Hola! It's Hermana Brink here living big in some sketchy computer place in Republica, Chile.
I hope all of you are doing so well!
This week was a bit more slow...I developed a cold and spent half the week blowing my nose. It's not fun to be sick as a missionary.
Alright let's talk about conference. Never have I enjoyed conference that much. Maybe it was because I miss english. They had all five of us gringos in a special room for english. We were like this little gang. It was awesome! I was comps with Hermana Beardall from Gilbert, AZ durante la conferenica. Sooo fun! When I saw the George girls in the choir I screamed a little, but quickly gathered myself back up, but when I saw Kim George during the last song I started crying. It was awesome.
My favorite talk was the one about resurrección (all of us gringos were crying during that talk by Elder Johnson) I know the family is forever! Sister Oscarson's talk made me think of my family and how awesome and strong my mom is. So my friends, do you really believe it? If not make some changes because this gospel is the real deal. This is Christ's church on the earth. I know it, and I will continue to grow that faith!
I also loved how much the atonement was mentioned. In the MTC an elder said "I am grateful for my mission because I get to let other people experience the atonement" Hermana A and I are going to really center our message on that because everyone we talk to says "I'm 40. I've sinned. I can't change." That is not true! And just when I thought it couldn't get better Elder Holland gets up. I have never felt so spiritually fed by any conference. I think it's because now I have to translate and teach this stuff, so I take it with new eyes. I also love how blunt the talks were. They had a get-down-to-business feel.
The experience this week was on Saturday. We went to this family's house to teach them. about 20 people live in this house so it's so hard to teach. We try to teach the mom and the daughter, but it's always so crazy. When we got there we were talking to the mom about something...I don't remember. Part way through the daughter tapped me on the arm and said "Are we going to pray? I want to pray" Oh my gosh. My heart exploded. I then looked at her Book of Mormon and in cute 8 year old handwriting was written her name. Children are so special.
This week I came to the conclusion that the people of Chile don't need me...the fact is I need them. They are wonderful loving people who make me feel so loved. For example yesterday we were leaving the chapel and this Brazillian lady grabs my arm and starts chatting with me almost all the way back to our casa. I held a conversation with her and her strong accent! Milargo. The gift of tongues is real and when we give the Lord all we have He blesses us.
This is Christ's true, restored Iglesia en la tierra. Sorry for the spanglish I can't help it!
Love you all!
Here are some more photos from our trip to historic Santa Lucia! Hermana Damian goes back to Peru this next week and I am super sad. She's the best!