Friday, March 17, 2017

The One With another Week here in Chile 2/22

FEBRUARY 22- Okay so this week, not much happened. I dont have much to write for this week so lo siento for that. I had an experience this week that was very strong and has a big mark on my mind and heart. I was on divisions with the Hermana Leaders and one of them is my trainer Hermana Ruiz. We had the chance to be companions again for one day. I was leading my sector here in Brisas and we went looking for an investigator named Luiz. Juiz is an old, cute, little grandpa who was a contact one day while we were walking in the street. We tried to get in contact with him for about 2 weeks now and just never could. I knew we had to keep going back because I felt that he needed to hear our message. We went to visit him with Hermana Ruiz and he was there and wanted to hear what we had to tech him. We sat down nd started teaching Lesson 1 about the Restauración. Within about 5 minutes into the lesson, the Holy Ghost just took over! I haven't felt the Spirit so strongly in a lesson in a very long time. I felt a wave of the Spirit just come over me my companion, and Luiz. It was powerful. We taught him all the points and even felt prompted to baptism and he accepted., We still don't have a date, but he is on the path. It was yet another conversion story, not for Luiz or my comp, but for me. I had a reconfirmation from my Heavenly Father that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is 100% true. In this lesson I felt the Holy Ghost testify of the truth to me and to the sweet little old man sitting across form me. I could see the light of Jesus Christ filling his heart and the Spirit testifying the truth to him. This Gospel is TRUE. If you do not know for yourself, ask! Just like President Monson said "If you have not read the book of mormon.... read it!!" It is that simple. I can testify over and over again of the true and perfect divinity of that book. It has changed lives and brought everlasting joy. Who doesn't want those things? I DO!! 

So also this week we had the chance to serve the Bishop and paint inside his house. No sure what happened but of all the people there, I was the one covered in paint.... not an artist

that is for sure. I am just gonna leave those type of things to my little sister Missy, she is a lot better at that kinds stuff and I will stick to what I am good at.. like eating the food and drinking a lot of Diet Coke! lol 

Today for Pday we had a day with all the Colombians of the mission. We ate real Colombian food and it was actually really good except for one part!! There was a piece of meat on the plate and it was straight pig fat... not meat, just the fat. It had skin on it too WITH HAIR!! Literally had hair on the skin and fat... I nearly freaked out and gave it to an Elder to eat, so did Hermana Knechtel! Oh my goodness so weird and gross!! 

But yeah, this week wasnt all that exciting! We are working hard and going to enjoy this last week together before we have changes. We are thinking that Hna Knechtel is going to leave and I will stay here in Brisas to lead the sector. I am going to die without her. We have lived together for 7 months and now she is leaving, We will be living it up this next week! I miss you all and love you so much!! 

Work Hard, Pray Harder

The One with the Last House

Here in Chile right now is summer and EVERYONE and their dog are on vacation! We were struggling to find people to teach and doing A LOT of walking in the hot, boiling sun. It cooled down here for like 2 days then it went right back up and we are dying. As many of you probably noticed I am very tan, which is so annoying that I can finally tan while I am on the mission and have the worst than lines ever! ALSO the stupid sun is literally BLEACHING MY HAIR! MY hair is no longer blonde, it is white! There is also chlorine in the water here so I am a little green. Also I am very large in the stomach are and ganing wait. Least to say, the mission is a little rough... but it is okay because it is all about the people here and not about me right? RIGHT! 

This week, like I said we were doing a lot of walking and searching for people. One day we walked and walked and walked for about 3 hours and NOTHING! We were just about to give up and go visit some members to do some visits but we both said, ONE MORE HOUSE, ONE MORE HOUSE! We knocked on the door and just prayed that we would be able to talk to someone. At that moment a man came out and talked with us for a little bit. We started talking about Christ and how He is the most important person. The man (Juan) agreed. I decided to bluntly ask him if we could share a message with him, he said "Right now?" And then I said with a huge smile "YES RIGHT NOW!" He opened his eyes a little wide and said, "Oh, okay then." We shared a lesson with Juan and he told us how much he liked what we were sharing. He told us to come back latter in the week to learn some more. We were so happy and of course said yes! It was a blessing of our hard work and diligence. I learned this week that if we can push until the end and just keep working hard with a full heart, we will be blessed!! Juan was at THE LAST HOUSE, and he was a blessing for us missionaries. 

