this week was a bit slower. I have been sicker than a dog with a cold, but it's all good because Mama Palominos has been taking care of me. :) It's getting cold here!!!
I love my new companion, but miss my sweet Hermana Zapata with all my heart. She wrote me the sweetest letter and called me her "gran maestra." it was the sweetest ever. Good news is I'm in charge of her this cambio, so she will be visiting. ;)
My companion knows self defense. She's been teaching me to punch. Watch out world.
We found fantastic people this week with whom I am excited to work with and see what happens. One of them speaks fluent english!!!
I'm excited for conference and this should be a crazy good, but crazy busy week in my part of the world.
foto: Hehe, Mom, this is what I used the credit card for...a new scripture case. :)
Wow, this was a week.
A few bits of good news:
- Nelson got baptized!!! He was the guy who read the Book of Mormon in jail and came to church alone!!! Oh my goodness, it was the biggest miracle EVER. After he left his interview with one of Presidente's councilors I was sure he was going to tell him to wait until he was officially off of probation...but Presidente Loyola said "He's suffered enough, just let him get baptized." Nelson was so excited!!! He's waited 20 years for this.
I sure am grateful for an elder named Elder Christiansen who served in Anafagosta 20 years ago and taught Nelson the message of the restoration. He was more than prepared and Nelson just might be one of my favorite people in the world. I think the first thing I am going to do when I get home is look for Elder Christiansen and thank him. After he was confirmed yesterday he said to me "Hermana [then did the 'L' sign that means loser], this actually stands for the light of Christ!!!" I've never met someone so funny.
- Jaime passed his interview, but broke the Word of Wisdom, so we are going to keep working there. He needs a lot of help.
- Hermana Zapata got changed to Talagante. Wah. I am going to miss her so much. We both shed tears this morning. She is literally an angel. I am staying in El Abrazo for another cambio and my new comp is American!! Miracle. Her name is Hermana Robertson and she is from Ohio. She almost has her black belt in self defense so we're all good there. She is taller than me too, so El Abrazo doesn't even know what is hitting them.
- This week I heard an analogy that I loved. Remember after Christ finished the atonement, when he was betrayed by Judas? A member in my ward said this. "After he was betrayed by a kiss, Christ didn't get offended; He finished His work." I really like that. We too as members should not get offended when people let us down. Just keep doing what you know is right.
Love you all!!!
XOXO Hermana Brinkerhoff
Here are a million fotos!!!
It was a good week.
We had two divisions:
#1 con: Hermana Rodriguez. Oh my goodness, it was so fun to spend the day with my old companion! Wahhh. She's grown so much. We made goals and I cried (haha!) because she's going to have six months soon. She's a 10, through and through.
#2 con: Hermana Sotomayor. She came in the same group as Hermana Rodriguez and was in my zone before. It was great to see how much she has grown and it's nice to spend the day with a chilean because she knows how to talk to the chileans.
Every one of our investigators seems to be having problems this week...like, major problems. It's been hard, but I know that after the trails we see the blessings, no? If all works out, Jaime and Nelson will be baptized this weekend...but we have to work through some Word of Wisdom problems and maybe an interview with Presidente. ¿Los milagros existen verdad?
I don't want to name drop but there is an elder in my zone whose family does the kid history videos on Youtube. Gets me everytime. He's the little boy who talks about completos in the hotdog video. Well, now he's a missionary, but same thing.
I was overcome with gratitude this week as I took a moment to see how the Lord has blessed my family while I've been on the mission. This is manifest in the two baby girls that will be/have been born while I've been on the mission. First of all Katie, who before my mission was struggling to have kids and now has Capri. To add on to that Shayla will have hers right before I get home. Seriously, my heart is overcome with gratitude and I know for a fact that my family has been in the hands of the Lord these past 14 months.
I love D&C 31 which says...
"I will bless you and your family, yea, your little ones and the day cometh that they shall believe and be one with you in my church....
"Behold verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little time, and declare my word, and I will prepare a place for them."
"Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile."
I know this is the work of God in these latter days and that the Lord cares about my beautiful family.
Okay this week a lady accused Hermana Zapata of stealing her boyfriend. I could not handle it. I died laughing and I still am. I swear my comp is innocent.
- Nelson is so awesome. Yesterday he came to church and when he saw the baptismal font he was like "I am going to be baptized right here."
- I keep running into people from my other sectors that I taught...it's like they're following me or something. No, just kidding, it's super fun to see people from my other sectors!!
- We helped a lost old lady find her daughter's house. She had been looking for two hours in the dark. She says we are her angels. ;)
- Yesterday, Olga, Paola, and Ignacia made a visit to my ward. It was so fun to see them and I received the news that Olga got baptized. She said to me "I was sad you weren't there, but don't worry you are my missionary!" Wahhh. Sometimes we just do the pioneering efforts, no?
- Victoria shared her testimony in sacrament meeting. (She's not even a member yet.) The people here are so great!
I am well and am enjoying the mission life.
This week we had a meeting with Presidente. I saw Grove City, so it was a good week. The other hermana is from Hawaii!!! She's the sweetest!!
Anyone who served a mission in Chile better be laughing about my subject line. It could be the phrase of my whole mission.
Oh this was a week. I think the world was out to get us. Satan is real, my friends.
- Gonsalo did a 360 and doesn't want anything to do with us.
- J aime says he's never coming to church again because he got a little offended (he'll come again, don't worry)
- Lito is so over us.
- Hermana Zapata needs a root cannal.
- I got my "trunky paper" telling me that they're kicking me out of the mission July 25th. How dare they. They can't get rid of me that easy.
Okay some good news:
- We went to the dentist and the bus passed by for Santiago central and right through my old sector. It was so fun to see that place.
- Victoria is the best ever and wants to get married to Rodrigo ASAP.
- We had a ward FHE and a man named Nelson came solo. He just got out of prison and while in prison he read a lot of the Book of Mormon. He was like "I need to get baptized as soon as possible, what do I need to do?"
Los milagros existen.
XOXO Hermana Brinkerhoff