Sunday, July 9, 2017

Baptisms,Good-bye's and a New Area/Companion

WOW. What a week it has been here in San Bernardo!!! This Saturday was the baptism of Quenne and it was incredible! She loved it and was baptized 7 months pregnant!!! She is such an amazing person and has really progressed in the gospel. The baptism service was great, and she loved it! All of her family showed up, and came for her confirmation Sunday as well! It was a very spiritually filling weekend for her family and for us. Just before the baptism, I received the notice that I would be leaving to a different sector. Quenne and her family are pretty bummed about it, but we were able to explain the situation with companions and changes and everything, so she understood! On Sunday, she had her confirmation, and then gave her testimony (it happened to be the fast and testimony meeting we hold every first Sunday! She gave the most sincere and beautiful testimony I have ever heard.
 Saying goodbye to them was tough. Quenne’s mother now has desires and is even talking about her own baptism in the future. On Sunday, Quenne bore her testimony and said something that I will always remember. There are certain things that happen in my life that are heavy evidences that God really prepares His children. She talked about our first encounter in the street. It was the day of the earthquakes that happened some 2 months back that we had here in Santiago. Whenever there are earthquakes, she always goes out to her patio in the back to be outside, but for whatever reason when the earthquake hit, she left outside to the front off her house and saw us at the corner of the street. We were sitting there for a good 2 minutes waiting for one of us to receive an idea of what to do. She felt like we were there for a reason and left to go and talk to us to ask us as to where the LDS church was at that corresponded with her direction. fThe rest is history and then some! I will never forget that memory she shared fast and testimony meeting! I marvel at how it all came together 
Now I am with Elder McKane!!! He has 8 months in the mission and is a stud Missionary!!! He has served here for 1 change and then his comp left and I came here! We are serving in Las Americas! We are so pumped and getting out and working hard!! We are going to have a good time!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Attitude of Gratitude

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Junior, Quenne and P-Day

Wow, What a week it has been here in Santiago. To start, I will do a little bit of a recap from my week last week.

We had a conference with Elder Clayton from the Seventy. He was able to come down to San Bernardo and we had such a great conference!! On Saturday, we were able to bring Junior, our recent convert, to his conference and it was so good!! He did a question and answer for the whole time and had some leaders answer questions. Overall, it was such a spiritual conference and I loved it!

At the end he went around and shook everyones hand. When he got to Junior, he talked with him for a minute or two and expressed his gratitude for him!! Elder Clayton is incredible!!
 As for this week, Today we had a really awesome p-day. 100 missionaries joined together at a stake center and we had a fun get together. there was a blow up slide and everything!

Our week was really good. With our investigator, Quenne, we were able to have some really spiritual lessons with her! Literally, one of our lessons with her was answering her questions that she wrote down after reading and highlighting a gospel principles book! She loves to read! 

Other than that, our week was solid. As missionaries, we are trying to find more people to teach and to share the gospel with.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Transfers, Quenne and being Christlike

Wow. What a week it has been here in San Bernardo. We had transfers and I am with my new Companion Elder Bellido! He is from Argentina, and loves playing soccer! 

It's getting cold in Chile.  Sleeping with three blankets.

We have really had a good first week together! This week was really spiritual. Each day we had a distinctive miracle happen! We have really seen the progression of an Investigator by the name of Quenne! 
She contacted us in the street some 4 weeks back, and came to church on Sunday! And she loved it! Her son Lucas loved the nursery too! This upcoming week, we have stake conference and will be having a general authority coming up to talk with us! We are trying to get all of our investigators to go to this conference! Looking forward to that so much this Saturday and Sunday!

This past week, we had a dear member in our ward pass away from Cancer. We attended his funeral this week and were able to say parting words to him and to his family before he passed away. They are a family that love the missionaries, and are a beloved family in this mission. I really feel for them and will 
be praying for the Ortega family. keep them in your prayers. This family has really impressed me with the way they have carried themselves during this tough time in their life.

