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

Monday, July 21, 2014

People Time

So I haven't written about people in a while. I love the people here in this sector! One of my favorite places to teach--I dk if I mentioned yet--is this house that has a great gma, her daughter, her granddaughter, and her greatgranddaughter. 4 generations! They are so fun to be around. The grandma still has so much spunk in her and jokes. I hope I'm like that when I'm old! They always give us extravagant onces (which is like the Chilean dinner. It usually consists of bread, then stuff to put on it, like avocado, cheese, ham, eggs, etc. Then sometimes cake or something sweet.) Only the great gma is active and we are getting close with getting the others to church. The daughter has finished all of 1 Nephi! But still hasn't come to church. We are gonna buy her a skirt this week at the ferria (which is like a giant yard sale, they have every Wed and Sat, down the streets where people come to buy groceries and EVERYTHING imaginable) because that seems to be one of the biggest things holding her back--she feels uncomfortable wearing pants to church. Maybe it's an excuse, but hey the gesture at least will be nice. I love being a missionary. It is definitely hard sometimes but I have never let a day pass without feeling grateful I am here

We had a less active come to church yesterday for the first time in years! She loved it! Another lady we invited back to church got called to the RS Presidency, so that was cool to see happen. We are teaching a lot lately. We even have a pretty strong baptismal date finally haha. She is the niece of a family in the ward. She is 18 and has a baby but really wants to change her life. We read through the burying your weapons story in Alma with her and  2 other people this week. I have never used that story too much before, but this week I felt the spirit so strong while reading it I almost teared up and wanted to read it with everyone. Think of how converted those Anti Nephi Lehis were--and the great example they became to millions. Go read it. 

Another less active is having a lot of luck quitting smoking by reading the BOM in the morning. She actually told us, ''I started doing what you said and reading in the morning. Now, when I want to smoke, my body rejects the cigarette. It's like magic--are you guys witches?'' Haha that made me so happy to hear. Really, the BOM has power. I know that book is true! It is just so dang powerful.

Okay, the bad news is that I forgot to charge my camera all week and so I only have this one picture. But hey, it's kinda a funny story. We were grocery shopping and had to walk all the way to the metro station in the POURING rain. It was cold and we were walking through water like a foot deep with heavy bags. A super nice stranger offered to help carry some of our bags and followed us around while carrying an umbrella over our heads (even though we were already soaked, it was sweet.) I love nice strangers. We got his reference to pass to other missionaries.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pictures





Pictures!



This is us making gnocci with a ward member for lunch! I learned how to make gnocci! How cool is that? 



We got to help out the primary get together their Tree of life skit for the stake presentation! It was so cute. This little chap is Laman, and he was the star of the show thanks to his grumpy face.
Here we have a giant hot dog! Yummmm. Okay, we split it.
Here is our don't smoke sign we made for some of our inactives. We have met sooo many inactives who want to quit smoking within the past 3 weeks that we decided it was a sign and we should do something about it--so we looked up this addiction recovery program the church has and we are going to start doing classes every Saturday. I love helping people quit addictions but it is hard!

First rainbow I have seen in Chile!
My flower collection so far
Hermana Rosa loves when we sing with her