Things have been going pretty great here in the CCM the past week. Last P day was probably the best day of my mission so far. It´s only been like 2 and a half weeks I know, but it feels like forever. After messaging every one (last week that is), we went out into Santiago. We are in a really nice area, so yeah there will be a few random dogs, but everything is super nice and urban. Anyways, my companion and I went to the mall looking for an mp3 player for our roommate when some lady came out of her little shop and started speaking English to us. She picked us out because of our white skin and said that she just wanted practice her English. So we explained to her why we were there and what we were doing, and we asked her if she would be interested in learning more about our church. She said yes, and when we were writing down her information her friend came out and told us that she really wanted to go to our church. My companion and I were just like uhhh sure, we’ll write down your information and we’ll have some missionaries call you. It wasn’t much, but it was really rewarding to feel like I’d actually done something.
The CCM gets really boring and to be quite honest isn’t that fun. But my Spanish is getting better, and thanks everyone so much for all the emails and prayers. I’m trying to develop patience and learn how to find joy in the trials that I have. Trials are so important for us. Without them we have no opportunity to grow and no chance to show our faith. I heard that Henry B Erying at one point in his life prayed for trials. I am trying to wait patiently for the gift of tongues and understand more simply those things that I know so I can teach them simply and clearly to the awesome people here.
Entonces, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! I love you so much. I am really jealous that you get to be with my wonderful sister right now--what a gift!!! Chloe you are amazing, and love you so much. The only time I have cried since I got here was reading your email last week—your last email from the field. I really needed and still need your advice. I’m trying really hard to NOT to act my age but it’s not easy. And the Latinas here are craaaazy! We got a new batch last week and they are loca. It’s hard sometimes.
I don’t have any more time, but my companion and I got awesome ties today. Let’s just say that Chileans have some sick swag. Haha. All the ties were about 3 mill or like 6 dollars, but the pens here are super expensive. I bought a pen today for about 5 American dollars, which seems expensive to me. Anyways, I love you all!!
PS. Tell Chloe that I love her and have probably thought about her the most this week. Things are hard, but I’m getting it slowly.