Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March 14th - Week 41 "Obey the Commandments"

Another fantastic week flew by here in Tocopilla. Last P-Day Hna. Challco and I went to the muelle (pier). It was fun and we had a good time looking at all the sea lions and boats and stuff. Today we hiked to the cross that overlooks Tocopilla. It was good to do something different, especially since Pday is always the same here in such a small city. 

As far as investigators go, Alex and Leslie got back from their vacation. Before Leslie was always more excited to meet with us but Alex definitely changed, and has real intent to listen to our message. They told us they talked a lot about the gospel while they were gone and their families all were very supportive of their decision to meet with us. That was exciting news. We also started meeting with Camila again. She is the girl that had a baptismal date in January, that hna. san martin and I found. She is really receptive and so is her boyfriend. 

Armenia is doing well and is starting to do things on her own now which is good. She is really progressing towards her baptism on the 26thª

Catalina and Katy are also really progressing. We were hoping they would be baptized this transfer, but I think they could use a little more time, and really its more important that they are baptized when they are ready. I am excited for the both of them, and they have also started to make lots of changes in their life. This week we had a few lessons with members and also were able to go to mutual with them. It was fun and Marcelo taught a good lesson and we all ate salchipapas ×french fries and hot dogs× 

This week we went to Calama for zone training, Hna. C and I almost missed the bus Tuesday morning which was a little stressful. The office also bought the wrong tickets so we ended up staying the night in Calama and working with the Hermana Liders. We are definitely starting to change season again, because it was freezing in the morning. 

Yesterday, we didn't have normal church meetings because there was a special broadcast to all of Chile from salt lake. It was really special, and really cool to know that what was shared was meant specifically for Chile. Mary Durham from the general primary presidency spoke about being of good cheer. Bishop Davies challenged everyone to read the BOM before the end of the year, President Soares talked about the importance of the sacrament, and President Nelson finished it off. I was really touched by President Nelsons talk and it may have been one of the most spiritually uplifting meetings in my life. President nelson started talking and told us his message was simple. he said, Keep the Commandments. The spirit filled the room and it was so powerful. He also told a story about a near death experience he had and how he wasn't scared to die because of the temple covenants he had made. That really got me thinking about the importance of my covenants and how important they are to me. I am so grateful for the commandments and know that they keep us on the path to return to live with our Heavenly Father. I am also so grateful for the temple. I know that families can be together forever. 

Charlie I am so excited for you to go to the temple for the first time this weekª It will be an amazing experience I'm sure.

love you all and i hope you have a great weekª

hermana freedman

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