Week 54: in which there was much rejoicing


Dearest friends and family,

Some of you will get that reference, but if you don’t it’s okay. 😛 [Note: I think she’s referring to this scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. — AnnMarie] We are now the very happy occupants [sic] [Note: I think she means owners — hopefully they don’t live in the dryer… — AnnMarie] of a brand-new dryer!! *insert very happy dance* It actually came a couple weeks ago, but just this week we were able to install it. But it is a wonderful blessing. Very few people have dryers here because electricity is really expensive, but most homes have wood-burning stoves, so they can dry their clothes in that way. As missionaries, we don’t have that luxury, and in the winter, it rains so often that things take FOREVER to dry. So now we are very happy missionaries. 😀

In other news, it’s been a good week. We received transfers on Saturday night, and Hermana Scholl and I are staying together!! Wahoo! But we’re saying farewell for now to Hermana Vasquez, who is headed to Los Àngeles this transfer. (Yay LA!! :D) The training sisters challenged us to a 30-day fast from things that are keeping us from progressing, which includes a 30-day English fast. *dun dun DUUUNH* We’ve now gone 3 days and counting without talking in English (with the exception of a few slip-ups. :P). I’m grateful for this challenge because I know it will help me be a better missionary, companion, and person in general. It’s not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be, and we still talk a lot together. I think Hermana Scholl is finding that she knows more than she thought she did. We also found TEN new people to teach this week, including several families. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to help these brothers and sisters of mine find the great joy that the gospel brings. It’s a privilege to be a part of that process, and I’m so grateful for this time.

Wednesday was interesting because Hermana Vasquez–after a rather stressful morning–was taken to the hospital in Concepciòn for some really strong virus that completely wiped her out. She’s perfectly fine now, but she had us worried. I’m so thankful for good health care.

Later on Wednesday we did divisions with the training sisters, which was fun. I was with Hermana Chavez, who was my second comp in Temuco! We talked a lot about Temuco and how we’ve changed since then. It was good to work with her again.

Saturday night we had a branch party in which we created the “longest completo in history.” We set up tables from one end of the gym to the other and placed gigantic hot dog buns end-to-end the entire length of the gym. Then we all worked together to put the completos together and enjoyed the results. 😀 If I can I’ll send a picture. 😀 We had to leave early for an appointment, but the branch kept the party going with karaoke for a few more hours after that. We’ve got some pretty good voices here in Arauco.

Well, time’s about up, so I’ll close with my testimony. I know that God guides this work and that He loves and is always aware of His children. I know that this is His work and His church. I know that living the gospel brings greater peace, joy, and unity that cannot be found in any other place. I know that Christ is my Savior and that through Him I can become a better person and find peace and forgiveness. There is no pain or sin too great to be healed by His sacrifice. Trust in Him. Know that I love yo all!! Be safe, be kind, be smart. And remember who yo are!

Hermana Saunders