Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas in the mission is a blast. I ate with some members, then visited other members and ate some more, and then visited some other people and ate some more. By the end of the night I wanted to die a little bit, but it was so worth it. And EVERYONE gave us so so soooooooo much meat that for a second I thought I was in Argentina. Afterwards I swore to be a Vegetarian but it only lasted a day. oops. 

So sad news: we had cambios. My compañera will be staying here with Hermana Richards and guess where I will be going? Guadalupe. San Fernando again, whooooooo!! It's going to be a little weird because I just left San Fernando the other day (5 months ago) but also I'm excited for it. I'm going to be an Hermaña lider, which means I will get to do intercambios in my old sector, and I will be living with my old compañera Hna Alvarez, so that's going to be amazing! I'm super sad to be leaving but also excited for whats coming. 

So the worst part about leaving a sector is saying goodbye to everyone. I hate goodbyes. All the investigators told me to call them when we found out if I would leave or not, so I did. And a few of them started crying on the phone... And then Sunday didnt come to church because they said they didnt want to say goodbye to me in front of people. I thought me leaving would make more people come but instead we only had one investigator come, so that didnt work out as I had planned...

Tonight I will be finishing the last of the goodbyes. It's hard because I'm leaving a lot of good people and a lot of good friends (many of which will be baptized in the upcoming weeks) but that's the mission life. I think I have learned more in my 5 months in Baquedano than I learned in my 4 years in highschool. I've learned a lot about the world, a lot about the gospel, but more than anything I've learned a lot about myself. I've realized that I can do things that I never thought I could do before. And I've realized that it really has nothing to do with my personal ability or talents, but everything to do with the other name on my name tag. I know that I'm doing what God wants me to do and that it's through Jesus Christ and his atonement that we have been able to see so many miracles here. And for that I am so grateful. I know this is His work and there is nothing better that I could be doing at this time in my life. 

I love you all and hope you have a great New Years!

Hermaña Wittwer

Monday, December 26, 2016

A letter from President Harris...

December 26, 2016
Dear Brother and Sister Wittwer and Family:
We are writing to tell you that in our recent transfers, your missionary, Sister Kyleigh Nicole Wittwer, received a new assignment to serve as an Hermana Lider (Sister Training Leader) in the San Fernando Zone. As a Sister Training Leader she will be responsible with her companion to teach and support 8-12 other sister missionaries in their missionary duties.  She will conduct companionship exchanges weekly to train, teach and support other sister missionaries. She will also be a member of the Mission Leadership Council and attend the monthly training meetings with us, the Zone Leaders, the other Sister Training Leaders and the Assistants to the President.
The responsibilities of leaders are outlined in the mission manual and include the following:
Leaders inspire and support those they serve. In addition to setting a strong example, they:
·         Inspire others to have a spirit of love, unity, obedience, and hard work…
·         Encourage missionaries to live a high standard of obedience, especially by living the first principles of the gospel…
·         Teach other missionaries in companionship study, companion exchanges, district meetings, and other settings…
We are pleased that Sister Wittwer is willing and worthy to accept this assignment, and we are confident that the missionaries in her care will be blessed by her service.
We thank you for your support and encouragement to your missionary. We love her and appreciate her service in the Chile Rancagua Mission.

With love,
President Reed J. Harris                    
Sister Kathleen Harris

Friday, December 23, 2016

Short, but sweet...

Alright folks sorry this will be a short email but this week I just want to tell you about a miracle we had. We have an investigator named Maria Teresa who wants to get baptized so bad. She goes to church, studies what we leave her, and prays always. Basically perfect with just one little flaw. She smokes. She used to smoke a lot a lot, but after we taught her the word of wisdom she slowed down a little. We offered her a priesthood blessing from the elders which she accepted. We visited her a few days after the blessing and she told us, "Know what? I havent smoked since the blessing. I go outside, light my cigarro, and can't do it. In that moment it just appears so... gross. So I just drop it and go back inside." Priesthood blessings work!!! She will be baptized the 31 of December :)

Hermana Wittwer

Sunday, December 18, 2016

So Monday we got to do a service activity/Christmas activity with the 2 zones in Rancagua. We went to a (casa de ancianos? old peoples home? I forgot how they are called...) and we sang a bunch of Christmas songs. My comp and I had to sing in a special number with the Elders of Baquedano but it didnt really phase me because I firgure if I sing bad, the old people wont remember it long. At the end we sang "Savior, Redeemer of my Soul" and Hna Harris played the violin and an Elder played the piano and it was sooooooo powerful. We were all in tears when we finished. It's amazing how during Christmas you really can feel the difference as people strive more to remember Christ. 

