Monday, December 10, 2012

Week 46 in Chile - 12/10/2012

Lugar: Agronomia, Chillan Ñuble
Compañera: Hermana González
Fecha: 10/12/2012
Hola Mi Familia!!!!!
          ¿Como Están Todos? As always I hope that you are all doing well, and as always I´m just going to say that this past week just flew by and I have no idea where the time went!! haha that is life for you right? But this week has been pretty good, there have been some great things that have happened, I would just like to ask that you have patience I try to remember and do my best to write a few things that have happened. Entonces, here we go!!

          Well on Monday it was Hermana González´s birthday, we didn´t do to much on Monday, and she really didn´t want to do to much, because she doesn´t want to be reminded of her age because she is 29 now. But the Bishop is a great man and he made her a cake as well, and on Tuesday, we celebrated her birthday after daily planning, we has balloons and everything, I have some pictures, but I forgot my cable so I will have to send them next week, but it was a lot of fun!! and we have been having a good week together!! 

          On Tuesday we had a mini conference, and President came to chillan and he talked to us about teaching like Christ and using our area book better so that the missionaries have a better time finding people after we are long gone from the sector. But it was a really good conference. And I´m excited because this week and Wednesday, we are going to travel to Talca and we are going to have a conference for Christmas, so I will have to let you know how that goes this next week!

          This week we are working our very best so that Valeska can get baptized this next week but we are waiting for the dad´s permission, so wish us luck that we are able to obtain it. And we are also teaching another girl whose name is Alondra, we are trying to help her see that this is something that will help her out very well, but we are receiving a little bit of opposition from her great grandma, which is a little hard, but we will have to see how things go this week, please pray for her as well, but other than that we are still in the process of finding people, which is always fun!! :) 

          Well this next week we are going to have cambios, because cambios this year fell on Christmas, so they are doing it a week earlier, and the next cambio will be 7 weeks, but Hna. González and I are not completely sure what is going to happen, we have a feeling that I´m leaving because I have about 6 months in chillan, and only 4 months left. But anything can happen with President and the Lord, so we are just waiting patiently until next week, and working the best we can until then!! :) 

          I´m sorry that this letter is a bit short, I´m just having a hard time remembering everything, but I promise to make a list this next week so that I remember. But as always before I leave you all I am going to leave you with a spiritual thought! This spiritual thought is a story that I really love, I´m sure most of you have heard it before, but I would like to share it with you anyway, because it has a good meaning behind it! Here is the story, it is called "trouble at the inn"

For years now whenever Christmas pageants are talked about in a certain little town in the Midwest, someone is sure to mention the name of Wallace Purling better known as little Wally. It was Wally’s performance in one annual production of the Nativity play that has slipped into the realm of legend. But the old-timers who were in the audience that night never tire of recalling exactly what happened.
Wally was nine that year and in the second grade, though he should have been in the fourth. Most people in town knew that he had difficulty in keeping up. He was big and clumsy, slow in movement and mind.
Wally fancied the idea of being a shepherd in the Christmas pageant that year, but the play’s director, Miss Lumbard, knew that there were too many lines for Wally to memorize. So she assigned him the role of the Innkeeper who only had a couple of lines. For weeks he practiced his part and his lines. Miss Lumbard’s biggest concern for the play that year was that Wally didn’t mess his part up and therefore embarrass himself.
It just so happened that the whole town had turned out the night of the big production. No one on stage or off was more caught up in the magic of the night than little Wallace Purling. Then the time came when Joseph appeared, slowly, tenderly guiding Mary to the door of the inn. Joseph knocked hard on the wooden door set into the painted backdrop. Wally the Innkeeper was there, waiting.
“What do you want?” Wally said, swinging the door open with a gruff gesture.
“We seek lodging.”
“Seek it elsewhere.” Wally looked straight ahead but spoke vigorously. “The inn is filled.”
“Sir, we have asked everywhere in vain. We have traveled far and are very weary.”
“There is no room in the inn for you.” Wally looked properly stern.
“Please, good innkeeper, this is my wife, Mary. She is heavy with child and needs a place to rest. Surely you must have some small corner for her. She is so tired.”
Now, for the first time, the Innkeeper relaxed his stiff stance and looked down at Mary. With that, there was a long pause, long enough to make the audience a bit tense with embarrassment.

“No! Begone!” the prompter whispered from behind the curtain.
“No!” Wally repeated automatically. “Begone!”
Joseph sadly placed his arm around Mary and Mary laid her head upon her husband’s shoulder and the two of them started to move away. The Innkeeper did not return inside his inn, however. Wally stood there in the doorway, watching the desperate couple. His mouth was open, his brow creased with concern, his eyes filling unmistakably with tears.
And suddenly this Christmas pageant became different from all the others.
“Don’t go, Joseph,” Wally cried out. “Bring Mary back.” And Wallace Purling’s face grew into a bright smile. “You can have my room.”
A few old grouches in tiny town thought that the pageant had been ruined. Yet most attending that night considered it the best Christmas pageant they had ever seen.
       I really like this story a lot because of the simple and powerful example of Wally, and the question is, how many of us are willing to give up our room for Jesus? What are we willing to give up for Him in general? Are you willing to give things up so that He can come into your life and change you? But I hope that this Christmas that we all remember what the real meaning is always, and we are willing to give our room to the Christ child! 

     Remember that I love you all so, so much!!! Remember that I pray for each of you each and everyday!!! And I promise to have a better detailed letter this next week! But please take care and I will write again next week! Love you all!! 

     Con Amor Siempre y Para Toda La Eternidad!
      Hermana Aubrey Jo England

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