Monday, June 24, 2013

Well, another fast week. Really, so CRAZY! June is bascially over. one more week. How does it pass so fast. 
Ok, WHO LOVED THE BROADCAST LAST NIGHT?? amazing. really. SO good. I was just like, wow. this is gonna help the missionary work SO much. Really, it’s the best way to find people to teach. They are right here in our neighboorhoods, work, ect. And I was just so happy that it was a WORLDWIDE thing. Really, if the memebers really do what the apostles and profeta (prophet) are telling us, everyone will want to come unto Christ. I just imagine, really, this is Christ telling us what we need to do. Not just a man in the world. So I KNOW its revelation. I hope you´re all thinking about who you can invite :) I sure have thought about people.
So this week i´ve just learned that Satan works SO hard on these people. Really, I just want to tell him.. hey, back off, let them do this! It´ll CHANGE their lives. But they all have their agency too that I sometimes want to take away. I just know that God is testing my patiencia (patience) and making me work even harder so I stay focused on this last part of the mish!
Dany. So, we had a couple GREAT lessons. He was doing good with his progress, praying, reading, has asistido and smoking has gotten lots better. And then one day. bam. Just way too many tempations. It’s his friends, and his dad lets him basically do everything too, and his dad wants him to change but isn´t willing to put his foot down and tell him no. But who knows what will happen with Dany! The gospel is the best thing that can happen to him, but he has to put in his part. I´m not sure if will still teach him.. so sad.
Tatiana. her husband just really isn´t diggin it. When we go and he isn´t there, she always accepts us, but when her husband is home, he ALWAYS answers the door and says that they can´t right then. super fome. but we´re gonna seguir (follow up) with her! i just want to teach her husband and help him understand too and then they can have this together.
Erika and Danae, they left on vacations and now danae is sick, but i know that they´ll just eat this up if they get a taste of it.
Bernardo. He is fine. we´ve decided that we can teach him but really really slow so he understands everything. He isn´t 100% there so we need to talk to the leaders about him to see if we should teach him. The ward is supportive and wants to help him. he just has to learn the basic stuff, because he understands, but its like a slower process.
So this week we´ve taught lots and found more people, just are looking for these people who are ready al tiro (now) to accept the gospel. The other day though had a cool experience. We were in one part of our area and we had a cita (appointment) with just a contact on the whole other side of our area and then we had to return to the other side. We were deciding, is it worth it to go because its super far just to return, but we decided that yes, we needed to do it so we could follow our plans because God always blesses us. So we went. The cita (appt) wasn´t there. So we followed our plan and found a lady named Marcela. She´s young, like 30, she was catholica when she was a kid, but now has found Christ in the Evangelico church. We shared with her and she was super interested about Profetas (prophets) and the BOM. Left her with the compromiso (commitment) to read and pray and she told us to come back. She said that she thought we were other people that she was waiting for when she opened her door, and then felt bad to regect the word of God and now she can ask if its true! Really I have a huge testimony about planning. If we follow our plans and listen to the Spirit, God will put these people in our path who are ready now. We just have to be the obedient ones and plan and follow them.
Also, found the pareja (partner) of Luz who we taught a while ago, and he was like, come in! He listened to the message and now we can teach him and Luz together and get them married and baptize their 2 kids as well. Have a cita (appt) with them tonight, so we´ll see how it goes.
Had another intercambio (exchange) this week. It was great. I really feel blessed to have this assignment because I get to know lots of Hnas and other areas to work and everytime I just feel like I learn from them. I don´t know why I am a Sister Training Leader and they aren´t, but really am grateful to be able to travel around and do it! But the only bad part is my bed phobia. Luckily I know the girl who always comes to MY BED. But i still change the pillow case everytime. But sometimes I have to just not think about the persons bed I´m sleeping in. Maybe I´ll be better when I get home with it though. You´d think, right??
Well Family, Get out there and find these people who need the gospel. Pray daily to have a missionary experience and the Lord will bless you with what you need to say, and to whom you need to say it. Trust in Him. It’s the best message in the world and if WE don´t share it, who will?? I was thinking this week and decided if we love the people and the message we are sharing, it´ll be easy to open our mouths to share the Gospel. So love the people, and love the Gospel and the rest will come!
Love you lots!
Keep Smiling,
Hna Sargent

this statue. ya, have no clue. creepy. 

dany... this kid. loved his CTR ring that i gave him,

my mission is beautiful. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

a year ago today, Maritza, Hilding and Magali got baptized. And this week I´ve been informed by a few different people that they are now all working on going to the temple this month or next. 
now THAT is the joy of missionary work! 

