Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I am a country girl now....transfers

So good things happened this week. It was super crazy. 
The phone rang Monday night and we had special transfers. The assistants said that we weren’t in trouble but he felt revelation that we were the ones to change. I felt the spirit so strong.
 I was thrust out of the sector I was born into, into the wild jungle. Just kidding. It is however the place you picture when you think of Chile. Some houses with cement floors and old wooden walls. This place is amazing. ...: 

Sooo... Monday. Hermana Arias and I cried, and packed. Tuesday we had a long encounter with the Area Book. Note to self, Don’t get behind on that. That was the worst. We went to say bye to people, not too many were home. Which killed me. We had an awesome final FHE with the branch president and Carlos and his family . I hope the branch can take good care of him and baptize him

Wednesday I left, after my final zone conference. They gave me a shout out thanks for all I did. I felt good (because initially I felt super bummed I opened the sector Villa El Sol C and closed it) but I know we affected people and the seeds with grow now. In 20 years, right? haha. Oh well I feel good about it.

 I now live in the country...
So here’s a nice HELLO FROM Guadalupe San Fernando, CHILE =) I JUST GOT BACK FROM THE BEACH: We went to Pichilemu today. It was so beautiful. I now live in the south, like 1.5 hours south of where I was before. and it is more country. I didn’t realize how city I was in. When you think of Chile, you think of Guadalupe. 

 I met my new companion. Hermana Shanchez from Uruguay ... My companion definitely is very motivational and the most obedient person I have ever met and she’s been a great leader. Guess how many baptism dates we put this week? 3. Oh my freaking loving life! =) =) So we will work more with them and their families hopefully soon.

Friday we went to Rancagua so that I could become an official citizen of Chile. But it fell, so I need to go tomorrow. Friday we were trying to take a bus to another city, 20 minutes away, Angostura but ended up in TAMBO. Which is super far away. We were so lost, but had to take another bus to get back to Angostura. haha this sector is huge. And super mountainous. I love it.

The church members here are awesome. The branch has 150. Double my other branch.

I am so happy to be here! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Car Accident is a Blessing

Everything is going good. I am feeling good although this week was a bit hard for me.This week I got super sick from eating something bad. That was super fun. Worst 3 days of my life. haha. Which made it harder to stay animated about the work going on. I feel better now and know that the Lord is mindful of me and to just keep doing his work. I know that this will bring me the most excitement and happiness. But despite anything I have, I know that I can overcome. I am so excited to be a missionary in this so crucial time. 

As for work in the sector, We proposed a baptism date this week to Carlos again. He has already been at church three times and I feel that he is ready. He was with members 4 days this week and I was thrilled.  ...we were throwing the b word around like there is no tomorrow. BAPTISM: He was a little shocked and feels unprepared  for a date in the next 3 weeks...My mom  put his name on the prayer roll and I know that prayer really does work. I hope we can get him to realize how prepared he is and how worthy of a priesthood holder he will be. I hope they can continue to see the peace and revelation that comes from being at church. We are close to finishing visiting the list of menos acitvos. We will be done before November 1st. The list has been such a blessing and I hope these last few names can also have softened hearts to hear the good word. 
Woah. The weeks are going so fast. Almost 5 months here in Chile.

This week I rotted more fruit than I ever have in my life.BTW I am quite skinny because I live off of produce but was disappointed to find a rotten Chirimoya (good chilean fruit) and rotten avocados and rotten cucumber. Dang I need to be better at making sure its fresh. During winter, we can leave fruit wherever but its been freaking hot. On Martes (tues)  it was the hottest day on earth. And i honestly believe that. 

Something very humbling happened this week. Besides getting sick and fasting for our investigators (which were both super humbling)... We went to visit a member who got hit by a car (but was okay). . We were all OH SO SORRY OH I AM SORRY WE HOPE YOU'RE OKAY: and yeah... she very humbly said [I think it was an answer to my prayers because I have been wanting to go to the temple and didn't have money. I got in the accident and they paid me, so now I have money. When I can walk again, I'll go to the temple.] I was dying. Inside myself I was bawling with gratefulness to know this woman. I felt so impressed by her desire and willingness to rely on the Lord. We left and I was whimpering for an hour after OH! OH oh my gosh. Oh shes so great. My companion was rolling her eyes at me, but how do people get so precious? 

A woman told me I didn't look north American  after my comp said I was from Bolivia. Yes. Best day ever. 
And besides that many lessons. I love missionary work =) I am so happy to be here and serve.
-Hermana Loca Nokes.