30 June 2014

Raíces Fuertes

Hola Hola!! 
Wow, can you believe it? Today, starts my last transfer here in the mission. 6 weeks. That I know will go by SO FAST. 
BUT, I am happy to say, that I AM STAYING IN MY AREA AND WITH MY COMPANION!! :D We were both super excited when the assistants called us to say we would be staying ;) This transfer is going to be fun! The last one... but it will be a good ending :)

Sad to say... Chile got eliminated from the World Cup this week. It was a sad day... like normal, the whole country stopped to watch the game, and after... we knew they lost, because we could feel the sadness. 
I never thought I'd be so into sports, but I've been super excited to hear everything about World Cup, and wanting to watch the games! haha in 4 more years, Ill watch it for sure ;) haha 
Even though it's sad, we are kinda relieved, so we can keep working good haha. We were lucky that the games were usually during our lunch or meetings, so it didn't affect us too much, but just an hour or so sometimes was during work time. And it was hard! haha! 

Happy Anniversary to mom and dad this week. Wow, 23 years! How fast time goes... 

We had a great week! We saw miracles! 
There is an investigator, Mirella, who I've been teaching for a while now.. since February. She was a reference from a member, but we could only go in the mornings so we couldn't ever see her that much. She always told us only the morning, because it was when her husband wasn't there, since he would "never like to listen to us". She couldn't progress well because he was "hard" "closed" and couldn't ever go to church or anything because of him.
Then, there was a baptism in the ward a few weeks ago, and we invited Mirella. She showed up with her husband, and they loved it!! 
Little by little, we started teaching the husband, Waldo, too. Wow, is he a miracle! Mirella is super excited that Waldo is recieving the lessons now, and they are planning to be baptized on the 9th of August. We could always see the desires in Mirella, but I thought it would be a while until she could do anything. Waldo prayed, and ended the prayer saying "We are going to do it, it's not going to be easy, but we will do it. And the missionaries are going to be happy!" And Mirella cried and was laughing and super happy! 
They are studying the Book of Mormon together and learning a lot! 
Now, just the trick. Waldo and Mirella aren't legally married... Waldo is married and not divorced to someone else, due to the recent laws of Chile permitting divorce. His "wife" and he are separated for more than 20 years, but she is wanting money from the divorce. We are asking for a miracle... to be divorced and remarried to Mirella in 6 weeks. Keep them in your prayers ;) 

The other. Angelina. She had mentioned to us that she didn't feel ready for baptism, so we changed the date to the 26th of July. She accepted. We shared with her the importance of a testimony and her own answer. She started studying and applying the stories in the Book of Mormon, and we've seen more excitement in her. Last night, we saw her. She told me that she WILL be baptized the 26th. She feels so good in the church, better than in "her catholic church". Her grandma that raised her passed away, and her uncle that she lives with was drinking a lot, and she made the decision. She was going to do it, because she wants the help from the Lord. 

The last, is Elmer. Who also has a goal to be baptized the 9th of August. He has been investigating the church for a LONG time, but never could because his "wife" (not married) lived in Peru. She is a less-active member, and he was waiting for her to come here, so they could get married, and he could be baptized. She came a few weeks ago, and they are trying to do all they can to get married quick, and be baptized too! 

It was an amazing week ;) So far, we have 4 investigators with goals to be baptized this transfer! It should be a great ending! ;)

My companion and I studied DILIGENCE this week. Diligence. Endure to the end. Strength. Will to the Lord. Until the end. It was a great study, that I definitely needed this week. 
Diligence doesn't only mean keep working. But to keep working with your heart, might, mind, and strength. It means to be obedient. It means to use time wisely. It means to have the desire to keep working. To want to keep going. 

My companion had a letter from her brother that she read to me, and in a few lessons this week. About Bamboo. 
Bamboo grows 32 meters in a month, so like a meter a day. Or 5 cm an hour. So fast, you can SEE it growing! You can cut it down from the bottom, and it will still continue to grow 32 meters monthly. (Different from any other tree, that if you cut it at the trunk, it stops there). 
But the interesting thing... if you go to plant it right now, and nuture it well, you won't see anything. Not the fault of the ground, climate... because it can grow in any weather, in any soil. So, why won't it grow?
It actually IS growing. Bamboo grows down first, for 7 years, strengthening its roots so it can withstand quick growth and strength. 7 years of strengthening. So when someone comes and cuts it down, it will keep growing. 
How interesting, that our life could be the same. If we focus on strengthening our roots (but more than 7 years....) by having a testimony, praying, reading the scriptures and applying them, going to church, having spiritual experiences, inviting others to come to church or activities... we are strengthened. So when a trial comes and "cuts us down" we can keep growing. We are still strong. It won't affect our growth. We still have our strong roots. 
I loved this comparion. "Be a Bamboo." Do all you can to have your roots strengthened. 

