Friday, December 9, 2016

The One with all the Service with a Smile!

DECEMBER 7TH 2016- MISSY'S BIRTHDAY!

HELLO FRIENDS AND FAMILY!! 

(pics:THIS IS MY CUTE COMP, ALSO A DOG THAT HAS A PROBLEM WITH ITS TONGUE SO IT IS ALWAYS LIKE THIS AND THEN THE BILLBOARD WE MADE IN THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS! )


How is everyone? I want you all to know how much I love the letters and emails that I get. Sometimes I dont have time to reply to everyone but I always read them and have the biggest smile on my face. 

So this week has been one of the most tiring weeks on my mission. We did 15 hours of service this week and the usual is only 4... so we are just exhausted! This week we didnt have many people to teach and not many people had time so we thought we would just serve... and oh boy that is what we did. It is the best to just help people and serve them with my heart. The people of Chile have my entire heart and soul. 

So this week we are teaching a young woman who has 13 years and she is sooo great! She wants to get baptized and have a date planned for the 18th of December. She is the cutest little thing and has been going to church for a long time but we just now got the permission form her parents to let her get baptized! It is soo exciting! It is the greatest blessing to see the Gospel change lives and help people to really grow. We also this week have helped a hermana come back to the church after 3 years. We are doing a lot of reactivating here in this mission. We have 30,000 members in our mission and the number of people who are active is 3000! WE HAVE WORK TO DO! I LOVE IT!! I AM READY!! So that is what we do everyday. We wake up and we look for our brothers and sisters who need to hear the Gospel or be reminded that they have it. The mission is the most rewarding time in my life. I have never been so happy! Also, before the mission I didnt truly understand what it meant to have a prayer in my heart always. Well, now I do! I have a prayer close in my heart every single day and second. I can see the difference like night and day in my life. I feel my Savior´s love always and there isnt a better feeling! So that is my advice this week! Seek to have a prayer in your hearts always!!! 

I hope all is well this week and you are all happy! Remember that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father! I love you all soooo much!!
 

Until next week,

The One with Leading my Sector and Loving the Work

NOVEMBER 30TH 2016

Hello family and friends! How is everyone doing as we are getting closer to the Holiday Season? I love that we are getting closer and closer because the Spirit of Christmas and the birth of our Savior is so strong and beautiful! So this week was great! I am leading my sector and man it is not the easiest thing to do! Actually it is very hard. I have to remember how to get everywhere, and if you know me, you know I ALWAYS go the wrong way! I also have to plan what our days we be like and really remember what everyone needs so that we can be there for the people. It is sometimes really difficult, but I have never been one to step aside and not take on the challenge. I also dont mind being the leader.. I think its because I am the oldest in my family. But I am learning so many new things! My comp is in her last 3 weeks of her mission and I am just in awe of her and trying to learn everything I can from her. This week I learned all about urgency. It is different to just be doing everything right and being exactly obedient and being urgent to do the work. I am learning to be urgent in all that we do and to diligently seek to find people to teach. There is a difference and definitely for the better! 

SO this week we taught Michaud and he is progressing so much and working for his baptisimal date. I am so excited and I just love teaching him new things and seeing his face light up with... well the light of Christ. I have so much love for the people that my heart I swear is actually growing! The families here have my heart too. I have been in the same are for almost 5 months and it just feels like home.

SO one day this week we visited an Hermana and she had a cat... Now here in Chile my alergies to cats have really calmed down... well so I thought. When we were at her house I decided to play with the cat. I was petting it and everything, but I put on some hand sanitizer afterwards so all was ok. Well like 15 minutes latter my eyes started to hurt and kind of water..... So we were in a lesson with an investigador like 20 minutes later and I could hardly see him!!!! I was itching all over my arms and my face started to turn red and my eyes were getting puffy! Poor man, he probably thought I was crazy as one of my eyes were twitchig and I was saying "I know the Church is true and that it is for you!" hahaaha. It was super awkward and my comp kept asking if I was ok and I just kept on teaching this man. HAHAHAH It was soooo funny though. SO I learned also this week that I am still allergic to cats and to not touch them. LOL. 

