Chile, Week 37 (San Vicente branch with Sister Pérez and Sister Cuevas)

I got sick this week! It was the first time in the whole mission I’ve been sick. We tried to work but I felt like I was going to throw up every other second so we had to go back home for a few hours in the night time. When we got back to the house I couldn’t even relax because the whole time I lay in my bed I felt guilty for not being out working. We called someone to give me a priesthood blessing and that helped a lot. The next time my stomach still hurt, but we were still able to leave and work. I feel much much better now and with renewed energy to work hard. We had a fantastic week and brought 15 people to church this Sunday! It was awesome.

Being in a trio is fun. One day we were bored of contacting so Hermana Pérez and I just went to a plaza where there were a bunch of people passing and started singing Christmas songs. Hermana Cuevas passed out cards and talked to people that passed by. That was exciting even though Hermana Pérez was kind of embarrassed and kept laughing at first.

This week we also had the Christmas devotional with Elder Archuleta. It was so so so so beautiful. I just wanted to cry the whole time. I have a lot of respect for Elder Archuleta. He has an incredible gift and yet is one of the humblest people I’ve ever met and one of the the best missionaries out there. The Spirit was so strong in the devotional and a couple investigators (not ours) decided to get baptized as a result of the Spirit they felt. Absolutely incredible.

Can I just take a minute to tell you how important missionary work is??? Think about the atonement of Jesus Christ… the most important event that ever took place in the universe! Without the atonement, the entire plan of God would be frustrated. Pretty important, right? I personally believe that missionary work is equally necessary and important in God’s plan. Without missionary work and the work for the dead in temples, God’s plan would also be frustrated. If we don’t do ordinances for the dead who don’t have bodies, there are people who will NEVER get the chance to accept the Gospel and God would be unjust and cease to be God. If we don’t share the message of the restored Gospel, our friends and families might NEVER get their opportunity to decide if they are going to accept or reject this message. The atonement of Christ would be in vain if nobody knew about it or how to apply it in their lives.

We are living in the age of the gathering of Israel, the gathering has to be spiritual before physical, just like all things. If you are living in this age and time it’s because YOU too were chosen and preserved to come forth in this age and share the Gospel with the world. Every single person who decided to be baptized made a covenant with God to be his witness in all times and in all things and in all places. Please realize that this is the most important work you can do in the church. It is as important for the salvation of others as it is for our own salvation. Forget all the temporal things that you can spend your life doing and help us in doing the work and glory of God himself. You’ll have the rest of the eternity to spend doing whatever other thing may be of interest to you. We have a purpose during this short time of mortal life that we must fulfill and everybody has an essential part to play (D&C 84:106-110).

I love you all and I want you to know that I know without a doubt that my Savior Jesus Christ lives and loves me. I know that only by following Him will I be able to return to live with God again and my family in the Celestial kingdom. I’m grateful beyond words for His sacrifice for me and his love. I hope you all can feel it this week as we celebrate the Christmas season. I hope you all make goals to share the Gospel more this year and I promise you will have experiences that are unforgettable. LOVE YOU ALL!

Hermana Berbert


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