This Wednesday we had a special activity in the church called Capillas Abiertas (open houses?). Basically we opened up the church and we had a bunch of members come to explain their organizations and we had banners to explain the things we believe. In the sacrament room we had a giant image of Christ and we made it into a little mini visiting center. A lot of people came and it was amazing how strong the spirit was. Everyone left in awe.

 Later we visited some of the people who came and they all said it was a great experience. There was a family we are teaching and the daughter Fernanda never wanted to listen to us. But after going to the open house she said "Wow I felt so... different there. I don't know  what it is but I think I like your church more than mine!" She accepted a baptism date for the end of January so we are excited to see how she progresses.

This sunday we had a miracle. In church we met a woman named Maria Teresa. We talked to her and she told us she was meeting with missionaries in 2008 in Santiago but was never baptized, but that she wanted to change her life and she wanted us to visit her. So after church we went to her house and talked to her and taught her a little and she is GOLDEN. We set a date for her baptism the 31 of December. She really wants to be baptized this day and I think she is already more converted to the gospel than a lot of members here! 

Merry Christmas!!

Hermana Wittwer

Friday, December 9, 2016

Weird things that have happened this week:
-2 people thought I was from Argentina
-1 person thought I was from Germany
-Somebody asked us if we would let them into our neighborhood to catch a rare Pokemon that was inside
-Our best family of investigators decided to tell us they already got baptized like 20 years ago. 
-Some guy who was sitting next to me in this internet cafe asked for a selfie with my compañera and I. We got his address and will send someone else to visit him. 

But other than that its been a pretty normal week! 

This week we have been focusing a lot on the Light The World thing the church is doing. We have seen that video with about every single person I know here in our sector and pass cards of it to everyone we talk to. If you guys haven't p seen the video or aren't doing the things every
day DO IT. We as a mission are trying to do the things every day, but its a little hard when one of them is something like "call you mom and tell her thanks"... 

We have been focusing on inviting people to church a lot this week but here in Chile there is a problem called almost everyone will say "oh yeah ok I'll try to go!" but then they NEVER actually come. So this Sunday we were determined to get people to come. So we woke up early and left the house early to go look for our investigators. We woke some people up. And called a lot of people. And they still didn't go... haha I think we are going to have to look for new techniques to help people get to church. 

This week that is coming is going to be super great and we are going to have like 20 investigators in church on Sunday, so get ready for next weeks email! Love you all bye!

Hermaña Wittwer(Mom note: I hope that dog doesn't have fleas...)

Monday, December 5, 2016

This week the coolest thing happened. There is this old investigator from like 2 years ago that we have talked to a few times named Daniela. She is 23 and has a baby of 2. She received the missionaries before but wasn't baptized and then she lost contact with the missionaries. Well we found her like 3 months ago and taught her once. We invited her to be baptized and she said no. Since then we have passed by like 20 times but she is sometimes not there and is sometimes unable to attend us. The thing is she doesn't have a cell phone (who doesn't have a cell phone these days?!) so its HARD to get in contact with her. But she did come to church a few weeks ago when we invited her. Finally we managed to pass by and visit her one morning when she was there. We talked to her for a while and she told us "You know what? Your persistence has paid off. I finally got my answer in your church the other day and I want to be baptized. When can i be baptized?" My companion about died from joy. And me too a little. It was such a miracle! So we are now planning her baptism for 25 of December. It should be good :)

As a mission we have had the goal to give 2 Books of Mormon out every day. I'll admit, sometimes its hard. We don't always manage to do it. But we try to do it every day we can and we are honestly seeing MIRACLES. Its crazy to see how many people are willing to accept the book and learn more. I absolutely love the book of Mormon and know that it can and will change these peoples lives more than anything else.

This Sunday no investigators came to church which was a little bit of a downer BUT we did have a ton of less actives come! (side note: Chile has more menos activos than about any other place in the world. Its crazy how many you can find by just contacting.) I like working with less active members because they already have their testimony, you just have to help them remember it... and help them remember that the gospel is more important than members that might have  offended them haha.

Anyways we are working like crazy here to pick up our sector! Also I think it was Thanksgiving or something this past week so just want to let you all know that Im super thankful for you and for your support! Les quiero!

