Sunday, January 4, 2015

Week #22

Hey everyone,

This week has been a little bit slower with it being Christmas and working in two sectors, but it was fun to celebrate Christmas here in Chile and just have some fun and it was expecially fun to be able to talk to everyone.  All the grandkids are getting so big and everyone looked so great.  As for my Christmas here I went to the house of our Relief Society President and we had a dinner and then after we had a family night and talked about the different symbols of Christmas it was really fun.  Here in Chile Santa comes at exactly midnight which is something different and so everyone opens their presents at midnight and then after the go to bed.  So Christmas day is more just a day to be with the family.  It seems like Christmas isn't quite as big here as it is back at home either and I have heard that New Years is actually a bigger holliday here.

Victor  is still doing really great we are going to visit him today and change his baptism for the next weekend since we couldnt teach him this past week and we still have a few things to teach before his baptism. But, he is still doing great and not smoking.  He is just struggling to read and retain the things that he reads in the Book of Mormon, so we want to help him with that this week.

We are teaching a new family.  Her name is Lorena. She has two little girls and lives with her husband Alejando.  Her best friend is the Bishop's wife and so we did a family night with them the other week and then we starting teaching Lorena.  She has a lot of interest and has started to read the Book of Mormon, so we are really excited to see were that will go.

We also found another new lady her name is Monica and she is a little bit older. She worked for the church before and has a lot of interest. She lives with her grandsons and is basically at home all day with them. She wants to learn more about the church because she loved all that she saw when she was working for the church several years ago.  She accepted a baptism date for 17th of January. Immediately!  But she still needs to gain a testimony and so we are excited to see where that is going to go.

Other than that we are just working with a few other people trying to get them to progress, but this week we didn't have many appointments with Christmas and all, but I am so excited for the New Year although we won't get to celebrate it as we have to be in the house at 7 that night, but I am grateful for the opportunity to set some new goals.  I loved something that President Warne said in his letter this week.  He said that it doesnt matter how much time you have, as much as it does what you do with your time.  I think that we could all use are time a little better and I expecially have been thinking about this as a missionary as the mission goes by so fast, I want to focus more on the work and use every moment that I have.  

 I hope you all have a great new year and I love you all so much!

Hermana Stringham

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