August 7, 2013

I'll let the pictures do the talking

July 29,2013

Well, mostly the pictures say it all, but Wilson didn't get baptized last Saturday, or Franco. Just Kayla! Which is still awesome! That little girl is so cute. But Wilson had the baptismal interview, and things came up that he needs to work out before he gets baptized. Pray for him!

But not much else happened! We had a ward activity oh yeah...did I tell you it was cambio time again? Both me and Hermana LeFevre are staying in Arica! I'm so happy. I love my comp and this sector :) But I'll let the pictures do the talking :)   Enjoy!

Love ya!

Hermana Howell

P-Day at Playa Corazones, Hearts Beach

CHUNGARA!!!!!!!!!!! Coolest place ever...literally it was freezing!

 And that armadillo was in the little restaurant we ate in Putre, the little town down the road :)

The cutest puppy in the world :)

A bike with my home town on it! haha

Awesome week! Except for......

July 22, 2013

Wow! What a week! Last Monday, we went to Playas Corazones, and it was the coolest, prettiest thing ever! I will send pictures next week because this computer does not have somewhere to download them, and I do not have much time. But anyway, the waves were HUGE and there were all these caves and really cool places to go exploring! I wish you all could have seen it. So sweet!

So guess what. You know a few weeks back how I told you I have had problems with bed bugs? Turns out that was not the problem. I had lice. LICE. I cannot believe I went for 11 WEEKS and did not know! We were visiting an investigator, and they were talking about lice, I do not remember why, but I mentioned that my head had itched a lot these past couple months. She went and got this really fine-toothed comb and went through my hair...and sure enough! Lice. Ew I could not believe it. I wanted to cry. She combed all she could out of my hair and killed them, and without even telling me, put this cream in my hair that smelled like a mix between sun screen and limes. It was weird. She told me I had to sleep with it in and wash it out in the morning, and they should all be dead. How embarrassing. We had intercambios that night with the sister leader trainers, and Hermana Osorio was pro at lice treatments. She sat there and picked out hair by hair all the eggs. Okay, not all of them because that is impossible, but she got SO many out! Do not worry, I bought some shampoo, and slowly but surely, I am being cured. Gahhh I still cannot believe it. But it all comes with the mission I guess! Hahaha, I will look back on this later and laugh...I hope.

So I guess while I was Hermana Osorio for the intercambio, Wilson (our investigator that was to be baptized last Saturday), called Hermana LeFevre and said he needed to talk to us. Great. He told her that he had been studying all that we gave him, and he really realized what kind of committment baptism is, and it is not something to be treated lightly. He decided he was not ready to be baptized last Saturday, but he will be ready this Saturday! We are also working with his friend, Franco, to be baptized this Saturday. Also, did I ever tell you about Kayla? She is an investigator we have been working with FOREVER, and she is 12 years old. Last Saturday, her mom FINALLY gave permission for her to be baptized! So she is this Saturday too! And today, our zone leaders told us that the Elders Quorum President's son still has not been batpized, so we are going to get him baptized this Saturday. Sooooo you know what that means? If all goes well, we will have 4 baptisms this Saturday! And Hermana Garcia and Miner have a baptism as well, so our ward should be getting 5 batpisms this Saturday. That is so nuts! I am so excited!!!!!!!!!

(And I have no idea why it changed to italics. Oh well.)

Hahahahahaha funnniest thing. We got permission and went to the pharmacy on Friday to buy my shampoo. We walked in, and the security guard comes up to us and tries to practice his English with us. First he says, "What is your problem?" So I tell him "Piojos" which is lice. He tells me where I have to go and everything is normal...then he keeps trying to practice.

"You can go to cine? Movies?"
"No, somos misioneras. Estamos aquí para predicar el evangelio." (We are missionaries. We are here to preach the gospel.)
"You are pretty. Very nice. Very beautiful."
"You in Chile?"
"Vivir conmigo." (Live with me.)
"Oh. No."

After that my number had been called and I went and bought my shampoo.While we were waiting to pay, he comes up and says "I like you." and walks away. Hermana LeFevre and I were dying of laughter. He told us his name is Ignacio and he is 23 years old. Oh buddy. Thanks but no thanks. As we were walking out, we gave him a pass-along card. He immediately puts it in his pocket without looking and this is what happened:

"Your number?"
"Sí, puede llamar el numero atrás y recibir un vídeo sobre como hallar la fe en Jesucristo." (You can call the number on the back and recieve a video about finding faith in Jesus Christ.)
"I like you."
"Ok. Chau." (I have no idea how to spell that. Chao. Chau. Chow? hahaha)

That was so funny. Great times on the mission, let me tell you.

Oh Saturday, all of our appointments fell through, and we were trying to figure out who to visit. Hermana LeFevre said that Hermana Carranza (the sister she worked with during the intercambio) gave her some addresses for less-actives. We tried all of them and no one answered the door. Then the very last one, Carolina, let us in. It was the perfect timing. She told us how she had been feeling she needed to go back to church, but she felt really alone. We are going to visit her so much now! What a miracle it is to be a missionary.

Today was the coolest ever. We went to Chungara this huge volcano, it was awesome!!! We had a guide who is a member I guess, I did not feel sick or anything. It is about 15,000 feet above sea level, so not much oxygen. People vomit, pass out, and everything. So I was really nervous for that, but nothing happened! I didn't feel a thing. I have no idea why. I mean, I felt a lot more tired and had to walk a lot slower, but I did not feel nausea or dizzyness or anything. Like I said, I will send pics next week! 

Well, that was an awesome week! I hope it will be just as awesome this week! 

Love you!

Hermana Howell

HIS will

July 15, 2013

Hey there!

Oh boy, what a week. I don't remember if I told you, but we had a FHE at the bishop's home last Monday with Paulina and Edgar. It went super well. You could tell the bishop and his wife were really following the Spirit, because they told them that Paulina couldn't progress until they got married, and the time they're using to wait is just wasted time. It was really direct, but done with love and the Spirit that it went really well. We went to visit Paulina and Edgar on Wednesday, and I gotta tell you, they're the best! We were telling them that transfers are in 2 weeks, and it's possible that we could be leaving and different missionaries will be coming. They were sad and said they hope we don't change, but then Edgar said "But if you do get transferred, you don't have to worry about us, because we're always going to remember the Hermana's that found us and brought us back to our Father in Heaven. We'll never ever forget you. You saved us." It was really Spiritual. We just feel so connected to them. They seem so much older than they really are. They're both 23, but they just act so mature. Paulina is ready to be baptized, but they aren't getting married until December because they want all their family to be that's a bummer. But we've pushed and pushed and they know what they have to do now. We're just praying for a miracle that maybe somehow it'll work out that they can get married and have her baptized before we get changed. Hermana LeFevre and I emailed President Dalton saying that if it be God's will, we'd like to stay another cambio...he said that's probably okay! :) Yay!!!

So the two baptisms we have this of them, Franco, isn't gonna happen. I don't think he realized that it's not just something the cool kids's a covenant with God. So he isn't going to be baptized this Saturday. But his friend Wilson...oh he's golden! Last night we watched the Joseph Smith movie with him, and after it ended he said "That's a really good movie. What's it called? I'm going to buy it!" It was funny because you don't just hear investigators say that about the Joseph Smith movie. But he said that since he's been taking the discussions, he's a completely different person. He's happier and wants to help his family and he just sees the difference in his life already. It's so great to see the change in him. At first he was just like any other 18 year old kid, and now, he's ready to change his life. So this Saturday is the day! I'm so excited and happy for him.

Well, that's it for this week! 

Hermana Howell

Random picture having a breakfast burrito, which never happens!