In my 3 months here, Brother Ortega has had cancer and has not been able to walk. He has been isolated to his chair and hasn't been able to use his body as he could before the cancer. During all of this time, not once has this family batted an eye. Their son left for his mission in Ecuador two months ago. And his wife has not once complained. This family is a shining example of charity and love, and of happiness. Amidst this challenge and difficult time in their lives, they have shown true Christlike character which has made me marvel. 

We really see who people are in their challenges, and this has and will be a huge one for them, and they have showed nothing but exemplary Christlike attributes. When life hits us, may we all dig down deep, and let some Christlike charity show in our countenance like this family has shown me...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Family Matters Most

WOW, what a week it has been!! I have really had a great week with seeing the family! and having the chance to go to the temple today! 

This week has been a very unique week in my mission. To begin, last Thursday, we had a lesson planned with an investigator that Elder Vargas was teaching with his companion. She changed schools, changed schedules, so it was impossible to find her when she was in her house. A week back, we finally encountered her mom and planned a lesson for a week in advance. 

When we got there, their family was so nice, and asked us all sorts of questions about our mission because they had never talked to missionaries ever (never happens in Santiago). They just loved us! We were able to share our message with them, and it was very spiritual. As we left, their grandmother came in and wanted for us to go by her house too!! We were just pure money!!! haha. WE will be passing by them this week! 

We also had a very spiritual message with an investigator by the name of Nancy. She has been talking to the missionaries now for 2 years, and really cares for us! She lives out in the woods so we have to bike around the mountain! We talked about baptism and really had the spirit working on her. We were able to help her with her doubts and get her to come to church for this Sunday. Today we went to the temple, which was a very spiritual experience always! Love the peace and spirit I feel there!

This week, we had a zone conference on the Holy Ghost, and how we as missionaries can best utilize it and bring it to the people we teach! It was a really good conference. 

This week I have been pondering on the importance of the family! and why we have them. I am eternally grateful for the family that I have, and for all that they have done for me! The skype was great this past Sunday and the opportunity to talk with them lifted me! It is a reminder to me of the eternal family that we have. After 5 months, I was anxious and so excited to talk with them! Imagine ourselves with our loving Heavenly Father. After a lifetime, and then returning to His presence will be something amazing for us., The opportunity to return to Him will be absolutely worth all the difficulties that we pass through. Returning to our Father is the purpose of why we are here. Keep that in mind!

Keep Your Room Clean

This week has been an incredible week for us in Lo Blanco. We had the baptism of Mathius this past weekend!! It was amazing!! He was really excited and all around happy! He showed up to church the next day with a new suit and we could really just see the difference that his baptism did for him! Seeing his progression and happiness makes me happy for him as well!
This week, with the city of San Bernardo, we went to a lady’s house to clean it! She was a hoarder and it felt like torture more than service.  We had to throw away all of her garbage in her house and she was throwing a fit!! The house was filled with junk!  Anyway, we had to get dressed up in masks, gloves and a cloak thing! It was cool and we played ninja in our suits! Even though she now hates us, we helped her down the road!
This week we had a Miracle!! So it was around 6 in the afternoon and we pulled to the side of the street thinking of what we would do for our ¨plan C¨. Nothing came to mind. We looked in our agenda and at our weekly planning page and couldn’t figure out what to do. After about 2 minutes of communicating and trying to figure out a plan. 

A women walked up to us and asked if we were the Mormon missionaries and if we knew where the Sunday reunions were held for church!!! With shock, We told her we were missionaries and told her about where she could go to church. In that moment, we asked if she had time to talk with us. She did, and we were able to go into her house and teach her lesson 1, and we were able to set a baptismal date for the 20 of may!!!!!!! MILAGROS! I love it! Her grandparents were recently baptized and really saw the change in them after their baptism! She explained to us that that was what she was wanting in her life, and was really interested in learning about our church! It gives me surprises each and every day!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easter, Cemeteries and Forever Families

I owe you all an apology! I ran into problems last week uploading my letter and the computer lab shut down before I could figure out what wasn't working.
Easter baskets from Mom
Anyway, this week has been yet another fulfilling week for me in San Bernardo. This past Saturday, we had a baptism for Junior! It was incredible and he loved the experience so much. I don't know if I have talked much about Junior in my previous emails, but Junior is from Haiti and moved to Chile six moons ago. He speaks Spanish perfectly because he lived in Santo Domingo for 16 years, He is a really good guy.  He is very humble and an all around happy person. He was so prepared as an investigator and really loved what we were teaching him. 

