Monday, July 28, 2014

90% of Each Situation Has to Do With Our Attitude Toward That Event

THIS WEEKKK....was hard. super super super hard. But I feel happy (:  Its weird how that works... 
Edwardo's baptism with his family
But this week the bishop told us in front of about 6 people during the ward council that no one wanted to give us lunch, that we are not working hard and all we do is goof around.  He blocked us from working in the street called Aurora (Where 3 of our investigators are) and took us out of the Young woman's.  I think this is the first time I have been this falsely accused of things in my life.  But guess what. The Lord knows our work and our numbers this week were the highest they have ever been in this sector.  We are working really hard and we feel good (: I really don't know what the Bishop wants us to improve, and I don't know if he knows either. But we will continue to try and gain his trust through out the weeks we have here.  On my agenda I have a super cute picture of Jesus hugging a little girl and it gives me so much hope and love, sounds cheesy but its so true. Heavenly Father knows why we are in the situations we are in and we teach our investigators and less actives this every day and I really believe and  know that this is true.  I used to think Satan gave us trials because Satan also knows us, but trials are simply trials... and WE get to choose if they move us closer or father away from Heavenly Father. There is a saying that says every situation we are in depends 10% on the situation and 90% on our attitude (: It is so true. Also, Waldo found me again this week which is always a tender mercy from the Lord.  Waldo was the fist person the Lord allowed me to find, teach and baptize (: He is doing well and always gives me hope and faith that good things are to come.  ALSO!!! EDWARDO GOT BAPTIZED!!  The husband of Ivia, He is so amazing!! Saturday night after the steak activity he got put in the hospital for an accident cardiovascular, but he should be okay soon!   What else happened this week?? hmmm.... we found lots of new people this week and were going to the temple on Friday YAY!!!! 

Well... See you all soon. 6 more fast Sunday's and I will be home. Missions go by WAY too fast. blahhhh :( 
Well love you hope you all have a super sassy week!
xoxoxoxoxox
Edwardo's baptism
Edwardo's baptism!
♥ Hermana Cook 
We have ALL BEEN ON OUR MISSION ONE YEAR!!
The Light shut off while we were in divisions and Hermana North and I had a VERY VERY COLD and DARK NIGHT.  But we woke up happy like we had prayed for :)  haha



how I left the house last Monday. My scarf, jacket and back pack all tangled up.  My comp thought it was funny so she took a pic of it lol


Pics we took at the Temple when we went with Edwardo and his family


Pics we took at the temle when we went with edwardo and his family 










 FAMILY HOME EVENING we did with the Familia Dias (Thier kids just got baptized less than a month ago) And I won the chugging competition and almost the Chubby bunny competition but Elder miller is 6`6.... he won, but i was SO CLOSE!
Elder Miller is 6 ft 6 inch tall





My last P-day with Hermana Lepin



P-day fun!
Mine and Hermana Lepin's last P-Day together.  We set up a relay race and this was the Elders end result!! HEEHEE

Our Zone...Notice only two girls!

STEAK  ACTIVITY (: Here is the majestic Connie from the Los Nogales ward. WE LOVE HERRRR!! She reminds me of Katelynn Kelly. (: She goes with us sometimes to teach investigators. super awesome!

Stake Activity

Our Stake Activity
Me and my Companion (far Right) at the Stake Activity


Dancing at the Stake Activity



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I realize that we really cannot do anything without the help of the spirit



I thank Heavenly Father for allowing us to have President Cook as our president.  He came to visit our ward this week and set goals for us to work for for the next few weeks.  Also, this week we went back to reteach an old investigator who is now very prepared to live the gospel.  She has been reading the Book of Mormon on her own for a month now and calls us EVERY NIGHT without fail to tell us what she has read. She just has a hard time committing to go to church because she is really sick and has to take pills and eat every half hour or so, but she has committed to try her best.  Her name is Bernarda and we helped her clean her house this week and after we had a mini lesson with her and told her we were going to teach her more about family history the next visit and she got really excited. It amazes me sometimes the power in leaving people who don`t seem to be progressing. They notice a difference after we leave :)  It takes a lot of faith to leave them because they get used to the visits and we start to love them... but it’s necessary for their growth sometimes.  This week we also had a really amazing experience during planning.  We actually had a really rough start at the beginning of the day and I told Hermana Lepin we couldn’t plan without the spirit so we sat in silence for a while so Hermana Lepin could calm down for a little bit.  We actually didn’t start planning until 12:30, but when we had felt better and talked things over, we were able to say a prayer and feel more content.  We received personal and companionship revelation for the sector and in the past three days we were able to have every lesson with a member.  It was a miracle!!!  I realized that we really cannot do anything without the help of the spirit.  I know that if we had started planning feeling discontent and upset, we would not have felt the impression to make the list and call the hermanas.  I feel so much better out working in the sector now and Hermana Lepin has a lot more animo.  By far this was one of our best three days together this change.  Obediencia really brings blessings and unites companionships.
 
I’d write more but times up.
love you all lots lots. See you soon xooxoxxo
The city of Santiago at night!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It’s not like a one and a half year thing, it’s a lifelong learning and practicing experience

THIS WEEK...


We have a baptism scheduled yay!!  Edwardo! The husband of a life-long member! We are way super excited for him.  His first time coming to church ever was 5 weeks ago and he hasn’t missed a week sense!  Even when his wife stayed home sick he came (:
 

This week was really hard.  I have been sick for about 2 months now and this week I had to be in the house for 2 days :(  It is an internal struggle... Sometimes I want to be in the house so I can study more, but when I am stuck in the house, I want to be out teaching!