This week we all know that it was Valentines Day. Welllll Hermana Knechtel and I had a very awkward and hilarious experience yesterday with that. We totally forgot that yesterday was Valentines Day, so while we were contacting we saw an hermano walk into his house all dressed nice and with a soda or something. We waved to him and he went inside his house. We were tired and needed some water so we thought, oh we will just go an ask Hermano Rodrigo. Now, he and his wife are newly weds without children and it was Valentines night.. We went to the house and rang the doorbell and right when we did we saw that Hermano had the whole deal set up with lights, flowers, the drink on the table, music, and the whole shabang! We immediately felt soooo awkward. Knechtel looked at me and said, "We gotta go man, we gotta go!!" So we left and went to the side of house. We were hoping he didnt know it was us. Well, the phone rang and it was Rodrigo! I answered and he said "Hermanas why did you leave?" I laughed and just told him I was so sorry and not to worry! He said "No No what do you need, dont worry, dinner hasn't started yet!" I told him  we just needed some water and he told us to come by. We walked in the house and his wife was upstairs getting ready. There was love music playing (in English too) and the lighting was low and he was cooking her a fancy dinner. So on their loving and nice Valentines Day Dinner, the two gringa hermanas are there drinking their water... we were trying our hardest not to laugh and spit water all over the place. I never drank a cup of water so fast in my life.... we were feeling real uncomfortable! We hurried and left and Hermano Rodrigo was just like thanks for stoppping by!! OH MY GOODNESS we died of laughter after! SOOO awkward and funny! Leave it to us to ruin someones Valentines Night! Good gravy! LOL

So that was a funny story from this week. That is all that happened crazy or out of the ordinary really. Lots of contacting and lots of hard work here in Chile. I love you all so much and have you all in my prayers! Love you! 

Work Hard, Pray Harder.

Some of our email responses...

That is right mom! I can honestly say mom I can see my changes and my growth. I can feel that the mission is changing me and I am my own most converted investigator! The mission in the best part if my life. I now can see why my gymnastics dreams didnt really all work out, it is because Heavenly Father had another path for me, and even better one. I am seeing that we are always happier if we can jsut do and follow Gods will. It is the greatest lesson!  I have you and dad to thank as wel for teaching me and being there for me! I am forever grateful!

Jason Cribbs

Feb 15

to Chambray, me
You will have MANY examples of what to do, and what not to do, from growing up as part of the Crazy Cribbs Clan.  Don't tell lies as they can lead to addiction and the destruction of a family.  Be forgiving, even when it isn't easy.  Don't try to land a vault with both knees straight as you might hyper-extend them both!  All kinds of things you can learn here baby!

Crying crying crying.... Right here in the bathroom😬😀 lol!! I love you so much it hurts honey! When difficult times hit, cause you know they have, and you know they will, kneel down and look up to your Father in Heaven.... He will never steer you wrong!

Marissa just told me last night of this exact experience and example. She said yesterday morning she went to seminary and she had a thought, " did I turn in my homework assignment?".... Then she thought, well that's weird because I know I did it last night, but the thought occurred to her,  did I actually turn in or did I just submit it?  It was due at 8 AM that morning. So she decided to really quickly go online and check to make sure that it was in fact submitted. She went online and discovered that she had uploaded the assignment, but it had not yet been submitted and turned in. She decided to turn it in at 7:55 AM she turned it in on time for an assignment that was due five minutes later! Marissa told me that she knew that this was heavenly father helping her with the promptings from the Holy Ghost! She knew she was being blessed because she is obedient and she's doing the best she can to be a good daughter of God. therefore heavenly father is blessing her and keeping her protected from harm and danger and failure!!!

