Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bringing the World His Truth- Apr. 14, 2014

¡'Buenos Dias!
        I hope this week was just as great for everyone at home as it was here. First off, Javier finally got baptized!!! The first time that we taught him was in December of 2013, but his mom, Maribel, was less-active in the church and it didn`t look like she was too excited to come back. However, their family was in a little bit of a crisis and needed help and so we arrived just at the right time. Well finally after she has become active again and we have taught her son Javier, he was able to enter the waters of baptism and make eternal covenants. His father, Carlos, who has been somewhat receptive also was able to attend and so we are hoping that we can help him follow the example of his son and be baptized as well so that they can become an eternal family and get sealed in the temple for time and all eternity!! Javier was grinning from ear to ear after his baptism and both Hna Lino and I noted that he had a new light to him afterwards and just looked so happy. Also Maribel came up to us after the baptism with tears in her eyes and just expressed her gratitude towards us for all that we have been able to help them do. As well as Javier, it has been amazing to see how Maribel has changed by coming back to church. The first time we were able to teach her she was just so negative about everything and now even she herself says that she sees things in a new light and is smiling so much more. I love seeing REAL change in others when they accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives!! 
        The rest of this week was also great. On Tuesday our District Leader asked us if we would teach the class to everyone, so Hna Lino and I got to teach everyone how to invite people to baptism with a date all in the first lesson! It went great and it probably helped us more than anyone else, but it went good. :) Then the Elders in our ward (who are crazy) decided to invent an activity at the last moment and of course wanted Hna Lino and I to teach the spiritual part so we had an object lesson on Lehi`s Dream and that was fun! Haha. Also we had some crazy fuerte lessons this week with new investigators that we found. Including two people who told us that they did not want to live in this moment and the thing they wanted most was to pass onto the next life. It really is incredible how many people out there need help and need to know that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us so much that he sent His son to the earth to pay the price for our sins so that we can return to live with Him in eternal happiness. I have no doubt that there are so many people out there that need our help and need YOUR help. I encourage all of you to lend out a hand this week to someone who needs help, whether it is physically or emotionally. It will bless your life and bless the life of someone else. 
    Well we have to go since I am going to be the first client of Alejandra (new convert of about 2 months now) who just opened up a massage room in her house. I am excited, yet a little bit nervous about it, but I hope it will at least be relaxing. Haha. Bryce congrats on your new Vocal Point CD release and for reaching #35 on Itunes!!! Daddy thank you so much for always going out with the missionaries there at home and for sharing your study of Preach My Gospel with me. Mom, thank you a million for the birthday package that I couldn`t wait to open up! It was perfect and you always know exactly what I need! Hope everyone is well and I love you all so much! 

Hermana Romney 

Pics from the baptism and our Noche de Hogar

Spirituall​y Fed- Apr. 7, 2014

¡Hola Hola!
        Did everyone just absolutely love General Conference this weekend?? It really was so great and just what I needed and I hope what our investigators needed to be spiritually fed. This week our whole focus was on getting investigators, new converts, and less-actives to come to church to see conference. It involved lots of running around to try and pick up as many as we could and getting members to drive them there, but it was so worth it! We wanted each of them to bring 3 dudas or doubts with them that they had about the church or what they should do in their lives and I am excited to meet with them later this week and see how that went. I as well decided to bring 3 doubts and questions with me and all 3 of them were perfectly answered! I really felt like the leaders of the church were talking directly to me. It is incredible how Heavenly Father can answer our prayers! I know that He really wants to answer them and as long as we are listening, we will receive answers to them!