The highlight of his baptism was at the very end when he bore his testimony. He testified of the truth of this Gospel, that Jesus is the Christ, the love he has for the missionaries and the gratitude he had when he was baptized. It was a really “feel good” moment for me to hear him bare his testimony in front of everyone  and to hear his words! The following day I had the opportunity to confirm him a member of the church.
My Zone
Sunday afternoon, we had a zone activity/contacting in the cemetery in San Bernardo. I had little bit of doubt going in, but it was one of the best experiences that I have had in the mission. It was a perfect Easter day and there were lots of people there visiting their loved ones. We walked around talking about the plan of salvation and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We met one family, and talked with them for 30 minutes about this plan and how we believe that we will resurrect and can live with our families forever. They told us about their son that they were visiting  whose name was Edson. He died of Leukemia when he was 9 years old in the arms of his dad. As they opened up to us, the spirit really touched them. After they shared their story with us, we testified of this plan and how they will have the chance olive with their son again. It was a very spiritual and uplifting visit for this family. They really wanted us to pass by their home and share more with them.  We were able to refer them to other missionaries and gave them a Book of Mormon. As we left this family, I was filled with happiness for them.

Many people have some sort of faith that they will see their loved ones, but some tend to doubt and fear that they will never see them again.  To me, as members we do not have this fear. I believe we have sorrow and grief when our loved ones pass away, but with the knowledge that families are eternal, we have a lasting hope and happiness in knowing that death is not the end.  We gain this knowledge through prophetic and doctrinal teachings.  I firmly believe that as we study and apply the words of prophets and apostles, we will change mere faith to a knowledgable wisdom that (without doubt) families can live together forever. 

I believe Romans 6:4-5 puts it best: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father. even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in his likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection”.

We will follow his example! We will resurrect too! We will live again and have the rewards of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

I want to testify that Jesus is the Christ. His suffering in Gethsemane an on the cross really happened and that three days later he resurrected. Thanks to Jesus Christ, we need to have hope, not fear! I invite those who doubt to ask God, sincerely, if Jesus is the Redeemer of the world?If he really did win the battle over death? Because I know he did and you can know for yourself, too!  

Working on my soccer skills in Chile

Drinking something.....

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Daniela's Baptism and Working Harder for The Lord

This has been an incredible week of miracles here in Santiago! We had the chance to go to the downtown of Santiago. It was really cool to go and see more of the city. Saturday afternoon we had some really good lessons and ate some delicious pizza and empanadas.

Elder Hendrix, Daniela and Elder Vargas

On Sunday, we had the baptism of Daniela which was incredible! The baptismal reception was very spiritual. After Daniela's baptism and after the "welcome to the ward" Daniela bore her testimony to close the meeting. WOW!! It was one of the most powerful testimonies I've ever heard. She talked about her conversion story, her dating years back when she found the church and her best friend. How she received a confirmation of the truth after reading the Book of Mormon and praying and learning that families can be together forever through temple work.

For her, it was a very emotional day. She's been wanting to be baptized for some time now yet didn't have the approval of her parents.  She will bless this ward so much!! It is amazing to me to see the desire in people to want to me members of this church. That really stood out to me with her. Daniela wanted to have the Gospel in her life.  She wanted to have more faith and to be baptized.  She will be an incredible member of this church!! We are really happy for her.!

On Tuesday, we had an amazing zone meeting.  We talked a lot about taking initiative and responsibility over our work and how that has a direct correlation with our love of Jesus Christ. It was  an amazing meeting.  The spirit was really strong during the reunion.  It made me want to work even harder for my Savior!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Back in Los Pensamientos

Javiera & Sister Montana
Back with Elder Murphy

This has been a very rewarding week here in Santiago.  Last Saturday was a blast! On Friday, I got a call from Elder Murphy (my previous companion) and was told that Javiera and Maximo were having their baptism.  I had the opportunity to go to it and baptize Javiera. It was great. It was awesome to go back and to see them all again.  It was a wonderful baptismal service and was very spiritual. All of the Montana (sp) family was there(cousins, Aunts and Uncles. They had a good 20 family members attend. Before the service started,  Maximo, who is a hilarious kid, by the way, came up to all of us missionaries and said,

“I am so excited for my baptism! It’s just that my two biggest fears are:
  1. Water, and
  2. Falling back into the water
And the thing is that we will be doing both of those today!!”

