Tuesday, November 26, 2013

hectic week!

First off, I am sorry I don´t have pics this time. It was a bit hectic and I forgot my chord to transfer my pics. I am sorry! You will understand later why it was hectic.

So to explain a bit about some of our investigators. We have one lady who I love so much.  Her name is T__. Her sister is a member and her brother in law was the bishop before. She lives in costa rica but is here for a bit. So...we started teaching her. We have taught almost everything. She has a baptism date, but we don`t know if she will be here then. But my thinking is that if we can teach everything and she is still here then we will baptize her that next saturday. haha. She went to church for the first time even though she has a hurt knee right now and has to use a cane! I was so happy!

 I also found this girl named G__. She is 13. She is living with members. The family told me they want us to teach her. She had 1 time in church already and then she came this sunday! We are so happy. She actually likes church! And she wants to learn a lot. 

We have another guy who used to  be a leader of a gang. He would carry a machete in his pants and assault people. Anyway he has changed. He wants to change more. He knows that we are there to help him. My last  lesson with him I reminded him how special he is for Heavenly father and that he has a lot of potential. anyway, it was a good lesson. I love reminding of their worth. 

We have another boy who is 12. E___. His family are members, menos  (except) his dad. He has been going to church his whole life so he knows everything. The reason why he wasn`t baptized was because his mom always worked. Anyway, he is super cute.

We have 7 people with baptism dates, and we are looking for families. 

So...I don`t know if you knew but my comp hermana butler had fallen back in september. She was on bed rest for 2 months and had just started working again with me. Well, after a few days of work her foot was bothering her again. So we did divisions everyday for about 4 days. That was hard. Two days I went with a mini missionary, 1 day with a member and another girl who wants to serve a mission. It was hard. I don`t know my area still because I didn`t have my companion to help explain. And I was the one that had to teach everything. The members can help, but only so much. It was tiring. My comp had talked to president and he said he was going to talk to the doctor, but we hadn`t heard anything. So on saturday we called the zone leader who talked to president. He just said to keep working hard like always and not to worry. So she worked saturday and sunday. And her foot wasn`t really bothering her. 

Then sunday night at about 5:30 pm the leaders call and say that hermana butler has emergency changes and they are coming at 8pm. She was sad and started to cry saying she didn´t want to go home. We went home and two other sisters came to help her pack. We packed her things and ate dinner there at the house. Then the elders got there at about 9. I took one pic with hermana butler and then the elders come up to me and say, `hermana chase can you pack things for about 2-3 days...right now please`...okay. so I quickly packed some things. While I was packing the elders freaking left with hermana butler. I didn`t even say goodbye!!! LAME!!! 

So for now I am in a trio with Hermana Herrera, and hermana hansen...i don`t know for how long. The elders don`t know who is coming here or what is going to happen. Kinda stinks. My investigators...I know there are trios out there...my old comp is in a trio so I dont know why he doesnt take one of them to put with me.But oh well....

So that is why I don`t have pics this time. I literally just grabbed garments, and like one outfit to use. I have to go back to the house. 

We did have a slumber party with the hermanas in my zone...but I was so tired I fell asleep before the party happened. haha. 

Well. I want you all to know I love you!!! A lot! On the 6th I hit my nine month mark. 9 months...I can`t believe it. Time flies so quickly. I am grateful for this opportunity I have. I thought I understood how much the gospel meant to me before, but now I really truly understand what it means to me. It is everything. I encourage you all to share the gospel every moment you get. Don`t let one person enter in your life without sharing the gospel. 

Hermana Chase

"Declaring our testimony of the gospel is good, but being a living example of the restored gospel is better. Wishing to be more faithful to our covenants is good; actually being faithful to sacred covenants—including living a virtuous life, paying our tithes and offerings, keeping the Word of Wisdom, and serving those in need—is much better. Announcing that we will dedicate more time for family prayer, scripture study, and wholesome family activities is good; but actually doing all these things steadily will bring heavenly blessings to our lives."
—Dieter F. Uchtdorf,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A new area and another wonderful companion


So I finally left my first area! After 7 months I am now in a new area. So first, my old companion is training again. She is here waiting for her visa. But she has another companion because she is in a trio. A gringa. She came like 1 or 2 changes after me. 