Hermaña Wittwer

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

So here in Chile the nickname for people from France just happens to be "Pancho". Literally every time we talk to someone new and my companion (Hermaña Pancho) introduces herself we get some kind of comment. Usually it's also like "Pancho? Did you know that that's a Francisco?" Or "Pancho? Do you have family from France?" or the good old "Pancho? Why Pancho?" Hahaha my poor compañera is just resigned to live with it. And the other funny thing is that the missionaries find it hilarious too, so every time there is a reunion she gets called on to say the prayer. 

So every Thursday we play soccer in the church with investigators and members. Thursday there also happened to be some meeting in the church, so all the leaders stayed after for a bit to see us play. Then Sunday in the church like 5 people came up to me and shook my hand and said "Wow hermaña, congrats on your soccer skills! You're the new Messi!" Haha the best way to get people´s respect in Chile is definitely being able to play soccer. They second best way is to make them brownies. 

This week has been an interesting one. Magically ALL of our investigators went out of town or got sick. But it's ok, it just means we had a lot of time to find some new people! A few people we found:

Yanina y Sebastian: Yanina is the daughter of a member here. Her husband Sebastian used to be religious and knows the bible really REALLY well but kind of dropped his religion a few years ago. We talked to them about the Book of Mormon and kind of blew his mind. It was awesome. They both committed to read a little in the book and agreed to let us come back during the next week :) 

Pedro Muñoz: He is an old investigator from like 3 years ago. We passed by to see how he is and we talked for a while. His wife died a few years ago and he has been pretty lonely and has had a lot of problems, but he is interested in our message and wants to learn more. Hopefully things will go good with that! 

There were lots of other people but we will see if we can find them again this week. Sunday at church was a little rough because we had like 6 people promise to go to church and none of them came... but thats alright we will just work on getting more people this week! 

Anyways love you all and love the work! 

Hermaña Wittwer

Friday, November 18, 2016

This week we got a new record in the church: 129 people!!! Us (the missionaries) and the branch president were all pretty excited about it. If we can keep it up we will be a ward in no time! (the dream of  every branch is to someday become a ward). Now all we need is for people to pay their tithing and we will be set. 

Happy story: So sunday morning we went to find an investigator and help her come to church with us. We got there and she said "Hey is it ok if my daughter and son come too?" YES! So we all went to church together and it was awesome. Her son is 25 and was only there visiting for a day but I'm hoping we can find him again or see if he wants missionaries to visit him where he lives. 

Sad story: Our super awesome investigator named Francisco (who had a baptismal date in December) talked to us and said he would be living in Rengo for a while because he is working there. Which means we wont be able to teach him. But good news: he said we could send the missionaries in Rengo to visit him! So hopefully everything will go good for him, but we are going to miss him :(

Ok sorry this is such a short email. Mostly its because my computer went crazy for a while and would only let me write in Spanish. I didn't know how to fix it because technology still hates me... But i love you guys and hope you all have a fantastic week!

Hermaña Wittwer

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Earthquakes, creepy bugs, and a baptism!

Friday morning the Elders called us and said "Hey hermañas, you need to prepare yourselves because there is going to be a huge earthquake today." "Really??" we replied. "Nah we are just messing with you haha. We just called to tell you that we have lunch with hermaña Ponce today." Yeah thanks.... 30 minutes later we were walking down the street and the gate next to us started shaking like crazy. "Its the earthquake" my compañera yells. "No, don't worry, the elders were joking. There are probably some kids playing behind the gate is all." was my calm reply. Turns out it totally was a 6.something earthquake. I think in any other country that might be a big deal or something, but we are in Chile so nobody reacted at all haha. 

So our sector has been taken over by these bugs. But they are like the creepiest mix between an earwig and centipede, and all of the other creepy bugs in the world. And they are everywhere. In the street, on our table, in our shower, in my food, everywhere. I am not scared of a lot of things. But I HATE these bugs and they freak me out! Luckily my companion Hermaña Pancho is from the Philippines so she doesn't have a problem killing bugs. She has come to recognize my "There is a creepy bug and I need you to come kill it for me" yell and she always kills them for me. (Other benefits of having an asian companion include, but are not limited to,: her making me rice for breakfast, her walking in the street with an umbrella to block out the sun, and much more.)

