Dear friends and family,
Happy New Year!! Woo! I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday. 😀 We spent a couple hours on New Year’s Eve with Hermana Ines, one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met. She taught us how to make sopaipillas, which is basically Mexican fry bread and is delicious. 😄 We basically stuffed ourselves silly as Hermana Ines shared stories about her family and experiences. I have learned a lot from her, and her example of perseverance and love for the gospel is inspiring.
We’ve had a lot of fun this week as we’ve worked harder to have lessons in which members accompany us. We had a fantastic lesson about the Book of Mormon with the Vilches family and Yuri and Manuel, a couple from Colombia that is working for them and are just incredible. 😀 They are so receptive, and we felt the testimony of the Spirit as we listened to President Monson’s testimony of the Book of Mormon. We talked about the guide and comfort that we can find through daily study of the Book of Mormon, and I know that it will change their lives. 😀 I know that it is truly God’s word and that it can change lives and hearts as we apply its teachings. For those of you who haven’t read it from cover to cover yet, read it. Study it. And then ask God if it’s true. You don’t have to be a scriptorian to receive a witness from your Father that it truly is His word and that it is for you.
One of the members also helped us out a lot with Barbara, who we met in the bus terminal last week. She’s really cool and a lot of fun; she said that the next time we went, she would have Mango Sour to share with us. I, not knowing what the heck that was–and thinking it was some kind of juice–said of course. 😀 And then Scarlett, the member who was with us, explained that mango sour is pisco–alcohol. 😬 So we politely declined. So that was a fun…Thank goodness for members who speak Chileno! 😆
One of the miracles this week was finding several family members of Javiera, a girl we’re teaching who is very excited to learn. Every time we’ve passed by to teach her and her mom, Tila, the rest of the family has always stopped to listen for at least part of the lesson, but they’ve always left before we could really talk to them. But on Friday, when we visited them with a couple from the branch, they all stayed until the end, and they agreed to another visit! The kids are much more excited than their parents and really wanted to go to church, but they weren’t able to make it. But they said that they enjoy listening to us because it’s easy to learn with us; they learn more and can understand things better. I know that in part it’s the work of the Spirit, and I’m so excited to teach them about the Restoration.
As you think about your new year’s resolutions for this year, I’d like to invite you all to remember the Savior and His atonement. You see, it’s not just for sins and sorrows but also for whatever changes we want to make to become more like Him. When you’re frustrated or feel like you just won’t make it, remember the enabling power of His atonement, that you are a child of God, and that change is truly possible. I love you all, and I pray that this year may be full of miracles and good changes.
Lots of love from Chile,