Saturday, July 15, 2017

The One with CHANGES and a FAMILY BAPTISM! 7/5/17

JULY 5, 2017
HELLO everyone! This has been a crazy, fun, surprising, and a whirlwind of a week! It started out with the BAPTISM OF GUSTAVO and XIMENA!!!! They both were baptized on Saturday and Confirmed the following Sunday! It was one of the greatest days in my mission! They are now members of the church and are working to be sealed in the Temple one year from now! I was filled with joy to see them both in white and 100% clean! True Celestial Happiness right there! Now, not everything went the ways that we wanted it to go! It is not a real baptism if there isnt at least one problem now is it? LOL. First, the hot water in the church was not working! We could not figure out why it would not turn on and could not get it to work! We said a prayer and we were coming everything we could! We figured out it was the batteries so me and my comp go running to the nearest store to change the batteries! Luckily, close by there is a store that is like Home Depot and they have all types of batteries! We ran there and came back in less that 30 minutes with new batteries! We put them in and finally some hpt water was coming out! BUT the font was already filled up half way, but the baptism was in 1 hour so we did not have time to start over. In the end, they both had to get baptised in cold water, in Chile, in the winter! Poor things, they were both freezing!!!
While we were getting everything ready, finally 5:00 came around and it was time for the baptism... but Gustavo and Ximena were not there nor were they answering their phones!! We were getting really nervous and finally they answered their phone at around 5:15 and i asked them where they were. Gustavo starts explaining to me that they were thinking a lot about how important baptism is, and how they might not be ready, and how they think that are not gonna come because they changed their minds on the whole thing! I was speechless and copuld not even breathe! My hands were shaking and I had no idea what to say! My eyes filled with tears and my heart DROPPED! I was so sad! I had my head down and all of a sudden I heard giggles and laughter... I look up and its Gustavo- he is talking on the phone just on the other side of the door! I was soooooo burnt, and I was crying LOLOLOL! Ximena tells me they are so sorry and gives me a hug and tells me not to worry! LOL they all planned the prank on my because I am gullible! LOL It is true though! 
Ok so then me and Maldonado and the Elders had to do a special musical number and in the middle if the song.... our phone rings and it is President Gwilliam!!!! We hang up and finish the song... it was sooo embarassing!! So after the song we run outside to call PResident back.. it was a VERY unexpected call btw! He asked to speak to me... SO SCARY! He says "Hermana Cribbs I am calling you to be my next Sister Training Leader and you will start your special calling on Tuesday! I need you to come to my office on MOnday for training and then you will be coming to the other side of the mission! Can you do that for me?" I WAS IN SHOCK!!! I said "Of course President, whatever you need me to do, I will do it!"
We finished the beautiful baptism and the next few days I was going to trainings, packing, and saying goodbye to my ward! It was so sad because I was only there for 6 semanas and then I had to leave! 

These pics are my family who got baptized! I love them sooo much and their little baby is the sweetest angel! They always talk about him serving a mission one day in Las Vegas! Hehehe

Dear Parents,
We would like to inform you that your daughter has been called to be a Sister Training Leader in the Chile Santiago South Mission. The calling to be a Sister Training Leader is no small one, and carries with it many responsibilities. President Gwilliam has high trust in the abilities of your daughter. He has called her through inspiration, and is grateful for the willingness she has to serve and sacrifice for those in the area to which she has been assigned. She will serve as a guiding light to those in her area as she follows the inspiration that will come to her, and as she leads in the ways of the Lord, with love, long suffering, humility, and charity.
We thank you for the effort you have put forth to raise a daughter worthy to serve a mission, and to receive this special calling of added service to all those around her. She will undoubtedly move the work forward, and help in the progress and growth of Gods Kingdom here in the Chile Santiago South Mission. We thank you for the service and sacrifice you have rendered and pray that you may be able to recognize the many blessings you are, and will yet receive because of the faithful service of your daughter in the Lords Vineyard.

With gratitude and love from all those serving in the Chile Santiago South Mission,

Elder Christensen
Secretario de Registros
Misión Chile Santiago Sur
La Iglesia de Jesucristo de Los Santos de Los Últimos Días

NOW I am the Sister Training Leader (like a Zone Leader) here in the South part of the mission and with a gringa companion from Arizona, HErmana Rand! We are in the same group and we were in the CCM together so we are already friends and it is a blast! I will send some pics! It is a different world here in the South part of the mission! It is more houses but also more like city and also a lot more dangerous! I love it! LOL. I love it here and working with President and the Sisters in my new calling! It is a time for me to learn charity and humility so it is just the best! 

The Fourth of July it was raining and we had changes! It was still fun and of course I was in all red, white, and blue because I am proud to be an American! LOL. 

Well that is it for today! I will be sending pictures! I love you all so much!!!!  


