helping them out with their investigators and such. This really is an opportunity to be humbled and to learn. I still don't quite understand how Heavenly Father thinks I wil be able to do this but I know that if it is what I am called to do that I will be able to and be happy so it will be great! I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed and nervous but excited. Pray for me! My companion and I were talking about transfers this morning as we packed her suitcases and how every change and opportunity that comes at us in the mission is an opportunity to learn and is exactly what we were called to do. The Lord will never give us a trial, a change, a companion, an area, a calling, whatever it may be, that we can't handle. He calls us so He can help us and we can know Him and become more like Christ. I know that I have been called in my weaknesses and that it is a chance for me to continue learning and inviting others to come unto Christ.
Also, this past week two investigators of the other Hermanas were baptized. One, Aida, has been coming to church for a couple months but always refused to be baptized and she finally decided to do it! Her daughter, Beatriz was baptized in March and they wanted it to be a surprise for her so we helped the hermanas by distracting her all day and she didn't know until we were sitting in the chapel and her mom walked in dressed in her white baptism dress. It was so sweet. Beatriz just started crying and laughing. Also that day, Guillermo was baptized. He is missing one leg that he had to get amputated at the knee a while back. They had three hermanos in the font to help him be baptized and it was a really special moment. There are people like Guillermo who are faced with trials so big and they still choose to follow Christ. It reminds me that my trials aren't really even trials and made me think about how blessed I am and also about how the Gospel of Jesus Christ applies to every single person and every single situation out there.
Also, does Guillem speak Spanish? Tell him I say hello, welcome to the fam and I hope he is doing great and loves St. George!Alma 38:5
|I love Angol!|
|Who knew I could play basketball....!?|
|Aida at her baptsim|
August 4, 2014
Hey! I don't have much time today because I am with an Hermana in one of her old areas because she is going home this Monday. Her companion can't walk right now so I am with her in a place called Pitrufquen, its about 40 minutes South of Temuco.
This past week has been one of the best and most stressful/full of emotions week of my mission. But al final, Suyay was baptised! It was so so great. There were a lot of ups and downs leading up to her baptism on Saturday. When we went and met with her Tuesday, she told us that she has slipped up and drank some alcohol the night before when she went out with her friends. She had wanted to go out with them to sort of "test" her conversion and see if she could resist the temptation and to prove she had really changed. Oh gosh. She told us that the moment she took a drink of the beer she felt terrible and went home right away and prayed a lot because she felt so bad. She said that night she decided she would never drink alcohol again in her life. We were really happy she was able to have that experience to help her learn but also nervous that it would impede her from getting baptized on the day she was so excited for, but it turned out to all be okay. She was really excited and calm the whole week even though she kept telling us she couldn't believe what she was doing and that no one would ever believe that she was getting baptized. That the "old Suyay" would make fun of people like her. So we went and visited her on Friday the night before her baptism and it was evident that Satan had been working hard on her. She was freaking out a little bit and doubting a lot of things that she knew and felt. She told us she felt lost and empty and was scared to take a step of faith when she wasn't 100% sure about everything and didn't have as strong a testimony as others. It is crazy to witness how Satan really attacks those who he knows have a bright future and will do so much good like Suyay. She told us she didn't know what would happen the next day at her baptism and that she needed to think and calm down a bit. We left the lesson and said a prayer for her. That night my companion and I were talking about Suyay and what we were going to do and then she called us! She said, "Hermanas, I made a decision and I don't know if you are going to like it.... Naahh...5pm tomorrow sounds great. I'm doing it!" Oh man we were so happy for her!
Her baptism was so sweet and spiritual. I don't have a whole lot of time left but it was such a special experience. I know that God loves every single one of us and that He is worried about us. Suyay helped me better understand repentance and the power it has in our lives and the example we set for others and we try our best to do all that is in our reach to become more like Christ. Sometimes we don't have a perfect knowledge but that's okay. We are here to learn everyday and all that we are asked to do is our best. To keep trying even if we make a mistake. There is always something more we can do to improve and seeing Suyay do her best to change showed me that anybody can change and that this gospel is for every single one of us. The atonement applies to everyone and it is so beautiful to see it take place in other people.
I love you guys!
Scenes from Angol
|Hna Rosdahl and I|