Monday, October 22, 2018

A Baptism!

Exactly one year ago from this week, I got here in Chile! It’s really weird thinking about it! It made me miss you all just a little bit (so much so that one day I dreamed I was home for a day with mom and I asked if we could go to Sam’s Club and she said no...) but also its made me miss the mission, even though I’m still here! I realized, my experience here is 2 thirds over!! What????? But anyway, this was our week. 
On Wednesday, we had divisions in Talagante, mas campo (more country). I was with an Hna Gonzales, she’s not a capacitadora (sister training leader), she’s from Colombia, we had so much fun! We ended up finding a Haitian in her sector that only spoke English, so I taught lesson one in English. It was super hard!! I sounded so awkward. Hahaha! I thought "wow I’m gonna be able to testify with so much power, so eloquently here in my own language.” HA! It was really uncomfortable, but it’s fine, she felt the spirit :) On Wednesday night we had our baptismal interview with Kernizan! It went really well. He passed and the interviewer said he had a great testimony. During the week Pres, had told us a few times that we were going to have interviews with him a few different times, but in the end it always got cancelled last minute. So finally on Thursday morning they called and said "president is in the stake doing interviews right now, just kidding don’t come, he doesn’t have time for you guys, just kidding try coming and well see if he has time. Just kidding do come, jk, don’t come." So in the end, I just had to make decision if we were gonna go and try to see if he had time, or not waste the morning like that. The problem was that we had a really, really full week coming up, and I was thinking that we didn’t have more time to try to have interviews and have them get cancelled again. I deliberated, thought out pros and cons, and then made the decision. I said that we weren’t going to go, because the Lord would provide another time for us to have our interviews. Then all of a sudden, the zone leaders called and said "get here really really fast and he’ll see you" so then we had to go running and I thought “WHY??? HF why?? If you had inspired me to go beforehand we wouldn’t have to be running to get there on time!" But then as we left our house, the bus that we take passed right by like the second we left, which never happens because the bus doesn’t pass by there! Then there wasn’t any traffic so we got there exactly in time. I learned from that, HF has a plan, and even though it doesn’t make sense to me, He always provides. 
On Saturday, Kernizan got baptized!!!!!! It was awesome, it’s been so cool teaching him because it hasn’t been like anything big or huge, like a gigantic miracle, just a small miracle. Every conversion story is a miracle, and his has been just very from the books, especially when it comes to reading the BOM. As he read, he converted, as he read, the doubts he had just slowly went away. 
Next Sunday, we have the broadcast of the dedication of the temple in Concepcion, somebody show the pics to Uncle Brian, the temple in Concepcion is absolutely gorgeous!!! So Kernizan is gonna have his interview this week so he can go, we are too!! I’m so excited. 
This week is the last week of training of Hna Vilches. I’m so sad, MY BABY IS SO BIG!!! I’m so proud of her, she’s gonna be a fantastic missionary!! So next week I’ll be letting you know if I’m leaving my sector or if she is... we’ll see. I honestly think staying, but we’ll see :) 

Love you all lots!! Hna Stanley

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