We had a good week, but HOT. It’s hard to work when it’s that hot, but we do it ;) Here is the news of the week. Whichever apostle called me to serve somewhere where they use different things to measure stuff, SERIOUSLY overestimated my ability to math. I'm dying, I have no idea how hot it is, how far it is, how much it weighs, how much it costs, ha-ha ay ay ay. We have a family we are teaching who are so fantastic. Johana y Dontito. The best part is that they live in a sector that is a little bit sketchy, but Tito knows everyone and they are all afraid of him, so WE ARE SAFE. They are so prepared for this gospel, and by some miracle, they are actually married. WHAT. MARRIED CHILEANS. It’s a Christmas milagro. Speaking of Christmas, it really doesn’t feel like navidad to me, even though it’s a huge deal. Christmas in the summer is so different it doesn’t feel real. I’m actually really grateful for that. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Christmas fanatic, but it hadn’t really hit me that it is Christmas, so it has kept me from missing it too much. I tried pan de pascua, which is like a traditional Christmas cake down here. It’s pretty good! It needs frosting, they don’t really have frosting. Shuta. They have manjar though, so it’s okay. It is sort of like dulce de leche, but different and better. I’m hoping to learn how to make it, because you can’t buy it in the states. You guys should google it! Also, I am going to learn how to make sopapilla. It is so fantastic. They eat a lot of green olives down here, which I don’t like, but my comp loves so I sneak them to her ha-ha. it’s perfect really. There is a very strange video I am going to send to you all. It is the front yard of the president of the relief society ha-ha. My ward did a nativity activity this week, and guess, with light hair and light skin, I got assigned to be... that’s right folks, an angel. It was really fun! We realized literally as the people were walking to the nativity that we didn’t have a baby Jesus, but hey, we pulled it together. We had been running back and forth after I finished my lines (which I memorized and did en español) trying to find a baby, when all of a sudden D says, "you could sing" and I said, “get my hymn book," so we ran, and then I sang silent night. People were in tears, I thought I was gonna have a heart attack, it was like 35 degrees here at that point, Christmas spirit ;) I have lots of photos, no se preocupe. We also got to do divisiones with the CCM this week! It was hard because I had to split up from my trainer and I didn’t know what the heck was going on but hey we did it. She was gringa tambien, but in the Latino group because her mom is chilena so she speaks Spanish. We had a good time! Okay, Chileans always always eat two things with every meal; pan, (no complaints from me) and ensalada chilena, which is tomatoes, with whatever they feel like. Ha-ha I don’t really like tomatoes but it’s actually really good with onions, salt, and limon. My Chilean is coming along too you guys!! They put "po" at the end of little expressions and stuff and I hate it because I always try to make it a word, but I made a lot of progress with it! Chileans also use A LOT of midismos, or little sayings. There are times when I understand every word they said, but I still don't understand them ha-ha. I am also getting good at braiding (pics to come mom) all the little girls in my ward want me to braid their hair so we are gonna do an activity one day!!
Well, I have a goal to read the entire book of Mormon in Spanish by the end of my training. So I was chugging along the other day in nefi and I read 9:6-7. There are two times in English where it says government, but Spanish doesn’t use gobierno. The first time uses principado, and I did some digging. This word basically means reign of a prince. The second time it uses dominio, which sounds like dominion- but it isn’t! It means domain. I love that, because we know that so many governments today are corrupt and right now, increase of government does not necessarily mean increase of peace. But that isn’t what the scripture is trying to say! It means that Christ reigns, and that this life and this earth is his domain, and in his reign and domain, there is no end to peace. May we all choose to enter into his rest, receive the peace and blessings he is waiting to give us, and follow Him forever.