Monday, February 25, 2013

Week 57 in Chile - 02/2/2013

Lugar: Libertador, Chillan Viejo
Compañera: Hermana Peña
Fecha: 25/02/2013
Hola Familia!!!!
            ¿Como Estàn Todos? I sure hope all is going well for each and every one of you! Things here are going well but I`m pretty sure as you can tell from the title things are a little bit crazy today, and yes I have been called to train again! Hermana Peña will be going to Hualqui! WOOHOO! It is a really good place Hualqui! But she is going there because she has been having problems with her ankles and tendons, so to be closer to the office, they are moving her there, and I know that there are people waiting there for her! But this means I don`t have a lot of time today, I will have to write really fast, I will try to write down as much as I can remember but if I forget something I`m sorry because I don`t have a lot of time, because we have a doctors appt. in about 20 mins, so please be patient. But here we go!!! :)
           Well this week has hads its ups and downs as life usually is, right? but we do our best to not let the downs get to us and we focus on the ups! :) but this week we were able to teach Iris, who is continuing to do very well but she still hasn`t come to church so we are going to have to work with her on that! But she is an amazing lady! We are also continuing to work with Tomàs and he was able to come to church and he loved it, but we have a problem with one of the commandments that we need to work on with him but we are working with it little by little! But they are both doing great!
          This week we found a lady, whos name is Carmen! She is such a wonderful lady! So Hna. Peña and I were walking in the street when I saw this lady walking with this little girl and I was like, "contact her, contact her" to make a long story short, she talked to her, told her who we were and she let us in for a little bit. Turns out 4 months ago her son was killed and she now takes care of her granddaughter, but we left her with a Plan of Salvation pamphlet and then we returned the next day, taught it to her, and she came to chruch the next day with us. She loves the fact that she can have the ability to live with her son forever! She is such an amazing lady, and I am so excited to be able to teach her! I will keep you updated on how things go with her!
          Things have been going really well in our ward, we are starting to get the ward pumped up to get going better with missionary work. Hermano Vejar, who is like our father in this ward, he takes care of us so well! He is so pumped up for the work and we are doing really well at planning things and getting the work moving foward even faster! I`m very excited to see what will happen in these last weeks that I have! But we have an hermana in our ward, Fernanda, who is leaving for her mission in Santiago this week, she is so excited, and we are going to go and say bye to her tonight! But things in general are going amazing!
          Sorry just like I said I just don`t have a lot of time today, sorry but before I go I would like to leave you with a spiritual thought as always! I don`t know if I have shared this scripture with you before, but I love it either way and I would like to share it with you again. This scripture is in D&C 130:2, which says: "And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy." But I really love this scripture, really this scripture has been one of my theme scriptures during my mission, because it has a lot of meaning to me, that really our families that exist here, will exist there as well! We just need to put all of our trust in to the wonderful plan that God has prepared for each and everyone of us! And use the wonderful gift of Agency that each of us have as well! Chose the Right and remember to Return to his presence with Honor! We will all have the chance, that has been one of the number one things that has been drilled into my testimony here on the mission! The eternal glory is ours forever if we choose it to be!!!! I know at times it is not easy, haha trust me I know! But it is possible if we put our trust in Him and endure to the end!
          Remember that I love each and everyone of you with all my heart! I know that time is passing very rapidly and soon I will be leaving this world and coming home to a new life! I am continuing to learn so much! and I know that this last cambio will be the best of all!!!!! I hope you all remember I am always praying for you!!! please take care and I will write you again next week with more info!
   Con Amor Para Siempre y Para Toda La Eternidad!
   Hermana Aubrey Jo England

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Week 56 in Chile - 02/18/2013

