Week 27: in which the Hermanas go on an ADVENTURE

Dear family and friends,

I can’t believe how quickly the weeks fly by! This week I completed SIX MONTHS in the mission! Wow…

We did a lot of contacting again this week, which hasn’t been too bad because this new schedule allows us to study and plan during the worst hours of the day. Plus the weather has been beautiful. 😀 Yesterday we found Mierta, a really sweet abuelita with a pretty sad story. She is so accepting and ready to listen to the gospel, and we’re excited to show her how the gospel can bless her life and help her feel the love of God more. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone more prepared, and I know that God guided us towards her.

Tuesday was a bit of an adventure. Our area includes a few pueblitos in the country, which requires travel by bus. An incredible family of recent converts lives in Tucapel, about 45 minutes away by bus. We planned to visit them because they won’t have a way to get to church for almost a month and a half while the bridge is bad. Because the bridge is bad, the trip in bus is longer–almost 2 hours–and a little more expensive, and fewer buses are driving that route. So we planned to spend almost all day there. Well, because of bad timing, we went and had a very short but wonderful half hour with them before sprinting to the bus stop to catch the last bus at 7…which didn’t come. And didn’t come… Luckily, we ran into another member, Jime, who was walking home at this time. He helped us figure things out and waited with us for a bus that someone said should come around 8:20. He was great company as we waited…and waited…and waited…for this bus that also never came… So we called our bishop, who drove from Los Ángeles with our ward mission leader to rescue the two gringas stranded in the campo. We got home around 10:15, well after our curfew, a little bruised ego-wise but otherwise just fine. 😛

The rest of the week consisted of handing out flyers for pilates classes on Wednesday, orientation for the new schedule and other changes on Thursday, French toast and spaghetti for lunch on Friday (our own creations 😉 ), pilates and English classes on Saturday, and a really great lesson with Mierta on Sunday. And today we went to Salto de Laja, a pretty waterfall about a half-hour away, where we spent the morning taking pictures (which will hopefully come next week…) and looking at cool touristy things. We had fun. 😀

Know that I love you all and pray for you often. I know that God is taking care of each of you, and I’m grateful for your prayers as well. I’ll leave you with this thought: “When we want to talk to God, we pray. When we want Him to talk to us, we read the scriptures.” I testify that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are words of God, and through them we can feel His love and guidance. Don’t neglect your scripture study; the treasures you’ll find in them will serve you better than any bauble you can find on Earth.

Take care!! Ciao for now!

Hermana Saunders