Tuesday, April 29, 2014

funny and spiritual experiences

HOLA! So this letter I decided I am going to do it differently. I am
going to write about my funny experiences, and my spiritual

1. So one day we were walking and my companion stops and gasps. I look at
her and see that she is looking at the floor pointing.  I was afraid
it was an animal or something. I look down and see that it was a scary
looking animal...yep...green...with some kind of numbers...oh
wait...nope. It was 20 cordobas. haha. We picked it up because nobody
was around...or basically the owner. haha. We ended up using it to buy

2. We taught a boy L___ and we put a fecha with him. We told him that
we had prayed about this date and knew he would be ready...that we
always pray for him,. He goes, oh well I am embarrassed...I don´t pray
for you guys. haha.

3. So we had divisions as a zone. I stayed in my area and hermana perez
came here. We were walking and a guy from behind said..hey
muchachas...I have a question for you. We went back and he asked a
funny but interesting question. He asked, why do you guys always carry
that book in your hand when you have a backpack? From there, we
quickly put an appointment with him for another day. haha

4. The same day with hermana perez we contacted a house and we basically
just taught our purpose. Well to finish we asked if this lady could
say the closing prayer. We all stood on foot to pray and the prayer
started out normal. When all of a sudden she started to get louder and
I was hearing some other language. Then back to spanish...then this
other language...then spanish...then the other language. Then she got
soft again and ended the prayer. We said bye, and as soon as we left
the house I looked at my companion and asked, what the heck kind of
language was that? She told me it was ´the gift of tongues´. That
people think if they talk like that, they invite the
spirit...um...wow. There is a first time to experience everything right?

5. So this week was a party week here in san marcos. And one day there
were so many people in the park and the streets...that we couldn´t get
into our house...we live right in front of the park. So we ended up
going to a restaurant to eat dinner while we waited for the people to
leave. haha

6. We have a list of less actives and we asked someone if they knew
this person. He goes, oh yes. We asked where she lived. He goes,
okay...see the sun? So, from the sun about 2 blocks that way. Yep...I
think that was the craziest and funniest direction I have heard. haha.

7. So we were in a lesson with E____...this guy who contacted us
about the backpacks. He is super nice. Always gives us something to
drink..and this past day he gave us a bit of dinner because I said
here in nicaragua is only rice and beans...so he was proving to us
that they cook other things. haha. (oh he knows english because he
lived in florida...but decided to come back here for a bit).
Anyway...so we were teaching and he yells to his sister to bring the
bug repellent. I thought it was for him. He grabs the bug spray and
then comes over to us and sprays our legs and arms without even saying
anything. It took all my energy to not laugh. We just said thank you.

8. During church...in the first hour some kid was blowing
bubbles...like I said...a first for everything right? haha.

9. A few members are saying that I have a demon in me because I have a
cold-cough...where there is Phlem. So when I cough they go..oh the
demon is trying to take over again...its coming out. take it out hermana
chase! you can do it. hahaha..

Okay...now that you have laughed at a few of my stories this
week...time for those spiritual moments. This week I have started
counting my blessings...yes like the song. But really it helps. I
number each blessing I get that day. And it is helping me to see that
even in those days that stink...the Lord blesses us.

1. So Like I Said we had divisions with the zone. So I was with hermana
perez...she wasn´t hungry for lunch yet so I said we could visit a
lady. We went to visit her and turns out that this day was exactly 6
months since her son died. He was killed in guatemala and left his
wife and 3 kids. We ended up teaching about Christ and the atonement
and a brief summary of the plan of salvation. We also ended up putting
a baptism goal with her. It was a good lesson.

So we always have like a family home evening here on wednesdays at the church. My convert M___ came, and a less active. Well...after the meeting I
asked if we could share a message with them. I wanted to teach lesson
3 because we had found the less active drunk one day...he is only 16.
We found out that that was his first time drinking. We were hard on him but
with love. I almost cried because I was so heartbroken. He is so young
and I didn´t want to believe it was him. We had a good lesson and I
gave him a picture of Christ to put up in his room. And to use when he

3. So when we taught E_____ for the first time we invited him to be
baptized. He goes wo wo wo...this feels like dejavu. Like this has
happened before or something. We were all excited when he said this.
haha. He ended up accepting the baptism goal which was good. :)

4. Our convert Karen put a goal to read the book of mormon by June
11...we are happy for that. :)

5. I was studying about faith this week and read that a belief is
passive, to accept that something is true. Whereas faith is this
belief but with action. That we cannot have faith without believing.
but we can believe and not have faith. O sea...la creencia is pasiva,
acceptación de que algo es verdadero. La fe is una creencia y acción.
No podemos tener fe sin creer más podemos creer y no tener fe. So I
was thinking that I think my problem is that I have a belief...I know
that God can help me with things...help me find the families...but I
don´t always have the faith. I need to act more. If I want to find a
family...I need to contact the families that come into my path..do all
I can to find them.

6. So we visited a family that were old investigators from about 2
years ago. Only the mom was home and she said her husband doesn´t get
home for another 2 hours. when in walked her husband. He got home
early. :) We ended up putting a fecha with them and we found out that
about a week earlier the mom was wanting to visit our church again.

7. After that lesson we contacted a lady who the missionaries passed
by a few times...we invited her to be baptized the 24 or the 31 and she
says the closer one because you never know what can happen. Yep :) that
doesn’t happen too much haha

8. 1 Nephi 17:8-10 Instead of asking how can I contact  that many
people or have that many lessons...I should say where do you want me
to go to contact those people? We need to be more like nephi and have

9.at church our convert k___ was called as counselor in Young Women!!!! YAY!!!
I am so  happy! That will help her a lot!

Anyway...those are a few of my experiences this week...I have a lot
more but those will have to wait until I get home. haha. I hope you
are all sharing the gospel to those around you. This message is
important. I love you all and I appreciate your support and love. ;)

Hermana Chase

p.s. from mom ....just an addendum to let you know some of the environmental struggles Kaitlin is going thru still. (althoug they don’t seem to be struggles with  Kaitlin,)  She sent pictures showing how everything is just dirt roads. Her comment was “ You can see how much dirt there is here...yes this is the mission.” Bulls walking along the trail with their owner is a common sight I gather. They are moving again because currently they are renting a room but the owner wants to charge them more money.They found a place and if it meets with the elders approval they will clean it ( not clean now?) and move in.   Stephen joked about finding a place where she can finally have hot water. Her comment? Not gonna happen.

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