How are you my dear family? I am happy! I really just love the mission. Even though it´s so hard emotionally, sometimes physically (con los cerros aqui en viña), and spiritually. It´s the most rewarding thing I´ve ever done in my life. And I know that my life será very different because of my mission. Eternally grateful that my Heavenly Father allowed me to come and to be here in Chile! 

Lets see, so this week we FINALLY found Luis. Had a nice converstaion with him. he told us that he purposly had distanced himself from us. but he felt bad about it and one night decided to pray, so he prayed and new that he needed to listen more and its something that he REALLY needs in his life. He is also in Mosiah in his lectura! So we had a great lesson. Told us he was gonna come to church. Talked to him Saturday, still was gonna come and he didn´t come! SO frustrating. but now i´m just gonna wait for him to contact us. I was fasting for him specifically that he´d be there and i just felt like him not coming is maybe a answer that its not his time. but super sad. but if God wants him to progress, he will. 

Tatiana. Still doing great. Accepted a fecha but shes scared to talk to her husband abaout it. They left of vacations this weekend, so hopefully when we go on Tuesday she´ll have talked to him and he´ll give her the go ahead. But she honestly has tons of desire to follow Christ! 

Erika and Danae. This littlefamily is precious. So we pass for someone that we´ve contacted in the street a while back. He wasn´t there but his dad answered and was kinda like.. no. we´re leaving, but his granddaughter was there who lives in Miami and is just visiting for summer so we started talking in English and then the dad tells us to come in so we aren´t in the cold. We end up teaching them a little about the Plan de Salvacion and this little girl talks so cute and english and spanish, but she tells me in English talking about her g-ma who died 2 years ago. ¨That is why i am happy because i know where she is, but i am sad because i miss her¨ We have another cita with them tonight. I´m excited. When we were leaving the little girl yells out.. ¨miss you¨ adorbs. 

Virginia and Bernardo- this lady too speaks perfect english and we taught her and she wanted to come to church with her son, 33 years old. They get to church and we are sitting there and after the Sacrament meeting we are just talking and he son asks us.. ¨cuando me podría bautizar?¨ it was the first time i´ve put a fecha in the middle of church! awesome! He just seems to like the social scene and stuff at Church, but we gotta teach him so that he gets his testimony. He doesnt read or write, so he learns a little slower, but that does not stop him from wanting to learn! just hope that he can really understand and have a testimony!

Fransisco- he is a menos activo that we´ve taught EVERY week since i arrived. and he always says he will go to church because he KNOWS he needs to and has a tesimony. he just doesn´t go because he moved from his old ward to this one, but it´s like 6 months since he hasn´t gone. We taught him the other day about the Santa Cena. He told us he´d be there, but i was like.. ok, (i´ve heard that before) and I walk into the chapel and guess who is sitting there... FRANSISCO! I was like. WOAH. it was awesome to see him there and the JAS( single adults) just were great to involve him and all. It was awesome to see. Last night went to a NDH witht the Jas as well. finally, Fransisco is back.

Well, just want to leave you with something i learned this week in my studies. I was reading about Pilot in Luke 23 and how he found nothing wrong in Christ and asked 3 times the people what he should do with Him. He feel into Peer Pressure even though i´m sure that he felt strongly, that he shouldn´t kill him. It made me think of ourselves. When we feel something, through the Spirit, and know what we should do, and we do that thing anyways, we will loose the Savior in our lives, just as the people lost Him when they yelled ¨Crucify Him!¨

I love the mish, Love the Gospel, Love my Savior Jesus Christ and I know that He directs His Chruch through the Priesthood. 

Hope all is well with you guys. 
until next week.
peace and love.
Keep Smiling,
Hna Sargent
chile and USA. a really wealthy area

intercambios this week. both went to USU. GO AGGIES. (its the only USU shirt i had here)

a family made us papusas for Hna Perez. typical el salvador comida. ricccos.


Monday, June 10, 2013

First off i just want to wish dad, grandpa, and my brothers and bro in laws a HAPPY FATHERS DAY this week. Don´t know why we cant call and talk for this day too, but asi es la mision. But know that i love you all and am SO grateful for you in my life. You are all such great examples to me and i love having you as my family! 

