|It takes about 20 hours to get here. They brought us 2 duffel bags full of goodies! Thank you!|
|Our first stop was the Vino Bello restaurant in Santa Cruz.|
|Grapes, grapes, grapes!|
|I'm holding the center piece; darling, isn't it?|
Sunday morning we had to get up early to drive to Constitucion so Doug could give a presentation on, "Working in Union". We are going to all the wards/branches, in our area, to encourage the members to be the "finders" and the missionaries to be the "teachers". He has done this every Sunday for the last 6 weeks. Only 26 more times and we'll be done! Doug has created a very good power-point presentation with a couple of videos and He does a wonderful job of motivation. He is like a tiger out of its cage on this mission. Give him an assignment and he doesn't hardly rest until everything is done. I set up the tripod and focus the projector. After that, I shut the curtains and greet the people.
After church we took a stroll on the beach and had lunch. We skipped eating the seaweed.
|Chileans eat this.|
|What a cute couple after a good nights sleep|
|We are waiting for the water to go back so we can dart through a cave. Maybe we would, if it wasn't Sunday.|
|This pool was probably over 100 degrees.|
|In a little village close to Villarrica there is a horse drawn milk wagon. How about that!|
|Here is another.|
|This part of Chile is beautiful|
|The Park Lake Hotel is where we stayed. This would be a great place to spend 2 or 3 days.|
|The beach at Vina del Mar|
|This is the famous clock of flowers, where everyone takes a picture.|
|The "Ascensor" in Valparaiso. A city built on hills. This is a quick way to get up a very steep hill. This was built in the 1800's.|
|After lunch we walked down the hill.|
|Doug has always been resourceful!|
The next day we were able to find a place to fix the window and get John and Jessica to the airport. It was hard to say "good-bye", and I wondered if I could get back into the missionary mode after 6 days off.
Not to worry!! As soon as we got home our phone started ringing. We went with the missionaries to visit some investigators, helped with cambios, Monday and Tuesday, and met some new missionaries at our zone meeting. I've been visiting teaching with an Hermana in our ward. She was an example of the perfect visit. She gave the message and we read the suggested scriptures together. After the message, the mom and daughter looked at me and said, "Habla Hermana". I tried to say how the mission was a great blessing in my life and how I loved the ward and the members. I told them that I have 6 children and 18 grandchildren and they about fainted over that and then they started their "machine gun" Spanish and I didn't need to hablar anymore! It was a fun experience. We helped the new hermana missionaries in our zone to get settled. They had no food because the Elders had left the cupboards bare. We had them for breakfast, (I mean, we invited them to eat breakfast with us), and took them grocery shopping. They are the first hermanas in Talca in 30 years. Their ward is so happy to have them.
We spoke at a noche de hogar, outside, with lots of mosquitos, about the Book of Mormon, attended a baptism and a "going away" party for a missionary leaving for Paraguay this week, attended a ward council meeting, and gave our Sunday training. There were many other little things sprinkled into all those activities.
Sooo, it is easy to get back into the missionary mode. Just be available!
|Our new zone in Talca|
Hermana Lovell is the "gringa" in the middle. Her parents are mission presidents in Argentina. Her twin sister is on a mission in Spain, and her other sister is serving in Italy! Five in a family! Our mission is half and half, Latins to gringos. Our zone is exactly that. Hermana Chavez is sitting by me, and is from San Diego, so I think of her as a mix. She can speak perfect Spanish and English, although she already has a funny English accent. She has been here 3 months and serves in Constitucion. The little latina on the left, just got here on Tuesday, from Guatemala. She is wearing her Young Womanhood recognition award. She does good with her English.