 Baby Thiago and the family!

 Also Pics from the 4th and then wit my comp too! She is the cute one with brown hair! Also with Hermana Gwilliam!

The One with the Colombian Family!! 6/29/17

JUN 29, 2017
Hello everyone, so I am writing and it is Thursday because the system was down and we couldnt write yesterday! I am going the make this short but important!

Ok so we have a family from Colombia who we have been teaching for awhile! We have been trying to put a baptismal date with them for a long time and it never seemed to follow through! There was always a problem or issue that they had to accept the date and commit to be baptized. We have been praying and fasting very long and hard that they can feel the peace and will to be baptized and make this very important and vital step in their life. They had issues with the Word of Wisdom, and issues with tithing to start. With time they told us, you know what Hermanas, we understand know why it is important to make this offering to God and we want to show Him that we love Him so also we are going to keep the Word of Wisdom!! WOW miracles! Then they had to find a house before they should be baptized, so they looked for a house a d they found one in ONE DAY!!! With the faith that me and my comp had in the Lord and also Gustavo and Ximena, they are going to be baptised here THIS SATURDAY!!! WE ARE SOOO HAPPY AND EXCITED FOR THEM!!! IT is just amazing to see how much the Lord can do and all the wonders her does for us when we have the sufficient faith and hope in Him. It has been a crazy couple of days but we are ready and excited for the baptism of a FAMILY this Saturday! They are working to go to the Temple to be sealed in one year from Saturday as well! THIS IS THE WORK OF THE LORD AND SALVATION!!! Bringing families together forever! IT is the best job in the world to be a missionary and to help the people here in Chile! I love being a Sisiter Missionary and serving the Lord with all my heart, might, mind, and strength! I love you all so much and will see you next week! 


The One with ONE YEAR BABY!!! 6/21/17

JUNE 21, 2017
Hello all my friends and family! Exactly one year ago today I started the greatest, hardest, funnest, and most impactful journey of my life; serving an 18 month mission in Santiago Chile for my HEavenly Father. And let me just say that it has been the best 1 year of my life! Full of spiritual moments, hard trials, funny stories, eternal friends, and a new family that I have made here in Chile. I thank the Lord every day for the blessing to serve and help the people here in Chile!

Also this past Saturday was my 20th BIRTHDAY!! YAY ME!!! I am finally 20! LOL and it was the greatest Birthday I have ever had in my life! My dear sweet Helen got baptized! She is my miracle of the mission and had a beautiful baptism. I was able to got to my last ward to see it and then she and the family invited us over to their house afterwards. They had pizza and cake for me with candles and everything! They sang happy birthday and gave me a beautiful scarf and earrings form the south of Chile with old tribal markings from the original tribes here in Chile named Mapuche! They are so cool. THey are soo sweet and Helen was just shining the light of Christ at her baptism! She looked so pretty and was so happy! I was filled with gratitude to my Heavenly Father for letting me be a part of Helen´s life and helping her find the gospel! Best Birthday Present ever!
This is our Colombian Family of Investigatores who gave us lunch and a cake too! 

We are doing great here in my ward with the work! We are finding new people and teaching everyone the Gospel! We are also doing English classes and it is really fun! We are freezing here with all the wind and the cold cold air, but it is way better than when I was dying of heat so I am okay with it! I am just so happy and ready to make these last 6 months of my time here in Chile the best ones yet with hard work, memories, and success! 

I hope you all have the best week! THANKS FOR ALL THE BIRTHDAY WISHES!!! 

Love you all! 

Work Hard, Pray Harder!
And here is my sweet Helen!!!! 

The One with the Freezing and the Heat! 6/14

JUNE 14, 2017
Hello friends and family!

This week was really normal and nothing really happened! One thing about Chile that I really dont like is the weather! It is all over the place! One day it is hot and we are sweating with all the walking and the next we are freezing because we cannot warm up! It is terrible and more than half the mission is sick because of this! So this week has been full of this and terrible weather. There is a lot of pollution here in Santiago so many days we walk outside and we cannot even see in front of our faces! It is aweful! But what can you do, as missionaries we will go out and teach the gospel, no matter the weather! 

This week was my mom´s Birthday! I want to make a shout out to her and let her know how much I love her! Mom you are the reason that I am the person who I am today! You have been there for me through it all and have never let me down! You are my biggest support in all things and has been on my left and right from the beginning! I thank you so much for everything you ahve done for me and for all the love that you have shown me! I love you so much! Happy Birthday! 

Things are going great in the work and we are loving it! We have a family from Colombia who want to get baptized so that they can one day be sealed together forever! It is the most amazing thing! We are working with them so that they can enter the waters of baptism so that one day they can enter the doors of the temple. This really is the goal for all the people we teach! It is the best to help explain to this little family that they really can be together for all time and eternity. The expression on their faces when we were able to explain that... most priceless thing ever! 