Donde: Libertador, Chillan Viejo
Compañera: Hermana Peña
Fecha: 18/02/2013
Hola Familia!!!!
       ¿Como Están Todos? I really hope that all is going well for each and every one of you all! Things are going great here! Just taking care and using every little bit of time that I have left, because it is flying by in a flash! It is so crazy! But things are going amazing! My companion is awesome and the hermanas I live with are awesome and the sector I have is amazing! Things are just amazing and awesome all the way around! Just to let you know this letter will be a bit shorter, and I sorry about that this day is just going by a little fast and we have a lot to do! but I will try to write about the adventures just have patience as always!
        So things with my companion are going wonderful! Hermana Peña is just full of energy and a great spirit, oh and something that I forgot to tell you all last week she speaks English!!! She studied English for two years and speaks it very well, I still have to help her but that is alright! But President told her that he put her with me one cause I´m a good trainer, haha :) but so that I could teach her a lot of English and get her to speak very well because she will probably and definitely be training when I leave, and it will be an american sister missionary because she knows English! So we are preparing together and we are having a great time!
       Well there was a conference for new missionaries this week so I was working with members again this week, which is always fun! And because of valentines day Hna. Miskin and I made little notes for people in our ward and we went and stuck them on their fence to show them that we loved them all! It was great. But we were happy that Hna. Peña and Hna. Vieda went to the conference because we have learned great things for our sector and we are working well. We are still continuing to work with Tomás and also Iris, and things are going well with them, but we need to help them assist church this week, but I know they will go! English class continues to go amazing and I really love everything about the work here, the only thing is breaking in new shoes haha can be hard, but duck tape fixes anything haha! I just want you all to know, there are no worries because I have been learning a ton and I have changed a lot and am growing from my experiences, just like we all need to do! :)
      Like I told you I´m sorry this letter is short there is just a lot to do today! but before I go I would like to share a spiritual thought with you! I was reading in Jacob today and it was in chapter five about the olive tree! It is a great chapter, but there are a few verses I want to share with you where are in 21 and 22 which says:  "And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: How comest thou hither to plant this tree, or this branch of the tree? For behold, it was the poorest spot in all the land of thy vineyard.And the Lord of the vineyard said unto him: Counsel me not; I knew that it was a poor spot of ground; wherefore, I said unto thee, I have nourished it this long time, and thou beholdest that it hath brought forth much fruit." 
    I really loved these verses because it goes to show that the Lord is always working in His vineyard and he knows what and why He does this things that He does, so that He can bring forth the best fruit that He sees in each and everyone of us! Remember the quote from last week to not be scared of your light and to remember that "no experience is a total loss if we learn from it" God has a purpose for all that He does and knows that we can handle all of it! 
    Remember always that I love each and everyone of you and that I am praying and thinking about you all continually each day! and I am able to feel your prayers and support as well thank you so much to each and every one of you! Please take care until next week and I will write more I promise, but until then!
   Con Amor Para Siempre y Para Toda La Eternidad,
    Hermana Aubrey Jo England

Monday, February 11, 2013

Week 55 in Chile - 02/11/2013

Lugar: Libertador, Chillan Viejo
Compañera: Hermana Peña
Fecha: 11/02/2013
Hola Familia!!!
             ¿Como Están Todos? Hope that all continues to go amazing! Things here have been busy but have been really good! There have been many changes this week, one of which as you all know I am training again! and just many things in working and helping others. But hopefully I am able to write about a few of the things that have been going on here this week! So please continue to have patience as I try to remember a few things that have been happening! Bueno! Here we go! 
             Well this week just like I told you I had to go to Concepción and look for my new companion. My new companion is Hermana Peña! She is very amazing! She is from here is Chile, from Iquique, the most north you can go! But I really the Lord is continuing to bless me just like He always is, Hna. Peña is the sweetest, kindest person you could ever meet and is just full of energy and very prepared to be a missionary! It is true what they say, "they just come more and more prepared!" So now in the house there is Hermana Peña and me, then we have Hermana Miskin and Hermana Vieda, who is from Columbia! We have all be having a blast together and things are going amazing! And I know that they adventures are just going to continue!
            This week has been a good week, it has been a little bit hard in the finding aspect, we had a really hard time finding people, but we are going forth with much faith for a new week and we know things are going to work out well! The time is getting short and the need to find is getting higher! But this week we were able to find one lady who is really good! Her name is Iris, we were walking in the street and Iris called us over and wanted to talk with us, and to make a long story short we have started to teach her! But she is really awesome, and very receptive. Iris has some tumors in her brain that are benign but they still have been affecting her health, but she isn´t letting that get in the way with her faith. Her faith is very strong in God and wants to do her best to follow Him! But both Hermana Peña and I are really excited that we found her and have this opportunity to teach her! We are also teaching another man whose name is Tomás, he is a really good guy, he is about in his 40 or 50s and is accepting to hear about the gospel, or so we hope, we had a little incident and now we need to take priesthood holders with us now, we were teaching about the restauration and how he could get married for every with his wife, and he said I would like to get married, and we said great with you wife right? I know you can see this one coming, and laugh if you want but it was creepy, he said no, and then we asked him questionly with who, and said me! So needless to say I got a little creeped, and we are having Priesthood come to lessons too teach him, it is the same thing that happened with Hugo and Hna. miskin. Not sure why, haha but it did! But we are going to go this week to teach him again and see things! Adventures right! :) English class this week was a blast, thank you mom for sending me the words to Green Eggs and Ham! It was a blast being able to read it with them and they all loved it! They read very well!
         Ok well I don´t have much time left I have to get going to do a few things but before I end I would like to leave you with a spiritual thought as always!! So there as a quote that an hermana shared with me this week that I loved and I would love to share it with all of you this is what it says! "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God! Your playing small does not serve the world! There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won´t feel insecure around you. We are all ment to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It´s not just in some of us, it´s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsiously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others!" I really loved this quote because it is true! We are all amazing because we are children of God! Don´t be afraid of your light is my message this week!
       Ok remember always that I love you all and I am praying and thinking about you always. Please take care and I will write you all more next week!
   Con Amor Para Siempre y Para Toda La Eternidad,
   Hermana Aubrey Jo England

