Monday, October 27, 2014

Classic God, Another Milagro!


So where to begin... ? First of all time is starting to pass super fast! The weeks are like this: Monday, Tues, Wed, SundayMonday, Tues, Wed, Sun... Really I cant believe that my compañera leaves in less than three weeks! 

So on to our week:

Remember how we didn't have anyone at church last week and that our person with a baptismal date didn't show up either? Yeah, so we went by his (Jaunito) house this week and taught him to keep the Sabbath day holy. Then we gave him a new date and told him *firmly* that he needs to come to church and partake of the Sacrament. He said yes he would and that he would for sure be at church this week. 

Then we were contacting and we came a cross this old lady who only has one tooth (reminded me of Grandpa, lol) And turns out she is a member (active I might add) but I had never seen her before in our ward... it was weird. But she told us she lives with her daughter who is a less active and her grandson who isnt a member but REALLY loves to go to church. So we asked her if we could accompany her to her house and teach them and she said, sure! So we went to her house and taught her daughter who really has a SUPER awesome testimony but she has had some trouble with members and she is in the middle of divorcing her husband and so she just stopped going to church. So we taught her and committed her to going to church with her son this week. 

So sunday comes around and we are waiting and waiting and biting our nails for Jaunito... and he didnt show *typical chileno flojo* but the less active and her son did! So this was our miracle! Because throughout all of my time here I havent had an investigator come to church! So after church we went to their house and taught them both. And Alan (age 10) committed to a baptismal date! And really he is a such a special spirit! And we are reactivating his mom who REALLY wants this for her son.

So what I learned this week:
-God gives us miracles. ALWAYS! He really does hear our prayers and though he doesnt always answer them how we want or think, they are ALWAYS answered! 

-That the people here are "flojas". Which doesnt really translate well but the closest thing is "lazies" lol. They are all talk but no action! So it is really nice to see that there are people here who have a desire to change strong enough to act.

-The importance of the Sacrament. With all this time of our investigators not coming to Church is has given me the chance to reflect just exactly HOW important the Sacrament is. We have the opportunity to be CLEAN and new EVERY week! We are totally forgiven of our sins when we worthily partake of the Sacrament and remmber the Sacrafice of our Savior! Not to mention that partaking of the Sacrament and keeping the sabbath day holy are commandments! And what do we do if we love God? KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS! 

Also, we had intercambios this week! Which was really great because Hna Cook was my companion and I was able to speak english for a short while! We had some fun:) We found a new family to teach so I am super stoked to teach them! 

I want all of you to know that I love you all! That the Atonement is REAL. It is infinite. It is personal. And it applies to EVERYONE. His Atonement is always there, we just need to apply it in our lives. Go to church! Its a blessing and a commandment! 

Thank you to all who write me and read my emails. I am truly blessed to have you all in my life! 

Con todo mi gratitud, amor, y corazón,
Hna Logan

This is a delicious fruit called Chirimoya

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Strength of the Lord


Ok so this week was pretty interesting... it had its ups and its downs... And your probably ALL wondering what happened??!! Because you have nothing better to do than read my exciting letters(right Bishop:))? So, this week none of our investigators are progressing. None are assisting church and none had a baptismal date. But this week we went to the house of the 17 year old named Jaunito. My first mamá and I went to his house many times but he never had time to sit down and have an actual lesson. But this time he did. So we taught him and it was amazing! During the lesson my compañera asked him if he had any questions for us. Guess what he said?? HOW CAN I BE A MEMBER OF YOUR CHURCH? So we went ahead and taught him Lesson 3 (The Gospel of Jesus Christ: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the end) and invited him to be baptized on November 2nd. And he said YES! So we were stoked! Like, full of the spirit and rejoicing! Then on saturday our Zone had a fast for all of our investigators, etc. And so we fasted especially that we could have at least 1 investigator at church and especially Jaunito because they have to assist church at least 2 times before they are baptized. And guess what happened??? NOTHING. We had NO ONE attend church this sunday. And so you can imagine how disappointed we are. And I´m having to learn how I can deal with this whole agency thing...BUT, now he is sick and I believe its because he didn't come to church, but thats just me. But we are going to try to figure out how we can help him and what exactly his need is. 

Also one day we were contacting and this guy came up to me and said, "Yeah, tell me your message." And I was pretty taken aback and so I started sharing pretty shakily our message. Then he said, "How long have you been in Chile?" And I said, "Seven weeks," and he said, "Okay, tell me your message in English because it will be more sincere." So I was still a little in shock, but I did. I shared our message in English and gosh the difference in the Spirit was SO apparent. And after my compañera told me that my testimony in English was super powerful. So I learned this week something that I had been struggling with a lot lately. Because Satan has put in my mind many doubts of why I'm here on a mission and whether or not I can really do this. But after that I remembered why I'm really here. That I do have a powerful testimony to share with the world and I just need to rely on it. It's there, waiting to be shared and I'm worrying to much on HOW to say it than what TO say. 

Also, this week my compañera and I had a few REALLY powerful lessons. The spirit was SO strong and I have definitely found that Heavenly Father has been helping me and supporting me SO much this week. There have been times where I feel like I just can't take another step, like I can't go on but there I am still going. And I know it's because of my Heavenly Father and your prayers for me.

Also I feel impressed to tell you that you should read Preach my Gospel. Really it isn't only for missionaries. It is for EVERYONE! The apostles spent YEARS praying over what should be in the book. And it is truely all we need to know! So your homework this week, is to start incorporating PMG in your lives. The words are simple but powerful. And I know you will find in there things you really need to know. 

