Chile, Week 24 (Talca Stake, Jardín del Valle Ward)

Well, it was Independence week in Chile! Whoohoo! It must be a really fun week for those who aren’t missionaries…. There were tons of BBQs and games and people dancing (Cueca) and wearing traditional Chilean clothes and flags on every corner and games. There was a ward activity and Alejandro came and played his guitar. He’s really good! Everyone immediately loved him. Anyway, it was a crazy week and we taught a few drunk people and nobody was in church. We had 10 people who said they were going to go and more that said, maybe…. But in the end, only one person came and it was really sad.

Finally Spring is starting and it’s HOT!!!!! I don’t know which is worse… freezing or frying to death. In the morning shower, definitely frying would be better. Our water heater finally died this week. It’s been in the process for months… We had to heat up water on the stove to try to wash ourselves. It actually wasn’t bad… just took forever for 4 sisters.

So….. Sis. Adorno, who lives with us, has been really sick lately. She faints suddenly and then starts trembling really bad. It’s kinda scary and we’ve had to have elders run to our house and give her a blessing in the middle of the night. I’ve been living off very little sleep to check on her every couple of hours in the night. She’s really a great missionary and gives everything she has to the mission. She was scheduled to go home this December, but Satan’s been attacking her really hard. The other day, President Warne and his wife came to our house. They had a talk with her and told her she has to go home early. Wednesday.

Wow. I felt my heart just stop and break for her. It was really sudden. They told us yesterday and we were crying most of the night last night. Once again I haven’t slept much. It makes me think how I would feel if I had to go home suddenly. I can’t even imagine it. It doesn’t even feel real with Hermana Adorno. I’m sure it will hit me when she leaves. She was training and her companion still hasn’t finished her training yet. The president pulled me aside and told me I will probably be in a trio for a bit and train them both and work in both sectors. There are always adventures in the mission!

Anyway, I plan on enjoying every second of the mission and moments like this just help me live like I was dying every day more. I can’t believe I’m going home in less than a year. I refuse to think about it. Enjoy every moment of your lives, and be on the lookout for a video of Elder Archuleta and maybe some other missionaries in my mission between conference sessions in another weekend (-; No, I’m not in the video, unless they filmed me secretly and I didn’t know. haha JK, but it should be good so check it out anyway. [Editor’s Note: We aren’t sure, but we are guessing that the featured video will be a short segment, maybe 5 minutes or so, included as part of the Church World Report, which will be shown on KSL TV on Saturday immediately following the morning session of conference.]

Shout out to my best friend Kent!!! He’s in the mission in Honduras and it’s his birthday this week! Whoo! 21! (-=

Love you all,
Hermana Berbert

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Chile, Week 23 (Talca Stake, Jardín del Valle Ward)

Where do I even begin?! I gave a talk in church this Sunday! It’s the first official talk I’ve given in Spanish. It was fun. =) Also this week is independence week in Chile and they celebrate ALL WEEK LONG. We’re definitely gonna have adventures.

Right now we are preparing Tomás for his baptism Saturday! He’s all ready to go and determined to endure the rest of his life. I really think he is an angel, he’s so pure. I’m so happy for him. My companion and I have felt a few times that he is pretty close to the end of his life. Hopefully not, so he can help reactivate his daughter in the church, but he has suffered a lot and is ready to rest with God again. All he’s missing is his baptism and he’ll be ready to go. He’s like a little kid, completely innocent.

The other day we were working with the list of members trying to find less actives in a sector where we haven’t worked much before. It was terrible, we weren’t finding anyone! I should have known a miracle was about to happen because they always happen in the last minute when we feel like we are working super hard for nothing. The very last person we visited didn’t answer the door either. It was late and we were getting ready to head back to the house. Just then, someone called and we stayed in front of the house a little longer talking with a member on the phone. Just then, Antonio came out and explained that he couldn’t answer the door because he was in the bathroom! His wife is a member (less active) and he always listened to the missionaries with her but never was baptized. We talked with him a long time and I was really surprised that he never joined the church. He told us that he knows the church is true and that whenever he listens to the missionaries he can’t help but cry because he feels the Spirit so strong. He’s really great and still feels a little nervous about going to church, but it was really special to get to know him and he wants to read the Book of Mormon. My companion and I both felt strongly during the lesson that he is going to be a powerful priesthood leader in the church one day. He just has that kind of spirit. 

We also are finding lots of less actives that aren’t in the list of members, but that God has put in our path. We found a man named Alejandro playing in a park with his daughter and we practically ran to contact him. He just had a light in his eyes and looked so happy with his little girl. As we started talking with him, he told us that he is a member! We scheduled a time to visit him and he is so cool! You’re not going to believe it, but his house is hidden in a little corner of our sector that is really poor and dirty and we probably never would have found his house if we didn’t see him in the park. But inside, he has a collection of antiques! Little things that he has collected and found who knows where. He also has a ton of fossils that he has found that are millions of years old! He showed us the head of a dinosaur that he has in his house! It looks just like a rock at first, but then if you look closely, it has EYES and NOSTRILS and it’s clearly a DINOSAUR! I felt like I was in a movie because he’s this quirky funny guy with crazy hair and I have no idea how he dug up all these old things that look like they should be in a fancy museum but instead they’re on his bookshelf. You meet the coolest people on the mission.

Actually, my companion and I were talking about that the other day- about why the mission is so special and why they always say it’s the best two years. The mission is not easy, ever, and it’s not the best two years because it’s fun. It’s the best two years (or 18 months) because it’s so sacred. It’s really so special to meet so many people who just let us into their lives. They let us into their lives, into their homes, and we become part of their family. They tell us their feelings and their experiences. I love to look into the eyes of every person we talk to and you can just see their soul. Behind whatever they look like at first glance there is a child of God. There is a human who has lived and loved and suffered and cried and felt scared and felt brave, and wondered if their life really matters at all. There are people who reject us and will never admit that they have all that inside, but I see it every time in their eyes and I can’t help but love them. I can’t even explain it. 

Anyway, this blog is probably way more than you needed to know about the people we are visiting, but I really could have written more. I love them so much. I feel so blessed to be here. I know I have tons of weaknesses and sometimes I do everything wrong, but I love the opportunity I have to be in the mission. I wouldn’t trade it for anything that the world could have offered me if I’d stayed home.

I love you all!!!!
Hna. Berbert

Chile, Week 22 (Talca Stake, Jardín del Valle Ward)

Training with Elder Viñas and President Warne and about half of the mission (the other half of the mission trained on different days)

Training with Elder Viñas and President Warne and about half of the mission (the other half of the mission trained on different days)

Ah!! I’m out of time to write a really inspiring blog post this week. Sorry! But we’re continuing to see miracles every single day. And I mean EVERY day! It’s so obvious that the Lord is guiding our feet. I’m really happy and also really tired!!

We went to Constitución today to visit the beach for a zone activity. It was so weird to be back in my first sector. I wanted to go visit everybody, but I couldn’t. )= It was kind of depressing because everyone was all excited and playing soccer and I remembered when I first arrived in the mission and was full of energy and enthusiasm. Today I just wanted to sleep, but I read scriptures on the beach. I guess it’s a good sign that I`m tired because we really have been working hard.

I feel like I’m almost giving all of me to the work. Of course there are ALWAYS things I can do better, but I really am trying to be the best missionary I can be. I’m gonna pray to have more energy this week cause I’m sooooooooo tired. We also lost an hour of sleep with the time change and woke up early to travel this morning. That must be why I can’t type fast today. Haha.

Love you all! Thanks so much for reading!
Hermana Berbert