Friday, May 9, 2014

Little towns and lots of Rain- May 5, 2014

Hey everyone!

   Everything is going great here in Cauquenes and since the town is so small we basically know our way around, so that has been much better! We have seen lots of blessings here and hope to be able to keep exciting the members here to go back to church! We have had some powerful lessons with lots of less-actives and have already seen some of them come to church this past week and hope to be able to help even more. Also as I think I said last week, the people are a lot more receptive and we were able to find 11 new investigators this week! Including a family of 4 with two daughters that love basketball and English so that has been fun! We are excited for them. When we got here the teaching pool was basically empty so we have been working hard to find some more people to teach.

        Also it rained 3 days non-stop this week so that was fun...kinda... haha. But nothing stops the work of the Lord and our energy either! Okay this is going to be a short one today since we get to talk on Skype on Sunday!! And I have been emailing some converts from my past sectors and so family you will just have to wait for awesome stories when I get home :) However, this sector is so much different than my last one and on Thursday we first taught a drunk man (husband of a recent convet...we didn`t realize it until we started talking...haha) then we taught a Gypsee (I think that`s what Gitano is in English?) who started talking some weird language between themselves and the spirit was not there at all and we got out as fast as we could.... then we taught an angry recent convert who was mad about something that another member said about her... so things are always interesting here haha. But really though I love it!! I had 3 different people tell me that I had an "angel" with me and that I should make sure and take care of it. I am pretty sure they meant the Holy Ghost, but it was super sweet.

   Anyways, I love the mission so much and Hna Oronà is amazing and I feel like we are always busting up laughing. I feel so grateful to be here in Cauquenes and to be serving in la mision Chile Concepcion. I love you so much family and that is so happy to hear that you are doing missionary work there at home with the Gladys Knight fireside! Keep up the good work and talk to you Sunday! And I am soooo excited for you Brad and Carli to welcome in my newest niece into the world hopefully this week! 
Con mucho amor,
Hermana Romney

Anita (our investigator!) at church and Nelly

Pic of the little town from a hill that we ran up to in the morning
My sweet Chilean hoodie!
With our district eating an amazing american breakfast with the senior couple (the Scholes) here!!!!

Cauquenes Estacion!!​!- Apr. 28, 2014

   ¡Hola y saludos de Cauquenes a todos!

   So this week was full of many moments getting lost, meeting lots of new members from the Branch, talking with lots of old people, having great lessons, getting lost, and getting lost some more. Hahah so it wasn`t too bad, but Hermana Oronà and I did have a good time trying to figure everything out. Hermana Oronà is awesome as well! She is a convert of only 2 years as well just like my previous companion and her parents aren`t even members of the church either. Just her sister and her, but she is amazing and has such a strong testimony. She is from Uruguay and is 21 years old and loves sports, so we are doing great together, even if I do miss my baby Hna Lino.

       My new sector Cauquenes Estacion is the exact opposite of my last sector!!! I am in el campo!!! Basically in a little town in the middle of nowhere. There are lots of old people missing lots of teeth haha, but very loving and sweet! Every night as we walk home I feel like I am camping since it is so quiet and really dark in some places where there are no street lights. Although every night the stars are super bright and I absolutely love it. I am pretty sure that we were the "big news" that came into the town when we arrived because we talked to the members who told us that their neighbors were talking about us....hahah so you can tell that there is not too much going on here. Everyone says that back in the day the branch here used to be awesome and full of active members, so we are not sure what has happened, but on Sunday I think we had maybe 55 people if we are lucky. The Branch depends a lot on the missionaries and yesterday I had to give a talk in church and teach the class - of course without any anticipation, but then what`s new? Haha at least I have had to do that before in Mexico when Dad would just tell me from the pulpit that I would be giving my testimony :)

       So there are lots of less-actives and the people just don`t have any desire or ganas to come to church. Everyone has told us that the Branch needs lots of love and energy to get back to how it used to be so we are hoping that we can help! The members have told us that they can tell that we have lots of energy and excitement to help and we are hoping to be able to transmit that to Cauquenes. Actually FAMILY: Could you please find some good scriptures that would be good to share with someone who has not come to church in a long time??? I would appreciate it soooo much!!  The people here however are really receptive and they actually stop to talk to us in the street whereas in Concepcion they would just keep walking and we would have to run along side of them, so that is nice! It`s a change, but a great opportunity to grow!

    Lots of miracles have happened this week as well!! I almost missed the bus with all of my luggage and my companion on it, but Heavenly Father hears our prayers and the bus had to make a big U-turn to come back so as I ran out into the middle of the road it stopped right on time! Then we brought an investigator to church named Osvaldo who stayed for all 3 hours of church. We had taught him on Friday and then in the morning on Sunday we went looking for someone else and didn`t find them so we invited him and he said sure since he didn`t have anything else to do! Haha. And lots of other little things that have just always made me realize that God is in control of His work, not me. I freaking love the mission and the opportunity to become closer to my Savior and help more of my brothers and sisters to do the same!!! I love you all so much as well and hope you have an amazing week!! Also thank you everyone for the birthday wishes, finally 20 years old!


Con mucho amor,

Hermana Romney

With Hna Orona my new comp!!
Then using my height to an advantage to help pick grapes in one of the many vineyards here in Chile.
With hna Richards from Dallas! Remember her Cath? 
I`ll send more picks of my sector next week!