Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hermana Mercado's 56th Letter from Chile

Last P-day we got together with the zone and la zona talagante to hang out at the beach. It was a good time. I got to see Hna. Carter. She's one of the Hermana Lideres Entrenadoras and she's a champ. She must be slowly dying of exhaustion with all of the divisions that she has to do. 

Tuesday we had nothing fijo, and nobody could see us that day. We finally were able to set up a cita with one of our investigators in the evening, Carlos. He had a fecha, but due to complications with when his children could come out to visit him to accompany him, it has been postponed. But now he is having doubts. He really wants to be sure that this is the true church of Jesus Christ and know that there is a living prophet today so that he won't fall away after he is baptized. Anyway, we could not for the life of us find a woman to accompany us. It came down to the final hour and we decided to just go and see what we could do. When we went to the chapel (we always have our lessons with Carlos in the church) we found the Elders finishing a tour with one of their investigators. They were able to stay with us so we could teach Carlos. We had a great lesson on what we need to do to receive revelation, and we are helping him to prepare for General Canference to be able to hear the Prophet.

Wednesday, we did service for a reference that we received. Valesca. She has a nephew serving a mission, but she's baptist. She and her family have just moved to Quisco into a house that was abandoned, and they needed help cleaning out the backyard. Her huband, Miguel, has tattoos all over his face. She quite a few tattoos herself, but they say that they got those in their rebelious days. And Miguel is from Venezuela, but he's lived here so long (15 years or something) he sounds Chilean now. Anyway, after helping them out, they offered us lunch, which Valesca had already prepared (but we also already had lunch programed with a member). So as not to offend anyone, we just ate lunch twice, but miraculously, both places didn't serve us very much, so we didn't explode. We resurrected Rene that day as well, an investigator who had had a fecha but that we hadn't been able to see for a month or so (he was avoiding us a little bit). But we've got him reading and praying again, and he came to church! 

Thursday, planificacion semenal. Friday, we had a tour of the chapel with Carlos.That went well.

Saturday was Hermana Rodriguez's birthday, a baptism of twin girls in our ward (they asked us to sing) and a noche de hogar. To top off the day, Hna. Rodriguez got to talk with her family for 15 minutes. Not for her birthday. She had gotten had gotten permission for President to talk with them when her brother got his call (he's her only sibling, and he's been having a little it of a rough time without her), and justo, it came on her birthday. It was a precious moment. He's going to be serving in San Francisco Oakland California!  

And that about sums it up. The mission is awesome and I'm super excited for General Conference!

--Hna. Mercado 

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