I love you all lots! Take advantage of the time you have... because you never realize how fast it goes, until it's almost over. 
See you soon!

--Hermana Severtson

23 June 2014

Cargarse Espiritualmente

Hello Hello Hello Hola! 

I would like to start by saying that Chile just started their next game of the WORLD CUP, and I LOVE it. You all know, I've never been too big into sports, but I love seeing the pride of the country. Literally, the whole country dies down, and watches the games. Apparently this year Chile is doing good, and it just keeps up the excitement! Its interesting too, how big soccer is here. The schools today either didn't have classes, or had an early release, because the game was at noon. haha! There are hats, flags, horns, jerseys, EVERYWHERE! Its so great! Then the celebration after... Im hoping to be able to film a bit today of what happens after ;) Its so amazing! 

We had a fun week this week too.
We had a Noche de Talentos (talent show) in the ward this weekend. Us missionaries decided to have a little fun, and put on a special show. You know those things they do, when your own arms are the legs of a "little guy" and someone else's arms are yours? (hope that makes sense...) we did that ;) Ill send pictures ;) 
Everyone LOVED it!! Everyone was laughing SO hard! it turned out good ;) I have a video Im trying to upload to the Skydrive, but it takes a LONG time, so you might have to wait a few more weeks to see the videos ;)
We did it twice too. Once of how a missionary gets ready in the morning. So we washed our faces, ate breakfast, brushed our teeth, I did makeup, and the elders shaved. 
Next, we danced. It was so fun!! haha I want you to see the videos.... haha 

Thanks too for getting me all ready for school. Worrying about all with the scholarship/grant, and the mac. It seems like a super good deal, so thanks for getting it! 

There was a talk in the Priesthood Session of this past General Conference about being a Chosen Generation. I read it this week, and liked it. Then, yesterday in church, it was the topic of one of the talks too. 
It explains really well that we need to always be "spiritual charged". We always worry about charging the phone, seeing if we have it, stopping to read a text, ... but do we do the same with a prayer? reading the scriptures? going to church? sharing the Gospel? 
I know I don't... and its something I want to work on. Especially once I'm home. Keep the focus I've found. Keep with the habits I've made. 
I encourage you all to read the talk. I don't know why, but I always love the talks from the priesthood session ;) They are so great! And this one I specially loved ;) 
See in what ways you can do better to always be spiritually charged and making sure it is a priority. 
Here in the mission, we are always hearing that God is first, pray before you leave, its HIS work, do what HE wants you to do, ... and I've seen, several times, that it is easier this way. God has a plan. When we follow this plan, its easier. When we give up our own will, our own vision, or our own desires, its easier. 

I love you all bunches. Have a wonderful week! 
Siguen adelante en todas las cosas, y les irá bien. Eso yo se. Pongan Dios en primer lugar, y serán bendecidos. Les amo, muchísimo! 
Tengan una semana llena de éxitos! Trabajen duro y nunca se den por vencidos. 


---Hermana Severtson

16 June 2014

Corred De Tal Manera Que Lo Obtengáis

Hello!! Nice to hear from you all today ;) I love reading your emails and hearing all that's going on at home. 

I forgot to mention last week, that I got the birthday card that you send me, and from Grandma and Grandpa Porter too. Thanks! It was nice to get some mail and hear from you. 

Also, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!!! I hope it was a great day for you, Dad! You deserve it! I wish we could call home on Father's Day too, but we can't. Soon enough..... 

Cool too that Porter is playing the piano in Primary! Is that his new calling? or is he just helping out? That's awesome, Im jealous! I LOVED that calling!!!

Sad to hear about Jette Davis... I didn't know he was getting that bad... I hope that his family is all doing okay. If you talk to them, tell them I send my best wishes for them. 

