Monday, January 26, 2015

Chile - Pucón - Week 8 - Hola from Down South !!


       Another lovely week down here at the bottom of the world! Nothing super exciting, just good! A little disappointing in some ways. We will only be having one baptism on Friday instead of five. Ingacia is still going to be baptized,  but Jesica and Damian, the couple from Argentina won`t be able to get married in time because of Damian`s papers and stuff. All of his papers are done, he just has to wait for his official card thing before they can get married. He said it is probably going to be another month and a half before he gets it, but last fast Sunday we fasted that everything would  be ready by the 31 of this month. We still fault 5 days so hopefully a miracle will happen before then!

      Magali also needs to get married, but I think she's afraid to talk to her husband about it. He is supportive of her decision to get baptized, but he is a little hesitant to get married because apparently marriage here in Chile is kind of difficult as far as like money and housing goes? I don´t really understand it but no one here is married here because its like super complicated....hopefully he will come around soon so that Magali can get baptized! We are shooting for next month!

      Magdalena was the other investigator with a baptism date but her family has been in town for the last two weeks.  We haven`t been able to teach her so she won`t be ready by Saturday. Kind of a bummer but I`m not worried about her at all. We are gonna set her Baptism date for next month as well!

      I`m way excited to plan for Ignacia on Saturday though! She has been waiting so long for this day and is so ready! She also asked Hermana Vance and I if one of us would speak, and as the newbie I got thrown under the I will be speaking about the Holy Ghost at her baptism.....I think she forgot I don´t really speak Spanish.

      That's about all for this week! It was one of the hottest weeks here in Pucòn! People were saying it was like 35 degrees C on Tuesday. I don´t know what the conversion is in F, but Im pretty sure is like 1000. So hot! I also made the mistake of wearing a gray shirt on Friday.....lets just say couldn´t take my backpack off in fear of offending the general public with my sweat marks.....haha...

       Hope all is grand in the land of the free. Its pretty crazy here in Pucòn, lots of tourists. Centro is packed all the time with people from all over the world! Its crazy but kind of cool! I hear in Feb. its even worse here! Probably going to have to walk to church all of next month! Guess will find out!


 Hermana Segura.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Chile - Pucón - Week 7 - Many Visitors

¡Hola Amigos!

Its a hot one down here in Chile! Hermana Vance and I about died this last week, apparently there is like a hole in the ozone layer here, so the sun is muy fuerte! Not a fan of the heat. I`ve got some really nice sister missionary tan lines already!

We are still seeing miracles here in Pucòn! Damián is now leagal here in Chile so he and Yesica can get married now! Hopefully they can do it before the 31st, if not, we are having another group of baptisms on the 22nd of Feb. Magali is also planning to get married before the 31st!  Her husband is really awesome and we are hoping he will want to get baptized sometime soon too! He Works for the tour buses here in Pucòn and its super busy during the summer months so he is never there when we teach. We have taught him twice though and he has a lot of really awesome questions. Everytime we go visit Magali she has another question from him for us to answer! We are like teaching him through her and its really cool! We even gave her a Predicad Mi Evangelio book the other day so that she knows what, and how to teach him. He is gonna get baptized I know it!

Yesterday we also had some small miracles! We had over 70 people attend church! Most of them were visitors, however the room was full and it was awesome! We also had one of our menos activos, Pilar, come to sacrament meeting! Pilar was baptized in Spain a few years back with her son and was really strong in the church. She`s been through the temple and everything. for some reason she fell away and hasn´t been to church in a really long time. Shes started smoking and got into some bad stuff these past few years. Shes about 4 months pregnant now and wants to make a change in her life for herself and for her family. She has such a strong testimony its amazing. I always feel the spirit so strongly when I talk to her. We had a lesson with her last week and she told us she got more time off of work so she is going to be able to come to church now! She knows she has a long ways to go, but she is willing to put in the time and the effort to come back to the church for good! I am so excited for her!

Another great week here in Chile and looking forward to many more! ¡Me encanta ser misionera!
Hermana Segura

Monday, January 12, 2015

Chile - Pucón - Week 6 - Milagros

!Hola, Hola! 
Wow what a week! I don´t even know where to begin. Lets start with miracle number one.
​   Wednesday Hermana Vance and I went on exchanges with the Hermana leaders. Every cambio we go on exchanges with them just to get help and advice on how to improve and stuff like that. I left the house at 3:00 with one of the Hermana leaders and we started walking down the street. We had literally been walking for 10 seconds when we saw a lady walking the next street over. She saw us, stopped, and waited for us to come up to her. I have been here over a month and have never seen this woman before. She introduced herself as Magdalina, and we introduced ourselves as the Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Chirst of Latter-day Saints. She said "I know, would you like to come to my house and talk?" Yes!! Before we knew it we were sitting in her living room and she started telling us her story.      
  She Went to Italy a while ago to try to find work. She didn´t have any luck so she moved back to Chile. Months later she got a phone call from a man she had met in Italy and he said he had found her a job and to come back and that he would help her out. She went back and found out he had lied about everything. Long story short, he beat her almost to death and then threw her out on the street. She decided that after living through this experience God must have a purpose for her, and she wanted to find it. She said when she saw us on the street she knew somehow we would be able to help her. She said she saw something radiating from us and wanted to know what it was and wanted to have it too.
   Since Wednesday we have taught her the first three lessons, she came to church on Sunday, and she is going to be baptized January 31. 
Miracles happen.
Miracle number two.
  Yesterday there was an Ironman race here in Pucòn so all the streets where closed from 6:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon. Church starts at 10:00 which ment we would be leaving early to walk to centro. We had 6 investigators committed to make the hour walk to church with us. 5 out of those 6 investigators walked to church with us yesterday! We were 20 minutes late to Sacrament meeting, but the branch waited for us to get there so our investigators could take the sacrament. These 5 people also have baptism dates for January 31.

Miracles happen.

These are only a few of the miracles that happened this week. Amazing things like this happen everyday as a missionary. Everyday is a testimony to me that God is real and that he has people prepared for us to find and teach. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be apart of this work. It is hard, but seeing how much the gospel changes lives is the most incredible experience.
God lives, our Savior lives, and this is the true church.
Hermnana Segura

Monday, January 5, 2015

Chile - Pucón - Week 5 - No blog letter this week...

Hermana Segura only gets 1hr of computer time a week to write to her Mission President and everyone else.  I guess she ran out of time this week, but here are some pictures.