I can't believe it is almost Christmas! It's feeling a little more like Christmas here in Chile the only thing that's missing is the chilly...but lots of people have their lights up and every year the week leading up to Christmas there are caravans that drive around the city and throw out candy and presents. I would be lying if I said I wasn't hoping that something would get throw to me.
This week was great! We spent Tuesday in Calama again for zone training and I'm getting a little tired of bus rides but oh well. Hermana San Martin and I froze in the morning because Calama is SO COLD! In the mornings it is like Utah in Winter and in the afternoons like Utah in Summer. And 10x drier too. But we spent the morning before the conference in the mall and the afternoon waiting for our bus in the mall too. There isn't much else to do close to the chapel.
We also had intercambios this week so the STLs from Calama came to Tocopilla. We had a blast and it was good to work with Hermana Caballero again.
As far as investigators go we found 11 new investigators this week! I wouldn't mind if it was Christmas all year round because the people are so much more receptive! I basically have "A Savior is Born" memorized and Hna San Martin and I walk around laughing trying to imitate the actors and their voices. But really the campaign is so great. We have started passing out candy with the pass along cards we have and we have found a lot of future investigators which has been awesome. Chileans will never turn down candy. Haha.
Camila had a baptismal date for the 9th of January but didn't come to church yesterday so we will have to postpone her baptism. She is really progressing though but the last lesson we had she told us her parents really don't like our religion. So we might have a hard time with that...especially since she lives with them and they raised her son and everything. But hopefully we can help her realize the importance of her desire to be baptized!
We also found a new investigator Carla. She is 19 and is from Bolivia but is living here with her mom right now. She grew up in Bolivia and Argentina and will probably be moving back to Argentina in February but for now she is really progressing here! She is Evangelical but has been reading the book of mormon and has lots of faith! We have only had 2 lessons so far and she has yet to accept the baptismal invitation but we will just keep inviting her!
Nobody else is really progressing as of now but we have a good pool of people to teach which is awesome. As usual the challenge is finding time when they are free to meet with us, and helping them get to church.
Along with the video the church released we have also been sharing Alma 7:10-11. It is obviousy so necessary that we have a savior and I am so grateful for this Christmas season!
And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalemwhich is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.
And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictionsand temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
I know that Christ lives and that through him we can be saved and also find peace during the trials we face in life. Have the merriest Christmas!