mi familia! espero que sepan que les quiero muchísimo! (family! i hope you all know how much i love you!)
this week passed so fast. like it was just monday to me. i still think this whole new area and all is why it´s flying by! can´t believe it. but it´s all good.
I´m just really grateful for the Spirit this week and the little promptings we get everyday from the Spirit and if we follow them how we can really receive more and more... this week we felt the little promptings lots, just want to share some experiences with you all...
Viviana and Ruben- we were walking on the street, on a way to a cita (appointment) and we passed a mom, dad, and 2 kids, with tons of groceries. we passed and then i just knew i needed to turn and talk to them. We talked to them for a while, got there address and had a cita with them. it was great. they have 3 kids, 7 year old twins (boy and girl) and then a 11 year old, Jordan. We taught them and they had met and heard from missionaries before, but nothing happened. taught them a great lesson and then invited them to be baptized. well, viviana accepts baptism, but can´t because they aren´t REALLY married (EVERYONE HERE- it´s crazy) but then her son, Jordan (11) goes... ¨but me, si!¨ and i asked him why he wanted to be baptized and he just looks at me and goes, ¨to be with Jesus¨ how precious is that. I know that this family is ready. they need it, they want it, Ruben just needs to put a ring on it!
John Henry- we were walking through the plaza to head to lunch, we are walking, get the the crosswalk and have to wait. it turns green, but i see this black man walking towards us. hna Paicely says... lets go, and i say, wait, i want to contact this man. So we wait on the other side of the street and we stop him, start talking, end up teaching him a lesson in the plaza, and at the end Hna Paicely asked him why he is here in Chile, because he is from Colombia. He answers saying, i don´t really know, and we testify that we know why and that he needs to hear our message. We invite him to church and he says he´ll try. Well call him sunday and wake him up and he was like.. we´ll see. The opening hymn is being sung and he hasn´t showed up yet. i felt to turn around, so i did and there is Henry, waiting to come in uncomfortably. but he came! stayed for church and is VERY intelligent in the bible, waas a missionary in the evangelical church for a while, and then got far from it. During the sacrament i gave him a folleto (pamphlet) to read about the sacrament and repentance and baptism, ect... he reads a quote on Repetance and turns to me and says.. ¨i need this, this is how i feel¨ He is awesome. just like REALLY smart. beleives that God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost are one, but hey, we have the restored gospel and that trumps everything else, right? oh henry. he is great!
Sergio- this joven (young man) of 25 años (years). found him contacted one day and he doesn´t believe in God much, well he does, but i think he is trying to be more like artsy and not wanting to believe in God. but, we taught him and asked him to say the pray at the end. he accepted and we asked him who he prays to when he prays and he said ¨algo¨(something) ¨las estrellas¨ (the stars) but we taught him how to pray and WHO is was praying to and he says this prayer... no joke 10 minutes. prays for everything from kids in africa, to politics, to chile, to basketball. he really just expressed what he was feeling. afterwards it was funny cause he just said all these chilean words, but he was sincere and thats what really matters. who cares what he prays for, he prayed to God and i know that God was just SO happy that he was able to do it correctly.
Urbano. un menos activo (less active) went to his house but he wasn´t home but used the bathroom of his wife and while we were there, got home! taught him and told him that in church i´lm gonna have a post it with your name on it so you can´t miss church. and guess who showed up in this white shirt and tie and sat in the seat with his name on it! Urbano :) He told me that he saved the little paper in his suit coat to remind him everytime he wears it why he came back to church. now he says he will be there next week, and after, and after, and forever! just gotta get him to the temple to be sealed with his wife!
This week i guess in Salamanca is like crazy for Semana Santa (Holy week/easter week). it´s like one of the biggest fairias (holidays) in Chile. people come from everywhere to sell there goods and buy things that they probsies don´t even need, but i´m excited. i know there are tons of gatherings in the plaza, right by the catholic church with like celebrations of Chirst and stuff... i think it´ll be interesting. just sad to me that these Catholics celebrate the death of Christ and not his birth. He LIVES! i know it and thats what we should be celebrating. not the death. but i hope you all have a HAPPY EASTER. hope the easter bunny visits and that you can dye some easter eggs.
Plans for today... gonna go eat at this chinese food place that looks bomb. haven´t had chinese food in over a year, but it´s chinese people who work there. why they are in chile, beats me, but hey, everyone needs a taste of there culture!
Know that i love you all mucho and am working hard to get these milagros (miracles) here in Salamanca. People are progressing, people are acercando a Cristo!(coming closer to Christ) that´s my purpose. So glad that we have the Espíritu (spirit) to help us and lead us to know what we need to do in our lives. live worthy everyday to be able to have a little bit more of the Spirit in your lives. Study it, pray for it, and recibirán! (receive)
Love you all.
still a giant
this is a live parrot on my head!!