Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hermana Mercado's 19th Letter from Chile

This past week was a little slow, and the sun didn't help. Man, does it get hot here! And earthquakes are more frequent here. I hadn't realized that earthquakes are like a daily occurence in Chile until one day we were visiting a member and her daughter pulled up a page on the internet about the earthquakes of the day. But their mostly little ones, and most of the time I'm sleeping during them. The little ones are called temblores, the big ones terremotos. It needs to be a 7 or something to count as a terremoto. 

Anyway, I don't have a lot of time, but I just want to share one story from the week. We still don't know our sector very well, and the other day we were walking around looking for the direction of a member that we had lunch with that day. We knocked at the door, and it turns out that we were at the wrong house, but another member, Carmen, lived across the street, saw us and invited us in. She offered us bebida while we made a couple of calls to find out where our lunch was supposed to be at. We got to talking, and it turns out she wasn't doing very well that day. She has various problems with her health and her daughter, and before you know it she was crying. We were able to share a scripture of comfort with her as well as a prayer. Yes, we were lost that day, but I think we were supposed to be lost. Carmen needed us, and I'm glad we were able to be there for her.

--Hermana Mercado      

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