I hope you all have a great week and always remember who you are! LOVE YOU ALL! 

Work Hard, Pray Harder!


Happy early birthday chammy!!!! I can't believe that you are going to be 20!!!! You are getting so old!!! Lol. I am so happy that you get to have a birthday in Chile! It will be awesome.

Wish I could send this cupcake and ice cream right to your door!! Love you, dad


Happiest of Birthdays to you my sweet Hermana!
This is the most unique birthday you have ever had! In another country, experiencing another culture, and representing the Lord Jesus Christ by teaching the gospel! Love, Mom



The One with the Talent Show!! 6/7/17

JUNE 7, 2017
THis week was one of the FUNNEST weeks I have had and one of the MOST DRAMATIC! Ok, bad things first... we live with 2 other Hermanas in the house and they exploded!! One of them is really sick with an infection in her stomach from bad chicken she was given and her companion was angry that they couldnt leave the house! Oh boy what a problem this was in the house! My comp and I were like afraid of what was going to happen and we were like the peacemakers in the house.. but it really was a mess! SO much drama and girlish things.. and people ask me why I had mostly guy friends in high school and college... LOL. In the end, they had changes of companions. We are really happy because all we want is to feel the Spirit in the home and to do missionary work! Feeling the Spirit where we live is so important. I realized that I could not function without the Spirit in my home. We could not study, could not plan, or really do anything with how we felt in the house and the way it was. Make sure to act in such a way that you can always feel the Spirit in the home! We need Him every second of everyday!

OK, good stuff now!! Our ward had a talent show!!! Us and the elders we did a huge dance! We of course had permission to do so! We did a miz of the chicken dance, the Hoedown Throwdown, the Whip, and the Cueca (the traditional Chilean dance). OH MY GOODNESS it was soo fun and hilarious! My comp and I were in country clothes and the elders like gangsters! It was awesome!! It was one of the funnest nights in my mission! We also had a family of investigators come and they made food for the Talent Show! It was delicious! I loved being able to dance and have some fun with our ward and the members. I made the dance and had to teach it to the other 3 but it came out super good and it was just a good time. One thing I love about the mission and my sweet Chile is that the people really make me feel right at home! I love it!! I never want to leave the mission. It is changing me and changing my life! 
Well that is all i got! I love you all! 


Hermana Cribbs 
Viana, Klein, Maldonado

The One with Nothing Really Happened! 5/31

MAY 31, 2017
Hello Friends and Family,

I hope all is well and that your week was a little bit more interesting that ours! This week I was sick and so was my companion. There is a stomach virus floating around in the mission and I got it! It is terrible! I was so sick that I couldn't leave the bed and we just slept for hours ad hours! TERRIBLE! But it is okay because now I feel much better! 

I am in a new ward and a new sector. It is weird to be in a new place and see new people. The ward is really small and different from my last one. It will take some getting used to and a good attitude for sure. It a good thing I have one! 

This week I have been thinking a lot about families. It is so important that we have a good and solid relationship with our families. Here on the earth we have many things but family is one of the most important! We need to cherish the times that we have as a family and hold close to us the people we love. Here in the mission I have the chance to share about eternal families with everyone and it is one of the best and easiest things to share.  I mean who doesnt want to live together forever with their families? EVERYONE does I would think! Speaking of families this week we were able to do a service project for a family from Venezuela move houses. They were living in a room at the nursing home because they had no place to live. They are a family of 5 with 3 kids of the ages around 15 (boy) and two little girls ages 13 and 9. We helped them move into their own little space with all their things. I thought they were moving into a house or a department but we ended up going to another nursing home to a single room. It is a room smaller than the room I had at my house in Vegas and with 3 twin beds and an old television set and 3 little drawers... that is it. I looked around the little room as we helped bring some things in and felt my heart sink. THe mom began to tell us the story of what happened. they are a family who moved here from Venezuela hoping for better opportunities. They had to leave the nursing home and someone offered this little room fr their whole family. The mom began to cry as she just thanked God for all the blessing she has been given and for her little room with 3 twin beds so that her children didnt have to sleep outside in the cold. SHe looked at us and just thanked us for our help and for sharing the love of the Lord. I couldnt hold back the tears as they rolled down my face. I have never been put in my place so fast and just felt so prideful and needed to be humbled. This family has NOTHING and was only giving thanks.. never complained. I remember how many times I complained because I didnt have "the next big thing" or a better phone that worked better. This family taught me so much and I have never felt so humbled and grateful for all that I have in my life! 

This experience was one in a life time for me and changed the way I look at things! I am so grateful for everything I have and for my sweet family!

I dont have much time, so until next week!