But the important thing..me. haha. I am in San Carlos, Masaya. You can look at a map to see. It is more of a city. There are banks, taxis, stores, restaurants, PAYLESS, and a super market!!! I love it! This is the tourist place and missionaries want to go here for the souvenirs. So if you want something, tell me. I will buy it here in the market. I want to buy a hammock that says nicaragua. haha. 

Anyway my last day in La Concha was good. When I told hermana arriaza, who cooks lunch for us that I was being transfered  and i was grateful for everything she did, she actually cried. I was surprised. I  wasn’t that close to her or anything, but wow. Then with hermana lourdes, she gave me her earrings. haha. Hermano Douglas who I loved his family said nothing. Just something like, well I hope you come and visit with your new companion. It kinda hurt, but its okay. Hermama Blass gave me a woven purse. And I took a foto with hermano fransisco. Also a family gave me a keychain souvenir. Every apointment gave us food. I was so full! At night I went to pack and I dont know how I packed to come here... seriously. Well I do...I had help from my parents. But I Stayed up until 3 am packing and writing in peoples journals. Then we woke up at 5 am...yes 2 hrs of sleep. We went to managua where we received changes. 

My companion...well in the meeting when they said who I was with, I was nervous. She didn’t come to the changes, so I didn´t know who she was...only that she was a GRINGA. Then I looked at my paper that said I was the companion mayor...( senior comp) WHAT?! My companion is Hermana Butler from colorado and she has about 6 months in the mission. Ya.... I was nervous to be the older companion...everyone says its hard because the older companion takes the hits for everything from president. Anyways, and we don`t know too much spanish. But its been going good. At our district meeting we made a goal for each companionship to contact 20 people each day. And we have done it so far. I am really pushing myself here. Teaching a lot, contacting...we even contacted 2 policemen the other day and taught a bit. haha. I can tell I am going to grow a lot here.

The bishop is great. He went to an apointment with us and teaches wonderfully. He is amazing. The other two elders here in our ward are gringos..so all the missionaries in this ward are gringos now. haha. 

I got my scripture cases from the ccm finally. my teacher sent them. When I opened them I found a letter from him with CHOCOLATES! haha.It is a bit weird..we report our numbers in english. I had a hard time. I couldnt think of how to say the number 0 haha. But hermana butler and I try to talk in spanish when we can. 

We live with a family...members, but the beginning of december we are going to move because the dad drinks, and wants more money from us and doesn`t want us using his things. One good think I thought was oh we can use their washing machine...but it like doesnt wash good. so i think i will wash by hand still until we move houses and the other lady washes them for us. Anyway, the family sells herbalife...a product to lose weight. And we don`t see them much.

The members like me! Its great. haha. And the investigators. This is a good ward. 

I feel good. Its nice to have a gringa companion. Its definately a challenge. When we don`t understand something or can`t express it well. My comp was on bed rest for her transfer after her training because she hurt her foot, so I am still kinda teaching her how to count numbers. But I just know that this will be good for me. You guys won`t believe I am the same person. I feel like I have changed so much. And I will change even more. Its amazing. These really are the best 18 months. I am learning to think of others, and i am realizing that over time if we keep trying we really can do anything. If we desire. 

I love you all! And wish you all the best week! 

Hermana Chase

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

bats, spiders, ants and now bees! and I might be transferred :)

So this week. haha. First of all, one day we were in our study room when my companion noticed  a few, what would be similar to bees in our room. She looked up at the light and there were about 30 of them flying around! We didn´t understand why, so we quickly took our things and closed this door. The next morning, we went outside and realized they were building their home outside our house!!! So we had our neighbor try to get rid of them. He tried getting rid of them with fire haha. I don´t know what he did, or why they left, but they are now gone. haha.

So on tuesday our district leader called us and told us he talked to the lawyer and if we could pull the papers and get the money today, that F__ could be divorced by friday, and baptized saturday before I leave. So we quickly went to his house but he wasn´t home. We talked with his family and they were sure that he would say yes.  They explained they had 1000 and hermana santos and I were going to pay 1000 and the elders 500....cordobas. So while we tried to call him, Hermana santos and I went to the office to pull the papers. Once we got there we got a hold of F___ but he said that he didn´t have the money, that it would be better to wait until he got home the next night to talk...in the end we didn´t pull the papers. So the next day we went and we decided to not say anything about his divorce. To wait until he said something. Well, he didn´t say anything. So he has the desire, but not so much,  in that,  he wants others to do everything. He had this one golden opportunity and he let it pass by. We will see what happens now.