Also these past two weeks I have been teaching gymnastics to a little 10 year old. It started out just teaching her gymnastics on the grass at the Church but now she is investigfating the church! IT is honestly my dream come true... helping people learn about the Gospel through gymnastics. It is the best! And I  get to do a little gymnastics on the grass so I am super feliz. 

This week has been a lot of contacting and just working hard. My mom alsways told us kid that one day we are going to love to work. When I was in the house I never really understood what she meant by that.... but NOW I di. I LOVE TO WORK: It is the most rewarding thing in this life, when we put forth our own efforts and give it our all and then the Lord provides us with blessings. My advice for the week is for everyone to just try and learn to love to work. In the mission it is what we are doing every day all day. It is the best way to live our lives and I know we will be blessed beause of it! I love you all so much!!! 
 

Until next week,

The One with the CHANGES!!


 

NOVEMBER 23RD 2016
Hola mis amigos y familia!! 

How is everyone doing and feeling? I hope that at this time of year everyone is happy and showing gratitude for all the things that we have in this life. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I have just been feeling do grateful. I have never been so happy I have never been so happy in my life! The mission is the best place I could be and the best decision I have ever made in my life! 

OK so First things first, we had changes!!!! I m soooo sad. Our changes were special too. They were 2 weeks early than usual and only we had changes. My comp Hermana Ruiz was called to be an Hermana Leader. So, we had changes with the original Hermana Leaders so that Ruiz could be trained. The reason we had it early is because both of the Hna Leaders right now are leaving their missions in 4 weeks!! So my Comp now is Hermana Ibanez and she has 18 months in the mission (She extended her mission one month). So I, having now 5 months in the mission, have a comp with 18..... fun right? But the good thing is that Ibanez is honestly so great. She is from Argentina and the sweetest little thing. I love her so much already and it has only been one day! But I am heart broken to leave my mama Hermana Ruiz. We are the greatest of friends and have grown so much together. We cried and cried and cried when we separated. Now I am leading my sector and things are going just wonderfully! This past week was the birthday of Hermana Ruiz, before we had changes. I made her breakfast and gave her a few gifts that I got for her and spenD the day with families. It is so nice to have love here from the families, definitely makes it easier for holidays and birthdays.



This week I am just gull of gratitude. I am grateful first and foremost I am grateful for my Father in Heaven. He is always listening and answering our prayers because he loves us. I am grateful for my beautiful family that I have and for their love. Im grateful for all the missionaries in the world fighting for our Savior, Lord and King. I am grateful for the Gospel and the pure and infinite joy it brings me. My heart is so full of gratitude that it might burst!!! 

This is all for this week. Love you all so much!! 

Until next time, 







Thursday, December 8, 2016

The One with Colombia

NOVEMBER 16TH, 
Hello friends and family! I hope you are all happy and living life to the fullest. Life is so beautiful and we need to live it to the fullest everyday! I am doing awesome here in Chile like always. We have our 2 investigadores with fetchas and we are working hard with them. One of them was able to come to church on Sunday. He looked at us probably every 15 minutes and just smiled and said "I feel good, I feel really good". HE doesnt speak much Spanish so his sentences are always simple. It was amazing to see the Spirit just overflow during sacrament and the classes. I know that Selio was a person already prepared my Heavenly Father to hear the Gospel! He is just great and super excited for his baptisimal date!  I gave a talk on Sunday and they wanted me to speak for 15 minutes. I was super nervous because that is a lot, and in Spanish?? Oh no! I was freaking out. But once I got up there all of my nerves were calmed and my Spanish was smooth and easy.  I ended up talking for 25 minutes!!! I guess I give long talks in both English and Spanish! LOL I just like to talk! 