So on Wednesdays we had intercabios with the Hermaña Coorinadores (or the sister leaders) and I went to their sector with Hermaña Janzack (I got there and opened up my backpack with my clothes, and a creepy bug crawled out). It was awesome because their sector is the centro de Rancagua but we went out to a part that was far away in the campo. It was like the most peaceful and beautiful place I have ever been to. I love my sector, but I miss the campo! 

So we have a fairly new mission president. And this week things have started changing even more. He and the mission leaders got together and set a bunch of new goals for the mission, and made plans to reach them. Basically it's going to be super hard, but I am determined to make our sector reach the goals! As part of this, he decided that as a mission we need to contact more. So he made one goal that every compañerismo has to give 2 libros de Mormon every day with a return appointment, or a reference for someone else. I love the goal. Just imagine, that's about 200 Libros de Mormon every day as a mission! 

This Sunday was the BAPTISM OF ANDREA!!! We had her baptism Sunday right after church and it was so special. Her husband baptized her and they were so happy after! They are already talking about how their son is going to be serving a mission, and how they will be sealed in the temple in a year. I honestly love them so much, and feel so blessed for being able to help them find the happiness and joy that only the gospel brings :) 

Guys, there is NOTHING like being a missionary! The experiences are amazing. And crazy. 

Hermaña Wittwer

Monday, November 7, 2016

(This is from Oct 21,2016)

Hi everyone! 

This week Andrea (our investigator) called us and said "I want to do a family home evening with just my family and you guys! If you do the lesson I will plan everything else!" Which she did. And it was awesome. She even tried to make cupcakes like the ones I did (they turned out a little differently but that's alright, it was a first try haha). She is going to be baptized this week and we are so excited for it!!! There is seriously nothing like seeing the gospel change people's lives. But as much as it's changed the lives of all my investigators, I still think the person I've seen it change the most is myself. 

This week we had about 23985607appointments planned. And one by one almost every one of them fell through. It was almost weird. But you know what? It was because God had some people he wanted us to find, so he just decided to give us some time to do some looking! Next weeks report will be full of new people and fun miracles :) 

Oh, also I hit 9 months this week which was weird.... I still don't really believe it and don't think I will until I'm on the plane ride home. The mission is amazing and I'm loving life!

Hermana Wittwer

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Well this has, as always, been an eventful week!

Last week I mentioned a dessert competition that I won. Well, it turns out my cooking skills have hit low key famous. This week all the members wanted to have a Family Home Evening with me and wanted to make cupcakes! We actually did do that with the Family Torres, and Andrea and her family this week so that was awesome!

We have been teaching lots of people and meeting lots of new people too! My sector seriously has so much potential, I'm praying that I won't change sectors this change!

One person we have been teaching a lot is Andrea. I honestly cannot express my love for Andrea. We taught her this week and she expressed to us how grateful she is to have found the góspel and how she has already received so many blessing from it. She told me "The other day a friend sent me a message needing a favor, and it was something that before I would have told her that I couldn't do. But I feel different now. I decided to sacrifice a few things so I could help her out. I think that it's because of the church, and I've only just begun. I'm excited to see who I will be after being in the church more time!". This, my friends, is what the obra misional is about. Its about changing people and while doing it changing ourselves for the better. Its about being a little kinder, a little more humble every day. And its about helping people to be more happy.

I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a missionary. I've hit my highest highs and the lowest lows here in the misión. And I've grown so much for it. I know that this is God's work and that I'm just a tool down here. That what I'm doing is only a small part, a little piece of the puzzle, but oh how I love being that small part!

Hermaña Wittwer

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hey there folks!

This week we have been focusing a lot on working with members of the ward and it has paid off a ton. Between us and the Elders in the ward we had together 23 lessons with members which is like a record for me! It is so amazing to see the members working hard to befriend the investigators. We as missionaries can do a lot to help these people but it's the members that really make them progress and stay in the church!

So Friday there was a ward activity and at the end they had a dessert competition. I decided that as part of the ward we needed to make something to put in the competition, so over the course of three days I spent my morning "exercise time" making cupcakes (please don't tell my mission president!). But in the end it turned out good because we won first place in the competition! Hahahaha! They gave us a super official looking certificate and a chocolate bar. Totally worth the effort. 

This Sunday we were sitting in the church waiting for our investigators to come and in walked Andrea and Jonathan and her brother Fernando and THEY WERE ALL IN CHURCH CLOTHES! It was so cute because last week Fernando (who is 12) came and he loved it and he saw all the young me in suits and white shirts, and so during the week he made Andrea take him shopping to find a suit so he could have one too in church. I seriously cannot describe the feeling of seeing the complete family come or of seeing them so happy to be there. I think it was one of the happiest moments of my life to be honest. 

