Chile, Week 20 (Talca Stake, Jardín del Valle Ward)

Don’t have much time today, it’s transfer day again! Guess what!!?? I’m gonna be a mom!! Haha, not literally of course, but that’s what we call it in the mission when we get to train a newbie. I get to go to Rancagua tomorrow to pick up my new companion so I still don’t who it will be. 😉 Also, today is my 6 month mark! Exactly a year from today I’m scheduled to go home. Can that really be true!??

Anyway, I’ll be staying here in Jardín Del Valle. I’m gonna miss my companion, Hermana Mendoza. We’ve had so many adventures together and I really love her so much. She has really taught me that the most important thing is just to love people. She doesn’t really worry about numbers or goals or any of that very much. All she does is love the people we are with, all the time. We’ve seen a lot of miracles and hearts changing with the power of love. There is a balance. It’s good to think about the goals and techniques too, but more than anything we are here to love people. 

I also feel like the focus of the mission Rancagua is more about love. We are really working on helping EVERYBODY and not just people who we can baptize. It’s so much more effective to help the members and the leaders and the less actives too. If we only focus on baptizing (at least with the way things are in Chile) it’s like filling a bucket with a hole in the bottom. It’s not real growth because so many people fall away so quickly. We are working a ton with less active members and helping everyone in the ward be strong and stay strong. I might have less baptisms, but I’m helping more people and their families will stay strong and their kids will also stay strong and serve missions and start their own families. The soul of a less active member is worth just as much to God as the soul of someone who isn’t a member. In fact, it’s even more important to help them because they are members; they’ve made sacred covenants with God and will be held responsible for those. 

Gotta go! Love you all!!!!! Shout out to my cousin Patrick who is engaged! Congrats and I want to get pictures of the wedding. =)

Hermana Berbert

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Chile, Week 19 (Talca Stake, Jardín del Valle Ward)

This week I was working in a trio with two other sisters, Hermana Adorno and Hermana Bravo. It was really fun and I learned a lot from them both. My companion was helping out in La Florida and I think she learned a lot there too. The other sisters who are newer here are having a super tough time finding people to teach. I remember feeling the same way when we first got here too. This sector is different than any other. The people are richer and don’t want to let strangers into their house. Everything about the work is slower and what worked for me in other sectors doesn’t work here. Everyone that we found this week we are going to give to the other sisters so they have people to teach. It’ll be good for them because we found some really golden people. Now Hermana Mendoza and I have to find more!

Something I’m learning is that the hardest part of changing is making the commitment to do it! Once we are fully committed, we don’t ever have to decide again. For example, when I was a kid I decided that I’m always going to go to church every Sunday. If I hadn’t decided earlier I would have to think every Sunday morning, “Am I going to go this week or not?” It might be something hard for me if I hadn’t already decided that I’m always going to go. It’s not hard because I don’t hesitate, I don’t think about it, I’m not tempted to give in, I just go. I love church, haha, but that was just an example. When we need to change, the hardest part is just deciding to do it and from then on out, we can act without thinking because we already decided.

Ahhh!! Next week we have transfers (I think that’s what it’s called in English). Anyway, I have a strong feeling that I’ll be training a newbie. I’m excited. I don’t know if I’ll be in a new sector or if I’ll stay here, but we’ll see what happens. I’m excited but it will be sad if I have to go. I have found some people here that I really love a lot. Never before in the mission have I felt so strongly that I knew these people before this life. It’s so cool. I really hope I can come visit people after my mission. I really want to stay in contact with everyone!!! I love you all and I pray for you always! Thanks for writing me!!!!

Love,
Hermana Berbert

Chile, Week 18 (Talca Stake, Jardín del Valle Ward)

This week was really great. We had the baptism of Carolina on Saturday and her confirmation on Sunday! It was really beautiful and she feels great. Now they are a complete active family. Her husband who was less active is active again and they already have their date picked out to go to the temple in a year and be sealed. Even though Carolina was prepared way before we got there (she’s met with missionaries for YEARS) it gives us hope for the people we are preparing right now who will be baptized in the future even though we won’t see it.

For example, Paz is completely ready to be baptized, but her husband has a really hard time believing in God or anything really. He is still married to someone else so it will be a while before he believes, divorces, they get married, and she can be baptized. BUT it’s gonna happen with time. He really knows that God exists even though he won’t admit it. He actually read almost the entire Book of Mormon in a week. Then he was with some people at work and they started talking bad about Mormons. He said, “What have you got against Mormons? I’m Mormon.” and totally defended us! He’s never even been to church. hahaha There’s also Nicole. She came to the baptism and liked it a lot. Her only tough spot is that she isn’t married either and has an adorable little baby. We taught the law of chastity this week and she didn’t like it very much, but she knows everything else is true and she is super pure and sensitive to the Spirit.

Out of time!! Love you all! Keep being missionaries and loving the people around you!
Hermana Berbert