Thursday, October 6, 2016

Week 73 - October 3, 2016

This is what I learned from the Conference: 

I really liked the talk from Elder Uchtdorf about being grateful. I cant remember exactly what he said but I related it with less active members. Because God gives us sooo much and we get upset when somebody doesn't say hi to us or with the leaders of the church. STUPID THINGS. We just need to be grateful for what we have! He has given us sooooo much. The scriptures, the Book of Mormon in particular, the church, prayer, the Holy Ghost, SOOO MUCH and all we do sometimes is complain. We get soo used to having soo many blessings that we start to forget the diamonds that we are walking on and only look at the pebbles. I loved that part. The way to be active in the church is to never stop being grateful for what you have. And I know that we will be able to find joy even when we have lots of problems. 

That was one  of the main topics for the conference: Long-suffering with joy. We had a Zone Conference and the President`s wife talked about the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is for moments and nothing more. Joy is eternal. Its the reward for being faithful in the church. So if you want happiness then do whatever you want. But if you want joy: Follow Christ. 

Even when we aren't feeling happiness or we have lots of problems, difficulties, afflictions, trails, etc., we can still find joy, and its by knowing that we have problems to progress and that we have a loving Heavenly Father that will never leave us if we don't leave him. We can only find joy through our faith in Christ and being grateful for everything he gives us. I love you!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!! CHAO-ITO!

Week 71 - September 19th, 2016

So I was writing a really long email but about 2 seconds ago the iPad I was using to write this died.

NOOOOOOO. Dang it. Soo as I was writing before. Yesterday was the Independence Day of chile so we ate a lot of BBQ. It was amazing hahaha we ate empanadas de pino (which are basically bread filled with meat, hard boiled egg, an olive, and onion), churiso (mini sausages), BBQ lamb, chicken, cow, etc. YUUUUM. It was great, but today everything is closed that's why I'm using an iPad because we received permission to use the computers of the members.

A miracle happened this week!! We were contacting some houses without luck and I was just saying how in this time of the day there is nothing to do, WHEN all of the sudden a black suburban pulled up to us and a lady said to us Hola! And we were like how are u? And she said would u like to know? Uhhhh OK. And so we went over to talk to her and she told us that she is Colombian and said that she was baptized in the church over there. She has been living in chile for about 11 years and just moved to this sector because she got separated from her husband. And she told us that she saw the church and felt the strong desire to return and that was what she was thinking when she saw us!! She lives here with her 3 kids and has a Colombian restaurant in Valparaiso. She went to church yesterday with one of her kids and we have an appointment this Tuesday! WUUUMP. Haha so I'm really happy, she has a strong testimony.

Weeeeell, that's about the most exciting thing that has happened. We had to be in the house 8 because of the holiday so we got to study a little bit longer. Something really sad happened yesterday, a recent convert died. He has been struggling with alcohol for about 2 years now and it finally took its toll. It's really sad to meet people with addictions because they aren't bad people. But that's about all that's happened!!!!!! Pray lots for us this week so that we can find more people to teach!!!! Have a great week! Chao!!!!!!!