Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015

Wow, crazy week! Lots of running around and working like crazy and seeing miracles, but all good things :)

Lots of talking in different languages this week.  We met some Brazilians on a bus and talked to them for an hour or so.  They talked in Portugese and we responded in Spanish, but we could actually understand one another pretty well.  Then we taught a lesson in English, and we met a few other people who talked to us in English.  Fun stuff.

Yohanna had her baptism this weekend and it was super awesome to see how happy she was :)  

Well, I can't remember a ton of details from the week, but we did make Chilean bread all by ourselves.  We felt pretty accomplished :)

A thought for the week.  Even though it can be hard we should all strive to learn to be happy in our circumstances.  If we always say "I'll be happy when ________" we'll always be waiting for a happiness that won't come and we'll miss all the experiences we could have had and enjoyed everyday along the way.  Choose to be happy! Sometimes it's as simple as that.  Look for the good in every situation, and in the hard times remember that it won't last forever.  There is ALWAYS a light at the end of the tunnel.

I love you all tons and I hope we can all have a happy week :)

Con amor,
Hermana Coombs

We feel cool when we attempt to make Chilean bread.

Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015

Haha, we had a pretty interesting week.  I came down with a cold, but a super cold.  We had to baracade ourselves in the house for a few days it was so bad, but I'm finally recovering.  Woohoo :)  I'm pretty sure it's the same cold that keeps reappearing since my first week in the mission, but they've got me taking antibiotics, so I've got my fingers crossed that this will be my last report of sickness in the mission.

With that being said, not a ton happened because I slept a lot and studied a lot, but I have to say that the scriptures and the general conference talks are the best.  They can give us a spiritual boost to everyday, and we can find so many answers to questions and prayers in the inspired words they contain.  Read your scriptures people!

And the best part of this week... Felipe got baptized :)  He is incredible!  His testimony is so strong, and he has such a strong desire to share what he's learned with everyone.  It's super cool being able to play a small part in the lives of these people and to see the change that happens when people accept the gospel.  I love this gospel so much and I know it's true.  I love the mission and I love Chile more than words can describe.  

Keep saying your prayers and reading your scriptures :) 

Con cariño,

Hermana Coombs
Since I was sick I had to bundle up to the extreme so I wouldn't die.  I had to take a picture.  I'm pretty sure I scared more than a few Chilenos this week, haha

Saturday, July 18, 2015

July 14, 2015

First off, sorry I didn't write yesterday, our emails weren't working,
but never fear, a day later and here I am :)  Woohoo :)

First things first, IT SNOWED!!  It was super pretty and Hna Findlay
and I were super happy singing Christmas songs, but the snow only
lasted for a short time because it started to rain and all the snow
disappeared.  *sigh* But it was fun while it lasted :)

This week there was a sudden death of a member's family member, and
I'm so grateful for the knowledge this gospel gives us that the
families can be together forever.  We might experience a separation
for a time, but we'll be able to be with our family members once
again.  It was incredible the feeling of peace we could feel in the
viewing and the funeral.  The spirit was so strong and more than a
sadness there was a tranquility that this wouldn't be the end.

This gospel gives us an eternal perspective, and I know that we can be
with our families forever.

And here's a quote I found this week that I liked:
"I learned that adversity is a part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us.
If we look for the good and not the bad, we can overcome adversity,
become a better person, and let the experience strengthen our
testimony. You can see good all around you if you learn to look for
it. One way you can learn to recognize blessings is by making it a
habit each night to count the good things you saw that day." - Dieter
F. Uchtdorf

Love you all lots!  Have an awesome week!

Con amor,
Hermana Coombs

Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6, 2015

Happy 4th of July to all my American buddies :)

Not to be a traitor to my country or anything, but I spent the 4th of July celebrating Chile haha.  Our mission president gave us permission to watch la Copa America finals, Chile vs. Argentina, and it was the best!  Fue lo máximo!!  I was almost as happy as a four year old during Christmas, especially when Chile won.  WOOHOO!! Vamos, vamos Chilenos!  I can only imagine what the celebrating was like in Santiago because Frutillar is pretty calm, but EVERYONE ran out of their houses and started driving around in the streets with cars full of people and giant Chilean flags, and everyone was using the car horn.  Haha, it was a pretty cool vibe.  We had to go to our house to avoid all the commotion, but the celebration lasted for a super long time.

But yeah, Frutillar is super pretty and our area is huge because they combined the area of the hermanas with the area of the elders like they are doing in my last area.  We have a ton of work to do getting to know everyone, but it's fun.  The branch is awesome and the members have been helping us out a ton.  Hermana Findlay is super cool.  A little different being with a gringa after so much time, but it's fun :)  I'm realizing that I lost a lot of my inner gringa.  I guess for now I'm floating in a weird limbo between gringa and latina because I'm not really either.  We're super excited to work hard and to help everyone we can here in Frutillar.

Hope you all have an awesome week!

Con cariño,

Hermana Coombs