Monday, March 2, 2015

Week #31 * March 2, 2014

Hey everyone,
So this week has been full of new things.  Talca is a lot like my old area as it is a city and a nice area, but the people are a lot nicer.  Everyone told me that the further south you go they nicer they are, and it is so true.  The people here are so loving and so friendly in the streets. I love it.  My new companion is Hermana Squires. She is from Standsberry Utah and she has about 4 months in the mission.  It has been really fun working with her and getting to know her.
The ward here is really great.  This ward has a lot of recent converts and a lot of Menos activos that we are working with that are doing really good.  It has been fun getting to work more in the other aspects of misison work and get to know everyone here.  I was so excited to find out that recently the Hermana here moved to a new house that is in our sector so first of all we don't have to use bikes ( I was really nervous about that) and second our house is really nice and big.  I forgot my camera, so I will have to send you all pictures next week.  We are working with a lot of different people, but more than anything we are looking for new people to teach. I am going to share more about the people next week, when I get to know them better and when I have more time, but I ham really excited to start working in this new ward it really has been a great experience so far.
This weekend one of the members houses burnt down it was really sad.  We heard the sirens, then when we left the lesson we were in, a house in the corner was in flames and later we found out it was the house of a member who is less active.  It was sad to see how in one moment this family was doing just fine and the next they had lost everything.  The ward has really come together and it has been amazing to watch as the have been helping to clean out all the burnt inside of the house and the relief society stepping in to collect clothes and food for this family that was left with nothing.  Please pray for them as the are really struggling to figure out what the are going to do and were they are going to live.
Last night we had a ward Family home evening and they talked about prayers and how sometimes we fall in the habit of saying the same things, but we need to try to pray more sincerely and do our part.  If we pray for something we need to the maximum that we can to help those things come to pass, and that we take the time to wait for answers instead of immediately going to bed.  

Also this week our Mission Presdent gave us a huge invitation to start over whereever we are, and read the whole Book of Mormon by April 30th! I am excited to take the challenge although I am almost in Alma, I am going to start over.  I would love to invite you all to join in.  I know it is a lot in little time, but I know that it is going to be a really spiritual experience and I am really excited to do it and to invite you all to join in!
Well that is pretty much it for this week.  I am excited to for this week and to share all my experiences with you next week.   I hope you all have a great week and know that you are always in my prayers.

Love ya,
Hermana Stringham

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