So today for Pday we got together with most of the Columbians in the mission. My comp is Colombian and we went to eat Colombian food. It was soooo good! So much food but oh it was delicious! We played futbol too. So here in the mission every single person thinks I am Colombian, I guess I have picked up my companions accent and say words that are only Colombian. It is pretty funny!! Also because I have a Latina comp I am starting to forget some English... it is weird! When i talk in English with the other Gringo missionaries we tlk in Spanglish because we have forgotten what some words are. It is pretty funny! I also think in SPanish most of the time and sometimes dream in Spanish! It is crazy weird!! I love it!! 




This week wasn't too excited but some highlights were: 

One day we were walking and some kids were playing with waterballoons. They saw us and thought it would be funny to through one at us, so they did just that. We didn't really run or anything because it wasreally hot and we thought it might feel good and refreshing..... IT WAS FILLED WITH MUD!!! We had black and brown all over our legs and in our shoes and on our skirts..... those rotten little boys! We ended up laughing because what else were we gonna do? But seriously rotten! 

Another day we had once with a cute old lady and her sister. We sat out on her patio and drank dome tea and ate cookies. It was literally so cute and I felt like we were in England or something lol. 

We had divisions with the CCM again and my comp was from  Peru and so cute.

Ummmm yeah that is about it this week.  I am still loving the work and never want to take off my name tag. This is the work of the Lord and it is the best thing I could be doing.  I have never been so happy!! 

I love you all so much!! 
Until next week...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The One with the Blessings here in El Parron!

 NOVEMBER 9, 2016

This week was AMAZING!!! We really are starting to see the fruits of our labors here in this ward. This week we did A LOT of contacting and searching for new people to teach. We dropped nearly all of our investigadores because we didnt have any progressing. It was sad but we knew that we could be spending out time better. This week we made it a goal to invite everyone to church. On Sunday we had 5 people come to church!! There were both inv and menos activos. It was a mini miracle! I know that god answers and listens to our prayers (2 Nephi 32:8-9). It was such a great Sunday and was a day of happiness. Also on that same day we had so many new investigadores and talked with so many people on the street. It was a day full of smiles and the Spirit. We have been fasting and praying to see some success in this ward and our sector and we are really starting to see it! I shared my testimony in Sacrament Meeting on Sunday about the Libro de Mormon. I honestly LOVE the LDM and now it changes lives. If you arent reading it every day, I strongly encourage you to do so. I know it will lift your spirits and change your life. 
This week we had interviews with the President and Hermana Gwilliam. It was nice to meet with them one on one and just talk about my feelings here in the mission. I told them that I never want to leave and that I want to be a missionary forever. They smiled and laughed a bit and just said that my mom might get mad at them if they let that happen. :) It was pretty funny!
So about a week ago we made a contact with a man named Michaud. He was walking on the street and I looked at my companion and told her I wanted to talk to him. She agreed and we crossed the street to talk to him. HE was very enthusiastic and liked our positive attitude. We gave him a folleto and took down his information. On Monday of this week we got a call from him. He told us that he read the folleto and wanted to meet with us right away. We were off to visit him that day. While we were there, he had a friend named Celio. HE seemed interested and so we asked him if he wanted to hear the message too. He said yes and we began teaching them Lesson 3 about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The lesson was so powerful and they really were interested. They had many questions and comments throughout the entire lesson. In the end we committed them BOTH to baptism!!! It was a miracle! We have been praying so fervently and fasting to find someone and be able to invite them to the waters of baptism. Our prayers were answered and it was doubled! We have 2! It was an answer and gift from our Heavenly Father for sure. I saw the light of Christ in their eyes as we were teaching them and it was brighter than the sun. The mission really is the best thing in the world. To see the light of Christ in others is the most beautiful sight of all. I know that God will always answer us. At times it is not right away and it takes time. Sometimes we need to work hard, learn patience, and keep pressing forward. I am learning all of these things here in Chile more than ever before.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is real! HE loves us individually and has a plan for each one of us. HE is loving and kind. God is our Father and we are all his Children. Being in the mission and helping other children come unto Him and Jesus Christ is the only thing I want to be doing right now. It is marvelous. 