 Well, I don´t know if you can believe it, because I can´t. But I have 8 months in the mission now. Less than a year left. Crazy right?! I still can´t believe it. I feel like I haven´t quite learned enough to be at 8 months haha.

We had a neat experience with a new investigator. It was our second lesson with her and we taught lesson 3-the gospel of jesus christ. When we were walking to her house and I looked at dates we could possibly put for baptism. When we got to the end of the lesson I ended up putting a date with her. I first asked if she would follow christ and she said yes. Sometimes people say yes because they don´t understand me. So I wanted to make sure. I told her we like to put goals, and how about the 7 of december. She said yes. I still couldn´t believe it. She goes, so I am going to be baptized the 7th? We said yes, its a goal. she says, okay then, I am going to pray to see if this is right so that I can be baptized on the 7th. She basically put her own date haha. It was a pretty neat experience.

 Hermana santos was sick this week so we didn´t work as much. And now I don’t feel too good. But, I can still work.

So president changed things. Usually if you are training you find out a week in advance. And there is a meeting you go to. Now, you don´t find out until sunday night and transfers are on wednesday. and you have the meeting with your new comp! yikes! Well, my comp is going to train again! So...it is most likely that I will leave finally. haha. I am a bit scared. haha. Being in one area with the same people for 7 months is a long time. And sometimes I wonder why I was here for so long. If I really did all that I was supposed to. I don´t know. But I hope so. The thing is , that this transfer is only 4 weeks instead of 6. And then the next transfer is 8 weeks! crazy right?

We had a little fun and decorated towels with the relief society. Not too hard and they are pretty. More for decoration though.
Overall, a good week. I think the reason I was here for so long was to progress personally. I don´t feel like I helped too many people here, but I do feel like I have changed.
a quote...sorry its in spanish.
´no hay ni uno solo de nosotros que no sea receptor del amor de Dios. No hay nadie entre nosotros hacia quien Êl no haya demostrado interès y tratado con afecto. No hay nadie a quien Êl no tenga el deseo de salvar y para quien no haya preparado una forma de lograrlo. No hay ni una sola persona a la cual Dios no haya enviado àngeles para que lo cuiden. Tal vez seamos insignificantes e indignos ante nuestros propios ojos y ante los ojos de los demàs, pero la verdad es que somos hijos de Dios y que Êl nos ha puesto bajo el cuidado de su àngeles-seres invisibles de fuerza y poderìo-y ellos nos protegen y velan por nosotros´- pres george q cannon

I love you all, and I am grateful for this opportunity I have to be a missionary. I have learned more and more how to love others and put others first before ourselves. Its a bit hard at times. But I realize when I put others first I Forget about myself and my problems and things are good. I know this gospel is true and I am grateful for it in my life.

Hermana Chase

(translation of quote thanks to Dad and Google!)

There is not one of us but what God's love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are the children of God and that He has actually given His angels-invisible beings of power and might-charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping...

Gospel Truth Discourses and writings of George Q. Cannon

Monday, November 4, 2013

Divisions, Halloween, Positive outlook

So I am going to write day by day. I always use my journal to write letters, because i always forget things. 

One day elder Garcia accidentally spilled smoothie on my backpack, but I couldn´t wash it, because I had divisions with the zone next day and so i just kinda washed it with a rag. For divisions I was with Hermana Pimentel in Rivas. She is 23 and from El salvador. She is super nice. She is in training still! only has 1 month here. So teaching with her was  a bit wierd. I took the lead in all the lessons, even though it wasn´t my area, and I even was the one to put a baptism date with someone. Wow her area is amazing. One joven  (young man) is super ready. He said yes he would be baptized if he gets an answer because if this is the restored church, then he needs to. We contacted some great people, and it was a great experience for me. At the end of the day, my head hurt and I was super tired. A day as a mom for me. haha. Hermana pimentel is a convert...about 3 years. it amazes me these people who serve with so little time in the gospel. People are joking that I was with her to get prepared to train this transfer. We find out who trains tomorrow.

