Monday, January 30, 2012

2 months left!

Good Morning!
I am doing pretty good this week. We had kind of a rough week last week because all four of us got sick. Apparently there was a bug going around or something. It was the same thing I had like 6 months ago in Villa Norte with really bad stomachaches, headaches, and a fever.So we spent a little more time in the pension trying to recover. But we are all doing a lot better now.:) This week was good. We are working with a family of five, the littlest is 9 months, the next is 3 and the oldest is 5. The biggest challenge that we have is the mom and dad are not married. So this week we really focused on that, which was a little bit awkward for us but it turned out great. They actually talked about getting married but never saw a point to it.... until we explained to them about how families could be together forever and then of course the ten commandments. :)  Also something really cool is that the mom has a twin sister that is almost exactly the same as her, only a little bit bigger. lol She was over visiting them this last week and we had two really good lessons with them both and we are 100% sure that her twin sister is going to get married and be baptized. So really I think it is just a matter of time. They all came to church on Sunday which was great. Her little kids love primary. It was funny because we went to primary with them and turns out the teacher didn't show up so we had to give the lesson. But primary here is a little different because they only separate the kids into two different groups. So we got to teach a huge class of kids from the age of 3 to 8.
Also Oscar was confirmed on Sunday which was great and is preparing to get the priesthood soon. We have a lesson with him tonight to help prepare him. :)
It sounds like you talked to a lot of people this week. I am glad everyone is still thinking about me, I haven't been gone too long. :) I really liked the pictures that you sent from your cruise. I am surprised that Dad let you take a picture of him. lol So is Stephanie just working and hanging out or is she taking classes? We don't have too many plans for this p-day. My companion has somethings she wants to do so I think mostly today we will being doing things off her agenda. But its good. I am starting to realize that after so many p-days the stuff we do isn't that important to me anymore. I don't know if that makes sense. But I remember always wanting to have me time and do things I want to do but after time it just doesn't really matter all that much. It is just another day and next week we will have another one. 
But I am glad everything is going well for everyone. And that is sweet about that girl getting called to come here. You will have to fill her in on everything because the papers really don't tell you anything. lol
Love you all,
Hermana Lichty

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jan 24

How was your trip? It sounds like you guys had a really good time and had lots of things to do. Did you come home to snow and cold weather? How is winter going there?
Things here are going great. Oscar was baptized on Sunday afternoon and it was amazing! He has such a testimony of the gospel even though we found him and started teaching him less then 9 weeks ago. It really helps me to see what a power there is in this work that we do. Oscar was prepared to receive the gospel long before we knocked on his door. All we did was connect the dots to all the knowledge that he already knew. In the meeting that he went to last weekend they made him get up in front of every pastor in Chile and explain why he was renouncing.... and he did it! Also we had a lesson with him and our zone leader to talk about how we can help him start sharing the gospel with all of his people. Unfortunately his church and all of the members live in the Elders area so we won’t be teaching them but its okay. :) The important thing is that they get the chance to hear about the gospel. Whether it is us or the Elders it really doesn’t matter.
We had the conference and interviews this week which were good. I learned a lot about the atonement and the creation. It is crazy how fast the time flys, it seems like just last week we had the Christmas conference. Oh and I got your package of candy! Thank you! That was really fun to get. My companion loves the almond brittle that you made. And I just like candy so everything was good for me. :) The weather here continues to get hotter and I actually got a little burned yesterday. But it’s not too bad, I actually like the heat more then the cold. The pulgas have taken a little break with is nice. It might have something to do with the flea collar at the foot of my bed... but who knows?? lol The lotion seems to help too. :)
Other than that everything is going good. We have a lot of things to do here which is nice and I am still SO grateful to live in my area.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Hermana Lichty

Jan 16

Well that cruise sounds like it will be a lot of fun.. how did you convince dad to go? I thought he didn't like them because he gets motion sick. But that is sweet, you will have to take a lot of pictures! I am sure that will be nice to get out of the cold weather for a little bit. :)
Everything here is going well. We are waiting on news from our Pastor. We are SOO nervous because this whole weekend he has been in Santiago because...... he is renouncing his title and pastor and all his leadership in the church so that he can be baptized this coming weekend. My companion and I have been praying a lot for him because we know that people are going to say a lot of really mean and negative things to him. Also because so many good things are going to come from his conversion. We are getting ready to start teaching his congregation. This week we hope to make plans to start going from house to house with him :) SOO please keep all of that in your prayer this week.
This week we have another mission conference which should be good. I always look forward to them. We have also been having luck finding people to teach which has been great. It is crazy how fast this change is already going by! By the end of this week we will be at the half way point. My companion is doing really good at practice and learning English which has been fun. So cracks me up because she is always saying the most random things. She read a lot of things in English and studied for years before the mission so its funny to listen to her put things together. She is the only companion that I have had that has really tempted to learn learning English. Sometimes it is frustrating though because I have had a time remembering how to say certain things in English and when she asks question my mind is just blanks out. But it’s okay :)
And yes I got the shoes this last Tuesday. They are good but give me blisters and I have a horrible tan line on my feet from my other shoes. So I am embarrassed to wear them because my tan line is SO ugly. One day I will take a picture and send it to you. lol But I have been using the soles of the new ones in my old ones and that works really well too. SO thank you!
I hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy your cruise!
Love you all,
Hermana Lichty