So we have a new rule in the mission that we cant leave the mission for Pday. Our mission is the 2nd smallest in the world and it only takes like 20 minutes in a car to travel from point A to point B. So every pday we are just gonna eat food and play sports I guess. We got shirts in our Zone and today watched Lion King and had a waterballoon fight. It was pretty fun, but nothing is more fun that teaching the Gospel so I am ready for tomorrow. 

I love you all so much! Keep praying and never loose faith! 

Until next week, 

The One with Halloween!

NOVEMBER 2, 2016
So I really don't have much to say this week. I was sick almost the entire week!! For Halloween I spent the day in my bed sleeping and reading my scriptures. My companion was sick last week and this week was my turn. It is bound to happen that both companions get sick when we are together all the time! It was terrible. I woke up yesterday so much better though!! It was an answer to prayers to help me feel strong and healthy. Though it was hard and boring in the house, I was able to organize the entire apartment and clean. It was a good reminder of how when the house is in order and clean, the Spirit can reside with more ease. 
So we had a Zone Conference this week and it was so uplifting. We had a member speak about how we should teach the gospel..... with ENTHUSIASM!! When he started talking about how important it is to always be smiling and happy and positive, all the Hermanas and President turned and looked at me. President then said ¨This is you!!¨ lololol. All the Hermanas were saying how I am the most positive and happy Hermana here. I started to giggle and just nodded my head and said ¨Everything is Easier with a smile¨. Of course at this moment I thought of my sweet mom who taught me that saying and this principle in life. I encourage everyone to look at the glass half full. It makes this easier and more bearable. The mission is hard, but rewarding. Sometimes the only thing we can do it be positive and say lots of prayers.
This is what I learned this week and will continue to learn in my life. I love it here in Chile and the people I am, serving with. I love my sweet companion Hermana Ruiz. She is Colombian and EVERYONE says that I have a Colombian accent! It is  awesome and so much better than a gringa accent! 
Keep smiling and praying! Love you all so much!!!!

The One with the Italian Night

OCTOBER 26, 2016
Hello everyone, 

I dont have much to write this week because well nothing really happened. It was a week full of contacting and lessons that fell through. We had lessons fall through every day this week. It has been one of the hardest weeks in the mission! We didnt have many lessons or success this week at all. It was a bit of a set back and definitely was early to fell let down and just sad... but that is not who I am! I am a positive person and one who loves to look for the good in all things. I decided to put a smile on my face and told my companion that we were just gonna let the happy moment role and push forward. She wasnt too excited about my attitude but I dragged her along anyway. Though this week was hard and didnt have that much success, it was a week full of spiritual growth. I hgave really learned this week to just trust in the Lord with all my heart. I know that if I do my best, the Lord will do the rest.
This last Friday we had a huge Italian Night with the Ward. We had soooo many Menos Activos and Investigatores come! It was a mini miracle in my eyes. We ate, watched the youth dance, and talked. It was a great night and the Investigadores and Menos Activos were able to have some fun with the members and us of course. I know that because I turned around my attitude, I was able to see this little tender mercy in my life. It was a beautiful thing to see that when we are positive and have faith that Chist will do his part, we can see the results!!
Okay so after the first 12 weeks there is ALWAYS a change in companions. It ios when we are no longer in our training and we are considered normal missionaries lol. Well yesterday was changes and guess what..... I DIDNT HAVE CHANGES!!! I don't really no why but President told us he felt we needed to be together longer and that El Parron (our ward) needed us. Soooo yeah I am still with my companion and I am pretty happy about it. President told us that we probably will not be together a whole other change but he will change us in the middle.. it is super strange and sooo not normal, but oh well. I know that President Gwilliam receives inspiration directly from God and I have total faith in him and in the Lord. So we are just here in El Parron and working hard. I am hoping to see some more progress with our Investigadores and of course I am remaining positive! 

I love you all so much and hope all is well. Oh and Happy Halloween on Monday!! Eat lots of candy and rot your teeth!! Remember to stay positive always even when it is hard. When you feel to weak to stand, kneel. 

