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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, April 28, 2014

Week 25: Uncomfortable Visit

An investigator that we have been teaching for quite some time has finally decided that God exists. He is about 60 and many missionaries have taught him throughout his life, since his wife joined the Church. He's been open to trying to receive his own testimony, but has many doubts and has been afraid to commit to really change. I think he is opening up a little more now because he is starting to worry about what will happen when he dies. He shared his experience about how he came to decide there was a God. He had a horrible migraine one night, and he tried all sorts of things to get rid of it that usually help, but nothing worked. He couldn’t sleep because it hurt so badly, so he decided to pray to God. He asked God "if you really exist, get rid of this headache.” He said the instant that he asked in prayer, miraculously the headache went away, and he felt this strange warm energy in his body that he had never felt before. He said it was the craziest thing he’s ever experienced, and now he knows there is a God. The bummer is he still is dragging his feet to make big changes or really pray to God to ask if the church is true. I think one day he will be ready for the gospel, but maybe not while I’m here in Chillancito.

We did a small service for a relative of a recent convert. The relative works by making little chocolate eggs and such and selling them. We helped her wrap a bunch, which was fun. She also gave us some to sample, which were ubers yummy! :D

We had two mini-missionaries come to Chillancito this week for four days. A mini-missionary is a member between the age of 16 -18 that is considering serving a mission, but wants to have a trial run. They come from nearby stakes and do divisions with the missionaries, and basically become their companion for four days. Luckily, since there were only two, my companion and I didn’t have one, and didn’t have to split up. I would have been nervous to be with one since they probably wouldn’t help much with the lesson. They were with the other two hermanas for the four days, and it was fun for us to hear their stories and such.

Friday, we put on an activity that we missionaries and our ward mission leader made up. The Sandwichaso! Everyone brought their own sandwich creation for others to try, and then there was one winner. There was also karaoke. I attempted to sing the only English song they had (the fire rain song by Adele) but I didn’t know it very well. I failed. Lol! But the activity was a success. We had some investigators come and it was a lot of fun! :)

I saw a bright teal lizard. Woo! The first semi-exotic creature I’ve seen.

We found a new investigator who is very interesting. He is probably about 23 years old and is a little off. We found him by contacting him in the street, and then he ended up coming to the activity, which was great! So we made sure to visit him the next day. It was definitely an interesting experience. We both felt a little uncomfortable the minute we started talking with him in his house. Not horribly, but enough that we were abnormally uncomfortable. Every time we would try to mention something of Christ and such, he would get really fidgety and stand up real quick and say he needed water, or air, or something. Then he would walk around for a minute and sit back down. It was very hard to talk about our message. If we talked about our lives or conversational stuff, he was fine and would be calmer. Any time we tried to bring up who we are as missionaries and our purpose to help people find Christ and be baptized, he would get all fidgety and would start talking over us and change the subject.

Anyway, I’m out of time. I guess you will all have to wait till next week to hear more. Lo siento! I just never have enough time.

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