Sorry the email is late, Hermana Young and I hiked a mountain this morning, and when we got back down all the internet places in santa maria were closed (there are only two). So we had to wait three hours until they opened, but we have just been chilling at the house, laughing, and talking. Definitely one of my best pdays ever.
First, we had to ride up to la higuera. A thirty minute bike ride up hill, then we got to the base of the hill, locked our bikes and started hiking. It was a short steep hike, and it only took about 30 minutes. We actually had to go off road to get to the very top. When we got there we could see the whole santa maria valley . . SO BEAUTIFUL!! And the day was perfect for hiking!! Then, we ate a salad lunch that I made, took some awesome pictures and started hiking back down. The bike ride all down hill was legit!! We rode down with no hands . . . yes we are awesome! All in all a sweet day. Now, we are finishing up the pday with internet time, and there is a screaming baby in this room . .. but hey thats life.
This week was one of the harder ones in my mission as far as the work goes. We just have not been finding anyone to teach, and our investigators haven't been progressing. I have done everything I know how, but with no results. I sometimes would catch myself thinking "Only three more weeks." But I don’t want to finish my mission with that attitude. I prayed every night that the Lord would give me the strength to finish strong, and to truly enjoy the work.
On Saturday, our numbers for the week were low, and all our plans had fallen through, again. By four in the afternoon, I wondered what we could do to fill in the remaining hours. I got the clear feeling three times that we should go to santa filomena. So, we put the bikes back at the house and went to wait for the micro. We waited for an hour and nothing came. I began to become frustrated. We were losing work time waiting for a bus. I wondered why the Lord would send us to santa filomena and forget to send the bus.
As we were waiting, a member, Hermana Pino, came and sat by us. We talked to her casually for a moment, then she asked where we were going. I said santa filomena, and she said that the buses might not be passing today. I looked at my watch and said that if the next bus wasn't going to santa filomena then we were going to do something else. The next bus came, and the driver said that it was going to la higuera. My heart dropped. Why? Why would the Lord have me sit and wait for a bus that wasn't coming? We told Hermana Pino that the bus was going to la higuera, and she looked at me and said "Well, why don’t you go to la higuera then?" Good question. In a split second, I made the decision. I tapped on the window, and the bus driver opened the door right before the light turned green. We were on our way to la higuera.
As I sat on the bus, I became very discouraged as I thought about the difficulties of the sector, and what I could do. The situation felt hopeless, and I was so low that I was close to tears. Well, the bus got to la higuera and we got off. I had no plans, but we started walking, and I felt we should visit a member who recently moved into the branch. Her husband is a recent convert. When we got to her house we discovered that her husband wasn’t home, which means that if we taught her a lesson it wouldn’t count for anything cause she is an active member. But I felt we should share a message with her.
We started talking, and found out that she had been to the hospital that day, and had been feeling pretty low. As we continued to talk she told us that she had at one time in her life . . . . . She said that in her suffering she couldn't see past the situation. We shared a message with her about rising to the Lord's calling. I told her these words "You may not be the best mother in the world, but you are the best mother for you kids. No other woman could give them what you can, and what you give them is just what they need. You have the family God intended you to have." That lesson for me was very special. I felt the spirit so strongly. I realized, that like this sister, I was in a difficult situation and I wasn’t allowing myself to see past it. Yeah, I had a difficult week, but that doesn’t mean it is time to throw in the towel. That just means it is time to redouble my efforts (DyC 127:4 . . look it up, its the scripture I share with the sister).
After that lesson I changed my outlook, and was able to move forward diligently in the work of the Lord. We actually did a couple of really good contacts that day, and taught another lesson. I realize that the Lord told me to go to santa filomena, cause I would have never listened to the call to go to la higuera (we were already planning on going there the next day), but there was someone in la higuera who needed us that day, and there was a lesson that I needed to learn.
We also had leadership counsel this week, which means I had to go into Santiago. Presidente videla is changing a few things, like the schedule!! We will now be waking up at 6:30, and going to bed at 10:30, plus our lunch hour is changed to 1pm, and we have study time after lunch for an hour, then and hour dinner time at 6pm . . . thats cutting out some work hours for us, and a lot of the missionaries weren’t happy, including me. The schedule was fine. People in Chile sleep in later and stay up later, but 6-7 is like our best hour to work! But, later in the week I was reading in nephi about how laman and lamuel were complaining about having to leave Jerusalem . . like always. And there is a scripture that says they murmured because they did not understand the ways of the Lord. I thought about that. Laman and Lemual were also obedient. Were they not? Did they not leave Jerusalem like Nephi? The difference was there attitude. So, we as missionaries can either be obedient like Laman and Lemuel, or like Nephi.
We also now only have an hour of internet time, which means I’ve got to go now. Sorry I would love to give you more details about my week, or maybe say something to make mom cry again, but I'll save that for next week in my last letter! Ahh, que loco!! Just know that I love you all and that I am giving my best out here.