Monday, January 9, 2012

Jan 9 2012

My week was good. Yes I am still enjoying the weather here although there are a couple of hours in the afternoon that are really hot. My tan lines get darker by the day. lol I think the ones on my feet and legs are the darkest and most ridiculous. It will be kind of embarrassing to come home and wear sandals and shorts. I think the biggest trial for me this week has been the pulgas, all of the sudden they started to bit me a lot! So I went and bought another flea coller for my bed and I am back to wearing a lot of lotion to try and prevent them. I was really glad I still had allergy pills because there were a few night that my feet and legs itched so bad from all the bits that I couldn´t sleep. But the allergy medicine really knocks me out so it was okay. lol Also our house has been getting attacked by ants! I don´t know if I told you about that before or not. But we have been having to use a lot of sprays to keep them under control. I have never seen so many ants in such a concentrated space. Today we woke up and there was a line of ants that went from a little crack in our bedroom, up the stairs, into our study room, and all the way around the boarder of the wall. There were hundreds and hundreds, it was kinda gross. But we sprayed them all and the crack so a least we have one less place for them to enter.
We found a family yesterday that we started to teach. They are so nice and they really listened and responded well. I was really excited because I feel like my companion and I teach really well together and she has really helped me to improve my Spanish. We are still teaching Oscar and he is going to a conference this coming weekend. He said he wants to renounce his title and power in the Church so we are praying for him. It is not an easy thing to do. We also presented him a lesson about the need for a Restoration only using the bible. He said he is going to teach it to his church this Wednesday. :)
So what is a fuzz buster? I really have no idea what it is. lol So Adam has a girlfriend too? That is so weird to me! When I left all they did was work on Zach´s car and watch TV. It sounds like Steph had fun in New Orleans. What kind of plans does she have with this boy though? He seems to live awfully far away.
No packages yet... but I am crossing my fingers for tomorrow.We have our zone meeting in the morning so it is very possible that I will get it then. The Zone leaders went to Viña last Friday for a leaders conference. Thank you for sending that oil, I am excited for it to get here so I can try it out. :)
But we have been staying busy this week and finding new people to teach which has been wonderful.
Are you staying busy at your office? How is Dad doing at his Job?
Love you all,
Hermana Lichty

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

I have really good news! I get to keep my companion for another change! I am really excited because she is a great companion and very patient with me. The sad news is Hna Norton is leaving for the interior.. So I wont see her again until we leave. But Hermana Cárcamo and I have a lot of things we would like to accomplish in this new changes so we are very excited.
The new years was really good! It was completely different from last years experience. Here they have this tradition to make scarecrow like people, like they stuff clothes with burnable materials and then make heads for them and then stick them in posts in the ground. Then a little before midnight they burn them. It was fun to walk around and look at all of the stuffed people. Right in front of our house the neighbors made a stuffed family with a mom and dad and two little kids. So we got to watch them burn. lol
We had a special dinner that night with a family that is in a different ward. But it was fun and they gave us a lot of food! I am not use to eating meals at night so it was a little much, but it was really nice of them. We had a baptism Friday before the New Years eve activity in our ward so that was nice. It was a little girl that we found at the beginning of the change who´s family is struggling a little to stay active. But I think she will really be able to help them. Her name is Juliana.
As far as mail goes, I know that I have a package in Viña but I won´t get it until next Wednesday. Because we are really far away from everything even if our mail gets to the office we still have to wait weeks until someone goes down there or someone comes up. But I am very excited for the shoes. The ones that I am wearing are getting a holes in the bottom. :)
I am glad you guys had a good Christmas and new years. It is still weird for me to see pictures of Zach and his girlfriend. As far as Steph and her dreadlocks boy go... that should be interesting. Is she thinking of moving down there with him?
It is starting to get even warmer here which has brought the fleas back... SO SAD! For some reason they are leaving welts the size of quarters were they bit me! I am trying really hard to pretend that they are not there and that they don't itch. But it will be okay, no worries :)
Well everything else here is going good. I am really enjoying my area and the people here in the ward. Oscar the pastor is doing great and has started to teach the people in his church about the need for a Restoration. Little by little :)
Con Amor,
Hermana Lichty