Hey how is everybody doing in the greatest family in the world? I read all of the emails and am very greatful to have recieved all of them! Its so great to see the progress of our family, even though I only am aloud to see it in weekly increments it is super exciting to look every week and hear that a baby is walking, sleeping through the night, talking through skype and all that good stuff! Keep the awesome emails coming, I LOVE TO READ THEM!!!
Life, missionary life rather, down here in the southern hemisphere is going really well.. The work moves forward every week and ever week we have a new experience to look back on and reflect on how the church is growing down here. One thing that was kinda scary for me, but i guess its not all that new here in Chile was that our chapel was broken into sometime between Thursday night and Saturday morning. The way the church is set up is on one side of the building there are two bishops offices and a ¨bodega¨ in between the two. I think a bodega means a store room, or i´m not sure, it has the computers and its where they do all the tithing counting on Sunday, which i guess means that it is the ward clerks office? I´m not sure, anyhow what happened was that someone broke into the church, how they did it, i don´t know because all the windows and doors have huge metal fencing on the outside that is welded on there pretty well. Anyhow someone was able to break in and then they must have thought that the office would still have some money in it because they broke the windows out of one of the bishops office doors and then realized they couldn´t unlock the door from the inside so they proceeded to rip off the door handle and eventually axed out the entire door handle mechanism to get into the bishops office. That was what they did on the other bishops office. What they did on our bishops side was open the door (our bishop knows the future so he knew the robbers would come, therefore he didn´t lock his door ;) ) but then they tried to get into the bodega by beating through the reinforced wall of his office, that didn´t work so they tried to break through the roof of the office and drop down into the bodega, again they came to a sore realization when they found that the entire office is surrounded by reinforced concrete. So they gave up and ran away, not being able to steal any computers or money but leaving the church completely trashed! It was really sad actually, i thought about it after and really, who is desperate enough to rob a church? That is like asking to be struck down with lightning on the spot, any church, not just specifically ours (even though ours is the only true one, therefore it is the worst to rob us) but honestly, who tries to rob a church? But i guess this isn´t the worst that has happened, in the super ghetto ward of our mission, ¨chiloe¨ they built a new chapel and people robbed everything from it. They literally took everything, they completely dismantled the chapel, all the roof, the dry wall on the walls, all that is left of that church is the frame of it, they even stole the fence, my comp said that he was walking through the feria one day ( the feria is like the huge garage sale that goes on in the poorer part sectors of santiago) and he even saw the huge rock plaque that said ¨la iglesia de Jesucristo de los santos de los ultimos dias¨. That is called robery!!! By the way does robery have one b or two? Anyways so that was the scary story of the week.
The cool story of the week is that we had a killer lesson with Milena this week and she came to church! She loved it and is going to be baptized! The only thing is that she has to wait for a while to get hired at the military school before she changes her religion. The thing is that she isn´t even done with school and wont be for a while so she could be waiting a really long time. We are pretty sure however though that she is going to change her mind becuase she has told us a couple of times that that might be the case so we will have to continue to pray that she can do something to make that happen. She has told us quite a few times now that she knows the church is true. She asked us at the end of our last lesson if we could give her a booklet or something that had the rules of the church in it so she could start to live them... does such a book exist? haha the best thing we could think of was giving her a for strenghth of the youth pamphlet which is what we will be doing tonight so keep us in your prayers!
We have a couple of other investigators that we are working on and we hope for success in getting together with them this upcoming week because our appointments with them fell through this week but we have reset them for this week so we should be able to teach them and help them progress this week! Keep us and them in your prayers!
Well i´m about out of time, i just got a call from two crazy people in africa wanting to talk to me so i gotta end the email here but i love you and hope that everything is going well! Have a good week and next week i´ll write a little bit about a family BEEH which is our thing that we are trying to implement here in this mission so the familys can get involved in the work as well! Alright i love you all! Keep a smile on!