Monday, February 4, 2013

Week 54 in Chile - 02/04/2012

Lugar: Libertador, Chillan
Compañera: Hermana Miskin
Fecha: 04/02/2013
Hola Familia!!!
         ¿Como Están Todos? I sure hope all is well with each and every one of you! Things this week has been absolutly crazy, I will definilty say that it has been a roller-coaster ride, but we all continue on with faith and determination right! At times that is all we can do, and if we do it we are able to see the Lords hand in our life, and I have see it this week. But how about we get started with a few things that have happened this week, I´m sorry if this letter is a little short but we have cambios and we have many things to do to get ready! Well first things are first as all of you can see from the title I have been called to be a trainer again, just like a called it at the begining of this cambio! but this past few weeks I was doubting if it would happen or not but looks like I was right! But what makes it even more exciting is that Hna. Miskin is training as well! So there will be the two of us and our daughters in the same house and Hna. Frandsen is going to krav which is in Penco! But this is very exciting and we will tell you all next week who our new comps are because we won´t know until tomorrow, but for sure we know that they are latin! So more information will have to wait until next week!
        Well so that all of you know Hermana Miskin is doing a whole lot better, she was actually doing better after the blessing but was asked to go and get an MRI anyways on monday so that is what we did, but on monday she had to get the perscription to have the MRI and then on Tuesday we went back to concepcion to get the MRI done, but because the results were going to take a few days we went back to chillan, and she went back to concepcion with another Hermana on wednesday until thursday night! So I was with member for two days! Lets just say when we saw eachother again we were so thankful to have our comps again! Try doing comp study without a comp it is a little impossible! And I was going through withdrawels! But at least she was back, then Salt Lake told her that she was not allowed to leave she had to stay in the house for three days and rest, which is was definilty not happy about, she was going crazy that she couldn´t leave, but we follow the advice, and went out with members all week long, it was hard I will have to admit but we had a little bit of success. Haha something that was really funny so Hna. Miskin´s uncle sent her two little nerf guns and when she was in concepcion on thursday she had an interview with President and the Hermana that when in before her was sent to go to the Provo mission because of health problems, and when Hna. Miskin heard that, she hid the nerf gun in her brace, and went in for her interview pulled it out and said, "President if you take me out of this mission I will shoot you!" haha they bothed laughed really hard! And she isn´t leaving just training! Woohoo! I so called it for her! I told her she would! But we are both excited! and we have many things to do today!
       Well something else that happened this week, Hermana Brennan finished her mission and is going home today! It was very sad! She is the best Hermana ever and has been with me since the begining! So it was a little hard to say goodbye but we promised eachother that we were going to go and do the teaching resource lab in the MTC together helping all the new missionaries, but she was such a great example and friend for me and always will me! haha we also burned her "old Jewish man coat" that is what she called her rain coat because that is what it looked like! But I got a video of it and everything! I´m tempted to do the same thing before I leave! haha! We will see!
       I´m going to have to start ending things right here because we have a ton to do today! but before I leave as always a spiritual thought! Well my spiritual thought this week is going to be very simple but has a lot of meaning to it! It is a scripture that many know, which is in Mosiah 2:17 which says: "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." This scripture really has a lot of meaning, and it says it clearly we need to serve our fellow men! Serve all those that live around us, help them feel the love of the Lord and become instruments in His hands! In the apartment we have been talking lately that helping those that are around us is the most important thing, if there is someone that we see that is sitting alone in church or whatever, don´t just leave them alone go and befriend them and help them know there way around, that is all that everyone is looking for is love and the feeling of being wanted. I would love to invite each and every one of you this week to be aware of the people around you in all situations! Help them, Love them, Share with them! Help them feel wanted so that they will be likely to return! I promise the Lord with bless you so much if we do our best to be His hands and help those around us!
      Ok well I need to get going here! but remember that I love you all so much and I hope that all is going well for each and every one of you! Remember that I pray and think about you all always! Love you tons and I will have more adventures for next week!
    Con Amor Siempre y Para Toda La Eternidad!
    Hermana Aubrey Jo England