Friday, June 17, 2016

June 13th - Week 55 "Viva Chile"

Well it's pretty crazy that its time for the Copa America again. I feel like just yesterday I was in Santiago watching the Chile Argentina final. Just in case anyone doesn't know, or forgot, Chile won. Haha... Hna. Chamorro has made my love for Chilean soccer grow since she is always cheering for Argentina, and... President Dalton has given us permission to watch all the Chile games which has been really fun. 

Last Monday we went to Caldera with Hna. Cinthia, Pia, the hermanas from Palomar and the hnas. from caldera. We went to Bahia Inglesa which is the prettiest beach. Caldera has the best beaches in Chile. We had so much fun and Hermana Chamorro and I got ready for the Chile Argentina games and both went sporting our jerseys. 

This week we had such a great lesson with Gladys and a member from the ward.  Gladys was so excited for her baptism, she had made tons of progress with her goals to quit smoking and we got her interview set up and everything. When we went on Saturday to pick her up for her interview she told us she doesn't want to be baptized which was such a bummer. We are now deciding if we should just let her go or if we need to keep working with her. There is definitely a lot of praying going on. It's sad seeing her let all the temptations of the world get the best of her, and in such a short time (less than a week) she has backtracked tons....

But there is always something good that happens. Yesterday a recent convert that Hna. Chamorro and I have helped reactivate brought her 2 sons who are 8 and 9 because she wants them both to be baptized! We have an FHE planned tonight with them. 

Also we have a newewr investigator Aurora. We had an appointment for Saturday scheduled but on Friday she called us cancelling. However while planning we felt we should put plans in her area and Saturday morning left to start working. We ended up running into her in the street and she told us she was busy because her mom was over. We asked if we could head over just to introduce ourselves to her mom and she got super excited. We were able to share The Plan of Salvation with both of them and Aurora was super interested. She still doesn't want to accept baptism but we are seeing progress which is exciting! 

This week during zone training I was able to teach about Luke 5:4-7

 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

I loved this small set of scriptures and loved how Peter said they had diligently worked all night without results. But then they enacted their faith when they obeyed the Lord and they were blessed beyond measure. Then in verse 7 I loved how they invited others to come and help! President recently has been reminding us of President Monson when he told us that now is the time for members and missionaries to work together. I know that if we do that we will find so many people to teach that [our ships will sink] or we will have success beyond what we can imagine. 
I'm so grateful to be a missionary and to be serving here in Copiapo!!!

Hermana Freedman

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