Family and Friends,
What a great week it's been. The first half was basically spent in leadership training and the zone meeting. Last Monday I left with Hermana Sykes on the train to Madrid for concilio- our leadership meeting. It was at the mission home, and really weird to be in my first area again without time to visit people! But it was fun to be back. We stayed at the mission home Monday night and Tuesday for the meeting. It was amazing. I learned so much from what was said as well and through the Holy Ghost of specific things I can apply here in Santiago. The zone leaders and Hermana Sykes and I planned a little Tuesday night for what we would share in zone meeting. Stayed with some Hermanas Tuesday night then back to the north Wednesday. It was a long trip and I hardly slept for three days, but it was definitely worth it. Hermana Sykes and Graff stayed with us Wednesday since the zone meeting was in Santiago. Then after the meeting Hermanas Staker and Jensen stayed with us for exchanges - we are trying to do them now where both Hermanas come to our area. We had a lot of success. Hermanas Iregui and Jensen had some great lessons and Hermana Staker and I found some great new potentials. They left Friday afternoon, and I was finally with my actual companion again for the last few days of the week.
Hermana Iregui and I found a family that has met with the missionaries a few years ago. They are probably some of the nicest people I've met here and hope that they find the time and have the desire to progress. We also met with a man Hermana Staker and I contacted on the street, Francisco Javier, who was so happy to find out that more sacred scriptures, the Book of Mormon, exist. I've already been a witness of the help of the Lord with His work here.
We might be small in number of Mormons, or even those that believe in God, but He hasn't forgotten about his children here. The branch president also made a comment on Sunday that I liked. He asked us how we would prepare ourselves if we received a special invitation to spend the day with Christ. He told us THIS is the way that we should use the Sabbath Day. A great thing to ponder.
Thanks for all your love and support. I love and miss you all! Hope you have a wonderful week.