This week we scheduled a family home evening with Bryan, well I was sick and couldn’t go so we did divisions and Hermana Lepin went and taught him and Bryan (a 21 year old we found contacting 2 weeks ago, he is a little more on the gangster side so he hasn’t had much experience with being close to God) but in this Family Home Evening, Hermana Lepin had asked him how he was doing on his prayers.. And he almost started crying and told us that he felt something while he was praying.. Some kind of invisible love, he said, and then he got a little teary eyed and said that he knew God was there.  Hermana Lepin told him that was the Holy Spirit and he told her... No, it was God.  So were making some progress with him but I think we’re going to do a lesson specifically on the Holy Ghost next time and his purpose in our lives.  lol Also Hermana Lepin gave him a Book of Mormon and said he would read it (: YAY! 

We have had some cool experiences this week, even though it was probably one of our hardest weeks together.  I feel we are being blessed through our trials
 

Also, four Hermanas leave this week to go home!!  It’s crazy how time flies.  Makes me sad! But the good news is that I can take everything I learn here and apply it.  It’s not like a one and a half year thing, it’s a lifelong learning and practicing experience, it just started a year ago for me (:


Well I love you all!

Have a super sassy week!

Send me questions so I have more of a base what to write about haha love you all!

xoxoxoxoxoox

Hermana Danielle Cook

Monday, July 7, 2014

IT WAS AWESOME!! (read on and you will understand why this email is titled that)



THIS WEEK
We had baptisms!! yayyyyyyyyy Three total!!!!  Alison, Lian, and Juan Ignacio!  Their parents were baptized years ago and then went inactive but now they are reactivated and we got to teach them and they got baptized this past Saturday YAYY!!  Also Byron got baptized 2 weeks ago but....... I couldn’t find the pictures.  Byron is 18 and wants to go on a mission!  His mom is a member and he was a crazy partier before his mission but he has changed ALOOTTTTT.   There were like 14 missionaries at his baptism. He has a lot of support (: Thank goodness.
I was sunburnt... and I look bad but here's our babies!!!!! We are so happy for them!!













Elder Sansoni took this unposed picture and I thought it was awesomeeee!
The Beautiful View even though Smog is like Fog

   This week we climbed Cerro Chena as a mission with President Cook and we did a mission fast and it was awesome. My whole body hurts and I am so tired but it was so awesome!

Love this Picture!
The EVIL dogs that ate my food on the hike..  HAHA
Having fun on the hike
The hike we did with President Cook and the whole mission!!
ME AND NACHAA!!!!! a little sassy 6 year old who is ``my best friend`` we pretend to have secret power on P days when we watch the Elders play soccer and use our powers to help them make goals!
 We’re going to do a culture update because I don’t know how much I have written about Chile:
. Football (soccer) is more celebrated than Christmas here.
. The air is WAY polluted.  It gets so bad that it looks like fog.
. Chilean Spanish is super ghetto.   Everyone here knows it too (: They take pride in it, it’s awesome.  They sometimes don’t say the S`s and D`s on their letters.
.  People here are a family people.  It’s awesome.  They live with their aunts, uncles, grandmothers, parents and every one their whole lives (: no one moves out.
.  Gas prices are the same, maybe a bit more expensive
.  Completos (Hot Dogs) are EVERYWHERE like hamburgers and fries in the US
.  They use smashed avocados like ketchup, on hamburgers, hotdogs, bread, everything (:
And I can’t think of much more.  

our glow stick masks we used for  the ward activity

This week was super awesome.  We had a ward activity and more people showed up than in sacrament meeting!  IT WAS AWESOME.  We did ``my name is`` and we had to pick someone to represent.  We had Shakira, Rhianna, dancing light stick figures, and all kinds of people imitating all kinds of famous people.  It was AWESOME.  I was super impressed on how well it turned out (: I have never seen an activity here like this one just for one ward we were so happy.  Five investigators went and they loved it.  We laughed a lot and had a super good week. We have 1 constant progressing investigator right now and she is the cutest thing ever!  She is reading and praying and is doing super well.  We have only taught her twice but I hope she continues to progress.  My companion and I had a really cool experience while fasting together Saturday night.  We had a Noche de Hogar with a non-active father and his 2 sons, one was baptized and the other one had never listened to missionaries before.  We almost had to cancel this Noche de Hogar because we couldn’t find a member older than 18 that could go with us, but we called a member of the Los Nogales Barrio (Connie) to go with us and the lesson was awesome!  We taught the RestauraciĆ³n, and Connie was SO prepared to help us teach.  It was like we were in a trio.  She shared an experience about the Priesthood that was PERFECT for a question Juan had.   It was awesome. It made me think about how even though she is from a different ward, we are all on the same team.  I love knowing that we are all family and we all are children of God who chose this plan before we came here to earth.

I have to send pics this week so I am going to leave you with this. I love you guys! Hope all is well at home. Take care!
xoxoxoxo
Hermana Cook
HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO MISSION SANTIAGO SUR!

There were about six cakes this size for the whole mission after a devotional we had with pres Cook. hes so awesome!!
Have a super sassy semana (Day)
My comp took this picture at a members house with her cool shoes haha.  Thought it was sassy
Samuel wanted to join our young woman's class so we tied my jacket around his waist and put a clippy in his hair. He lead the opening song and then I made him leave.  Samuel is 12 and he cracks me up! He is not ashamed of anything. Makes me miss Landon