This week flew by! seriously. super fast. i think its because we had our leadership conference and one day i was in another city for intercambios, so really only 4 days in my area. but it was a good week! we have people that are progressing, still looking for this family that we know we will find and be able to help them become eternal. 
just some highlights of updates...

Luis. still nothing.well, we´ve contacted him at least but he told us he´d call when he can. nooooo. still have hope, but my heart hurts about him. so so sad. 

Dany. He has a fecha for next weekend. He is a typical 16 year old boy though. He understands what baptism means and everything, and honestly wants to do it. he just has way too much peer pressure. He is only smoking one or two ciggarros every day, better than what he was smoking, but its just his friends. Makes me so grateful for the friends i have and the influences they´ve had on me. Always willing to support me with what i do and really are there to help me! But Dany, he is recieving the lessons, just helping his really get his own testimony because that will be the thing to help his quit and keep his compromisos! 

Tatiana. She is a slower progresser, because we have to help her with her faith in christ because if she doesn´t really have that, how can she progress to want to follow him? but she is moving along and its fun to see this change from someone who just doesn´t know alot to be able to learn. It´s not like shes never heard of Him before, just isn´t really religous, but she is doing good. Her husband, meh, doesn´t listen, but one day, we´ll get him! 

Edita. we passed for this street and it was like 15 minutes before we had to go home and there was a light on in this house, thats like NEVER on, so we yelled.. ´halo¨ (like they do here in Chile) this joven came out, well, shes 22, and we started talking and she accepted us to come in and teach her. She looked on the outside a little harder, like her style, and i thought, she probsies doesn´t even beleive in God. But my surprise and lesson learned not to judge people on how they look, she believes TONS in God. Prays daily. Lives solo and is studying. We had a great lesson with her and at the end i could invision her in white like i try to visualize everyone i meet, because that is my meta! 

When i was on my intercambio we put a fecha with this lady. shes good! i don´t really know anything else about that lesson, but she was doing super good when i was there and wants to follow christ and the best way to follow Him is baptism. The hna i was with has one change in the mission and is training, she´s my ¨granddaughter¨ because hna Smith trained her.. ha! but shes good. i think she liked having me there because i could help her and she wasn´t in the ¨lead¨ but i hope that this lady progresses and they can see her success. 

Also, this morning I got a call from our Zone leaders. They called to tell me that i reference i had passed to them has a fecha and is progressing super well. She just eats up the Gospel, went to church, and loved it. I was happy to hear that even the work that we do in our areas for other people pays off. Ironically, we contacted this lady when Luis didn´t show for his interview, I remember being so sad, didn´t want to talk to anyone, just wanted to sulk in my sadness for a little bit, but i just had to buck up and keep working. Such a testimony to know that really God has a plan for everything and that we are always in the right place and the right time and if we listen to the Spirit, He will guide us to know where we need to go, who we need to talk to, and help us find the chosen ones.

Our leadership council was great, like always. I sometimes wonder, why am I one of these sister trainers, i learn so much on every intercambio i go on, and these siters are amazing, but i´m very grateful to be able to go on these intercambios, because I learn tons from them and hope that they do too. But in the council, there are now 4 more Hnas. Hna Paz (my hija) is one too! fun to see her and hna smith together! 
So much that i learned in the council but i just have a quote that i want to share from Hna Kahnlein... ¨God is not a God that works through luck, but a God that works with purpose.¨ I just loved it. its so true, He has a purpose for everything. 
Also usually they assign talks for a few people to do, but en vez de eso, every companionship had to stand up and say a Christlike Attribute that their comp has. Hna perez wasn´t there, but I was with Hna Smith and it was just neat to see everyone talk so highly of their comp. Really, the best way to have unity in a companionship is to just love your comp and find the good in them! Hna Smith is great though. It was EASY to talk about her. She has all the attributes but she has tons of Faith, and really has a strong testimony of the Gospel. 

Well, thats a wrap up from the week. Really, who knows if time is gonna slow down, i don´t think it will anytime soon. its basically half way through June. and then July and then... ya, well. you know. 

But Family, I love you all SO much. This church is true. If we seek the will of our Father and come to know His ways, He will bless us with His Spirit. The BOM is the word of God. How grateful I am for that book in my life. Read it. Study it. I love Jesus Christ and His atonement. I will be eternally grateful for Him. He Lives. He leads His church through a Prophet of God. 

Love you all. 

