Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014

¡Buenos días!

Que bendición es la vida, en serio.  La vida es lo mejor.  Ojala que todos ustedes estén disfrutando cada día de su vida, y eso no es el caso, tiene que cambiar su perspectiva.

This week was pretty top-notch.  One day when we were walking down the street in a neighborhood we saw a really funky looking dog in someone's front yard, but after a double take we realized it was a sheep!  Loco!  It was just chillin' in the front yard eating the grass like it was no big deal.  Haha :)  and the area we're in isn't country or farmland, so it was especially weird haha. 

A few days late, but HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  I didn't know they celebrated Halloween here in Chile, but they do.  ¡Que genial!  They don't decorate the casas like in the US, but people dress up and go trick-or-treating.  It was super cool to see everyone in their costumes :)  The Church had an activity for Halloween, with costumes made out of recycled materials, and WOW the people here are super creative.  Someone made a wedding dress, someone was a rubik's cube, someone was Caesar, and there were a ton more super creative costumes.  A lady in the ward made the costumes for Hna. Bretón and me, and we were Pascuenses (I probably spelled that completely wrong).  Basically we were dancers from Chilean culture.  Haha, but it was an awesome time.

The first of November was Día de los Muertos, which everyone celebrates by going to the cemetery.  The cemetery here in Punta Arenas is too legit to quit.  It's gigantic and incredible.  I think someone said it's the fourth most famous cemetery in the world, and if it isn't, it's still super impressive.  All the missionaries in Punta Arenas got permission from the boss of the cemetery to sing hymns in the cemetery on the first, and it was super cool.  Because of this a lot of people said they wanted to listen to the missionaries!  Woohoo!

This week was pretty rough in terms of the work because we have a lot of investigators who aren't progressing.  They commit to go to church, or commit to read and pray, and then they don't do it.  It's a bummer because it's through these commitments that they can learn more and have more spiritual experiences.  Action is super important in gaining a testimony.  It's not going to all come at once.  A testimony is like a muscle; you need to do a little bit everyday to strengthen it, and when it's strong you keep doing the little things to maintain it, otherwise you'll lose it.  Just a little bit every day goes a long way.

I love you all!

Stay sweet,

Hna. Coombs

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