Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19th, 2015 - Week 20 When in Doubt...DON'T LEAD A BLIND MAN

Hello Everyone!

This week was pretty great! Hna. Requejo and I have started to find new ways to find new investigators and have really started involving the members in the work now that all the ward presidencies are organized and we have a ward mission leader. Hopefully we will continue to see progress with that!

On Monday we had a big lunch with the Vasquez family and Hna. Requejo made peruvian good and Hna. Requejo is such a good cook. Everyone is inviting us to their house to cook lunch now. 

On Friday night we had once (late night snack) with Hna. MarĂ­a and Fabiola and Fabiola invited us back for lunch on Saturday. I had my first asado (BBQ) here in Chile and it was so good. We had a really great time conversing with their family and are really gaining their trust which is awesome. I do have to admit that I don't know how but I got put in charge of making their ponche which is like an alcoholic fruit drink. I don't know if I should admit to that but oh well. We were laughing so hard, I was just trying to be helpful! But...don't worry I kept the word of wisdom. They have invited us back for lunch in 2 weeks or so for Hna. R to cook. We will see if it happens. 

Story of the week. On Saturday we were out working and there was a blind man that was at an intersection waiting to cross the street. We decided to go help him and he told us he was going to his church. We helped him cross and asked if he needed anymore help he accepted and we started to follow his directions. To make a long story short, we ended up really lost and he could tell we were lost. He started yelling at us and both he and Hna. R lost their tempers. I couldnt stop laughing. We eventually found someone to drive us to his church but oh man. Definitely learned my lesson. 

The work this week was better. We had a really great lesson with our investigator Nicole and her son Benjamin. They really have desires to keep their commitments and were going to come to church on Sunday but there is always something that gets in the way. A pipe or something broke in their house and their neighbors apartment flooded. something like that. but  I really feel like they will continue to progress. 

We also had 2 great lessons with a less active we recently found. Her name is Virginia and she is the sweetest. She has the strongest testimony and knows she needs to come back to church but is scared to leave her love for the virigin mary behind. That is often a big problem here. 

We also decided to try something new and knock doors. It actually worked and we ended up finding 2 new investigators! One of them is from Brazil and she was speaking in Portuguese but I understood it all! The gift of tongues is real. 

I don't have much else to say, but I read Elder Ballard's book "Our Search for Happiness" this week and there is a thought I want to share. He is talking about the plan of salvation and how when we live the gospel we will be satisfied with our lives. 

¨A quality life is one that positively influences others and makes the world around it a better place in which to live. A quality life is one that is constantly growing, expanding its horizons and enlarging its borders. A quality life is one that is filled with love and loyalty, patience and perseverance, kindness and compassion. A quality life is one that is based on eternal potential and not confined to this life only. A qulaity life is a life well-lived¨

Just remember that it is living the gospel that makes us happy! Have the greatest week! I love you all and thank you for all the prayers!

Hermana Freedman

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