Monday, January 26, 2015

Villarrica! January 26, 2015

It's continued to be pretty roasty toasty here in Villarrica this week, and I don't think I've ever had so much water to drink in my life.  Without all that water I would be a shriveled up little raisin or something like that.  Ew, that's pretty gross.

Anywho, this time of year Villarrica is full of tourists and all the people who live here are taking advantage of this and working crazy amounts of hours, most at least 12 hours and often more.  It makes it kinda hard to find and teach people when most are at the beach, but this week we found a couple of pretty awesome people who want to learn more :)

I have some super bonito tan lines on my feet that will probably last until I'm 80 years old haha :) For real though, they are so bad...

Other than that things are pretty chill here and we keep on keeping on.  OH!  Highlight of the week:  We started talking to an abuelita in the street and she thought I was Chilean :)  Haha, I was super happy, but later we found out she had eye problems and can't see very well... hahaha, oh well.  At least for a little bit I thought I could convince the people I was Latina.

Keep working hard, playing hard, and trusting in the Lord.

Stay sweet,
Hermana Coombs

Saying goodbye to el barrio en Punta Arenas


Our front yard

Monday, January 19, 2015

Villarrica -- January 19, 2015

Villarrica can be summed up in about three words.  Beautiful but hot.  For real, I'm dying from el calor aquí.  All I can think is, "Well Toto, I don't think we're in Punta Arenas anymore."  It's SUPER different here (in terms of temperature).  In Punta Arenas we were still walking around in our winter coats, and here we're walking around in short sleeve shirts and dying from the heat.  I guess that's what happens though when you go from the southernmost part of the mission to (almost) the northernmost part of the mission.  Haha, but it is absolutely beautiful here!  Our house is right along the coast, and we have an awesome view of the volcano.

My new companion is Hermana Espinoza from Paraguay and she has about a two months in the mission.  We get lost a lot because I'm super new to our area, and she's still learning it.  Haha, we have to ask people for help... a lot :)  It doesn't help though when almost all of the streets are in Mapuche and have names like "Currirayen" "Caupolican" "Janequeo" and "Quetropillan".

Saying goodbye to everyone in Punta Arenas was super hard.  There was a ward activity our last night in Punta Arenas so everyone could say goodbye to Elder Cleverly and I.  I'm going to miss everyone a ton, but that's the mission.  We can't stay in one place forever, and we're need in other areas.  Hard goodbyes but lots of new people to meet también.

As of now we're working hard to find new people to teach because we only have one person investigating the church for now.  It's a tad difficult this time of year because everyone is taking advantage of tourist searon and they all work approx 15614768465468741 hours each day.  Patience is a virtue and I've heard that all I need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust.

To those of you in winter right now, stay warm and I'll try to stay cool :)  Love you all a ton!

Stay sweet,
Hermana Coombs

Monday, January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015 -- Transfers/Cambios

Hola everybody!

Cambios have arrived, and I’ll be leaving Punta Arenas…
I’m headed up north to Villarica, which I’ve heard is super pretty this time of year, and I'll be finishing the entrenamiento of Hermana Espinosa (at least I think that's her name).  Should be an exciting new adventure :)

Sorry, my mind is drawing a blank on everything because my mind is trying to comprehend and take in that cambios are happening.  It'll be hard to say bye to Punta Arenas and especially Hermana Revelo, but I know that everything in cambios happens for a reason. The sector, the companion, etc, it's all part of a process to help one become the missionary that God requires.

A few things that happened this week
- we let a dog into the house one morning when it was really cold, named him Toby, and now I'm his owner
- I was attacked by a dog.  Haha, he was just playing around, but he almost knocked me to the ground, and he tried bitting my calf
- We met someone who told us she has a third eye and that she communicates with the spirits
- A member showed us new kittens :)
- Other things that I can't remember right now

For real though, sorry this email is kind of the worst, but I hope you all have an awesome week!  Hopefully I'll have a lot to say next week :)

Keep on keeping on,

Hermana Coombs

Best. Trees. Ever.

January 5, 2015

Oops, I only have 5 min to write this, so it'll probably be pretty short, lo siento.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  2015 already... crazy how fast time flies.  New Years Eve was pretty fun.  We had a dance party in the casa, watched fireworks from the casa, and ate pichanga... yum!

You'll never believe it, but it was actually hot in Punta Arenas the other day.  I was walking around in a short sleeve shirt.

I'll try to send photos.

Lo siento that this is one of the worst emails ever.

Stay sweet!

Hermana Coombs