I am always praying for all of you!!! Love you all!!



Monday, October 24, 2016

The One with all the Rain!

OCTOBER 19, 2016
Hola my dear friends and family. I hope all is well with everyone and everyone is happy. I am doing GREAT!! I mean, when am i not? I am serving the Lord and get to talk to people about the Beautiful Gospel of Jesus Christ. So this week was the weirdest weather. It was sooo hot like it had been and then one day it just poured and was freezing. It has been this way for the rest of the week. I don't mind because now I get to wear my cute rain boots I have! Also, i rather it be cold than hot because it is SOOOOO hot. the sun here is very powerful and just burns my skin. Also, because the sun is so powerful, my hair is more blond here in Chile than ever before. It is like white at the roots and just bright bright blonde! It is weird but oh well. I get looked at all the time and people come up to me just to touch my hair and ask me where I buy my hair dye. I simply respond ¨The sun is my hair dye.....¨ they usually aren't too amused or they dont understand my joke... nothing much has changed since I came on hte mission with my humore. People obviously dont think i am funny in Spanish either... its ok because I make myself laugh.. lol. So yeah, my hair is changing but the even cooler thing is that I AM CHANGING!!

                        
I see the world in a whole new light. It is weird talking with other missonaries and when they ask me what I like to do for fun and I reply, Ï love just reading the Liahona while drinking my hot tea in the mornings¨ I love it! I know I am a full blown missionary when what I think is the funnest thing in the world are things like writing in my journal about my day, reading my scriptures, reading the Liahona, or simply sharing my testimony of the Book of Mormon. It brings a smile to my face to see that I am changing, and I think it is the best change there could be. My life really and truly is centered on my Savior Jesus Christ, always! 

 We are the largest groups of Hermanas this mission has ever had at one.  

 Then the others are today at the temple with my district!
So this week we had 3 investigadores come with us to Church. The sacrament meeting was really powerful and I hope touched their sweet little hearts and felt the Spirit. It was cool to see one of our investigadores ask a lot of questions in one of our classes. She asked all about the Sacrament and why it is important. We taught her all about it and she understood the importance in the end. The Santa Cena is so important, in fact the most important action we do in our week. We need the Santa Cena cada semana to feel the Holy Ghost and to renew our convenios with our Heavenly Father. It was awesome to see three people feel of that Holy Ghost at Church on Sunday! 

I cant remember if I have told you all about Rosa. She is an investigadora who is just darling. She always keeps her compromisos and has so much faith. We met her through a contact. One day we had some extra time and so we decided to contact a street while we waited for our next lesson. Hermana Ruiz asked me where I wanted to contact and I felt the biggest impression that we needed to contact on La Granja. So we did and the first house we contacted was Rosa´s. She was actually outside cleaning and we ended up talking with her for a long time. She was engaged and very interested. When we returned to the house of Rosa, we taught here the plan of Salvation and later the Restoration. We gave her a BOM and asked her to read it and shared our strong testimonies of the book. It was so powerful and just spiritual! We are waiting for this coming week to meet with her again but I saw a little miracle and the importance of always following the Spirit. The Spirit told me that we needed to contact on the street La Granja. If i didnt listen, we never would have met the beautiful Rosa. She was one of the Investigadores who came to Church with us on Sunday. It is vital that we are always living correctly to hear the promptings of the Spirit. ANd then, if we have faith, we need to act on the prompting right away. Do not wait and try to think about and let your brain get in the way. Act on is right then and there. This is something I am continually learning and seeing here in Chile!
 So today we went to the temple! The temple here in Chile is so sacred to me and just special. I love it so much and going to the Temple is one of the greatest blessings we have in our lives. I really wish I went more before the mission and took advantage of how close it was to my house. The temple is literally Heaven on the Earth. I encourage everyone to go as often as they can and make the most of the Temple. It truly is marvelous. After the temple we went to eat at Taco Bell and then hurried home to take an hour nap. It was awesome and sooo needed. Anyway today was a great Pday but I am ready to get back to work and find more people who need to hear of the Gospel´s truth. 

