March 9, 2009 (Life is great!)
¡Hola mi querida familia! ¿Cómo están todos?
babelfish: Hello my dear family! How they are all?
Voy a escribir este primer párafo en español para que Jacob pueda ver mis equivocaciones y corregirme cuando yo regrese de la mision. Entonces, Jacob, ¿cómo está la clase de español? ¿Estás aprendiendo mucho? Ojalá que yo tuviera una clase de español antes la misión, pero está bien. Estoy aprendiendo castellano acá en chile poco a poco. Pienso que paciencia sea la llave a la aprendizaje de un idioma, ¡especialmente para entender! Yo puedo hablar más o menos todo que quiero decir, pero ¿cómo puedes saber que decir si no puedes entender nada? Finalmente, despues casi 4 meses en chile, pienso que puedo entender más o menos todo. Todavía es difícil porque Chileno es diferente que español. Hay palabras como guácala (la cual significa asqueroso), ¿cachaí? (¿entiendes?). Tambien, la palabra para "estomago" es "guata" o "guatita" (casi todo es pequeño, con -ito o -ita al final), "guagua" es "bebé", "plata" es "dinero", "palta" es "aguacate", "arto" y "caleta" es "mucho", etc. Que bueno, ¿no? Todavía, es difícil para entender porque hay artas palabras como estas que no conozco. Pero, algún día, voy a hablar chileno, y en aquel día, ¡voy a SER chileno! ;)
babelfish: I am going to write this first párafo in Spanish so that Jacob can see my mistakes and correct to me when I return of the mission. Then, Jacob, how it is the Spanish class? You are learning much? Hopefully that I had a Spanish class before the mission, but it is well. I am learning Castilian here in Chile little by little. Fodder that patience is the key to the learning of a language, especially to understand! I can speak more or less everything that I mean, but how you can know how that to say if you cannot understand nothing? Finally, later almost 4 months in Chile, fodder that I can understand more or less everything. Still it is difficult because Chilean he is different that Spanish. There are words like guácala (which means revolting), cachaí? (you understand). Also, the word for " estomago" he is " guata" or " guatita" (almost everything is small, with - ito or - ita in the end), " guagua" he is " bebé" , " plata" he is " dinero" , " palta" he is " aguacate" , " arto" and " caleta" he is " mucho" , good etc. That, no? Still, it is difficult to understand because there is artas words like which I do not know. But, someday, I am going to speak Chilean, and in that one day, I am going TO BE Chilean! ;)
So, my family, how is everything going? Sorry there's no pictures this week. I don't have any new ones! But, there's an activity this afternoon, so perhaps next week I'll have some amazing pictures to show.
Life here in Chile is as great as ever. This week was a little difficult with regards to our numbers. We set over 35 appointments this week with members, investigators, and less-active members, and guess what? Only 11 of this appointments survived, even though we passed by every house that was on our list! But, it's all good. Our Heavenly Father has a way to test our faith and patience, and if we pass the test, we are blessed immensely. It's so true! I love being a missionary and seeing the many miracles that take place every day here in Chile.
Okay, here's some info about some of the investigators we have right now. We are teaching a youth named Matias. He is amazing, but his baptismal date has fallen through. He wants to feel more prepared for his baptism, but I don't know what's happening because he has stopped coming to church! We pass by his house every day, but it's like no one even lives there any more. It's disappointing, but we are doing all we can to keep Matias afloat. We are also trying to teach his family so he can have more support in his home, but it's even more impossible to find them home together.
We are also teaching a girl named Kimberlly. Before we started teaching her, she told us she didn't even believe in God. As we taught, she felt the spirit and her testimony has grown. Her brother, Jan, is one of our converts from the first month in the mission. The thing with Kimberlly is she has doubts about things more social than doctrinal. We are continuing to teach her and everything, but it's difficult to see progress because Kimberlly is not keeping her commitments! Every week she is sleeping and so can't attend church. We've had plenty of lessons to address these things, but it's not like we can force people to do anything. We'll just keep on inviting her and her family to learn more and receive this great joy in their lives. We'll see how it goes...
Last week, we met a young man named Kenny. He told us that he doesn't believe in God but that he wanted to believe. In these past couple of weeks, we have had the great privilege to see his testimony and knowledge blossom. He has the seed of faith planted in his heart, and so we're doing all we can to help him nourish it. He hasn't attended church with us yet, but we are hoping that he'll come this Sunday.
Of course, we meet with tons of people every week, and I wish I had time to tell all the stories that I have from specific lessons and everthing! But, there's just not enough time. But, here is the lesson to learn: when we put our Heavenly Father first in our lives (like the first commandment advises), He will provide for us, and all will be well. But we have to do our part! We've been meeting with a lot of less active members, and it's sad to see how ruined their lives have become because their priorities aren't in line. When we forget ourselves and just remember to fulfill our duties to God, our families, and our communities, all these things will be added to our good. What a great blessing!
Well, gotta go. Just to let you know, missionary service rocks! Keep on being amazing, my wonderful family! I love you so much!
Con mucho amor y cariño,
babelfish: By far love and affection