After church we visited them and we talked a lot. They described the happy feelings they had received in church and how they were already seeing differences as a family. Andrea told us that she was so grateful for this chance to have the gospel in her life and how she wished she had grown up in it as a kid. We talked to her and invited her to be baptized the 29 of October and she said "I don't know, what time will it be at? Because I wont have a lot of time at 4:00, but if you guys can do it after then yes!" She is so great and I love her so much. Sometimes you meet people and in 5 minutes you feel like you've known them for your entire life. Thats how I feel about Andrea and her family. There is seriously nothing like being a missionary! 

Love you all!

Hermaña Wittwer

Thursday, October 13, 2016

This week has been full of MIRACLES!!

So first off my comp: She is awesome. Tuesday all the trainers and trainees got together and Pres. Harris taught us a little and assigned us our new companions. My new companion is Hermana Pancho. She is from the Philippines (wait what??). She is one of the first people from there to come to Chile so its really cool that I get to train her! Luckily she speaks fluent English so we can communicate good. We have been having a real good time together! I was always afraid to train but turns out it's actually a blast. The only down side is that we have to study 4 hours every morning...

side note: the meeting was in the mission office and I went with hermana Goodman. We were going to take a colectivo (taxi) but then i said "Hey we have time lets just walk!" The only problem was that I had never been there. And she had never been there. But I thought I could find it alright (I temporarily forgot that I have zero sense of direction). The place we wanted to go was about a 20 min walk from where we were. We got there 1 hour and 30 minutes later haha. 

This week we found the most golden investigator ever. We got a call from a member who told us that her daughter in law is waiting for the missionaries and that we need to visit her. So we did. her name is Andrea and she is married to a guy who is inactive. She loves the church though and wants to be part of it. In our first lesson with her we taught about the restoration and set a date for her baptism. And then she came to church the next day!! The only real hard thing is that her Husband also wants to come to church and everything but he only works one day of the week and (thats right, you guessed it) its sunday. But we are going to try to change that and see how we can help him there.

Last week I talked about Helena and her husband Marcelo and son Julio. They are doing great!! Julio is in a rehab center but we are trying to see if we can send missionaries there. Marcelo and Helena both came to church this sunday!!!! it was amazing to see them there. They are both so genuine and so great. They are a little hesitant to accept a baptismal date but I think this week we are going to be able to help them change that. 

Basically I love my sector right now. Baquedano is Zion. We are a branch right now but we are working so hard and I think that by the end of this year we are going to be able to be a ward :)

Love you all!
Hermana Wittwer

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Well this week has been great! We have taught lots of lessons and found lots of new people, but I want to tell you about one special family.

Monday we got a call from a Member who gave us a reference. The reference's name is Helena. She is in her 50s and is going through cancer and has a son who is addicted to drugs. We visited her and she is amazing. She is super positive and ridiculously receptive to us and has told us that she needs us and wants to have the gospel in her life. After so many half hearted investigators is felt so nice to find someone broken hearted and humble! We talked to her the first day and set a day to some back.
The next visit we arrived to find her son and husband there ready to hear us too. They similarly expressed feelings of need for the gospel in their life. We talked a lot about who God is and that he loves us and we offered Julio (her son) a Priesthood Blessing. He readily accepted and we came back the next morning with the Elders.

Friday morning when we came by to give Julio the blessing he told us that he had been reading in the Book of Mormon. He told us that after talking to us he felt better and that he intended to read the books we had given him. We aren't going to be able to teach him because he is going to a rehab place for a while but he is going to be reading and we are going to send other missionaries to teach him. Meanwhile we will be teaching Helena and her husband.
And this miracle all happened because a member was willing to talk to her friend and then to send us to them. This General Conference many people spoke on missionary work and I want to add my testimony to theirs that Missionary work isn't just for the "missionaries", its for every single member of the church! We cannot work without you guys!