I love you all SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!!!!!! And think about you every day! 

Con todo mi corazon y amor,
Hna Logan

Monday, October 13, 2014

I'm Going to Be a Murderer Again...


FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS PARA: Marilena! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!!!!!! 

So I killed my mamá! And now she is back in her home! And my new mamá is from Perú, Arequipa! And this is her last transfer! So I'm going to kill her, too. But she is the only member in her family! She converted to the gospel (just to be clear she was baptized in FOUR days!), completed one year and then left for her mission! Isn't that incredible?! I don´t have a pic of her this week but the next I promise I will! She has a strong testimony and she is SUPER enthusiastic about finding new investigadors and so we contact a LOT. She reminds me a lot of Mom, lol. Her conversion, her enthusiasm, her powerful testimony- it's awesome:)

Also I got a hair cut which I also don't have a pic of... but she cut off all my dead hair (which was like 4 inches) so its definitely shorter, but it's soooo healthy and I love it! 

And I just want to give you all a little challenge... Yes it is the missionaries job and calling to teach and find people but the members are a HUGE part, too. Because we are only in an area for a short amount of time and so our converts need friends in the church! And a lot of old people too! We have a recent convert/less active, Luis Plaza, and he lives alone because his wife is in the hospital and everytime we visit him he starts crying because he feels so lonely! It's terribly sad! And he doesnt have friends in the church! So if you see that the missionaries have brought someone to church please try to befriend them! Every convert needs to have an awesome hand-off from the missionaries to the ward! Because we aren´t going to be there for very long. So I DARE you to jump out of your comfort zone and befriend those special spirits that the Lord has prepared to receive the Gospel. So... DO IT! :) 

This week I have seen and the felt the hand of the Lord in my life SUPER strong! I have only been in Chile for 7 weeks almost 8 and I can almost understand everything that people say! It's amazing! Like last week and the week before I was struggling big time with understanding and talking (because I couldn't understand a lot) and now it's like a 180! I feel like the Lord has definitely blessed me with extra strength and power this week and I am SUPER SUPER grateful for this ENORMOUS blessing in my life! Granted, I can´t understand everything, and some people I understand almost nothing because they talk differently or something, but for the most part it has been a great improvement! 

So I am soooooo glad that all of you are doing well and I want you all to know that all is well with me:) Yes a mission is HARD, harder than testimony hill during Trek, (yes Mom and Ron it's true!) but I wish I could explain how it feels to be able to sit down in a house everyday with someone and feel the spirit super strong! It's an incredible feeling and it's going to be something that I miss when I come home. I love this gospel, the hope and true joy it brings to people, and the opportunity I have to share it with the people of Chile! 

les quiero y amo muchísimo!!!!!

Con todo mi corazón y alma,
Hna Logan

A cute little boy!
Killing off my mamá!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Two Conferences and a Death


Raechel, Jen, and Ron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope all of you had (and will have) an amazing and awesome time on your bithdays and know that I am thinking of you and wishing you a happy birthday with REALLY good cake:)) I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Also that picture of Jane is SUPER ADORABLE! She looks SO much bigger! Someone needs to tell her she cant get any bigger until I get home and then she can grow as big as she wants!

And I have officially killed my mom (mission-wise, since your trainer is called your mom and her trainer is your grandma, etc.) and will get my second mom on Wednesday night! So for right now I am in Compañías with the sister training leaders in a trio until then. And I should find out tomorrow night who my new compañera is, her name, etc. So I am super excited for the new change and I know with the Lord that all will be well! 
And can we all just stop and be in awe for a minute at HOW AMAZING COFERENCE WAS?????!!!!!! Man it's like when you're on your mission Conference is ten times more spiritual and ten times faster than usual! Or maybe I just haven't appreciated it as well before now... but MAN I had three questions that I wrote down before and ALL were answered during the conference, like the promise, and even more! However, We didn't have ANY of our investigators show up:( But I did find two new members that we can have at our lessons which is a huge blessing because we have been struggling in that area these past couple weeks! 

And I really can't spend the entire time saying what I love from General Conference the most so I will tell you that I REALLY loved these talks:

Jorg Klebingat
Jeffery R. Holland
Elder Christofferson
President Uchtdorf
Lynn G Robbins
The prophet!
Richard G. Scott
and again the Prophet!

And really I love EVERY talk, but these talks I received personal revelation that was awesome and their perfect stories, analogies, etc.

Okay and also this week I had my first Zone Conference with the President and his assistants and the message he gave was AWESOME for me! Because my first transfer I have had quite a few doubts about myself and my abilities and thats EXACTLY what he talked about! We read this talk and I don't remember the name cuz I didn't bring it with me, but it was AWESOME and exactly what I needed! 

And during the zone conference I got my mail! So I got 3 dearelders two from mom and 1 from Ron and one letter from my friend Kelsey and it was like christmas! Thank you! And don't worry about how far behind they are because I only get mail twice a month so they add up until then. So feel free to send me more and longer ones:) and that applies to everyone! 

And now I just want all of you to know how much I love you! How much God loves YOU and that He, the all powerful creator of all things and people, KNOWS YOUR NAME! TAKE the time to read the scriptures and pray. It is not a matter of IF you have time, it is a matter of your priorities! If you say you don't have time for these things that means you are putting other things above Heavenly Father. So take the initiative to talk with Him and read His holy words! I can testify that they are the WORD OF GOD HIMSELF, that Heavenly Father IS ALWAYS LISTENING AND WAITING to hear from you! 

I love you all and am so glad everything is going well! 

con todo mi corazón,
Hermana Logan