Tuesday, July 14, 2015

9 months and lots of Catholics

Hey everyone! 

So yeah I completed 9 months in the mission this week. I am ofically on the downslope....that´s a word right? Anyways I have offically made it half way through my mission. It hasd bveen a crazy 9 months, but it has been such a life changing experience so far! 

This week started off with a mini cambio with our hermana leaders. It was good! I learned a lot of my strengths and weaknesses. It is always interesting to see how others can see our strengths so easily buy so hard for us to see them. I think something that would all really help us is if we could see our strengths more than weaknesses, but then we might get a little prideful so better that we dont do that. hahaha

Something crazy that happened this week was that every new person that we found to teach was a super devoted Catholic. Good ol Hermana Monroy has a super good knowledge of the bible, so that came in good use ahaha. Catholics are so interesting because their views of God are so different. For example, we taught a girl named Chrsiting this week and she felt very strong that her baptism as a baby was something sufficient for her. We tried to talk with her and help her to see the difference in a baptism like Christ and her baptism, but it was something really difficult for her to understand. We are also teaching a woman named Chrsitina, she is awesome, Catholic, and with tons of questions. She hasnt been praying or reading the scriptures. She was very honest and told us it was due to a lack of habit. It is so interesting because I think that this is something even memebers of the church struggle with, lack of habit. I know as we make a habit of reading the scriptures and praying daily, we will see changes in our relationship with God and have happier lives. Who doesnt want that right? ahah 

Love you all and hope you have an awesome week! 

Hermana Godown

Thursday, July 2, 2015

sopapillas, sickness, and suprises

Hola mi familia y amigos! 

So week 7 in Coelemu completed! It was a fun one! 

We started off with travelling to Tome to spend the night because we had zone confererence the next day. When we got to Tome we went to a ward activity there where we watched the Copa America and ate sopapillas....mmmmmm....hahahah also not worries guys our mission president permitted us that if Chile is playing we can watch the game.....lets just say Chile is winning a lot and I am so excited!!! }

So the next day we ahd our zone conference in Penco. It was a super good conference where president talked about following the spirit. It is something we dont think about. We know we have the spirit with us because it was promised to us after baptism, but how often do we seek and invite the spirit into our lives? Through living a life more like Christ, and being obedient to his commandments wer are promised to be guided by his spirit. I know that if we constanty strive to do the things that are right we will have the spirit to guide us and it will change our lives immensly. 

That night we got back to Coelemu and went to work and I felt kinda sick, and I thought it was from all of the bus rides.......false........turns out there is stomach flu going around......round two! Gotta love the gringa life where food makes me sick....that night that I threw up in the street we found a woman named Gurminda who half way through tweaching her about baptism told us that she had to go cook once for her grandson......That´s a first........hahaha Oh man that was such a funny day. 

Anyways I hope the stomach flu isnt going around up there and you guys can all have an awesome week!

Love you all! 

Hermana Godown