Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year!!

What a week it’s been! Here the New Years is very big and everyone celebrates!  We had the opportunity to eat dinner with a family in our Ward. We had a huge Asado (Chilean BBQ) and it was SO good! We spent the night with them and had a great time. The following say was very tough. Here people celebrate until 4 or 5 or even until 7 in the morning and then sleep for the rest of the day. Needless to say, nobody was on the street or awake in their homes…..and it was 100 degrees outside.  We did meet some people and ended up having a good day.

The Christmas package arrived.....only a week late!

On Monday we had our normal zone and district meeting and talked about why we are in Chile personally. It was awesome to see the differences in each of our responses. There are missionaries in our zone who are recent (and I mean 1-2 years) converts to the church and are now serving missions! Despite all of our different responses, they all centered on inviting people to come unto Christ. As missionaries, that is what we are here to do! And its something so awesome to see too! 

With Valeria, I have seen that. She has completely changed her life in 4 months now and is absolutely incredible. It has been awesome to see her progression during my short time here in Chile. The other day we got a text from Valeria saying how proud and happy she was for us serving missions. She talked about how hard it must be to leave our families but how because of our sacrifice, she can now experience the happiness of the Gospel! She is amazing!!

The rest of the week was good. We have been focusing on finding more people and talking to even more people in the street now that some of our goals have changed. 

This week I’ve been reminded about what faith is. Here, there are many people that say they have faith because they believe. Faith has two parts. Believing and then acting on that faith through our actions. If we have true faith we will be willing to act. That goes for the gospel and for life. For new years resolutions, we have faith by setting goals, and then working through actions to complete them. If we simply have the idea or desire in our heart without action, we in turn only have an aspiration not faith.

Happy New Year and my Christmas package arrived!!!

My mom sewed me this stocking!! And sent me Pokemon cards!!

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