We are so lucky to have this ability to communicate with heaven and know our plan of happiness! But even when things don't go our way, it is so comforting to know that if we do it His way, just like you have done chambray, that we will find more happiness than the path that we thought was best for us!

Love my family:)

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Sisters missionaries cooking "Humitas"

FEBRUARY 15- From a sister in her ward

"Greetings for you. Thanks for support your daughters im serving their mission, they have been a very important help and company for us. Saludos!"
My name is Hermann Thomas and your daughters are serving in my ward Brisas del Maipo. Sister Cribbs and Sister Knechtel are helping my mom cooking humitas. Humitas are a chilean meal made with smashed corns that are evolved in the corn leaf and then are boiled in water. We chilean eat humitas with sugar. Humitas are so delicious!"


The One with "Being Where My Feet Are"

FEBRUARY 8, 2017
These are family home evenings with some of my favorite families in our ward and also with a new convert that we have! His name is Christian and he was baptized

just a week before I came to the sector! He is a miracle and such a faithful member! He is one of the coolest people I have ever met!


Okay so this week was a great one! Honestly never really had a bad one because I am just radiating with happiness! Buuuut this week was BAKAN! We did a lot of searching for people but also had some really powerful and uplifting moments with investigadores. We met on lady named Rosa and she was outside her house painting. I told Hermana Knechtel that we should go ask if she needed help. SHe told us no and turned her back to us as if she didn't want to talk. I thought... you are not getting away that easy... I walked around to where I could see her face and introduced myself. I am not sure what changed her mind but she opened right up and started talk to us. She is amazing and we have had a few lessons with her and really felt the Spirit. I saw the evidence in this moment of just having a smile on your face and being happy. She told us that she loved the energy we had and she was interested in why we were so happy. That lead into the perfect conversation about the Gospel. SHe is a great person and the sweetest! 

This week I had more than one blonde moment! The first one was when I decided i wanted avocado... I thought it would be a good idea to do so while talking to Knechtel and NOT watching what I was doing.... so I then felt the knife go right into my finger! It hurt sooo bad and I screamed. SO I have a nice big ole cut on my finger! It hurt so bad! Knechtel came in and was like "Cribbs I will help you, dont you worry." She began cutting the avacado and not even 3 minutes after I sliced my finger... Knechtel did the exact same thing!!! We were dying laughing and in a little bit of pain!! GOOD TIMES; GOOD TIMES! 

Also one day we had a conference and in the middle Knechtel and I got really thirsty and hugry. We had a 15 minute break in the middle and we decided we really needed a diet coke.. so there we were running to the nearest store, in our skirts, to buy a diet coke. We made it in time and were very happy. About 3 days later we went to visit a member and they told us they saw us running in the street with our diet cokes!! HHAHAHA it was so funny! So now we are the 2 blonde missionaries who need their diet coke!! So funny!! 

This week I was really seeing the difference and blessings of learning to be where my feet are! It is so important to be 100% focused on the person we are talking to at that moment and not on the next appointment, or other investigators, or if we are going to be late... but on that one thing in that moment and just zoning in. WHat a difference! I am learning here that it is vital to just live in the moment and focus on the present. Do not dwell on the past or look to far into the future, but to just live in the moment and be where your feet are. It makes life so much easier and better. Time is flying by here and I am quickly seeing that I need to enjoy every single second! I am loving the mission and being a representative of Jesus Christ. It is the est calling that I could have.

So I am loving my companion Kermana Knechtel. I don't think we go longer than 5 minutes without laughing! We are always finding ways to make the day just a little better and a little sweeter! She goes to BYU but I sill love her! She has a special place in my heart forever and always! 

I hope all is well at home and everyone is reading scriptures and saying prayers daily! I love you all so much!! 

 Work Hard, Pray Harder!