Monday, December 29, 2014

Hey guys!

So another week has passed by and I am ofically 6 weeks into my time into the field. Time has passed by really fast!

Tuesday we had a huge conference in Chillan for everyone in the Chile concepcion mission. SHOOT there were so many people!! 250 missionaries in one auditorium hahah. dang. Anyways it was super fun! We had time for skits, a video slideshow thing of all of the picures from the year, a message from president and hermana arrington, and then from and area 70, then we got to eat lunch! Oh my gosh lunch they gave half of a chicken to each person and then still had 20 chickens leftover....can you say overplanned? hahaha anyways I loved the video so much they had a picture of each missionary with their families and then talked about families being together forever. So sweet! 

The next day was Chrsitmas eve which was a normal day except we got to have a dinner with a family in the ward. It was so coold to spend Chrsitmas eve with a family and we even got Chinese food! It was good! I really miss real Chinese food hahahah so fun though!

Christmas we did service and then I got to skype you guys so good day there :)

The day after I had a mini combio this with Hermana Alverez, one of our sister trainers. This was such a great experience. It was amazing to see all that I have learned in these 6 weeks. It was also interesing because she told me that I was the first new missionary that they had stay in their own sector and lead the combio. I was really nervous about this because I had no idea where we were going in our plans that day. I know God blessed me because by some miracle I was able to lead her around pretty well. I also got to lead the lessons. That was a really good experience and taught me that I actually know how to teach people and am a real missionary haha. 

After this combio a lot of people were telling me, especially the members, how much my spanish has improved since I first got here. This is something nice to hear because spanish is something I am always struggling with, so I was really blessed to have to opportunity to view how I have changed through this mini combio. 

Oh man and let me tell you, since last night I have realized how short people are here hahah. So I was walking out of a house last night and they have fenses in front of the houses..So turns out I am taller than I thought because I thought I had ducked down enough to pass through uh nope! I have a huge bump on my head to prove it and a tired come who had to wake my up during the night to make sure I could remember my name hahah. One time she asked and I said Chelsie yeah that was weird hahah. Anyways Chileans need to be taller hahah. 

Oh to make it better we have real combios today. Just imagine combios as the hunger games when they had the reapings, but we don´t get to volunteer as tribute. yep. hahah but not worries guys I am still in Cauquenes for another 6 weeks with hermana fisher! wahoooooo 

Until 2015, 

Hermana Godown

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hey all!

I hope you are all so stoked for Chrsitmas next week! I know I am. This last week was so good! 

We started it by having to travel to Concepcion on wednesday for a doctors appointment  for hermana fisher. It was amazing because guess what? I got subway! Oh my gosh it was glorious to have normal food hahaha and yep we got chocolate chip cookies. Oh man I was soooooo happy hahaha anyways that trip took a whole day because of the bus schedule so that wasn´t good. I was so so happy to be in the city though. The area I am in is like farm country. So sad hahaha

Anywayssss the next day Hermana Fisher celebrated her 9 months in the mission! YAY!!!! I bought ice cream because we all know I have an addiction and think everyone else has this same obsession hahah. Also I talked her into burning a skirt haha elders burn a shirt we burn a skirt. WIN! I attached a picture haha pretty sad what excites me now......

Spiritual moment of the week haha:

This week gave me a lot of hope and a huge testimony of prayer. We found a new investigator this week and it has been really hard for us to do so. His name is Mauricio and has a 10 year old daughter, Estefania. They are the investigators we have been praying for. They atre super nice and have a huge tesimony and faith in Chrsit.

We had a noche de talentos for our ward on saturday and invited Maurico and Estefania to it. They whole day we had members cancelling on us saying they couldnt come. So the time comes for our activity and no one is there. Our investigator was the first one to show up. Hermana fisher and I were freaking out. I just remember praying in my head for 30 minutes straight that people would show up. God really blessed us because an hour later we had a good turn out and people to welcome our investigators. It turned into a really fun night of people sharing their talents. 

This week gave me a lot of hope and a lot of faith. I am so blessed by God in this life. That he listens to my prayers and that he answers them. 

I am so thankful to have you guys and I love you all,

Have and awesome week before Chrsitmas

Hermana Godown

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SO today I ofically made it two months in the mission! WOOOOO!!!! hahaha my comp and the sister trainers have been reminding me all day today and gave me cookies and stuff. That is definatly a difference between being a sister and and elder, sisters celebrate everything hahaha. 

We have been having a difficult time finding people these last two weeks. It is so sad, but everyone goes to the beach for the summer so I guess it is normal....but lame hahaha. 

This last week we had a lot of training classes in the morning which is awesome because there is always room for improvement right? Well we had one with all of the sister in the area and we played water balloon volleyball. Super hilarious when everyone is in skirts. Lets just say I only fell a couple times.....hahah

That night was a little difficult because all of our appts fell through and everyone was yelling at us that day that they had their own religion. Super fun. Anywayssss it was super nice because the senior missionaries in our area came to drop stuff off and saw we were all having a rough day so they came back and gave us strawberry shortcake. Oh my goodness we are spoiled in this area haha. 

Okay and last funny story one of the recent converts we teach has a son who is 30 but is a little special and has the mind of an 8 year old. So we walk in the casa and are saying hi to his mom and he comes up behind be and is trying to give me a kiss on the cheek! I was like woahhhhh fernanado back up ahahhaha then we start the lesson and he looks at his mom and asks why hermana fisher and I dont wear shorter skirts. UM WHAT? hahahah oh my gosh we were dying. Needless to say it was an interesting lesson hahaha 

Okay gospel. I know that this church is true and God listens to our prayers because without it I dont think I would be able to understand anything or anyone haha. So blessed to be serving a mission where I have these experiences. Thank you all of your support and love

Hermana Godown

Monday, December 1, 2014

Week 2 in Chile

Hey all! 

So this second week was super good! We had a lot of ups and downs but I hear that the best missions do! 

So after I wrote you guys last week we had one of our investigators call us and say she didnt want our lessons anymore. Um yeah no. So we went to her store (She owns a little grocerystore here they are all over Chile) and talked to her. Turns out she juist felt life was to difficult and she had other reasons but let me juist tell you that the spirit works in amazing ways. We were able to talk with her and help her see that the Lord is always there for us no matter what happens and when we follow him things some how become easier. 

I know that the Lord helps me when I am having rough times and will always heal my soul. I am so blessed to be a missionary who can bring this message to others and help them to change their lives. 

Okay three quick funny stories:

1. We were tracting on a difficult day where all of our appointments fell through and we look over and there is a bunch of Evanjelicas walking aroung singing hymns and preaching through a meagaphone.....yeah they started following us around and were trying to convert us hahaha

2. Walking home from church yesterday a 50 year old guy walks up to me hands me a boquet of flowers and says these are for you and walks away hahaha dying. 

3. We were walking the other day and these teenage boys were standing on a corner and started throwing little crab apples at us to get our attention.....yep gringas get all of the attention here hahaha

happy late thanksgiving! We dont celebrate it here in Chile so I hope you all had some stuffing and pie for me. It was a good day though my comp and I walked around all day saying what we were thankful for.....yep it was a long list hahah. 

something cool the church is doing is a campaign called he is the gift. There are renting out a big scrren in times square for the whole month of december, they have a website, and are doing a promotion on youtube. I encourage you all to go on lds.organd click on the link for he is the gift. It is a video about the birth of Chrsit and accpting his life as the gift. It is Chrsitmas season and we all are excited for gifts, but have we accepted the greatest gift of all?

Love you all and hope you have a great week,

Hermana Godown