Keep Smiling,
Hna Sargent 
found this huge foto on my intercambio this week... watching over me in my sleep

the other... there are 8 horses. too good to be true for our familia! 

con Hna Smith! stole it from the Blog! hahaa

Monday, June 3, 2013

JUNIO! what......... ya. ever month i know i say it, but really this may, what happened. i think time goes by faster with these intercambios, and leadership things. it´s great i love doing it, but just FLIES by... anywho, 

this week more than anything i learned that God answers our prayers. We had so many experiences with pray this week that really just strengthened my relationship with God and made me SO grateful to have Him in my life. Just some of these experiences with pray for you all. 

Monday night it was raining, SO HARD. umbrellas really didn´t help, luckily i had rain boots because these hils and the rain basically drentched our bodies. just wanted a boogie board to sit on and float down the hills. ha! but really, no one was accepting us, not very many people in the streets, but we kept working obviously. we had a cita with Luis at 8:30 and the hna that was gonna come called and said.. no way in this rain. we called SO many people and noone could, or didn´t want to because of the rain. We needed a female to come with us and it was a crucial lesson with him. at 8:15 we stopped in the street, under our umbrellas and said a pray that SOMEONE would be able to acompañarnos, After the prayer, we called one last hna and she answered and said, ¨si hermanas, donde?¨ It was seriously such a miracle and so fast. The lesson went great and we survived the rain. 

Another, we were fasting on Wednesday to find nuevos and we went to this area we really haven´t been to at all since i´ve been here. We had no one to contact besides a few menos activos and we decided to say a prayer with specific goals we wanted to accomplish. We finshed the prayer, chose a calle to start contacting and found 2 nuevos. one is Tatiana. Shes never really shared with religons, doesn´t know much about God and Christ, ni la diferencia but she was willing to listen to us and told us that she liked what we were saying and how we could come back and everything! he husband is ateo.. um.. is that athiest? and was there too. didn´t really listen, but accepted us in his house. thats a start. and he bro is LDS too, just in a different city! 

Then we found Amy and Eline... another day went and knocked on a door and opened and they said, ¨pasen¨ (come in) and we went in. Turns out that they have an exchange student in there house and thought i was there to see her. but we explained that we were there to share with them and we talked alot about our relationships with God. they both believe in different things and are sisters 18 and 20 and were just so open to talking and all. en final, they accepted to pray and find out if God exists. 

also... i was SO tired one day.. like exhausted and i prayed that the night could be longer.. and it worked. woke up with lots of energy thinking that i slept for days. it was heavenly. 

Ok, now for the bad part of the week. Luis, had his baptism interview scheduled for Sabado. He was SO ready for it. We went to pass for him to meet in the church, wasn´t in his house. We called him like 5 times, never answered, all day long, tried to contact him, never was home. Finally 9:30 Saturday we contacted him. and he just said he forgot... reminded him about church and he committed to coming. Didn´t come. And we haven´t been able to find him since. So needless to say, he was not baptism this week and won´t be baptized next week because he needs to come to church. I really don´t know what happened. I cried. Its just emotionally exhausting sometimes to see these people fall. I was sad for a while, but then realized that we all have our time and God has a schedule. Maybe Luis has a concern with something that we´ve taught him that he hasn´t expressed. thats the only thing i can think of, i just hope that we can find him and talk to him to be able to help him progess to baptism because he needs it! 

But this joven, Dany that i talked about a while ago. he came to church with his dad. We just gotta get him to have a testimony and stop smoking. He likes church. has friends there and his dad is like... Hnas, please come to our house when you want to teach him! he needs this. His dad does to, but he is too concerned about Dany to realize it. but he like what we teach! 

this week i had a taxi driver propose to me. turned it down. no worries. also had a Hermana in the ward tell me that my hair is the prettiest of ALL the hair shes seen from all the gringos that have been to her house. ha! she just couldn´t get over it.

Well, all is well. this week we have a consejo de lideres de la mision! i always love them. fun to see the other missionaries and the hnas. hopefully he´ll call more hnas entrenadores. We need more, there is a waiting list for the intercambios!  

I love this Gospel. God loves us and is so kind. There are so many blessings and the more we look for them, our love for Him will increase. Christ Lives. The atonement is real. Repentance is such a blessing. The BOM is the work of God. I love being a missionary, I love my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesucristo, and I love these chileans, and I love all of you guys!

hasta lunes,
Keep Smiling,
Hna Sargent 

lots of rain this week!! 

just an idea of where i work everyday!!

Hna Perez and I

our activity. not much of a soccer player, but with a bunch of gringos and some latinos scored 2 goals :)