I am so happy for Javiera and Maximo. They are incredible kids and the Montana family are really special to me. Seeing their change of heart is something that I can not put into words. Over the past three months, seeing the Gospel come back into their lives and seeing their testimonies grow brings me so much joy! It’s moments like that that I cherish.

This weekend, we will be having a baptism for Daniela! She has been so prepared to hear the gospel.  Here in our mission, it is rare that a companionship(Elder Vargas and I)  can find someone to teach and baptize, during the same transfer. Anyways, we are really excited for Daniela!!

I’m short on time.  Hope you have a great week.

Elder Hendrix

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dare to be Bold

It has been a really good week for us here in San Bernardo. Those that we are teaching are really progressing and making major strides! We are teaching an investigator named junior who is progressing very fast. He has now come to church two times and absolutely loves it! He is a really deep thinker and loves what we teach him,  What I love about him most is that he rolls up to church each Sunday with shades on and wears them during sacrament meeting! hahaha
This past Friday we had a very spiritual lesson with a new investigator that we found this past Monday. When we contacted her, we went into her house and saw that she had pictures on her walls of photos from our church! As we continued talking with her, we found out that all of her children were baptized! She left to the south of Chile for a bit, so we are looking forward to teaching her more when she returns. On Saturday, we had service and laid cement, for a patio, for a family in our ward. As it was drying, Elder Vargas drew his name in the cement in BIG letters.  hahaha.
On Tuesday, we had our District and Zone Meeting and we also had our interviews with President. They were great. My interview with President William was fantastic. I really enjoy every chance to talk with him, each change.
The past two changes(12 weeks) I’ve had a goal to read all of The New Testament. This past week I was reading in the book of Acts. As I was reading I was amazed by the power and authority that the Apostles taught. To me, there is a drastic manner in which they taught and acted when Jesus was on the earth performing miracles and ministering to the people in comparison to after His death. I believe that one factor was motivation. After seeing the death of their Savior and His resurrection, I believe they firmly wanted to teach and deliver His message. More than anything, however, I believe it was to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. In the book of John, chapter 16, verse 7 it says, “It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you”
The gift of the comforter(Holy Ghost) gave the Apostles so much more power as they taught.  Fast forward into the book of Acts in chapter 2 where it explains this.  In this chapter the spirit is “poured” on the people they are teaching. As they receive this feeling they are amazed and marveled. As other people mock the multitude, Peter, to me, speaks with the confidence and boldness that they Savior had.

V.14 “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:”

V.17 “O…it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my spirit upon all the flesh: and your sons and daughters shall prophecy”

As I read this, Peter did exactly as Jesus would have done. He stood up and testified boldly of the spirit! From reading the New Testament, I can see the drastic change in Peter through his words and testimony to the doubters.

Dare to be bold, just as Peter was.

Elder Hendrix

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Five BIG Dogs and a Bike

Elder Hendrix and Elder Gomez

I've had an official week here in San Bernardo! This week’s been incredible and filled with many memories and stories. To clarify again, I am serving in the San Bernardo Stake in the Lo Blanco Ward. I have a BIKE! (San Bernardo is the only area in our mission with bikes) and it is a big zone. 

This past Thursday, we had a lesson with a new investigator, Daniela. She is absolutely incredible. I am so convinced that Heavenly Father continually prepares His children to hear His message because Daniela was! As we began teaching her, she listened so attentively what we were saying and was really engaged during the lesson. She asked really good questions and the spirit was really strong during the lesson. WE had two lessons with her last week and invited her to be baptized. She eagerly said yes and even said that she knew that this was the truth. She told us that she prayed fervently the night after our first lesson and asked God if this was the truth.  She waited a minute and then felt an overwhelming feeling and sense that was the truth. That everything we had taught her from Joseph Smith to the Plan of Salvation(our plan for happiness) was true! Needless to say, we are really excited to continue teaching and visiting with her.

