Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Maria Angelica

This week was a great week! Hna Marques is totally awesome. We have great time. People tell us all the time that being with us is like being with Dinamarca and Machado (our trainers). She’s super funny, relaxed, and hard working :) ha-ha. In all these changes of companions so quickly, I feel like a skill I’ve gotten is how to get used to and get to love a comp- super speed. 

We spent a lot of time this week getting everything ready for an activity we had on Friday, which was my idea so a lot of the work fell on me. We did a LUAU!  It was so fun, and a big success! We had a LOT of investigators, converts, and more than anything, less active members! And the miracle was that on Sunday, a lot of people who don’t usually come, came!! I really love working just in general to fortify a ward. You can do lot of good just by passing by and saying how are you. ALL OF YOU GO TRY IT THIS WEEK. The ward is super MAQUINA (like really good at) with visiting the members. Really, with something so simple, we see miracles. 

I’m gonna send some pics of the luau. The big gigantic banner of Hawaii has an interesting story. We were going to visit some antiguos the other days. Hmmm how do I explain that. Some people we found in our area book that the missionaries stopped visiting. We kept finding pure members, less active. I was like WHAT IS GOING ON??? We needed new investigators, but after about an hour and a half of pure members, I just accepted that this was something that Heavenly Father wanted me to get. Finally, we ended up finding a guy whose name is Memo. We invited him to the luau, and he said he wouldn’t be able to come, but he wanted to help. He explained that he has a business of making like big gigantic signs, or like backdrops. He asked if he could design something and donate it, so we could have a like a back drop of Hawaii to take pictures! It turned out so big, we had to improvise to be able to hang it up! it was by the far the coolest part. We danced the limbo, and Maria Angelica and her family WON!!!! We played a game with hula-hoops, and we ate kabobs, which was just about impossible to explain to the sweet little ladies who made them. We listened to beach boys. We had almost 100 people who came!! It was such a success! The whole ward is already asking my comp and I "what’s gonna be the next activity??" 

On Saturday, we visited all of our plans and no one was home. We had about half an hour until our lunch, and we just happened to end up near an investigator Roodley, un haitiano.  He usually isn’t home at that time, but I called him and he said come on over. We went by, and it was one of the most guided lessons I’ve had in my mission. We were teaching something, nothing to do with baptism, but somehow we ended up there, and we put a date for June 2nd. Roodley has been listening to the missionaries more than a year now, and he’s never even accepted fecha (date). I don’t know why, but just that day he was ready! he came to church and we announced to the whole ward he’s getting baptized! We are very happy for him! 

Then on Saturday night, we had our baptism of Maria Angelica. It has been such a joy to participate so much in her journey, and that of her family. The missionaries found her family the week before I got here, so I was there for her first lesson, when the family lost a brother to suicide, when they first came to church, when she accepted a date for baptism, and finally for the baptism. The family Varas Saavedra is the BEST family. They have the goal to be sealed in the temple at the end of the year, so I hope they can and I can be there for them during that important step also! The family has a very special place in my heart. At some point in the baptism, the bishop asked me if I would be willing to sing, and he asked me like RIGHT NOW. So I sang Nearer My God to Thee, a cappella. It was very special. The only complication was that there was a bad communication as far as who was gonna fill the font goes, so at the last minute, we were filling it with all of the water we could find ha-ha. I grabbed some pics of that too. 

Then yesterday, we put another fecha (baptism date), 2 de Junio (June 2nd), for Valentina, another 9-year-old girl. Her family is also MUY BUENA, espcialmente hna Caterin. We are SO EXCITED FOR the work here in this sector!" Pray lots for us! We love you all! 

LOVE, Hna Stanley :) 

 Luau Time!

Hermana Marques

Filling the font....

Maria Angelica

Monday, May 14, 2018

Hermana Stanley's Testimony

Not a great quality recording, but beautiful nonetheless!


Hi hello everyone! I hope everyone called their mom for Mother’s Day and had a pretty poem ready for her :) I know I did! I always enjoy talking to my family over skype, because it reminds me why I’m sacrificing this time with them, that it’s so worth it even though I love them so much!! 

