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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 30, 2015

Week 73: Hi & Bye

Today has gone by crazy fast - trying to do everything, but not having time sufficient time to do it. We spent about four hours at the doctor’s office today, so now we have no time to write. We are just dropping a quick email to say “hi” and “bye”. Sorry for such a lame letter. Next week will be better!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Week 72: No Change

I finally felt some earthquakes! They have always happened in the night, so I never noticed them. Everyone else wakes up, but not me. I can sleep through anything. Everything just starts moving; it’s crazy.

This morning my district leader called bright and early - 20 minutes before wake up time. We were all confused to wake up to the phone ringing instead of the alarm. Today was the last time I will receive the nerve-wracking call of the "cambios". I have been wondering what would happen because I have been in Talcahuano for about six months already. Almost no one stays in an area longer than six months – so that would mean I would probably leave. But I am also training a newbie, and usually the trainer stays until the end of the training.

My last 6 weeks in Chile, I will be in... TALCAHUANO! I shall die (figuratively speaking of course) here in this sector. This makes me happy because I like it here a lot! Plus Hermana Parkin and Caceras also are staying, so I don’t have to worry about getting accustomed to another person or anything. Yay! I am very happy with the cambios. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Week 71: Lots O Migraines

This week was full of things to do (which is good) but it was frustrating because I had tons of migraines. I had one each day for 8 days. Ugh. Luckily there is medicine to take away the pain, so I could keep going. I felt like a bit of a druggie taking pills every day. But what can you do? Just gotta keep going! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Week 70: 16 Months

I officially hit 16 months in the mission. Whoa man!

 This week went well for me, although I had an increased number of migraines. Luckily we live in an age of advanced medicines, so I don’t have to suffer with them too long.

Attendance at church has increased every week for the past five weeks! At lot of it is due to school starting again and vacations ending, but I’m also sure that people are realizing that it's important to be at church so they can remember Christ by taking the sacrament. It makes me happy to see the less-actives that we have been working with for so long, changing and coming to church. As they dedicate themselves to God again, they become happier people. :) 

Thought of the week:

We should always be asking ourselves, "¿Que más puedo hacer?" which means, "What more can I do?" It’s a fantastic question to be asking ourselves for just about anything: “What more can I do to serve God? What more can I do to help my community/family/friends? What more can I do today to complete my goals for the week?” I encourage you to remember this question all week, and ask yourself, "What more good can I do today, to help make a better tomorrow?"

Monday, March 2, 2015

Week 69: Fabulous Fridays

The Fridays with Hermana Fernandez have been quite good each week for some reason. She says that each Friday will be “Miracle Friday”, and it has been that way for the past three weeks. This Friday it was particularly crazy just how much we could see the hand of the Lord that day.

The first miracle was in the morning. A member accompanied us to an appointment we had planned with someone that was his age (about 68). We had confirmed the appointment, but when we got there the man wasn’t home. Instead we decided to look for Luis, the investigator that we found two weeks ago and haven’t been able to meet again. So we went, and he was there! Luis had read the pamphlet we left and it all made a lot of sense to him, and he wanted to learn more. Coincidentally, Luis and the member we brought with us knew each other and were able to talk about old memories and such. It was cool to see how that all worked out.

Then we visited a member home and we arrived when she and her daughter were feeling very sad and overwhelmed. We came just in time to allow them to vent to us. We talked, shared a lesson, and were able to leave them feeling much better.

Later we went to visit a home that we accidentally happened upon the previous day. We had a lunch appointment with a member, but I could not remember which red house she lived in. We knocked on the door of the house I thought was hers, but I was wrong; a young girl (about 12 yrs old) answered the door. She told us she would love to hear our message, so we made an appointment to come back the next day (Friday). It turned out that the girl had seen us walking around the neighborhood before and had wanted to talk to us, because she loves to study the Bible. Her sister, mom and dad joined the lesson, and now we have four new investigators.

That evening the member we had scheduled with was unable to accompany us on our last appointment. We were a little disappointed because it was the final goal we needed to complete to earn a point for the day. We stalled for time, trying to think of another member who might be able to accompany us. Just as we were about to knock on the door, the other set of hermana’s came into view. They had an appointment a couple houses away and they were accompanied by Hermano Juan, the mission leader. We told them our sad problem, and they told us to wait while they checked on their appointment. It turned out that their person was not home, so Hermano Juan came with us. Then we found that Hermano Juan knew the woman we were meeting with very well, and her family too. The woman, her boyfriend, and her daughter all listened to our message, because Hermano Juan was with us. Now we have more new investigators! :D