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