Monday, April 28, 2014

Week 62 (Rancagua, Zona Tupahue 1 [Villa el Sol] w/ Hna Sutherlin


So, NEW news this week! I´m no longer in a trio! I am now in a companionship with Hna Sutherlin, from Georgia.  She is a sister from my zone that´s working in a sector on the other side of the zone, but what happened was she ended up "alone" as well because her comp went home too.  Her comp, Hna Meeks, (whom I love!) had to go home because she has been really sick to her stomache for like the last 2 months and the doctors here can´t figure out what she has... like at one point they tried telling her that she had DEPRESSION and she didn´t know it so that was what was causing it... yeah, no comment on that...just pray that I don't ever get sick or need urgent medical care here...
SO, she had to go home because she couldn't really work and she really needs to go to the doctor in the states so they can figure out what exactly she has and treat her so she can get better!  It was sad seeing her go because she is a really great missionary. 

SO, now Hna Sutherlin and I are together.  We have to divide our time between her sector in Tupahue and here in Villa el Sol, which is a LITTLE more complicated because we have to take a colectivo or a micro (bus) to get to and from her sector and transportation here in Rancagua (the city) is super expensive. But I really enjoy being with Hna Sutherlin, she´s great and we get along super well!  She goes to BYU and is best friends with one of the sisters that was in my MTC district; small world. :) ALSO, Hna Sutherlin was a coordinadora for like 9 months so I´m totally taking advantage of the time I have with her to pick her brain for suggestions/advice...AND we´ve got the same amount of time in the mission, so that´s one more thing we´ve got in common. Haha

SO, I don't  really remember if I've told you anything about the Jimenez´, but they came to church again this week and that was awesome! They still have a long way to go before they can be technically active again, but they are going strong! The week after Hna Jimenez had her breast cancer removing surgery (on like a Thursday) they came to church the next sunday and Hna Jimenez stood up to bear her testimony.  The funny thing was that I had called them in the morning to see if they were going to go/remind them and Hno Jiminez had answered and said the his wife hadn't been able to sleep all night so neither one of them was going to come...also because he had to stay there to take care of her.  BUT then when sacrament had already started, all the sudden, I see them come in the back doors and my chin hit the floor in shock, but the GOOD kind!  I had to contain myself from squeeling for joy. (That was a really big step for them, and we have been working with them a lot, for a long time).  This sunday we didn't even call them in the morning and they arrived by themselves, no help at all needed. And another less active sister arrived that I had been working with with Hna Rojas, but we had kind of dropped her because she was just not progressing, and not progressing, and not progressing, BUT she just showed up at church on sunday out of the blue, and that was great!  I guess her moment finally arrived! 

OH, I didn´t explain the situation with Hna Sutherlin - we are only together until next monday (cambios) we are like each others fill in companions while we wait for transfers, they are going to tell us what happens with transfers this saturday, but when I talked to Pres Warne after the coordinating sisters´meeting on Friday, he already told me I'm going to be training again! haha So we will see what happens with that :) 
Other than that, all is well!  It's getting a little colder every week, although there are still those freak days that all of a sudden feel like mild summer again, then the next day freezing again.  It´s kind of like the bipolar weather in the mountains at home, so I'm more or less used to it. lol 
Any way! Take care of yourselves fam bam! Love you guys SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!! besitos!
Hna Davis

Monday, April 21, 2014

Week 61 (Rancagua, Zona Tupahue 1 [Villa el Sol] w/ Hna Bokovoy and Hna Gutierrez

I'm in a trio now!

Hey fam bam! First off, you are amazing and I love you! 

This week has been a really good one, but also a REALLY crazy one. Long story short, I am in a trio until the end of the cambio (2 more weeks) with Hermana Bokovoy and Hna Gutierrez (the 2 sisters from Recreo that share the house with me). My companion flew home last Tuesday early in the morning.  She went home for health reasons. Everything was pretty sad and complicated, and very all of sudden, but it's all in the Lord's hand and all for the better. President just wanted to do what ever would be best for her well-being. 
SO, like I said, I am now in a trio, and that was actually one of my prior mission nightmares, BUT I am actually loving our trio! We are like the three musketeers (only girls) and we make an awesome team! (not to mention I love the heck out of these girls!) 
Tuesday morning (after Pres and Hna Warne returned from dropping my comp off at the airport) we had our ZONE CONFERENCE! :) and I (and 8 other missionaries) had the oportunity to give a talk on one of the 9 Christlike Attributes from the Preach My Gospel manual.  They asked me to talk on Faith. I really enjoyed the opportunity and learned a ton from the experience (obviously the talk was more for my benefit and learning than for the people who heard it haha).  
This week C_______ (the excommunicated memeber we were teaching) got re-baptized! YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!! It was super, super awesome and super spiritual! Totally cried! So what happened was she got the approval and we threw the plans together super fast and the next day she got baptized! :) If this computer lets me and doesn't tell me I have a virus, I'll send the pics. 

SO the way things work with our trio is that we have to cover BOTH sectors (my sector, Villa el Sol, and their sector, Recreo) so we have been handling it one day here, one day there, etc.  Hopefully, this week I can get some members from the ward to do divisions with me so we can work in both sectors in one day. 