I hope all is well and your families are well. I keep you all in my heart and in my prayers. Remember always that you are a daughter of God and that he loves you. He knows you better than you know yourself, inside and out. Confide in Him and He will lead you, guide you, and walk beside you, I love you all so much!! 

Until next week,   
Hermana Cribbs

The One with the Bad Chicken

October 12, 2016
So this week was great and I cannot really tell ya why. I am just happy all the time and have never felt this pure joy in my life before. It is like I am always on cloud 9 and it isnt because we a baptism every week, or at all for that matter, but I am just happy. I feel my Saviors love, and that is all I need. Anyway this week was wonderful! There was one day though that wasnt my best. We had almuerzo that was rico! But about 3 or so hours later I was not feeling so good and I was feeling a little OFF.


Okay so the computers here are not very good and always flip out and just send stuff LOL sorry! But anyway, I felt off and I ended up sick and throwing up! I was in the bed all day the next day and was suffering. I think we atre bad chicken because my comp wasnt feeling too good either. I received a package the day before though from my sweet mama with all sorts of good music so I was okay and did some extra studying. It wasnt my best day but things could always be worse.

Anyways so we had a lesson this week with this man that we have never actually sat down and taught before. He had questions about why it was okay for Nephi to kill Laban when the commandments say not to kill. We began to explain that the Lord commanded Nephi to do so for the benegit of the people. Then the man stopped me and began talking about the KKK. HE said that since the KKK believed that black people were bad and needed to be killed and that the KKK were told by God to kill blacks. He told us that Nephi was like the KKK and a horrible mad. I was dumbfounded at how a person all the way over here in Chile would think that and say that. I was sweating bullets..... My comp doesnt know about the KKK but changed the subject and simply we told him to pray about that and just ask God. We told him that obviously Nephi isnt like the KKK but that we was a prophet of God and helping his people to get the records. It was really strange and quit awkward! 

So we had 2 investigadores get married a few weeks ago! It was soo cute and they are darling. We are working with them on baptism and hopefully a temple marriage. One thing I have learned is that the goal for people is not baptism, it is the Temple! Temples are where we want our investigadores to get too. That is where Eternal Life starts. It was beautiful and I love them so much. I honestly love the people here so much. I love teaching them and helping them. I love serving them!! So this is all this week! 

 Some pics of the marriage and some Peruvian food I ate that was sooooo good!!!
Until next time, 

Hermana Cribbs 

The One with the BEST General Conference EVER!

October 5, 2016


 OK so this week was great and full of wonderful events. The main thing was Conference! Oh my goodness it was the best one in my entire life. I loved every single talk and took over 20 pages of notes LOL. It was so inspiring and was all about missionary work! Well for me anyway heehee. One of my favorite quotes was "When you turn to the Book (BoM) you turn to the Lord". THIS IS SO TURE! The Book of Mormon is everything and how we look to the Lord. I invite all of you to read it and read from beginning to end. There is something special about reading it from cover to cover. It is my favorite book in the entire world. Every verse has an answer to a question. Every verse is meant for us individually. It is the most powerful tool we have, so lets use it! I also loved another quote "Just serve". How simple these two words are, but how strong! It is so ture that if we just serve, everything is better. All we have to do is love and serve others. It is an answer to everything. I love service and being a missionary, that is what we do all day everyday. It is the best! I feel so much closer to my Savior when I serve his children and my brothers and sisters. My heart swells with love and joy when I serve others. I know why Christ lived His life serving others. It is the greatest thing we can do... SERVE!! "Just Serve"!! 

This week we had a wedding of one of investigadores. They believe in marriage before anything and were engaged when we met them and starting teaching them. Joanot is progressing but slowly because he has firm beliefs in another church but we keep up with him and we have hope that one day he will want to be baptised and then go through the temple! He always loves our messages and loved hearing about the Gospel so there is firm hope! Then on the same day we had divisions with the missioaries in the CCM!! I took part of my sector and had to lead it with a missionary who has never taught people before, kind of life training. I was so scared but it was awesome and it felt good to show her the ropes LOL. Something about the mission is that I never feel ready to do something, I just do it. I didnt feel ready to lead my sector but look, I did it. I still dont feel prepared to be out her, but I am doing it. If we do our best the Lord will do the rest. 