We started teaching an 11 year old girl. She has been going to church for years on and off and they just realized now she isn´t a member. Our first time teaching only a child. We talked about baptism. She said she was baptized at age 5 in the catholic church...which is harder because she remembers it. We left a verse to read in the Book Of Mormon and told her to pray. 

This week we taught some new people, who are fairly positive compared to the people we have now. 

Halloween here...its wierd. a bit scary. There is like a parade of people dressed up with music,and they walk in the street.But I don’t know how to explain it. It felt more satanic than anything. they don’t ask for candy or anything. mainly just dress up scary and idk....we  returned to our house a bit early that day, haha

Friday we had our district meeting. I got cards from becca, sister peterson, brother king, pres markham, and grandpa alatorre. Hermana Santos gave the lesson on faith and diligence. 

We taught a new joven. (young man)  Hermano M___. We had planned on teaching lesson 3 and after we talked about faith, I asked how he was with his prayers. He said he doesn’t pray too much.  We ended up talking about prayer and then the church. He says he isn’t ready to go to church. He had good questions. Like, do you think that you have to go to church to believe in god? There was a moment where I almost cried. I was explaining about prayer and asking if he REALLY understood that he is a child of God. that he is special to him. I remember an apostle said that when we truly understand we are children of God, it is easier to pray because we understand that we are just talking to our father. 

Then we were fasting because it is the first sunday. We actually found Ma___ and he talked a lot more, and actually said he would go to church. We told him we would pass by in the morning. Then we had planned on talking to fransisco about his divorce and that he needs to work more on his part, and not just us. 

I ended up talking to my comp because I feel like sometimes I am not guided by the spirit a lot. We had a good talk. And she always tells me that I am kind, and am always looking for ways to serve people. That I am humble. That I am different than other norte americanos. She said its usually the latinos that serve and are loving, but that I am like that. Also Elder trujillo said I am humble. They always say that I never do anything wrong, that I am innocent, humble..etc. Sometimes its a bit hard when they say that because I don’t feel like i actually live up to that. I feel like I make mistakes all the time.. That I am not humble. But I am trying to be the best person I can be. 

Sunday was a bit hard. We woke up at 5:30 for ward council., And literally like 4 people showed up. It wasn´t until 8 when about 8 people came. We left at 8 to go for our investigators. Well s___ and his kids...no. F___...no. We went for a___, and she said she couldn’t go because her husband was super drunk and she didn’t have the keys to lock her house. She said its hard to live like this, but she would try to find someone who could watch the house. We had planned their wedding and baptism for her this sat...but now we don’t know if they are going to separate or what. hermana hassel called and said she couldn’t go for ma___. So we did. and he wasn’t home. During church I don’t know why, but I just felt like crying and sleeping. That night I reflected back, and thought that sometimes I feel like since we are fasting, that everything should go great. But sometimes I think that when things don´t go right when we fast, it is to try our faith and patience. 

I read a talk entitled, how can i be a successful missionary? by lauren bangerter wilde. It is EXACTLY how I feel. It is in the oct liahona. read it if you want to know. Some quotes I liked:
-we set goals to show our faith. We follow up on goals to count our blessings.

-i could not control whether or not the people in my mission would accept the gospel message, but i could control the type of missionary i chose to be

-discouragement will weaken your faith. if you lower your expectations, your effectiveness will decrease, your desire will weaken, and you will have greater difficulty following the spirit.

-alma 29:14-16

-when you have done your very best, you may still experience disappointments, but you will not be disappointed in yourself. you can feel certain that the lord is pleased when you feel the spirit working through you.

the work of the lord is hastening. ´as surely as the lord has inspired more missionaries to serve, he is also awakening the minds and opening the hearts of more good and honest people to receive his missionaries.' -neil l andersen

Well. after studying all that, I have decided to strive even harder to be better. to point out the positives, and not the negatives. To not compare my success with others. To just work hard, and enjoy my time here. 

I love you all. thank you for the letters, prayers and your love. 

Ps...I will finish 8 months this week...the 6th...crazy how fast time flies. 

hermana chase