Sunday was kind of interesting too, beacuse Hna Bokovoy and Hna Gutierrez had to go to their ward, and I had to go to mine, so I had to go over to a members (the Guzman's house) early in the morning Sunday ("Happy Easter fam Guzman! crashing your celebration" lol jk,  ...they actually celebrated in the afternoon) so that their daughter could be my comp for the morning at church, but it was fun, their daughter Barbara is super, she is 17 and planning on going on a mission! 
Other than that, not too much going on.  I'm working hard and loving it! 
Cuidense muchisimo! Les quiero muuuuuuuuuuuuuuucho!
tengo frio! please send jacket lol 
[Take good care!  I love you sooooo much!  I've been cold!]

Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 60 (Rancagua, Zona Tupahue 1 [Villa el Sol] w/ Hna Huamán)

Howdy family!
Just going to apologize in advance, this email is going to be short.
You´ll have to forgive me, I´m just a little maxed out right now both physically and emotionally, BUT I do want to know that I am doing really well.
This week I did my first companionship exchange with Hna Gutierrez (and my companion went with Hna Bokovoy), they are the sisters that live in our house. 
They are awesome missionaries and I love them to pieces!
C____, an ex-communicated member that we have been teaching to help prepare her to be baptized again, finally had her disciplinary council thingy yesterday and they told her that she could finally get re-baptized, so that was super happy news!  She has been waiting a long time for that.  We don´t count it as our baptism, but even so, I am super happy because we´ve been working with her since (and before) I got here to Villa el Sol.  She is really great and has changed a LOT.  Her boyfriend is also taking lessons from the Elders in our ward and is also going to get baptized. Then they also have plans to get married in August   The bishop said they she can get baptized as soon as possible if she wanted, so we just have to arrange the program with her and our ward mission leader and it will probably go down this Saturday yaaaaaaayyyyyy.
Fam, I want you to know that you letters and words of encouragement and council have really been inspired these last few weeks and have been a tender mercy for me and have been exactly the words and encouragement that I have needed. I love you SO much, so so so so SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO times infinity much; you're the best family in the whole wide world. 

Have a wonderful week. Enjoy easter and don't eat too much candy or have too many egg wars with out me  YOU ALL ROCK

cuidense muchisimo [take good care, until soon,]
hasta pronto,
Hermana Davis

Monday, April 7, 2014

Week 59 (Rancagua, Zona Tupahue 1 [Villa el Sol] w/ Hna Huamán)

How´s it going fam!

I made you an easter egg that says "feliz cumple mama" but this computer is telling me i have a virus in my memory in my camera (uh oh) so I don't know if I'll be able to send pictures from now on.... 

This week has been a new one! New adventures. 
Wasn´t conference GREAT?!?!?!?!?! I loooooooooooooove it! :) 
We had 2 investigators come (POR FINNNN [FINALLY]), and some new less actives. 

This week my companion got a cold - the poor thing has been shivering since she got here, EVEN when she´s all bundled up - so on Wednesday morning when it was time to get up she didn´t feel up to getting out of bed, so I called the mission nurse and she gave me some advice.  I made my comp take some DayQuil and some herb tea and did my studies while she rested.  Luckily, by the time the afternoon rolled around she was doing better so we went out to work. :D 

This last tuesday we had our Mission Leadership meeting and it was SUPER awesome!  It was really spiritual and helpful and I got to see some of my favorite people from the mission! ...AND I talked with the Zone Leaders that are working in Buin and they told me that Rene now has the MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD now!!!! ...and that he and Ana are super awesome and are the only ones that help/accompany the missionaries in Alto Jahuel haha. It made me SO happy to hear that! SO I sent a letter with them to give to Ana and Rene and also Sammy Nuñez :) I miss them all SO much! Buin is AWESOME! 
So whenever we have leadership councils in the next district meeting we have a zone training meeting where the Zone Leaders and Coordinadoras have to teach the zone what we learned in the leadership meeting. This time I got to teach one part of the training, "El poder del Espíritu Santo en la conversión" [The power of the Holy Ghost in conversion].  I really enjoyed teaching with the Zone they all cooperated SUPER well! The whole training meeting with our zone was super awesome as well; very personalized to OUR zone, and I learned even more from those who taught OUR zone even though I was in the original leadership meeting! haha 

Today we had a super awesome activity for just the sisters. We had all the sisters from our zone, and from the zone next door (because they don't have a Coordinadora - 12 hermanas in total) come over to our house and we made them lunch and THEN... wait for it!... WE DYED EASTER EGGS!!!!!!! :D :D :D It was SUPER fun and it turned out REALY well, especially for all the latin sisters who had never dyed eggs before, they were super cute about it!  I took some really awesome pictures, but like I said I can´t access them right now, I'm hoping it's just this computer acting weird with it´s antivirus stuff.  I really enjoyed it and Hna Bokovoy (from Massachusetts) and I tag teamed the shopping and preparing.  Of course we couldn´t really sit down to enjoy lunch or the egg dying part very much because we were running around making sure everyone had what they needed, but of course watching the other sisters enjoy it made it all worth it! :)  Hopefully I'll be able to find a way to send the pics soon. 

If you haven't sent my package already, I would also LOVE/need my long down jacket with the fur-lined hood. pretty please with sugar on top.

Have a FANTASTIC week; especially you mom! And have a great b-day! 
You are the best family in the whole wide world!!!!!

ALL my love and hugs and smiles,
Hna Davis