ADDRESS: Hermana Arianne Leavitt/ Chile Santiago South Mission/ Apartado Postal No. 544/ San Bernardo, Chile

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Attacked!

Today for Pday we went to a really cool human rights museum that helped me understand a little more about the military coup that happened in the 1970s on the 11 of September. Some crazy stuff went down and tons of torture during the dictatorship. It was cool to learn about.

Today is H Pocon's bday, so we made a legit from-scratch bday cake last night for the zone, and it turned out amazing! We got the recipe for the cake and frosting off the internet, but it turned out really well and we ate so much that we got sick. It reminded us of Alma 36:21:

''There could be nothing as exquisite and bitter as was our guilt, and on the other hand, there  could be nothing as exquisite and sweet as was the chocolate cake.''

Haha lame missionary humor.

So we had an interesting experience yesterday...

We were contacting and found an evangelical kid (I don't know which branch, there are a billion) and as we were talking to him at the door, the parents yelled out, ''Hey, it's the Mormons! Invite them in so we can pray for them!'' I was hesitant, but we entered. They led us to a small living room and shut the door. It was us against 4 middle-aged women in dresses (bc they can't wear pants). They buttered us up by offering us cake, then got straight to the point. ''Why do you use the Book of Mormon and not the Bible? *ten minute rant about how we know nothing about the Bible.*'' We said we read the Bible every day and taught a little about the Book of Mormon. Then they kept throwing stuff at us because they only wanted to fight--Why do we worship Joseph Smith *wailing about how nor he nor Moses nor any man can bring us salvation* why he isn't mentioned in the Bible (well, no prophets are mentioned by name before they are born). We were calm and just bore our testimonies that the spirit has born witness to us of the truth of the Book of Mormon and the Restoration of the church. Then they went into polygamy, that the teens in Utah are committing suicide, that the spirit we felt was the spirit of the devil deceiving us leading us on a road to condemnation, God scold us because we think Jesus and Satan are brothers--they also seemed to think we believed in reincarnation and that man will transform into a mini God after he died. We asked if we could share a scripture from the Book of Mormon and they said no. We were trying to find a way to escape, but it was hard as they were ranting without giving much space to talk. But in the end, we let them pray for us (one prayed, wailing and flailing her arms as the others paced around the room muttering to themselves), begging God to open our eyes to see the road of condemnation we were on, etc. Ughhh, not to be politically incorrect but the Evangelicals are all like this here. But we got out and it was a sad experience to see how confused some people are, but I love that the mission has strengthened my testimony so much here that I can give it without fear nor doubt. I would never deny the Book of Mormon. And it's so cool because it prophesies soooo clearly about people like them. We are so blessed to be part of the small portion of God's children that has found the restored gospel, but it's a big responsibility and we need to share it! I have gotten to know a lot of different churches on my mission, and it has opened up my eyes as to how complete our doctrine is.

1. I think this picture is pretty instagramy, esp with the hipster glasses haha
2. Our beautiful cake!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This was one of my favorite Sundays of my whole mission. We had 3 less actives come to church for the first time in years. We have been visiting "E" for 4 months, "A" for 2 months, and "L" for 3 months. And they finally came to church--and all in the same week! Now it's our job to make sure they keep coming. It has been a process, but it is so worth it when you can see the change in someone. I was tearing up at the piano when I looked out and saw them all there. "O" also came--the one I mentioned that is reactivating. She is rekindling many friendships in the ward. Never give up on a less active--ever. That is something my mission has taught me that I'll keep with me for the rest of my life. This week we knocked to find new investigators because we don't have like any investigators. And we found more inactives instead! Welcome to Santiago!


And the other thing I'm really taking home from my mission is that reading the Book of Mormon changes lives, and the book has a true power. I love the Book of Mormon with all my heart. Keep reading it, and as a family too.

Giant hamburger!!! Yum.
  Probably one of my least favorite pdays of my whole mission. Water fight. I was so cold!
  It really makes the mission fun when your comp is your best friend!
 Walking in the summer is very tiring.