Well something we never thought would happen, happened this weekend!! We had cambios (transfers) this weekend, and let me show you the probability of what could have happened.
1. llontop and I stay together 
2. our sector gets closed 
3. I leave and she says
4. she leaves and I stay

BUT Presidente has gone a little crazy, and so.... Hna llontop said goodbye to Conquistador after a whole three weeks here :) The other big news is that.... ugh I’m so nervous but... I’m gonna be senior companion now.....

I know you’re all in shock, me too. No one ever thought they’d put me in charge of the safety of another hna so it’s gonna be interesting. PERO BUENO, I’m very excited because my new companion is named Hermana Marques and she’s from BRASIL!!!!! BRASILLLLLLLLL I’M SO EXCITED!! She’s from San Paulo, she’s 20 years old, and this is her fourth cambio in the mission. She’s one group behind me :) I already love her, she’s literally the coolest. What’s the absolute coolest about these cambios is that Hna Marques was trained by Hna Machado, and Hna Machado is the current companion of Hna Dinamarca (who trained me)!! The moms are together and the daughters are together!!! Hnas Dinamarca and Machado were freaking out when they found out :) Even cooler, is that it is very likely that Dinamarca and Machado will be our capacitadoras (training leaders)! Which means we will get to go do divisions with them!! So, can everyone please fast and pray that that happens? Thank-you. 

Everything is good for Maria Angelica’s baptism this weekend! She actually got sick this week so she wasn’t able to come to church, but her family still came!! We were so happy!! The baptism will be Saturday, and Friday, our ward is having a luau, put on by the missionaries!! It’s gnna be BAKAN (cool in Chile). It’s getting nice and cold here , but I’ve got a good coat, and the goal is to stay warm by running between appointments because so many people want to get baptized!!

Vamos Hna Marques y Hna Stanley

Farewell Hermana Ilontop!
New companions and old companions!

Monday, May 7, 2018


It’s gotten nice and CHILE here. I wear my coat every day, but not necessarily all day, ha-ha. In the afternoon it can still get kind of warm. I still don’t know why or how, but the bishop’s wife somehow ended up with bags and bags of extra clothes, like a whole carful (literally the whole entire car) and she let us pull out whatever we wanted, so I’ve got lots of sweaters now. BLESS HER. 

I spent 7 hours straight today on my feet waiting in a big long line here in Santiago, trying to get my visa. At six months, we have to go and get our visas, and it can take up to two or three p-days. All day. Waiting in lines. It’s like Disneyland minus the fun. But I was my hnas from the CCM (MTC) so that was kinda okay. It means I’m literally just dead right now. In the end, the office always closes at 2, and right at 2, but we got up to the door but we had to leave, so we didn’t even finish the first step and there are three!! But we got an appointment to do it tomorrow so that’s good. I don’t know how much you know, but Chile is a very diverse pais (country), because the economy is good. We have a TON of haitianos, venezolanos, peruanos, y colombianos. Especially here in Santiago. Well, the government just changed the rules about visas, and now a whole bunch of people are illegal and are gonna get kicked out. So people have been frantically trying to get their visas. That makes getting our visas wayyyy more complicated. Not complicated, just longer. 

We had a good week. We had 3 people in la capilla el domingo (at the chapel on Sunday). I’m sorry, sometimes it’s just easier to communicate in Spanish. Maria Angelica who will be baptized al 19 (on the 19th), Valentina (otra niña de 9 años que es hija de menos activos, another 9-year-old girl who is less active) and Moises, a 27-year-old Venezuelan who lives with members. Also super cool! It really was a good week! This week we went to contact a reference that we had gotten, and the lady wasn’t home, but the son says, "puedo yo atenderlas?" and were like, ....uh if you want... yaaaaaaa. As we said the closing prayer he cried. So SWEET. It was a good week! 

I love you and I’m super excited to talk to you in a few more days! 

Hna Stanley