      I have some new goals from conference that I want to work on and one of those is to really build up each of my companions that I am with. I loved the talks on gratitude, communication, the Atonement, loving others, and of course about missionary work!! I haven`t had anyone throw food or spit on me yet like in Elder Holland`s talk, but I can sure relate to that Sister Missionary! There were so many great messages and I wish that we could have another conference next weekend and every weekend after that! During almost every talk that I heard, one of our investigators or a member popped into my head that they need this message or something that would help them. I love the opportunity we have as missionaries to be able to concentrate all of our time and efforts on helping others to be happy and have Eternal Life!
      So turns out Fernanda`s baptism will have to be postponed a little bit. Her grandmother is the one who is a member and supports her, but apparently her Father is second guessing if she should get baptized or not. We had a lesson with all 3 of them this week and we were able to help her Father understand a little bit better the why of baptism and he is committed to read 2 Nephi 31 and pray about it. Hopefully he will come around soon and maybe we will even be able to have 2 baptisms instead of 1! However, Javier is set to go this weekend for his baptism. His mom this week wanted to push back his baptism again until the end of April because they wanted to buy him a big cake and wouldn`t have money until the end of the month to do that... dumbest reason ever haha. If a cake is what is impeding someone to have the opportunity to enter into the Celestial Kingdom someday, then I would gladly use my own money to buy a giant cake to be able to help them to have Eternal Happiness!!! But we cleared that all up and Hna Lino and I will be making a sweet cake for him! :) Evelyn went to conference with her 3 doubts and so we have Faith that conference was able to help her as well! Everyone else is doing good too, sometimes progressing slower than we want, but sure and steady!
       Today Roxana (our convert in December) took my comp and I today to go see the Huascar (a Peruvian boat that Chile captured) so my comp could see something from her country! But of course with our luck it was closed today...hahah but we got to see it from a distance at least and spent all morning with Roxana. Mom I felt like I was back at home going around with my mom again running errands and looking for clothes! It was so nice and I love that family so much.
      Well I love all of you my family so much and I hope that all of you were spiritually fed this weekend with conference and if you didn`t get to see all 4 sessions, I invite you to watch all of them online! Our leaders receive revelation from God for us in our day! How incredible is that! I hope especially that you all can take Elder Ballard`s advice and follow up on talking with others about the gospel and to study Preach My Gospel as well. I would love to hear how your study has been going in PMG as well! Hope you all have a fantastic week and stay strong in the Faith!
Con mucho amor,
Hermana Romney

Opps... forgot the pics:
With Roxana, the boats in Talcahuano, and an old Texas sweatshirt in the Ropa Americana.

And the Rain Begins- March 31, 2014

 ¡Hola Hola mis seres queridos!
   I hope this week has been great for everyone and Happy Birthday Brielle!! So now here in Chile we have entered into Fall and we had the first big rain storm of the year and it was pouring!! It was also the first time my comp had even seen rain in real life! She is from Lima Peru and it never rains there and so this was the first time she has ever been in rain! She told me she has never even seen lightening in real life either! Crazy! But she was so cute and I thought she was going to melt in the rain at first haha but she`s a trooper and now we just need to go get some good rain boots and we will be ready to go! Also it has gotten colder here so far, but not near as cold as it will be in winter!  
   This week we got two new Elders in our ward who came from the mission in Venezuela since all of the foreigners got kicked out, so we are back to 6 missionaries in the ward again! So this week was really good and we were able to work really well with the members. It is kind of nice to stay in a sector for a while because you get to know everyone really well! 
    Okay so I really don`t have much time to write this week, but Fernanda is progressing so much and so is Javier and we are still set for their baptisms on the 12th. Also Fernanda drew a picture of me which I will attach in the email! She calls me Hermana Robney.... but close enough!! Haha she says I am a Rock Star because I played my Ukelele for them one time and she really liked it haha. 
   This week I had to give a talk in church too about baptism and the Holy Ghost and it turns out that I think I talked for about 15 minutes or maybe longer.... I didn`t even realize that the time had gone by so fast and then the Bishop had to put a note up on the pulpit to tell me it was time and I needed to finish... hahaha. I realized that I am really used to teaching lessons and not giving talks..... but it turned out well in the end!! I mean when you ask a missionary to talk about Baptism and the Holy Ghost, I have a lot to say!!! Hahah. But I wanted more than anything to invite all of the members to invite at least one person to General Conference this weekend! Ahhh by the way I am soooo pumped for Conference! Mom and Dad I am jealous that you are going to witness it in person, but I am so glad that we will be able to bring a lot of investigators to see it as well. That is my invitation as well to all of you this week, that you can invite a friend who isn`t a member or perhaps a less-active to the conference so that they can hear from a Prophet of God. I love you all so much and stay strong always in the Gospel!! 

Con mucho amor, 
Hermana Romney 

Pics: The drawing, celebrating Hna Skirvin`s birthday with Chinese food, and our converts taught us how to make Chilean Sopaipillas!!! Soo Good!