Thursday, June 30, 2016

Week 54 ¡Campeones del Mundo!

Well hello there world! Speaking to you today from Chile, who just so happens won the Copa America yesterday for the second year in a row. Yep that's right. Some people would be disappointed that my very own country didn't win anything (4th place) but then I respond with the fact I didn't even know that we had a soccer team. Until this year the United States didn't care much for soccer. However I cant wait for the day where we WIN. Haha. But basically Chile exploded last night. The poor Argentinians that live here........ There were fireworks, confetti, cannons, loud singing, cheers, shouting, the whole shabang. The moment that was my personal favorite was when a man from somewhere in the night shouted, ¿ÄRGENTINA, COMÓ SE SIENTES AHORA?¨ Or, ¨Argentina, how do you feel now?!¨ That gave both me and my companion quite a laugh as we lay in bed trying to sleep.
I say trying, because everyone partied for a long time, and then at 2:00 the evauated our apartment building because someone had a gas leak in their stove. They live above us, so we didnt smell anything, but we worke up to the alarm blaring and we had to throw on shoes and a jacket and stand outside in the cold for about an hour so the firefighters ould come with a large fan to blow all the gas away. It was an adventure, and we are really tired today. But ¡VIVA CHILE!
The week was a good one though. I'm leading the sector right now, and when leading I realize just how HUGE it is. My new companion is super sweet. Although, I feel like the older sister leading my little sister. She´s very sweet and wants to be a good missionary. And she needs a lot of love. I am more than ready to make her feel important and loved. :)
Also, this Wednesday we are receiving a new Mission President! So due to meetings and interviews, my P-Day next week will be either Tuesday or Wednesday. So don't worry, you´ll hear from me, read an old email until you get the new one. Re-runs are never the same, but they can be just as entertaining while waiting for the show to return. :)
Hope all is well where ever you all may be (I write people in many different countries now....), know that I love you all, and that God loves you even more. Have a great week! HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!
Hermana Randall

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Week 53 This Week on: Misiòn Chile Antofagasta

Hey There World!

Hope that you are all doing well and that you had a wonderful Father`s Day! It is weird to think that for the last Father´s Day I was in the MTC, and now here I am a year later with 4 sectors and 7 companions. Shout out to my Dad and my Grandpa`s for being the very best of all the Dad`s and Grandpa`s! Also shout out to my cousin Lynette who returned home from her mission in Norway this last week! Congratulations Lynette! I love you!

This week in Cerro Morreno we have worked harder than ever. We have seen many miracles in the form of progressing investigators and a Recent Convert who was slipping into inactivity being friend-shipped and finding his place once again in the ward. He is becoming really excited about the gospel again. We have him connected to many Young Single Adults that are helping him to leave behind his bad habits and move on through the process of repentance. It is a beautiful thing to watch, the Atonement in action. 

We also have two investigators named Vanessa and Andrea. They are progressing very well, and Vanessa this last week asked us what she needed to do to be baptized, she still needs to get married, but she is progressing towards her baptism, and her daughter Andrea is also very excited. She says that she no longer feels like she is the only young adult that has these standards like Chastity and not drinking. We have many people as well that are reaching out to this family and helping them to progress as they are. It is true, working with members not only helps us to teach, but it helps the investigator progress faster, and it gives the members this fire for the Obra Misional! 

Missionary work is something that gives everyone energy and allows people to connect to the gospel in an interactive way. That is one of the reasons that God has blessed us with a church. So that we can find a support system in our beliefs. A friend when one is needed. And a hand to lift us up when we fall. If you are struggling with your testimony. If you are wondering if you really KNOW that it is true. Then go do missionary work, go bear your testimony to someone. Maybe just your Mom, but go do it! A testimony is something that if you do not share it, it will not grow. If you do not show what you believe it may change from a belief, faith, to something passive. A shallowly rooted plant that can be changed, burned, corrupted, or strangled by whatever passes by. Share your testimony. Help others feel the love of Christ. So this is your homework for the week. Share your testimony. Share it with the world. Maybe share a video about Jesus and a short comment about why you liked it. Share. Jesus has his arms open to all of the world, but sometimes we need to help others to open their eyes to see the arms extended and waiting. SHARE YOUR LIGHT.

To end I just wanted to say that there were Transfers this week. I am staying here in Antofagasta in Cerro Moreno, but Hna Jimenez has left me! I instead have another companion, named Hna Samaniego. She is from Asunciòn, Paraguay, and has 7 months in the mission. I met her about 3 hours ago, and she is very sweet. I can`t wait to get to know her more and see the work progress here in Antofagasta! 

Love you all, remember to share you light, share the happiness that the gospel brings. I love you! Have a great week!

Hermana Randall

Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 52 Miracles, Memories, and Milestones

Well hello everyone! I hope that you are all well and ready to sit back and relax with another tale of adventure from Antofagasta Chile!

This week was fun filled, it seemed to take forever, but it actually went by really quickly if that makes any sense. 

