Waat up family. I'm shocked to hear about Justin(*), but i'm glad he is okay so far. I'm praying for yall every night. It helps knowing that God tests us in life and whatever happens, it will help you be stronger if you put your trust in Him. Im grateful also for the knowledge of the Plan of salvation and that we can be strengthened through the atonement. a blessing of being a missionary is teaching other people these things, you really teach yourself too. I know God loves us individually and has planned out everything exactly accordingly.
This week in Chile was good. Its crazy to think that i've been out for six months in a week and a half. And Recreo for 3 transfers. Transfers are this wednesday and to be honest, i have no idea what on earth will happen. So i'm just going to work and wait and see.
We taught Hermano Rave this week again. He is a little hard of hearing, and we were reading the scriptures, practically yelling so he could hear. Then, he said, "can i be honest with you?" we said, of course. he said," don't be mad, but you guys talk really quietly." Lol. we got a good laugh out of that afterwards...hahaha. so cute.
We had ward conference yesterday. ward conference in chile is a much bigger deal because everybody pins little papers to their shirt that the relief society gives them, and then after bishops meeting, we all got cookies and hot chocolate, etc. sweet. so theres some ideas america...for the future...lol.
Hermana schrader, me, and leo all sang in sacrament meeting. it was pretty cool because we sang a childs prayer-we sang the first verse in english and leo sang the second in spanish ,because we didn't have the hymnbook. we also sang i'm trying to be like Jesus, and a lot of people complimented us saying, " the choir was beautiful!" or "i felt the spirit the most when you sang." sooo that was pretty cool.
We taught Juan again this week. He really likes what we have taught him and i gave him the invitation to be baptized but he wants to learn more first. still though, pretty sure he will get baptized in the near future.
We had our encounters of drunk guys for the week. Lol grandma's letter made me laugh! as for that, one of the latina hermanas says, "if you put a dress on a broom, guys would whistle at it here." haha. One drunk ran up to us and said, "hey! look at my poodle!" and picked up his dog and told us to feel it. Um...great guy...hahahahahhaha. Another guy at the bus stop said he was a member and we asked if he assisted a lot. He said,"totos los domingos." which means, every sunday...hahahaha as he has trouble keeping his feet. so that was fun.
okay..well this week, we probably had the best day ever! not even kidding you. it started about by studying some really awesome stuff. Our minds were both blown and we were pumped for getting out and sharing the gospel. We also have a neighbor who was playing imagine dragons above us...so that was cool too. (i love imagine dragons). We visited a menos activo, did NOT feel overly filled after almuerzo, and we contacted a ton of people, including a guy who is an investigator from santiago and wants to come to our ward. the best part goes like this=
We visited the family, rojas family. they're the ones with 4 kids and the parents are married (miracle!) we entered into their house which is super far away up a big hill, and we asked how they were. It was a little tense and Francisco, the husband, said, "not too good. " He then explained to us that they are having troubles financially because he can't find a job, they are looking desperately for a different house too because the house they are in just has a bad feeling about it and a weight. I could see the worry in that mans eyes for the sake of his family.
We started teaching about the plan of salvacion after this to help get their minds off that. Part way thru, I could see Carolina was crying and the kids had sort of calmed down. Francisco told us that before we had come, they had been fighting about something and that we had arrived at the perfect timing, it couldn't be more perfect he said. They both listened so well. They said they don't have many friends because they live so far away and they have just been pretty unhappy the last two months.
Carolina said she feels good when she reads the book of mormon. I told her that was the Spirit. We invited them to be baptized and they both accepted!!!!! Francisco said, "all of us?? the whole family??" we then explained that only 8 and above, but he looked at us and shook our hands saying he accepts. Soooo there ya have it =) they said of all the people that could have helped us from whom they knew or prayed to, we were the ones who showed up. praying praying praying all will go thru and be well with them!!!!!!
after the closing prayer, caroline and francisco looked at us. carolina said," can you feel the weight being lifted?" or something like that to francico and he nodded. i felt relief too and the atmosphere had changed. by far the coolest thing EVER.
We left and under my breath i said, "wait wait wait...." until we were out of earshot. then we hit the main street and again and were like screaming with excitement. hahahaha. it was the best! and they're a family!!!!
Right after that lesson, we tried contacting a guy. He said," i have my own beliefs. people here are catholic and evangecos. you won't convince anybody. " but that was the last thing that could get our spirits down!!!! sorry to see that guy reject the gospel, but it so happens that people do listen to us.
so that was so cool. I don't know if i will be here for the baptism, but i was so glad to be in that lesson. so cool.
k thats all i got. les quiero.
hermana emily hanks
*Emily’s brother Justin was recently diagnosed with cancer and will start Chemotherapy on August 19th. Please keep him in your prayers!
1. chile public bathrooms!!! dont you wanna go use one right now? lol. gross.
2. hahahahahahahhahaha. translate this. made me laugh.
3. okay...found some underfed puppies and they were so cute. dont worry, street dogs are smart, so im confident they will find some supper. so flippin adorbs. totes had fleas, but i couldnt resist!