Monday, August 15, 2016

Chilean Flare

Dearest Gente
I love you all. Really truly I do. Thank you for your prayers and support. I can feel it. And thank you for not forgetting that I exist even though I have passed the halfway mark. Jaja.
This week we had a few adventures and a few miracles and a few disappointments.
First of all, we had a ward activity this week that was a cultural activity and I saw the National Dance of Chile (Cueca) for the first time live. Also, there were a few brothers who sang typical chilean songs that dedicated one to me! The gringa missionary. It was a song about leaving your heart in Chile and they changed some of the words. So sweet!
We also had a roadtrip this week, Hermana Ovalle and I, for a few hours. My companion had a baptism from her last ward that we had permission to go see.So we went and it was super fun!
This week we put 3 baptismal dates. We had one with Maryte who went with us to the ward activity. She has met with missionaries many times but doesnt want to be baptized in our ward. As we were at the activity she turned to us and said, ¨YOu know what? I want to be baptized here.¨ We were extatic!
We also haev been meeting a lot with Laura and put a baptismal date. She has a really tough life and is wiling to change but isnt always willing to make the necessary changes. I think we are all like that a little bit.
But the disappointment was that none of our investigators came to church even though we went looking for them before church and everything. I was a little bit bummed. . . or a lotta bit.
One thing I have realized more than ever this week is that when Jesus Christ came to the earth He didnt say ¨Come to me all you healthy, normal, capable people without problems who dont need help.¨ NOT AT ALL! He said Come Unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden. He asked all the afflicted, hurt, broken, sick people in need of help to come to Him. Sometimes we are like, ¨Oh no, I am not worthy to go to Him, I am too broken or too sick or I need too much help.¨But THAT is the exact reason why He came! Sometimes I am like, ¨Why arent there normal people who are interested in the gospel?¨ But then I realize that is not why I am here. I am HIS representative and He asked for those who need His help. The gospel isnt for the perfect people. Its for the imperfect.
I love you all dearly! Love your guts! Say your prayers!
Hermana Leah Kelson

Hermana Leah Kelson
4 Norte 1112 Casilla 631 
Viña del Mar, Chile