Also this week my comp and I were called to serve as the first and second counselors of the YW. I am not sure how that is going to work, but again, Im just gonna do it. LOL. I am excited though because we get to work with the youth and have different experiences with that. This week was great and full of the Spirit, so of course it is great. We went bowling today for Pday and boy am I out of practice LOL. The mission is hard work, but it is so much fun and rewarding. Remember to serve with a smile!! Love you all so much!! 
Until next week,
Hermana Cribbs

Friday, September 30, 2016

The One With Prayers

So this week was a week of praying. We have been doing an extra amount of praying this week for our sector, the people, other missionaries, and everything. So it is starting to get a little hard with the people that we teach. We are not having very many progressing investigators and we are struggling with the sector a little bit. So we have been praying extra hard so something to happen.On Monday we went on divisions with the Sister Leaders. While doing so Hermana Ruiz stayed in El Parron and I went to San Bernardo. That day while we were on divisions, Hermana Ruiz had a meeting with a young lady we met on the street. They taught her a lesson and committed her to baptism. This was an answer to our prayers, We are working with Maritza and heading towards baptism. Then yesterday we had a lesson with a menos activo and we committed her and her husband to work to going through the temple. It was a week full of happiness and success. Now, something I learned this week is to not get stressed or worried. If we are doing our part and being worthy to receive help, then the Lord will do the rest. We cannot get down on ourselves when the people don't come to church or keep their commitments. It is all about helping people come unto Christ and planting seeds everywhere we go.

So some fun and random things about the mission. Well first, Hermana Carballo, one of my roommates calls me Marilyn Monroe so now all the latinas call me Marilyn. It pretty funny and this week Hermana Carballo had her 25 birthday so for a present I came out and sang her happy birthday like Marilyn Monroe. It was pretty funny! Also the children in Chile either love me or hate me. They either love my hair or they don't and are kind of scared of a rubia. Usually the little girls love me and they all call me a princess. I think they call me Elsa, but not really sure. Every time I see a little girl in the street they wave to me and say ¡Hola Princesa! It is so cute! 

  These are all the Hermanas in my mission! I know so tiny!
And I get to see my baby Hermana Klein every once in a while which is great!

So also this week I was feeling really awesome in my Spanish. Everyone I meet tells me how impressed they are with my Spanish and ask if I live in a latin country because my accent isn't gringa. They all think I am Colombian because my comp is but also because Colombians are very light and can have blonde hair. When I tell them I am from EE.UU and only have 3 months in the mission, they are shocked. it is a good shock and helps me feel better. So because I talk only in Spanish, when i do get the chance to talk in English, my words are mixed up and sometimes I totally forget a word in English. It takes me a bit to get back into English but I can so easily change back to Spanish. It is weird! So I am loving Chile so much and the people. I love working hard and just helping people. The one thing I missed soo much this week was Cafe Rio (sorry family). No but honestly I was craving it this week and obviously couldn't have it, LOL.

SO this week was great and saw many answers to my prayers. Praying is my favorite and I know that it works perfectly. He always listens and answers, but in his time and way. I always feel love and comfort when I pray and ask for it. The important thing is that we need to have faith that we can receive answers and feel that peace. If we just pray but don't have the faith of receiving an answer, then it is as if we never prayed at all. This journey as a missionary is incredible and I feel so lucky to wear the Lords name on my chest everyday. I just hope that I am always wearing it with honor, I try my best everyday. 

I love you all so much and miss you all! Hope all is well and life is great! Remember to smile and enjoy life. Dont let it pàss you by. Stop and smell the roses. Life is beautiful, so live it! 

Choa Choa, 
Hermana Cribbs