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Sydney is serving a year and a half for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Chile Concepcion Mission from November 2013 - May 2015.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Week 17: Foolish Fables

To pick up from last week...

Friday last last week, we knocked on a door, and a guy came out all angry. He was telling us how wrong our religion is and how we are just confusing all the good people around here. We just calmly talked to him and explained things when he had questions, but he always would cut us off to tell us how wrong we were. It was interesting. He has a very hard heart right now, but for the most part, he wasn’t mean - so that was good. Just an interesting experience. Later that day too, we found a family who was AWESOME! They were very receptive to the gospel message and were way kind. We are hoping they will progress. :)

Saturday last last week, we did an hour of picking up trash in the area! There is so much trash everywhere. So many people just throw their trash wherever. I am so grateful that the States are cleaner – it just looks so much prettier when there isn’t trash everywhere. But yea, that was fun! We are going to start doing that every Saturday I think. :) 

Sunday last last week, we went to church, had lunch at a members house, had language study, and then weekly planning. Nothing too unique happened.

Monday this past week we went and visited an investigator of ours, and she is pretty great. Her name is Monica. She is a woman of about maybe 70? She is very open to hearing the gospel, but I don’t think she is ready quite yet. I don’t think she has really been praying to know if the church is true or not. She is looking for a new church, but she seems to be looking superficially still, like which has the prettiest building and such. Nevertheless, she is reading the Book of Mormon and the pamphlets and she is very willing to listen and talk. I like her - she’s very nice. :) She was telling us about how all her family and neighbors are trying to warn her about Mormons, and how she doesn’t care what they say because God is the only person she needs to ask if the church is right. But, it is funny to hear the things people believe about Mormons. Here are some examples...

"Did you know Mormons worship a man named Jose (how they say Joseph in Spanish) Smith?? (not true) And they all read a book about him?? (also not true) Did you know they only pretend to worship Jesucristo, but they don’t actually worship him? (yea, that’s why we have Jesus Christ in the church's name-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Makes sense. lol) Did you know only rich people join the church and are members?? (definitely not true. tons of poor members here) Did you know the Mormon missionaries are actually spies? Their nametags have cameras on them! (yes, sadly that is a widely believed myth here) Did you know they believe that Joseph Smith followed a rainbow and at the end found some gold plates? THEN an angel riding a unicorn came down and told him how to restore the church. (Ok, that last one was a fib, but I almost think some people would actually believe it if they heard it. lol)

Justin Bieber???

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