On Sunday, I had the chance to get to know lots of members in my new ward. Here in Lo Blanco, around 80-90 people attend our church each week and the members are amazing people. Ivan is a member that we passed by his house this week and he is an incredible guy. He is fluent in English. I believe we will be great friends! 

Yesterday, we had a really fun day. For the first time in my time here, we had the chance to go out of the city and into the woods. I could finally breathe a breath of fresh air! It was so pretty! We biked around a little mountain and we visited with some people in their big country homes.(I am sorry mom but I didn't have my camera on me) Anyway, it was really fun. 

On the way back to the city we were going down a long road and eventually came to a stop about halfway down, to call our next appointment. As I proceeded to stop, Elder Vargas continued to ride down the road. I yelled for him to stop. Right  as I did that, five “BIG” dogs that were sitting on the lawn of the house in front of me took off after me. Instantly, I jumped on my bike and took off. I was hauling on my bike! One big dog isn't too much of a problem, but five is a different story. 

Luckily, there had been a car coming in the oncoming lane and almost hit two of the dogs. That car gave me a two second head start and I flew like the wind. We had been biking for about two hours, so I was kind of dragging behind Elder Vargas, but not in this moment. I flew right past him in an instant. I had the dogs on my tail for about 50 yards and after that, they stopped chasing us. When we got back to the city, my legs were dead! I love the mission!!

Recently I was reading in The Book of Mormon about the story of Alma where he is teaching the Zoramites. As he was teaching he found much success with the those that were humble at heart. These people were rejected by  the rich and were not able to enter their churches. As Alma is preaching to the, he tells them that because of their circumstances, “they are compelled to be humble” and that because of this they “seeketh repentance”. To me this scripture applies to me in the respect that I have grown up in the church. Thanks to the fact that I grew up in the church, I’ve been taught great values, know the importance of family, my purpose in life, etc… 

Furthermore, one can say that I have grown up around it and don't know any different, which is true. Because of my circumstance, I believe what I believe. It is no different than those who where humble at heart who had not other choice than to be humble due to their economic circumstances. The circumstances or background we grow up in mold us and influence us into who we are today. If I were to grow up here in Chile, where I serve without the church or family guidance, I would probably be smoking, drinking and doing who knows what.

However, Alma explains what we can do with our given circumstances. In Alma 32:15 he says, “Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed-yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty”. 

It’s the same for me and the same for all of us. I grew up in the church and was compelled or heavily influenced to believe what we as a church believe, but I had to “truly convert or “truly” believe what we believe and stand for as a church at some point in my life.

The moral to this story is that our given circumstances in life shape us. The things that we, at times, don’t have much control over heavily influence our decisions. However, if we can be truly humble in our circumstances or truly humble ourselves to change, that God will help us. Our circumstances and background that we each have, have a purpose and God wants us to submit ourselves to Him to be “truly” humble to be true sons and daughters to Him; that continually seek and humble themselves in their circumstances or to change and follow His will for us. If we truly submit ourselves to Him we will find his will for us.

Transfers, San Bernardo and a Bike!

Elder Hendrix and Elder Vargas

Wow, so much has changed this week. As I am writing to you now, I am currently in San Bernardo! We had changes this past week and I was changed to the Lo Blanco Ward in San Bernardo. I have a bike!!! I am so pumped. I am serving with Elder Vargas who is from El Salvador. He has 9 months on the mission and is a great guy. I will come back to my past two days here in Lo Blanco when I finish my letter(mom note… he doesn't finish his letter, so we are left in suspense as to how his first few days in San Bernardo went) :)

Anyway, this past week in Los Pensamientos was a tough one. Elder Murphy was dead for about three days and didn't leave the house. He had a fever a a bad stomach bug, so I spent my last day and a half with the other Elders in our home to say goodbye to our investigators and members. It was awful. I didn’t want to leave Los Pensamientos and the members. I had the opportunity to meets some incredible people and I now have to leave them. However, after being in the same area for 6 months the change didn’t come as a surprise.

