Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 -- Mother's Day

These past few days have been super awesome! 

On Friday Orlando, Max's dad, said he wants to get baptized :D  This is a HUGE change because when I first got here Hna Espinoza told me that he was super nice but didn't want anything to do with the church.  He's been going every week for almost a month now, and he's made a huge change in his life.  This is one of the best if not the best part of the mission.  People, the gospel changes lives!  It's not always easy, and the trials and difficulties of life keep coming, but when people are living the gospel they are happy in spite of the problems life can throw their way.  I've seen it in my life and in the lives of others, and it's the best!

Got to Skype talk with the fam bam yesterday for Mother's Day, and it was the BEST :D  Families are the coolest, and I'm super happy I can call my family mine.  Shout out to them for always making me laugh so hard.  Love you guys!!

Today for P-Day all the missionaries got permission from the Mission President to watch "Frozen" and even though it was in Spanish it was super fun.  We met up with the Hermanas from Pucón and the Hermanas from the other branch in Villarrica to watch it, and now I have all the songs stuck in my head, haha.

Even though it's a day late, Happy Mother's Day to everyone (especially sweet sweet Margo).  Thank you to those of you who have been a "mom" in my life.  You all mean so much to me and even if you don't have your own children you've made a big difference in my life, so thanks :)

Stay sweet,

Hermana Coombs

Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

This week flew by, and I can't remember a ton of what happened because I don't have my planner with me, but I'll do my best to remember it all.

This week I hit the half-way point in the mission, and I can't believe I've already been out in the mission for nine months.  I know everyone says this, but I can still remember my first few days in the mission as if it were yesterday.  Haha, back in those days I thought I could speak Spanish, but boy-oh-boy was I wrong :)  Nine months later I speak a lot better, but I keep learning everyday.  

It's really incredible how much one learns in the mission.  I've learned a ton about myself, about the church, about how to be a better member and person in general, and I'm sure I still have a lot more to learn.

The mission is the best :D  I love it here in Chile and the people are the best.  Even though I can't remember what happened this week I remember laughing a ton. 

The ash from the volcano hasn't been too much of a problem, but there were a few days when we had to leave with masks, and one day when we couldn't see the sun, but it hasn't been a problem since then.

Shout out to my family for being the best.  Love you guys!

Saw a lot of miracles this week, and we're looking forward to even more.

Have an awesome week!

Keep on keeping on,

Hermana Coombs

April 27, 2015

This week was a pretty good week :)  Lots of awesome things happened.

First of all, Nicolas (one of our investigators) went to church yesterday :D  He said it was the first time in six years that he was going to church voluntarily.  He said he really liked it too, so that's even better!

We're also starting to find some new people who are interested in what we're sharing, and it all starts with that.  Like the prophet Alma said from the Book of Mormon, "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a potion of my words."  Speaking from personal experience it's so true.  Even if we only have a desire to believe, if we experiment/investigate with this message we'll eventually receive our answer if these things are true or not.  I know they're true, and if you don't know for yourself make it a goal to find out :)


Other exciting news from this week, Volcán Calbuco exploded and the ceniza (ash) made it all the way here to Villarrica and Pucón.  The missionaries in Pucón have to use masks to not die from the toxitity of the ash, but we're all good here in Villarrica.  The morning after it exploded it was super grey in the morning, and there is a thin layer of ash still covering the cars here, but nothing compared to the ash covering Puerto Montt. ………..

………  Keep on praying and reading your scriptures.  It's the little things that make the big difference.

Stay sweet,

Hermana Coombs