June 23, 2014
Hola!! Wow, sounds like you guys had quite the adventure this last week!! They have a saying here in Chile, "caminé mas que un Mormón" or in English, "I walked more than a Mormon." The people use this a lot actually when they have walked a really long ways or something and they always say we walk a ton. But even though we do walk a ton down here, I think you guys are gonna be in way better shape than me for hiking! You guys are crazy! :) Those were some pretty crazy hikes that you guys were explaining about, and I think only you guys would hike to the top of a ski resort and then ride the ski lift back up after you were done, haha. And I am down for a ski trip up there this winter :)
I enjoyed reading the part of your letter about the parables and stuff. I think about 90 percent of menos activos are form the lost coin part. That is at least what they say anyway. This week we have heard quite a few stories though, some of them make me think about the story of the one lady who went inactive over the cream off the milk, back in Joseph Smith's story. Pretty sad when the people lose all those blessings from something that little, but it has opened my eyes a lot and helped me learn. One story we heard this week was pretty sad. We were visiting a lady last night and her four kids and she was telling us she stopped going to church because they told her that she would not be able to get sealed to her kids because her husband cheated on her and they got a divorce when they were young and she has not had the chance to get married again. So she said if she cannot get sealed to her kids, there is no point of going to church cause that is the one goal that she had. What exactly is the rule about getting sealed in situations like that??
We did have some pretty cool miracles going this week though that we were pretty happy about! We are visiting two part member families where in both cases the dad is the only member and the rest of the family is not. They are both not married but they want to get married and they and their whole family are all very interested. One is a family of 6 and the other is a family of 4. They were both scared to go to church this week, but we prayed really hard for them and both of the families came!! And we had a couple of other people come for the first time, so we had 12 people in the church for the first time!! That is the most that have come for the first time in any of my sectors, so we were very happy about that. Miracle for sure that both of the families came! They both liked the church a lot and are excited to come back so we are just gonna work real hard with them these next couple of weeks so that they can get a marriage date with the government. That is a big challenge for missionaries down here - hardly anyone is married, so it makes it tough and it takes a while for the people to be able to get married but we will keep praying and fasting and see what happens so they can get married and baptized!
Well the world cup of soccer is going on right now so that has been pretty interesting. Futbol is huge down here - never have seen anything like it. For the games when Chile is playing, it is a law that everyone goes home from work to watch the game. So during the games it is crazy - everyone drinks and parties and so we cannot go out and work during the games, and if they win we cannot go out after cause it is so crazy. Everyone watches the games - even the people that don't like futbol watch it, haha. Chile has won two games so far so they have been going crazy down here. That has been quite the experience for sure. Has been a challenge cause everybody watches all the other games too so it is hard to get them to turn it off! But it has been fun seeing how crazy everyone goes for futbol! :)
Well I hope everyone is doing good up there and enjoying the summer! It has been getting pretty cold down here! An electric blanket has saved my life for sure this winter!! I love and miss you all!
and Nuttie Buddies.