Monday, February 23, 2015
Hello Friends and Family!!Transfers are this week!! Hermana Jenkins and I are staying together here in Punta Arenas for another 6 weeks!! Yay!!! :) And guess what else!! Hermana Snyder is coming to Punta Arenas!! She was my companion in the CCM if you don't know or don't remember!! :) I am so excited!! She is awesome!! She's going to be living in the same house as our "Sister Training Leaders." How fun!! I can't wait to hear about everything she's been doing!!
We had zone conference this week so President Obeso and his wife and the assistants to the president all came to Punta Arenas!! The conference was so great!! They always give us so much great council and excitement to work even more hard!! I love our mission president!! He is honestly the best!!
Sorry it's short today!! I'm out of time!! I love you all so much!!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Hello friends and family!!
Soo.. first of all, we found someone new to teach!! We have been praying and fasting that we might be able to find the people in our sector that are prepared to receive this message in their lives and to recognize the people that need this message at this time! We had a zone fast on Sunday (as a zone, we didn't eat or drink anything for 24 hours and we were praying for a specific purpose) to be able to find these prepared people. We saw almost immediate resultes!! We were trying to find a few people that we had talked to in the streets who live by the coast where there is the most wind physically possible and at one point the wind pushed us in the direction of this big wooden door so Hermana Jenkins just kinda followed the wind and said, "We're gonna knock on this door." So we went and knocked at this house and a man came out and we were talking for a long time about how he had gone to Utah and visited the temple there and went to three different buildings around the temple and we were talking about the importance of the temple and the sanctity of it's purpose. Then we asked him after a while if we could come back some other day to share with him the message that we have to share with the people and he said... "Another day? Why not now?" So he invited us in and we shared with him about how the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. He was really interested and had lots of good questions!! We set up another appointment to visit with him today! So I'll let you know how that goes! :)
We got to go to Torres del Paine yesterday and it was AMAZING!!! Unbelievable!! Torres in Spanish means towers, so the Torres del Paine are these three huge rocks/mountains/things that are incredibly beautiful! We went on a tour for the entire day from 5am to 9:30pm. We had stops all along the way to see lots of beautiful things! Lakes and mountains and even a lake that usually has glaciers but it is summer so there were only a couple really far away.. :( that was sad but it was still beautiful and fun!! We also got to see lots of these llama things (they're not really llamas but they're like a cousin of the llama) and Ostriches! But we only saw them from the bus so it was really hard to take pictures of them... I didn't get any pictures of the Ostriches :( But that's okay! We had a great time and now I have a bunch of energy to keep working hard!! :)
I love you all!!!Hermana Harvey
|All of the lakes in Torros del Paine are different shades of blue and green!! It was AMAZING!! Soo beautiful! I could not believe how blue this lake is!|
|Some of us missionaries right after eating lunch above the "glaciers".|
|Torres del Paine!|
|These are the only glaciers we got to see.|
|Our district! It was very cold and windy!|
Monday, February 9, 2015
So one of the great things about my ward here in Punta Arenas is that we have a bunch of ward activities!! :) It's great! We had an activity the other week where we taught everyone how to play dodgeball (we have three "gringos" in our ward so there were lots of us to be able to explain how it works) and that was super fun! :) Then yesterday we had a Preach my Gospel activity where we (each missionary and our ward mission leader) each had a station in which we taught a concept out of preach my gospel and then did role-plays to help them apply the concepts to a real-life situation! We focused on chapter 5 of Preach my Gospel which is all about The Book of Mormon. The part that I taught was about how we can contest people's doubts and objections with the Book of Mormon. I chose this topic because I remember that Brother Chronis taught us very clearly how to help the investigator understand that their real doubt is not whether or not they should be able to drink alcohol (for example) but whether or not this commandment (the word of wisdom) really came from God! When we come to know for ourselves that the prophets are called of God and receive revelation directly from him, there is no reason for us to doubt because we know that WHATEVER they say is true! That's the beauty of the faith that we can gain in the prophets. No matter what it is that they say, you can have a certainty that there is a reason and there is no reason to doubt :)
1. We went ice skating!! This is actually in our sector in the "Zona Franca" Super fun :)
2. this was from our activity of Preach my Gospel. The person next to Hermana Jenkins is our Ward Mission Leader. He's only 21 years old so I swear he is another crazy Elder which makes our Correlation Meetings interesting :P Haha
|This was from our activity of Preach my Gospel. The person next to Hermana Jenkins is our Ward Mission Leader. He's only 21 years old so I swear he is another crazy Elder which makes our Correlation Meetings interesting :P Haha|
|We went ice skating!! This is actually in our sector in the "Zona Franca" Super fun :)|
The rest of these pictures were posted on Facebook by Hermano Vargas, one of her investigators.
Monday, February 2, 2015
I completed 6 months of my mission this week!! How crazy is that?? That's a third of my mission and it is passing waay too fast!!
This week we got to do lots of service for an in-active family that is moving into a neighboring ward. We got to help them pack everything up and play with their kids at the same time!! :) Haha we packed up all of their toys and pretty much all of their kitchen. That was fun :) And another thing that was fun was that we got to hear about all of the sins that the mother has committed in her life while we were in the process of packing up her kitchen. It was quite interesting. We have seen in multiple occasions this week that people find it easy to open up to the missionaries and they confide a lot of things in us that I am just not always quite so sure that they should be confiding in us! Oh! And another great thing about serving in another country where you aren't completely fluent in the language is that you can't understand the profane language!! Haha it's funny because we'll be listening to people at times telling us their entire life story and they will say something like "Oh I'm so sorry... I shouldn't use words like that with you." And it's funny because neither Hermana Jenkins nor I have any idea what they said. That is the protection of innocence if you ask me :) We can have people yelling profanities at us all day long and still have the Holy Ghost with us because we don't get it!! :) That makes me happy.
We went to this awesome cemetery that is supposed to be one of the most beautiful in the world and it was quite lovely :) It didn't really feel like a cemetery. Until we started looking at all of the pictures of the people who are buried there... That's creepy. :)
I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!!
|Look! It's Hermana Harvey!|
|Our Hermanas Lideres and us at the cemetery!|
|We're walkin' on sunshine ooooooo... or on graves... that too.