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?"........um 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.
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.
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.