This week was interesting! We had lots of great activities! 
On Friday night, we celebrated the Anniversary of the Arica Costanera Stake. Mauricio de La Martinez came from Santiago (I think he's an ex-70?) to sing! He composed 4-5 songs about the Restoration and sang with his wife. It was great! They invited everyone, even the leaders of other churches, so it was a great event! My companion and I were in charge, along with the ward, to teach the Plan of Salvation after. There were 3 rooms, where everyone could go listen to the lessons. It went good! 

Then, on Saturday, we had a conference with President and Hermana Dalton. I always love the conferences we have, but for some reason, this one was my favorite! We talked a lot about the Book of Mormon and of all the questions that are answered in the book. Everything that was said was PERFECT and exactly what my companion and I were thinking about, and answered a lot of our doubts and questions too. 

We were able to set baptism dates with a lot more of our investigators too. Angelina is still doing great! But we set dates with Cindy and Luis, Miyoshi, and Maria José. Maria Jose was a great story... Let me tell you. ;) 
We did a few contacts Thursday night, and she was one of them. She was super happy and said, "can you come tomorrow?" so we set an appointment, and went! In the middle of the lesson, she asks us "you guys baptize in a pool right?" "yes, a font, how do you know" "my friend just got baptized in your church, and he told me." Turns out, her friend is the one who got married the other week and got baptized with his family. COOL! We start to continue the lesson, and she asks "How can I get baptized like that?" That was the first time in my mission that someone asks that, and that we set a baptism date in the middle of the lesson! It was cool! ;) 

 Something really interesting that one of our Zone Leaders shared in our meeting this week was from 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. This was a little story I had never heard before, but I liked it a lot. "So run, that ye may obtain". We are all running in the race. But there is only one winner. Ok, really, there is more than one. But what is being explained here, is that only those who REALLY want the prize will get it. Only those who excersize self-discipline and self-mastery, with the most will and desire for the prize, will get it. He who starts out strong, and decides that he is tired and stops half way, won't get the prize. We need to be running fast and strong and dedicated the whole race. 
In our case, this race is our journey to the Celestial Kingdom. We need to run and endure to the end, running hard, in order to get the prize. We need to focus on our purpose and our goal. If we really want the prize, doing all it takes to get there will be easy. We need to do the will of God. He wil show us the path to get there easiest. He need to overcome the natural man. We may get tired, bored, want something new, but the PRIZE is our goal! 
I really liked this scripture and how it relates to life. So, RUN! That you might obtain the prize!! 

les quiero MUCHO! espero que todos tengan una semana maravillosa! Siguen trabajando y disfrutando de todo que están haciendo. Aprovechen su verano y disfruten del calor que tienen ;)
les extraño! pero nos vamos a ver prontito! ..... el tiempo pasa rápido. muy MUY rápido! Pero, voy a seguir enfocándome hasta el fin ;)  

<3 - Hermana Severtson

P.S. I uploaded more pictures to Skydrive too... so you can go check it out ;) 

09 June 2014

La Humildad

Hola Familia! Como están? 
We had another fun week here. Continuing to enjoy the mission and have fun working! 

This week, we went to Antofagasta again, and had a great meeting with President and the other leaders there. It's always fun to go and see old companions and hear the words that President, his wife, and the assistants planned for us. 

We also continued finding more new investigators this week. We are really loving the work together here! Super great!! 

Happy news! We have an investigator, Angelina, who committed to baptism this week! Her friend is a member in the ward, and came to church with her twice. We started teaching her, but just through FHE and things, never a "real" lesson with her. Anyways. She is super happy and excited about the church. 
So, there was a baptism in the ward this weekend, the family and couple that got married last week. Angelina went with her friend. After, she came up to us and said "I'm being convinced" so my companion told her "We are giong to have another baptism on the 28th. We can help you prepare for this day" and she said "yes! When do we start the preparation?" :) Then she told the whole ward after the baptism that she would be baptized too! Already knows who she wants to baptize her, already talking to people to make more friends. The ward is great and helpful to have other FHE activities with Angelina to get to know her more!! 

