hola familia y amigos!
This week was awesome. On Wednesday we had our district meeting which was great because the zone leaders prepared a skit for us. they were acting like they were sherlock holmes, which was really funny because somehow they found a magnifying glass, and elder Perez from argentina had no idea who sherlock holmes was.
tambien, I received an awesome greeny package from my Mommy! it was awesome and greatly needed because I was really craving some trader Joes granola bars
This week, while we were passing by the house of one of our investigators we heard that the neighbor who is a member of our ward, recently had her mother pass away. we stopped by and talked with the family. in Chile the funerals are the day after or the night of the person's passing. the viewing is held in the house of the family. we stopped by the next day and gave a devotional and also sang nearer my god to thee.
on a brighter note, we had a great family home evening with some investigators. we like to use the mormon messages a lot here for family home evening. after we shared a video and taught about the book of mormon, the mom of the house kept insisting that we eat food. we had so much cake it was rediculous. in chile there is a meal called once where around 7 or 8 at night people get together and eat deserts, bread, and soda, and talk for about 1 to 2 hours.
on Saturday we were able to go the temple with Luis y Carolina. it was so great and so wierd because it had been 4 weeks since I had been living in the CCM which is next door to the temple. it was wierd to return to the CCM but awesome to see the temple. there are two sister missionaries that do a tour there. we talk about the restoration of the church and of the gospel on the earth, and then we got to enter the temple. you can feel a change in the atmosphere when you enter the temple. the spirit is very strong, and the peace you feel there is the best!
that night I was writing in my journal. I felt the ground shake a little bit because I thought the apartment above was running on their treadmil, and I thought nothing of it. Elder Boelter was on the phone with members of our district and they said they felt it too. apparently there was an earth quake! it was a little one, so don't worry. everybody here is fine.
Sunday was great. Im getting way better at holding a conversation in Spanish. I can now make it 5 minutes. tambien we had an awesome lunch. hermana casejo came out with an iron plate the size of a trashcan lid full of pork, chicken, clams, oysters, beef, and sausage. that was great and not typical of here in Chile!
Thank you so much for all of your packages, letters, emails, and prayers.