Monday, January 26, 2015

Week 26!!!! (Hermana Harvey isn't counting, but for those of us keeping score at home, that's 1/3 through folks!!!)

This week has been pretty great. We are working really hard right now to try to find new investigators to teach and we have been teaching a lot of people just in the streets and at their doorsteps.  I feel like great things are going to happen this cambio, we just have to work REALLY hard to help them come! We have a recent convert who we are teaching who is from Kansas and it is really strange because we always teach him in English because he understands it better and I have come to realize that there are a lot of things that I don't know how to explain about the gospel in English!! And it's really hard for me to pray in English! That's probably the hardest part!!
We came across this less-active member in the street the other day with her two kids! She stopped us and said! "Hey! Are you missionaries!? My son said that you guys came by my house and I wasn't home. When can you come by??" And, of course, we were a little bit (or a lot bit) surprised, but we set up an appointment to visit with her the next week!! Now we've gone over to visit her a couple of times and we are going to have a Family Home Evening with them tomorrow with another family in our ward!! They are amazing!! Just a little reluctant to get up in the morning... Just like a lot of the other Chilenos... That's why we have so many less-actives here.  But I'm really excited to go visit them again! Their kids are CRAZY but super fun :) so a Family Home Evening will be great!!
Love you guys so much!!
Hermana Harvey

This is my district. Two of the elders live on this island really far away so they can't take a boat for hours every week to come to our district meetings so we just skype them in!

Hermana Jenkins and I have the same shirt from the CCM!! :)

This is just, ya know, part of my sector here.  It's not gorgeous or anything.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 25

Hello Friends and Family!!
So Everyone is asking me about penguins!! No, I haven't seen penguins yet :) We have to travel a little ways to be able to see them but Hermana Jenkins and I are planning on going to this island to go and see them.  We could go to this beach about an hour and a half away or so to see the penguins but people have told us that there is this island that we can go out to for $30.000 pesos each (which is about $60) and you can not only see penguins but walk with thousands of them!! So Hermana Jenkins and I think that it is worth it!! How many times are you going to be at the end of the world, right?! So we'll probably be going in a few weeks! :)
We only have a few investigators right now but Hermana Jenkins and I are already working hard and I can just feel that this cambio is going to be amazing!! We have been working a LOT with contacting in the streets and with the members to try to receive references.  Our ward is super strong and they are a HUGE help to us!! I am so excited about this cambio and I LOVE Hermana Jenkins already!! The sun is unbelievably strong here so I put sunblock on everyday and still end up getting a little bit burned!! It's crazy how strong it is.  And it would actually be really warm here if it were not for the wind coming from Antarctica! The wind is literally frozen.... and there is a LOT of it!! Seriously.  A LOT of wind. Like it's hard to walk at times.  And there are actually cords to help you to walk in centro because the wind is so strong at times that without cords to help you, you can't walk against the wind! So that's fun when we are always wearing skirts :) haha but really. It's fun! :)
I love you all so much!!!
--Hermana Harvey
This is our house! :) It's a tiny little thing but it's super cozy for us two missionaries that live in it :) it's behind a member's house.  There's a lot of that here... little tiny houses behind people's houses that they rent out.

Our sector is super rich! This is one example of a super rich house in our sector :) CRAZY! Yes, we are still in Chile.

Guess What!! Robin Williams isn't dead!! He's just hiding out down here in Punta Arenas!! He's actually our investigator!!

Blanca y Victor!! They're our investigators :)

Hermana Blanca, Hermana Jenkins, and I! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Thank you Puerto Montt! I'm off to Punta Arenas!

Well everyone... I have big news!!! Transfers are this week and guess what!!!  I'M GOING TO PUNTA ARENAS!!
I can't really believe that it is happening.  My companion will be Hermana Jenkins, I don't know anything about her yet, and I will be flying out on Wednesday!! I'm freaking out a little bit!! It's strange how you can have so many mixed feelings when cambios come! I am soo excited to go to Punta Arenas, especially right now because there are still penguins this time of year!!  And I've heard lots of good things about the ward that I am going to be in!! (Barrio Obejero... I think that's how you spell it).  So I'll let you know how my flight was and how PUNTA ARENAS is next week!! :)
This week has been pretty crazy... We have had lots of illnesses in our companionship so we have been able to work a lot with members going on splits!! It's funny how God works with us in ways that we do not understand, like sending a flu virus, but things seem to work out for the best!! We almost met all of our goals that we set this week even though we were in and out of the Clinic and we were in the house a LOT for multiple reasons from illnesses to water miraculously collecting on the bathroom floor as we sleep.  It is incredible how we can see the hand of the Lord in this work in all things that we do!! I LOVE THIS GOSPEL and I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!! 
Talk to you again next week from Punta Arenas!!
--Hermana Harvey

Monday, January 5, 2015

Week 23

This week I learned a lesson about not running faster than we have strength... (or something like that... I read the scripture in Spanish...)  We have been literally running to all of our lessons lately and I was wearing my boots one day which don't have much padding in those boots and running on the rocks and everything, I came home with bruises on the bottoms of my feet!! I was running faster than I have strength and it made the rest of my week hard!! But now my feet are better :) So don't worry!!
My testimony has also grown a LOT this week!! I had some moments that I was super duper happy and there really was no reason for the happiness that I felt other the knowledge that this gospel is true!! It's the only way to explain how happy I have been (really... pure joy!!) this week even though I have been soo tired and had bruises on the bottoms of my feet!!  My companions make fun of me because they say that I say how happy I am ALL THE TIME and that I bear my testimony to EVERY CONTACT and every time I put my hand over my heart and ya wanna know why?? This gospel brings happiness!!

So I may have lied (she said at Christmas that they hadn't been getting much rain)... we had lots of rain for a couple of days this week haha But just a couple days of LOTS of rain :)

I got to ride a bike with this cutie!! That was super fun!!

These last 3 pics are from Hermana Smoot's blog! - We went out to chamisa for the 1st and they roasted lamb!! It was delicious! :)