Saying goodbye to Valeria and the Andrade family was very tough, but the hardest was with the Montana family. Maximo and Javiera were really upset that I was leaving but I will definitely be going back for their baptism in 2 weeks. Their grandmother is absolutely incredible. She has been so dedicated  to going to church. When she was on vacation she attended church over the two weeks and is now reading General Conference talks and is so consecrated. Seeing her change over the past few months is something I will remember forever.

And I have left Elder Murphy. Elder Murphy is an incredible missionary.  He works very hard and is a very consecrated man. I will definitely miss him. 

Until next week!! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I am Happy

This week has been good. I've had another great week with Elder Murphy. Summer is coming to an end and the Chileans are back in their homes( in Chile, they leave for 3 weeks or more at times to travel to the beach or to the south). Things are really coming together now and people are really progressing in the Gospel, which is great!! This past week we held our English class(we teach it every week), but it turned into a Spanish class. We had 6 Haitians in our class and taught them the basics of Spanish from Creole, which was a sight to see. At times we were communicating in English, Spanish and Creole to one another. It's amazing how different our languages are.

This week I want to talk abut how happy I am with what I am doing here in Chile. It kind of hit me the other day that there isn't anywhere else in the world I would rather be than here in the Urban Jungle of Santiago. Everyone says that what we do is hard and almost make it seem like we are bogged down until we get to return home. I love what I do here. I am so happy. I have walked down the same streets now for the past 6 months, seeing the same people everyday and do the same thing everyday; inviting others to come unto Christ. I am truly happy and hope you find happiness in your life. Look for the little things and you will find it. Enjoy this life and have fun.

Sorry for the short message this week.

Love, Elder Hendrix
Mom Note: We told him that he needed a haircut and he said that they ran into some issues and couldn't get one last week nor this week, so Elder Murphy gave it a go on Elder Hendrix's hair.  We will see how it looks next week!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dare to be Bold

WOW, this has been an incredible week for Elder Murhpy and I. We have really been progressing with Venel! Venel is form Haiti and we have been teaching him for the past three months now! He is progressing faster than ever now, and is preparing for a baptism! We are so pumped and are passing by a lot to teach and prepare him!! We were in a lesson with him this past week and his roommate who speaks very little Spanish but is absolutely hilarious, offered us food at the very end of a lesson. We told him we had to run to another lesson, but he insisted that we would eat his Haitian food! hahaha. So he locked the door and put the keys in his pocket and refused to let us leave! haha (I hope I didn't share this story last week....the weeks are really blending together now) but anyway, we ate at their house with them for a little. haha. Now Elder Murphy and I are picking up on some Creol (mostly Elder Murphy) I am just learning catchy phrases! hahaha
Also, I had the opportunity to have another division this week. Elder Carney (my trainer) came into our old ward and we  were together again! haha It was so weird though. Elder Carney was a little taken aback during the lessons. It has been about three months since we went our ways, and when he came back, I was leading and can now talk relatively freely now! We went back and visited Valeria, the Andrade family, and other people he had known! It was a really cool day!

Other than that, My week has been really good. With the new changes and emphasis in repentance and Baptism, Elder Murphy and I have been thinking and collaborating on how we can apply the changes into our area as missionaries. To us, we have been a lot bolder for sure. We are putting even more emphasis and importance in the fact that repentance will free us from sin and pain, and that baptism is necessary !! We are bolder now than we have ever been, and I love it! As missionaries we have to be bold in promising the blessings of salvation. we are here to save souls!!

The other way is that we have to do it to. We, as missionaries, need to repent daily, and we need to remember the importance of the baptismal covenants that we have made too! That was a big emphasis in our zone conference this past month. That we as missionaries need to practice what we literally teach! In doing so, we will have the spirit with us even more as we teach, and we will understand the why behind what we do even more! In turn, we will become better teachers, more people will come to know the truth, and more people will be truly converted. Members and Converts alike! 

Mom Note:  Thank you to the amazing members in Chile who sent me these pictures this week!