Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Week 27

Week 4 with H Grover and the time is flying by. I love the mission so much. I have never hurt so much as I have in the mission, but I have also never been so happy. If I am being completely honest, the mission is like 95% of rejection, homesickness, frustration, stress, and sadness. But the other 5% of pure joy seems to make up for all of it. That 5% of pure joy looks over every difficulty. When I look back at the last 6 months of my mission, I don’t remember the hard times. Of course I remember I have had hard times, but I don’t remember the details. What I do remember is the miracles. I remember watching people I taught be baptized. I remember those that gave up bad habits to live a better life. I remember the times I was protected, the times I was comforted, the times I literally felt angels with me. The times I laughed until 2 in the morning with Hermana Grover. I am so honored to be a representative of Jesus Christ in Maipu Chile. 

This week we walked so much and were having a few difficulties along the way. We had some stupid dog chase after us, some man told us that Americans are destroying the world, and after lunch one day we didn’t feel too hot and desperately searched for bathrooms all day. But we laughed the whole week and just made the best of it. I think that’s the biggest thing I will take away from the mission. Life isn’t all that great sometimes, but make the best of it. Just laugh and then eat a Reese's. That’s what we do and it seems to be working pretty well. 

Yo se con todo mi corazon que este es la iglesia de Jesucristo. Yo se este porque Dios confia en jovenes para predicar su palabra. Yo se este porque yo estoy la mas feliz ahora que en cualquier otro momento en mi vida. Yo se que las familias pueden ser eternas y yo estoy tan agradecida por mi familia eternal y por las familias que yo conozco en la mision. Tenemos un hermano, JesuCristo, que murio para nuestras pecados y El esta con nosotros siempre. 

Nos vemos.
Hermana Beardall

(I 'google translated' the end of her email and this is what I came up with):

I know with all my heart that this is the Church of Jesus Christ. I know this because Heavenly Father relies on young to preach his word. I know this because I am more happy now that at any other time in my life. I know that families may be eternal and I am so thankful for my eternal family and the families that I know in the mission. We have a brother, Jesus Christ, died for our sins and he is with us always.

See you.
Hermana Beardall

Some people ask how one may live alone in another country speaking another language while only being 19 years old.. This is how we do it. (We bought an entire box of these bad boys for 4 luca)

Best 50 cents I have ever spent
Viva la Chile!

Two girls from the 480 freezing to death

I have never been so cold in my entire life!

Las Hermanas de Maipu

Maipu is pretty dang cute!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Week 26

'Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, [the Chileans], and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success'. Alma 26:27

There were about 60 million times that my companion and I have almost quit the past 2 weeks due to the struggles and trials we have had. We have been rejected, freezing cold, exhausted, rejected, etc.. Its been hard. But we have turned to the Lord and have had so many miracles. I am so humbled.. We had people follow us down  the street to ask if they could come to church with us. We have had spiritual promptings to knock on certain doors where we found people who have been waiting for answers. We had a lot of investigators come to church with us yesterday. We are working incredibly hard and then just watching the Lord pour out blessings on us. I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude- especially for my companion. I love her so much! We always joke that we had to come to Chile to meet even though we lived 5 minutes away from each other in AZ. I am so certain that with God, we can do all things. I can honestly say the mission is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I never want it to end. Today is my 6 months in the mission and I am panicking I only have a year left. I have never felt joy like this in all of my life, the church is true folks. Thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts in my behalf. I love you all! 
Dreaming we are at In-and-Out-ha ha no, but really...
Breakfast at 10:00 at night
This is our house!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Week 25-MAIPU!

Wowzers, where do I start? So I am officially here living in Maipu, Los Heroes, and it is beautiful! Literally I now live in one of the richest parts of the city and its pretty tough. I have been extremely humbled to say the least. But I am overwhelmed with the amount of love I have for yet another ward. It was so hard to leave Parque O Higgins and it is going to be so hard to leave here. I don't know how I am going to leave Chile... 
I am now with Hermana Grover and we are having a blast in white wash. We have ran into a few people who hate the United States, hardly anyone can understand us, and we get shut down at every door... But we just laugh and keep going. Our saying is, "Whenever someone slams the door in our face, we are only getting close to the chosen ones." I know I am not here to serve in a certain place but to serve in place of the Savior. I am extremely grateful for my companion, my sector, and the Savior who hasn't left my side. 
I am SO happy to be here and am freaking out that I only have a year left. I still have so much to do.. Please pray for us this week!
Oh, and I would just like to apologize to my friends. If I would have known that you were all going to get married while I was gone, I would have left you a present or something... haha!
Last night with Hermana Galeano-yes I cried like a baby.
Hermana Grover and I

At a member's house with their new puppy!