Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Miracle week...

Well this week has been great! To start off I want to tell you all about a few miracles we have been seeing here. The first Sunday of this month we fasted together as a mission that we would be able to find people who were prepared and who wanted to hear our message. And there have been soooooooooooooooo many results throughout the mission! One big miracle that we saw happened Tuesday. All of our appointments fell through so we were contacting and we found a family. Turns out that 2 years ago they were meeting with the missionaries a lot and they loved the church! They had been going through a lot of problems when the missionaries got there, but all their problems were resolved through what they learned from the missionaries. They have a testimony of the gospel and they only weren't baptized because they were working a lot and lost contact with the missionaries. So in our first lesson with them we committed them to talk together and set a goal to get married and then after to be baptized. They are GOLDEN! 

We also found a lady who is a little bit crazy and super hippie. She talked a lot to us about the earth and energy and meditating and spirits and past lives and things like that. We have only had one lesson with her but today we are going to teach her again so we will see how that goes! She is super happy to receive us and when we gave her a Book of Mormon she was really grateful and said she was going to read it even if it took her 5 years (but we are hoping it wont take quite that long haha). She is really great and has a lot of potential. 

Potential is something I've learned a lot about in the mission. I've learned how much potential everyone has and how much worth everyone really has. It makes me want to talk to every one and it really makes me love every one here! 

We are also teaching a girl named Yuyunis. She is 10 and her mom is inactive, but she is GREAT! She really wants to be baptized and has already stopped drinking tea and has attended church 4 times. She has a baptism date in two weeks and we are all super excited for her!

This Wednesday we had divisions so I went to Rengo with Hermaña Gardiner and I FINALLY got to use bikes!!!! I was pretty stoked. The bikes were purple and super girlie and the brakes don't work, but hey, better than nothing. Hermaña Gardiner has 5 months in the mission. It's weird because suddenly I'm not the new missionary, there are a lot of people with less time than me... also I can't use the excuse of not understanding Spanish anymore if I don't want to answer a question, because I've got a good amount of time here and I can totally understand now haha. 

Anyways things here are going great, I feel like I have learned so much and grown so much these past weeks and although its hard changing sectors, I know I'm where I need to be right now. Love you all bye!

Hermaña Wittwer

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Well folks, this has been the craziest week of my mission. Why? Well let me answer that in two words: Special changes. What does "special changes" mean? Well it means that President called us at 8:30 Wednesday morning to tell me that today I wouldn´t be going to work in my sector but that I would be staying home to pack up my suitcases and at 6:00 the assistants would come pick me up in their car and take me to my new sector in Rancagua. 

So yeah anyways I am no longer in San Fernanado but in Rancagua! My new sector is Baquedano. Its super different than Centinela (my old sector). There are houses. Neighborhoods. Cars. Streets. Building with more than two stories. Its going to take some getting used to haha. But the good thing is that Baquedano is a sector on the uprise and has a lot of really good potential! We have a lot of new investigators and although I haven't met all of them, I am excited to work with the ones we have. 

I was super sad to leave Hermana Alvarez but my new companion is sweet! Her name is Hermana Barreiro. She is from Argentina and this is her second change in the mission which means I will be finishing her training for 2 weeks and then its probable that we will be together this coming change too. Its always a little weird getting used to new companions but thats the mission for ya!

Good things about Rancagua: 
1. I found Peanut butter-WOOT!!
2. It's not as cold (and I think we are FINALLY leaving winter)
3. The branch here is super cool and huge compared to my old one!
4. Our house has a cat named Lenny (ssshhhhhh don't tell my Mission President)

Anyways with all the crazy things going on there wasn´t a lot of time to work in my sector so I´m going to leave things here. Guys I know this is God´s work and I have seriously learned so much in the mission. Love you all see ya in a year!

Hermana Wittwer 

Saying goodbye to Hermaña AlvarezAdios AmigasHola Hermaña Barriero

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hey folks sorry for not sending an email last week! I´m sorry I really don't have a good excuse... 

This week has been great. First off I´m going to tell you about a few funny contacts we´ve had. We always say we are missionaries de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días and they say "Oh wow how great to see new missionaries, the mormons are always passing through here!" haha uuuuuuuummmmm about that... 

Saturday we had an activity with the District of San Fernando and it was awesome. We created the Plan of Salvation with different rooms for all the steps and everything, and we then walked everyone through the plan. We had a family of investigators come and it was great! They have a little boy who has 5 years, and when we went to "spirit prison" he turned to his dad and said "Why are we in the carcel? Dad, we aren't robbers!" It was so cute. 

Anyways about this family: They are the Family Cancino and they are fantastic. They know the church is true but they are afraid to act on it. We had a super great lesson with them. We talked about the talk of Pres. Monson this conference about decisions and how we need to know where we want to go to make good decisions. Then we decided to set some goals with them. So my companion says to them in this lesson "So I was talking to my compañera this morning and we were talking about you guys and I said to her ¨lets invite the family Cancino to be Mormons." What do you guys think?" It was hilarious! But they said yes they want to be mormons so it totally worked hahaha. We just need to work out some problems with the word of wisdom with Sergio and they need to start attending church and we will be good to go!

On Wednesday we had divisions. Intercambios? Exchanges? I don't know what it's called in English, sorry. We switched companions for a day! Anyways some weird things went down and my house ended up with 4 gringas for the night. So we had gringa night! We sang the Star Spangled Banner. We said the Pledge of Allegiance (mom please help me with the spelling there). We ate peanut butter sandwiches and cereal with milk. We talked in English. It was fantastic. 

Anyways TODAY I FINISHED THE BOOK OF MORMON IN SPANISH!!!! Guys I seriously can´t describe how I feel about the Book of Mormon. I know without a doubt that it is true. We are so ridiculously blessed to have it. I have learned so much from reading it and I know that there really is a power in the book. If you're not reading it every day START NOW!!!  

The mission really is amazing. I´ve been so humbled and seen so many miracles and I know I´m right where I need to be right now. Love you all!

Hermana Wittwer