Sounds like you all had fun on the cruise too! How funny you met Kevin and were talking to him. Were you all able to communicate well? Did he know any English? 
It seemed like Rosy and Porter continued the icecream swirling contest too... haha Hope Porter didn't get too sick this time ;) 
We'll have to do it again next year ;) Maybe down to CHILE! :D 

At the conference this week, Hermana Dalton talked about Humility. She is always the best at giving talks about the Attributes of Christ. I really liked her talk this time too. She quoted from "True to the Faith" that you can still be humble if you are strong and courageous. (something like that in English ;)  ) I liked that a lot, because people usually thing of Humility of being quiet, shy, like a weakness. But, humility is really a strength. Being willing to serve. Accepting change. Accepting correction. Doing what you know is right. Trusting in the Lord's plan. Doing His will. Not judging others. Not getting offended. Not getting mad. Loving everyone. Being grateful for all things. Praying always. Repenting and being better every day. Forgiving. and the list goes on and on. 
But Humility really includes more than we normally thing. Humility is one of the most important attibutes of Christ. We are nothing without the Lord, and with him, we are everything. We can do all things through Christ. It's not our success, it's not our work. Everything should be done in praising the lord. "Mira puesta UNICAMENTE en la gloria de Dios" (Doctrine and Convenants 4). 
Yes, I know its something I need to keep working on. There are many times I get frustrated with people or myself. When I get excited or happy for the things that I have done... forgetting that it was with a LOT of help from the Lord. 

Love you all MUCHO MUCHO! Have a great week! Keep working hard, spend your summer wisely ;) School will be back before you know it! I miss ya! You are all doing great in all your different activities and things. You are the best familia! :)

Que tengan un día lindo y una semana llena de éxito y felicidad!! Les quiero! 

--<3 Hermana Severtson

02 June 2014

Unidad, Apoyo, Amor


This week, once again, was a good one for us! We were able to exceed our "records" as a companionship, and compared to before, for new investigators and lessons with a member present. It was a great week! 

We had a wedding this week! The Elders we share the ward with, have a family they'd been working with for 4 or 5 months now. They never could get baptized because the parents weren't married. Finally, they both agreed it was something they wanted, and got married! It was neat, and we got to go with them in the morning to the "ceremony." But, the best part, was that the ward too planned a reception at night. It was so amazing! Everyone got together and planned this, did their part, and it was so great!! There were decorations, food, gifts, a sister let her borrow her wedding dress, they helped with clothes for the kids, there were activities, dance, ... we had to go home early, but we heard that even the older ladies in the ward were dancing all night! 
That's something I love about this ward. They are so united. They work great together. There's so much love, even for people they don't know very well. They are excited and willing to help the missionaries. It's amazing! 

This was something my companion and I have noticed more this week than ever before. Especially with the wedding, but every other activity we have. There's great participation. Everyone helps. 
It's helped me realize that as a companionship we need to be the same. Have the same goals. Have the same plan. And, when we do it, THEN we see the success. We have fun. We enjoy it together. 
A family is the same way too. We all help and strengthen each other. We support each other in the hard times and the good times. We love one another. 
And that's the way it should be. United. It's amazing the difference it makes. And everyone can see it. Being yourself, and putting in your own talents, but supporting everyone else in theirs. Their strengths are our weaknesses. Our strengths are their weaknesses. And that's how it needs to be! Be a team!

We started classes of Preach My Gospel every other Sunday in our ward. Yesterday, we taught part of The Restoration, talked about what the main points would be, and how a member can teach and testify about this point in 1-2 minutes. Something they would do in lessons with us. Then, we talked about how to do a contact or how to invite a friend to go to church or meet with the missionaries. It was great! 

I got a phone call this week... from the mission office.... asking me what airport is the closest to my house. WOW. That must mean I have quite a bit of time in the mission...and don't have too much left. Wow. For real. Take advantage of every second you got--especially when you're in your mission, but in life too-- because it goes fast. It will pass before your eyes... 

How great that Bentley went through the temple. I miss the temple so much, but I'm happy there's one closer now, and that I can go whenever I want! ;) 

Hope it all works out for you to go to Havasupai this week! Hope everyone is good with health and strength. But, either way, next year we'll go again, right? ;) 

Maizey mentioned to me about jerseys. I am going to try to talk to a few people this week and see exactly how much they are. If any of the rest of you would want one, let me know! ;) 

Love you LOTSS! Miss ya! 

--Hermana Severtson