Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope it was a magical for you as it has been for me! I couldn’t have picked a better spot to spend it then in Simon Bolivar! I really loved seeing people progress during this season! Not to mention I got to talk with my family Christmas day through Skype!
I especially loved seeing Francisco progress! I don’t know if I have talked about him before, but he is a friend of one the members in our Ward and is Amazing! He is making huge changes in his life (giving up drinking, changing his relationship with his mom and son)! And the only thing he really wants is to make those changes with his mom. So he asked us to stop by and share something with his mom! She is great and open to learn but just wasn’t about to change from day to night. Buuuuuuuut guess who came with Francisco for church… his mom!! She always thanks us for the huge change she’s seen in her son : ) She loved church and fit right in, and I’m was so excited to visit her again this week until……. The President of our misión told me that I will be leaving my area!!! I am more than a little sad… I really truly LOVED my sector and the people in it! But I will still be in the same Ward (congregación), and I will be serving as a Sister trainer leader! This means about twice every week, I will be traveling to spend the day with other sisters to help them and learn from them! I will switch places with their companion who will be learning from my companion for the day : ) It is a wonderful opportunity to forget more and more of myself and focus on the other sisters : )
With the family Rojas things have cooled down and they’re in the south of Chile (grandma and grandkids) to spend some time with other family [members]. Things are not perfect, but they are getting better : )
I know that when we have confidence in the Lord, we will find confidence in ourselves. It is so much better to be happy and helpful than to doubt yourself! I know God lives and that he loves you and me!
Sed de buen animo!!
PS we went to the Zoo today!!!!!!!!! Man, I just love the zoo!! My poor companion, I’m sure, was a little embarrassed about how excited I was : )