We started the week off at the beach for P-day which you all heard about, and the next day we began to teach and teach and teach. We didn't reach our teaching goals this week, but we did feel good about the lessons that we had and the people that we were able to teach. There is a young woman here who received her mission call to Brazil this last week, so she is more than excited to come out and help us teach lessons. She also is going to work in a Subway restaurant that is opening in our sector (hello American lunches. She is a great person, her name is Gabi and she is awesome.

We taught a couple lessons with some people that are incredibly prepared to receive the gospel.We found many miracles around every corner. We had about three citas with a certain investigator and every time something came up and she wasn't available to meet with us. But when we called Saturday to invite her again to the baptism that the Elders of Las Rocas were having, she told us, that although she couldn't come to the baptism, that she was planning on coming to church the next day! And she came! It was her second consecutive assistance and this time she brought her daughter who we have also been sharing with as well! They loved the meeting and even participated in Principios del Evangelio. It was a great thing to stand by them and watch as all the members excitedly greeted them and welcomed them here to the ward. 

We were also blessed to teach a lesson to an investigator named Fernando. We´ve been trying to find him for awhile again, but he has many health problems and it is difficult to meet with him regularly. But when teaching The Restoration we had a great discussion about The Atonement and the love of Jesus Christ. I love being able to teach and everything, but the thing that I most love to explain is exactly how the Lord feels about each and every one of us. It is something special to look someone in the eyes and tell them that God loves them individually. 

We also were at a members house. She was cutting hair, she asked if I would like her to cut the ends off that were dead. I said yes. She ended up taking me to her professional salon sink in the backyard, washing my hair, and giving me a COMPLETELY new hair cut............... I have bangs...... I do not like bangs........ To be fair my hair looks about a million times better and has shape. But it is big, and reminds me of the 80´s a little bit.... I do not have one good photo to share. So you will all have to wait with anticipation for next week. Haha.

Well that´s my week, another faith filled, miracle packed, week of a missionary. I love you all! I hope all is wel

l, if you all ever need anything just let me know! LOVE YOU!

Hermana Randall

Week 51 Yes. One Year Later.

Well Ladies and Gentlemen. This marks my 52nd week of my mission. I have been here a year. Never has a year gone by so fast IN MY LIFE. I think it is because this year wasn't my year. It was the Lord´s year. You don't really experience a year in the same way when you give it to someone else. :)

I want to also give a shout out to my amazing little sister who graduated from High School this week! Whoooohoooo Cassidy! 

Anyways, we had a great week here in Cerro Moreno! We were talking to a man that as been sharing with the missionaries for about 9 years, with almost no progress. Well, turns out that he has been having dreams about the temple and the angel Moroni. We had a very spiritual lesson where he realized his own answer. He finally told us, ¨Sisters, I know that I am going to get baptized. I don't have any excuses any more.¨ It was a great lesson. 

This was my moment of the week. The problem with being in a big city is that there are things to do on P´day, so we don't have a ton of time to write sometimes. Next week I plan on being here for longer than an hour. Haha. 

Talk to you all next week! LOVE YOU ALL!

Hna Randall

Week 50 La Portada, Another Week, Another Life Changed

Well, here it is! Another week come and gone! They are going by all the faster now.

I stick to what I said last week, I love my companion. She is amazing. I also stand by that I love this sector. It is a great sector that definitely has challenges that are new to me. Like the people that stand at the guard stations of the apartment buildings, and if you don't know someone, and they aren't waiting for you, you don't get in. But there are a bunch of young women that are preparing to go on missions and they are all excited to get out and go tracting with us. It is amazing to see the missionary work through their eyes. 

Yesterday we had a great lesson where I really felt the spirit. But not the spirit in a way that we all left crying or anything. But where my companion and I knew exactly what to say. And more importantly what to ask. There is an improv game in theatre where all you are allowed to do is ask questions. That is basically what we played. We did nothing but testify and ask questions. It was amazing to have the spirit be the one to fill your mouth with the words that you didn't know that you had. 

Haha, this week we also received a new ¨security system¨ for the sisters in the mission. It is a really loud emergency air horn. Not automatic or anything. We need to push the button. Its actually pretty funny. But a lot of the apartment alarms don't work, so we have these in the apartment now. I will attach pictures next week because I forgot to take a picture. Haha. 

And today we went to La Portada. That is the super famous rock formation here in the North of Chile. Everyone comes and takes pictures. And our very first thing that we do when we get to the mission is that we take photos with the mission president in front of it. So it was really cool to be able to come back a year later and take pictures with my companion. To be honest we went a little nuts with the photos, but it was fun. :) 

It has been a good week filled with many emotions and many miracles. I love you all! I ask that you would add to your prayers the people of Ecuador. They were hit by another earthquake this last week, and they are not a country prepared for this type of natural disaster. My companion is from this beautiful country, and she is concerned. If you could keep them all in your prayers it would be much appreciated. 

I love you all!

Hermana Randall