Hey everyone! I am alive and well in the beautiful city of Santiago!
The plane ride was flawless and I had a blast with the people in my district that came with me :)
My new comp is from Argentina! She literally lives 6 hours away and her home temple is the Chile temple. She doesn't speak English. Ya take a second to process my life please. It's great though! Her last comp taught her enough to explain things well to me. Also, she really wants to study at BYU so she's trying to learn English. The rule is I talk to her in spanish and she talks to me in English. The system we have going is interesting. I'm grateful that the Mexico MTC was so challenging because it really did prepare me to understand the language.
My comp is so nice! She's fiesty, but very nice to me. She's such an angel I can't even handle it!
My area is called Diego de Almagro. It's a pretty nice part of this city, but it has its interesting parts....many people speak English and want to talk to me, but I'm told to respond in spanish. Chile is very Americanized. Chile is also very receptive to the missionaries coming over and they love to talk about Jesucristo! It's great. The trick is actually meeting with them again.
The langauge is coming. I actually know a lot more than I thought I did and can gather concepts easily.
My area is a melting pot and I meet people from all over. Usually they aren't Chilean. The food is super good. There are so many bakeries.....yep don't know how to spell anymore. I am grateful for a walking mission, but I pray I won't get hit by a bus. Also if I counted the cat calls I got everyday I could pay for my whole mission. They love blondes.
Because I do understand spanish my comp tells everyone that. That then leads to rapid spanish becuase they think I'm fluent. This sure is a journey.
Anyway I am busy and well! This area is white and ready to hear the gospel (even in my broken spanish). I am excited and love the other missionaries in my mission and the president (they are precious!!!)
We are teaching a lady with a baptism date on the 27th. She is amazing. So much faith. Her husband served a mission but went inactive. He's coming back though! I love that couple so much already. The husband tries to speak english to me and it's hilarious! He helps us teach.
Chile is a lot of what I expected, but with lots of surprises!
Some good news is my address will be the same my entire mission! So if you send packages deck that thing out with pictures of Jesus and Mary. Also put on the box "missionary supplies"
Hermana Josie Brinkerhoff
Misión Chile Santiago Oeste
I love you sooooooo much!!!!!!!!
[Josie had some technical difficulties that prevented her from sending pics of Chile, but here are a few last pictures from the CCM.]