I'm sure every single missionary in the entire world has already said it but GENERAL CONFERENCE WAS AMAZING. We invited our investigators and members to write questions before the conference and then listen and they would receive answers, then I realized "hey wait, I should do that too". So Sunday morning before the conference I wrote a ton of questions (including some that I didn't think would be answered) and every single one was answered perfectly. I felt the spirit so strongly during this time and I know with absolute certainty that these are men called of God. If any of you weren't able to see any of the sessions Go watch them right now!!!
Also luckily I got to watch the conference in English which was a blessing :)

So we have changes tomorrow. And terrible news. I'M GOING TO TRAIN. Aaaaahhhhhhh! Im super nervous and I feel like I'm still new in the mission, but President thinks that I need to train so thats what I'll do I guess! I don't know who I'm going to be training yet but I'm going to find out tomorrow. Hopefully someone who knows Spanish... Wish me luck!

Hermaña Wittwer

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Well folks, September is the weirdest here. Some days it's so super hot that I think Im going to die. And some days it decides to be rainy and windy and freezing. And some days it decides to be all of them. Luckily I live in my sector for a change, so if we are dying because the weather has changed drastically, we can always go home and change super quick! 

This week we have been working a lot with our investigators to decide who we should keep teaching and who we need to drop. I hate dropping investigators but there are a lot of people here who will let us in their house to teach them but who aren't willing to change or cumplir with their compromisos. (mom put those words in google translate because i don't know what they are in English). My method is that I will never drop an investigator unless I feel like I have done absolutely everything I can to help them, but after all is said and done it is really all up to them...

Miracle of the week: a member of the Rama here said to us "Hey i have a reference for you guys. I don't know who it is but I passed a house the other day and I felt super strongly that the missionaries need to visit there. Go contact the house some time after 7 this week." Ummm... yeah ok sure. So we went. And we found Carolina. She is so  super great! She invited us into her house al tiro and really liked what we taught. We left her with a Book of Mormon and she was pretty excited to read it. My companion and I both felt super strongly that she is special. I'm so grateful that the members here are in tune with the spirit and ready to act on the impressions they receive, however random they might be sometimes!

Also there was a activity with the stake here for Independence Day and it was AWESOME. All the wards had a part of Chile to represent and had to do a dance about their region and luckily we got Easter Island. As missionaries we couldn't dance, but we still dressed up. We got to help do everyones hair and make flower necklaces and all kinds of fun stuff. Basically Chile is just the second best country in the world... (don't worry, I still know where my loyalties lie, USA!).

Anyways love you all and hope you're all as excited for General Conference as we are! Until next week!

Hermana Wittwer

(Ky has been out for 8 months as of today!)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

 So there is a story in the Bible where are the Israelites had to put blood on their door so their first born child wouldn't die. Similarly here in Chile there is a law for the 18 de Septiembre (Independence day!) that everyone has to have a flag of Chile visible in their window or outside their house. I think the punishment for not doing it is immediate death but Im not sure.

Anyways yeah this Sunday was Independence Day here in Chile! What does that mean you might ask? It means that every one is partying and nobody want to talk to the missionaries. All week. But hey its alright we still managed to find plenty of people to visit!

One person we found this week was Mariela. We were walking down the road when a car pulled up next to us and a man shouted "Hey are you guys missionaries?? You need to visit my house! I live around the corner and my wife is there, go visit her right now if you can!" You bet we practically ran there. Turns out they are new here in the city. They are members of the church but haven't gone in years, and Mariela actually served a misión. We talked to her for a long time and she told us about how even though she doesn't go to church she still knows its true and still wants to be part of it. She told us that she has done lots of things she shouldn't and just doesn't feel ready to go back. We testified of the love that God has for her and of the reality of Jesús Christ and repentance. This is my favorite part about being a missionary, being able to testify of truths and seeing it change people. And the greatest part, Sunday she came to church!! And the didn't come alone, she came with her two kids. It was so special to see how happy she was in the church.

There are a surprising number of return missionaries here who have fallen away from the church. They make me more sad than anything else here I think. In the misión I have honestly grown so much in my testimony and I absolutely KNOW that the things I am teaching are true. I know that after an experience like this there is nothing that can ever pull me away.

So the 18 itself was a Sunday and because it was a little super dangerous outside we had to be in the house unless we had an appointment. And all our appointments fell through so we had to be inside the house. All day. With absolutely nothing to do. And the worst part? We ran out of gas in the morning so we couldn't even cook! Not that that stopped us, we just made a lot of experiments in the microwave. Some turned out good and some we fed to the stray dogs haha.

Anyways now that the festivals are over its time to get back to work! I am loving being a missionary and I am really truly happy to be where I am right now :)

Hermana Wittwer