Hi Everyone, It sounds like you all have had a good week! That is what I like to hear :) It also sounds like when I leave Mom and Dad decide to change everything. Whats the deal?! But I´m glad you are all doing well. I feel like nothing much has happened this week so this letter might be short but here it is: Rosario, our investigator (well we dropped her yesterday, so she isn´t really our investigator anymore) but I swear she has Alzheimers because she can´t remember anything. She is so funny though. We took her to the church so she knew where it was and then the next time we went she asked us where the church was so we took her again, and when she went to go home a while later, she was walking in the opposite direction. And on the walks there I´m pretty sure we heard the same stories about 6 times. Man, I hope I never loose my mind. But the funniest part is that sometimes she knows she forgets and other times no. It´s always an adventure. But we dropped her because she wasn´t progressing. But I'm not going to lie, I'm kinda relieved that I don´t have to hold my breath in her house anymore (from all the stink of dog urine, oh she loves her dogs). On Sat. as always we went and played soccer and basketball but we also had a breakfast morning. Hermana Buckner and I made french toast creme brule, it was soo good. Our district loved us, to say the least... haha:) So it was worth it waking up at five to make it. Mom and Dad, I got the Valentines package! THANK YOU! It was so fun to see pictures of the family and thanks for the treats and the things I asked for. I am all set now! Maria got confirmed yesterday! It was so great! She came down from the stand and started to cry and just said (in a loud voice, because she can´t whisper during the sacrament) she felt so good and this was even better than her baptism last week. It was so awesome to see her feel the difference in her life. She has honestly progressed so much in the short month we have known her! To listen to her prayers and her knowledge about the gospel is amazing! Yesterday we found 2 new investigators. They are from Peru (the people from Peru are usually more receptive than the Chileans, but the Chileans don´t like the Peruvians one bit, it´s an interesting circle) but they are great. It´s a Mom and daughter. The other day when we were on splits Hermana Buckner contacted a young boy and he said to come by so we did, he wasn´t there but we taught his mom and sister and they seemed interested and want to know more, so hopefully they can keep progressing. I just love the kind of people you find in every part of the world. When you start to talk to someone, you have no idea what is going to happen. It´s the best. I was thinking yesterday that life in the mission is like a Sunday everyday, not because the church part but because we just go visit people all day long, and that is what we always did on Sundays. It´s pretty cool :) Then last night...the night of changes... we thought we were both going to stay here together and then I would change next cambio and Hermana Buckner would finish here with someone else. But I should have known to expect the unexpected. Hermana Buckner got changed to Los Andes (a small town in the middle of no where) and I'm here with Hermana Dymock who used to be there, so we just did a little switch. I'm excited and nervous. It is going to be fun to be with Hermana Dymock, everyone says she is super great (she is from Paradise UT, just south of Logan) so I´m excited to be with her, but I´m a little nervous to direct my sector. I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, but I guess it´s all part of the mission process... haha:) That is pretty much all that has happened this week. Not much new here. We are going to have to work really hard to keep this sector progressing, but I love a challenge, so here I come. I think I will be here for 3 more changes (4 1/2 months more) because Hermana Dymock finishes the end of April and then I´ll probably introduce someone to this sector for a change and then I´ll probably get
shipped off. So that is my prediction. I´m sorry I never really answer any of your questions, I always just go off about myself but I´ll try to remember what you all have asked me and answer you. Keith & Amber- I´m sure you are busy with primary and the boys. I bet they are growing up so fast! I loved your family picture and the picture of the boys! SO CUTE! That is awesome you are going to be doing the finish work on Craigs house. It´s crazy to think he is building a house... that is cool! Liz & Joel- I'm glad Ethan had a good birthday! Sounds like he had as much partyin as a 2 year old could ever want haha. But you´re only 2 once so you might as well live it up :) (that is my excuse for every age) AnnMarie & Calvin- Sounds like you two are busy busy, how is the play coming along? When is the performance? Calvin, are you still going to Idaho a lot for work? Sorry about all the questions. About the people you home teach. Just be persistant, not annoying, but try to help them. I´ll try to get you this paper that we teach all the inactives here (which is a lot) it talks about the Holy Ghost and how important it is, it´s the best gift we can have in this life, but there is a problem- we sin and can´t have the HG with us. But there is a solution- Jesus Christ. He came and atoned for all of us that we can return to him and have his guidance. It is great, and I think I have one in English so I will try to get it to you sometime. But yes, all the time people set appt and then don´t show and it´s funny when you can see people in their houses, talking or have the TV on but they don´t come out. They think, if we don´t move, they won´t see us or something like that. It´s always interesting. But I have learned that there is no point in arguing or trying to push people. Everyone has their time and so just planting a seed might have to do for a while. But just try to be their friend and serve them. They will come around sometime. Mom & Dad- Yo pense que debo escribir un poco en español para que pueden practicar por todo sus vacaciones, y tambian no se si papa habla mucho español estas dias. Pero, gracias por todo! Ustedes son super buen ejemplos para mi! Grasias por todo su ayuda en mi mision. Lo siento no estoy usando punctuacion correcto, no se donde estas cositas en el computador, entonces, ojala pueden entender mi casi español.
Well, I hope you all have a good week and don´t forget that there is an Hermana in Chile loves you very much and is sooooo grateful for all your prayers and support! TE AMO TE AMO TE AMO!!!!! Steph