Monday, December 28, 2015

December 28, 2015 - Week 30 "Merry Christmas Chilean Style!!"

Hola Familia!

Wow, I hope everyone had the greatest Christmas and it was so fun to talk to you on Friday!!! Yesterday we had transfers and Hermana San Martin was transfered to Copiapo. I will be staying here in Tocopilla and will be tranining!!! I am so excited and will get my new companion on Wednesday in Antofagasta. In the meantime I will be working with Fernanda, a member of the rama (branch). She is super and served her mission in Salt Lake!

As far as this week goes, I don't think there has been a faster week in the mission. We were so busy! Christmas was incredible and I loved the experience of Christma in the mission. As a district on Wednesday we went to the hospital and visited people and also sang Christmas carols in the street and handed out little packages with candy and pass along cards. Hermana SM an I walked around with Santa hats all week too. Here in Tocopilla there are Christmas caravans that drive around all day throwing out gifts and candy. 

On Christmas Eve, which is the day they celebrate here in Chile Hna SM and I spent the day mostly with members. We helped wrap gifts and get other last minute things done. In the night we went and had dinner with Familia Nievas and after in the pension celebrated like Chileans. At 12 we toasted to Christmas and then opened our gifts. We had a fun time and it will always be a fun memory. 

On Christmas we also visited a lot of members and also had a few lessons which was good but it was a pretty normal day here. 

As far as investigators go...

-We found a new investigator Darinkat who is amazing! We were able to teach the restoration and the spirit was so strong. We have another appt on Saturday and I am anxious to see if she really keeps her commitment to read the BOM and pray. 

-We also have started teaching Jacky, Camila's mom and she is the sweetest. She is really going through some hard things with her family so we always go and help her cook, and teach her at the same time. The other day we all sat peeling potatoes and talked about the plan of salvation. It was really great and Fernanda was able to come with us too. 

-Carla isn't progressing too much and it's hard because she will be leaving to Argentina soon but we will see what happens. She isn't really keeping her commitments which is a bummer. 

We have a lot of future investigators to contact this week so hopefully we will continue to find new investigators!!!

I have loved this transfer with Hermana San Martin and will miss her but am so excited for this coming transfer too!!! Happy New Year!!!

Hermana Freedman

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