Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving, Chilean Style - Sister Hannah Avery

Written by Sister Hannah Avery, serving in the Chile Vina del Mar Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaking Spanish.

Hermanas Avery and Evans - Thanksgiving in Chile
Green bean casserole
Hello my family and friends! :)

Well, first off, I hope that you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday and were able to eat lots of yummy food for me :) I sure do miss the holidays at home, but my companion and I were able to do a little celebrating of our own! haha! We made a green bean casserole (yes, with North American ingredients! haha!) and ate it all, LOL! It's funny, because I know that my family doesn't like that stuff but they make it when I am there just because they know I love it! Thankfully, my companion loves it too :) So yes, we had a happy Thanksgiving, Chilean style :)

This week has been one full of things to be thankful for! We have found SEVERAL new investigators to teach this week, and 3 of them we invited to be baptized, and they accepted! Here are the backgrounds on some of the people that we are working with:

Jor** - He is a man who is paralyzed from the waist down and we found him by knocking on doors. He is bedridden and can't leave, so he opened the window of his bedroom next to his bed and we taught him about the Book of Mormon from there. He lives alone, so we have to teach him with us outside and him inside the house. The second time we went over, we taught in the window again and we taught him the Restoration. He loved it, and we invited him to be baptized on the 21st of December, and he said yes! He is a very humble man, and we are hoping to see him baptized soon :)

Ja** and Ca**- Well, believe it or not, they are MARRIED and are 26 and 20 years old. It's pretty hard to find young, married couples here in Chile, so we were THRILLED to hear that! :) Anyways, we began to teach them about the Restoration and they basically taught US! haha! They said that they have always thought that things about prophets, apostles and the priesthood were true, but that no church has that. We explained to them that ours does, because it is the true church of Jesus Christ, and they were AMAZED! They loved it. We invited them both to be baptized as well, and they said yes, they would love to do that, but want to pray about a date to do it. We are hoping to try to get them to accept a date for 3 weeks from now! :) Basically, they are "golden" investigators.

Other than that, we had a really awesome week of just teaching and finding. We finally found L**, and there is a funny story with that one! He told us what sounded like "no creo en templos" which means "I don't believe in temples" but really he said, "no tengo animo" which means, basically, "I don't feel like coming to church today." SERIOUSLY!!? We were like, WOW, we Americans WOULD misunderstand and think that he said he wanted to stop listening to us! Anyways, he still IS listening to us, and will be baptized on the 14th, with all faith :)

The last miracle for the week is that Ga** (daughter of the friend who died a couple weeks ago) came to church yesterday! We almost cried, it was too good to be true :) She still wants to be baptized on the 14th, if everything works out :)

Well family and friends, you all know that there are MANY things to be grateful for, but the thing I am most grateful for is the knowledge of the true church of Jesus Christ, and the opportunity to share that light with others and watch their lives change for the better. There is no greater work than this! :) And of course, I am grateful for YOU GUYS! You are the best! I hope that you all have a great week and I will talk to you next week! I LOVE YOU! :)

xoxoxo Hermana Avery

Because God Loves You That Much (November 24, 2014)

He is the Gift  (December 8, 2014)

For the first time in 16 months, I saw bagels, Dr. Pepper and Root Beer! We didn't get any bagels, but we did buy a Dr. Pepper that we will share on Christmas Day, haha!