Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Discovery of La Isla de Juan Fernandez

November 22, 2013

Happy Discovery of the Island Juan Fernandez Anniversary everybody!  Woot Woot!  

The boat came this week and wow are we stocked with food for like 6 years!  Woohoo!   The boat had to come a little bit early for the fiestas of today, so that was a little bit awesome because there was nothing left here and families with young children were living on a diet of pure noodles. (I am thrilled the boat came but I am still not ok with starving children on the island!)

We need to set something straight right now.  Please don`t freak out, but you all need to be aware that the likelihood of us being able to communicate at Christmas is about a negative 99%.  It`s better to just say that it`s not going to happen and be happily surprised than think that it will happen and end up devastated.  But it`s fine!  I`ll just ask to have my call time moved to when I get back to Santiago and then it will be even more special!!

Elder Holland came to Santiago.   Sister Essig took notes and read them over the phone to us while I translated and everyone else took notes... so I didn`t even get to take notes.  But... oh well.  For something, God does his things.  (uh... that doesn`t really make sense in english does it.  Question:  do you understand my letters?  Sometimes... most of the times... I forget my own native language.  People always ask me how to say stuff and I seriously never know.)

We get to watch General Conference tomorrow and Sunday wooooohoooooo!!!  I`ve never been so pumped for a General Conference before!

 President called last Friday.  He NEVER calls.  The last time he gave us a compliment was because we called him with a list of six questions.  BUT HE CALLED US WITH A COMPLIMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WOHOOOOOO!  Seriously couldn`t believe it.  He said we had the highest numbers he had ever seen in the Isla Juan Fernandez and that he was excited for us.  So that was cool because the day before that, we officially decided to never again focus on numbers.
 And here`s the story about that.  It was Thursday.  Thursdays are our Weekly Planning Day.  Weekly Planning should never ever go beyond 4:00 in the afternoon unless there`s a serious problem between companions or something like that.  Welpt, there we were planning away, and extremely tired. Tired of our circumstances, of the island, of not seeing success, of each other, and the list goes on.  We began to talk about what we needed to do to fix this place up and ourselves and how we were going to really start seeing success.  Realizing that we were and still are completely incapable, we turned to the Lord.  We began to pray.  We prayed  telling the Lord that we were no longer going to think about the pressure we feel from the  rest of the world, about the numbers, about how everyone`s last hope for this place is us, about how if we fail, this island will fail, but instead about what God wants us to achieve.  That`s all.  Just what He wants.  We got up at 5:00 and went out to work.  We went to an appointment with a less active, and found her nonmember husband there as well.  He has been atheist for three years- ever since the tsunami took away his 8 year old son.  It was the most power-packed lesson I have ever experienced as he began to explain how our Talent Night opened his heart and how that night, for the first time in 20 years, he knelt down to pray, how he is ready to accept God in his life again, and how he is ready to change.  I cried.

The next day, we had a similar experience with a woman named Yasna who we found outside of the police station.  Within 15 minutes she was telling us her whole life, how she used to have to beg on the streets in Santiago, how she hardly has anything to give her children these days, but how she works, throwing rocks on the beach, in order to feed them.  The next day we taught them and she and her older son immediately accepted a baptismal date.  The Lord just needed us to humble us a little bit and refocus our thoughts and attitudes.  We have been so blessed. 

Love to all!
Sister Thomas

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