mis-sion-ary (noun)
someone who leaves their family for a short time so that others may be with their families for Eternity.

Monday, June 30, 2014

work work work

We are working really hard in this sector. This is my companion's 3 cambio aqui (change here). She has pretty much contacted all of our sector lol. Actually, we have contacted the same people. oops haha. One night we tried handing out a pass along to a couple that we had apparently talked to the night before.. haha what do you do when you have contacted the whole sector? nah we have a lot of work still to do. 

We had a cool experience with a menos activo (less active) 3 nights ago.  We were talking to people in the streets and we happened to begin contacting this guy and my comp asked if he has heard about the book of mormon and he was like 'yeah actually i am mormon'. whatttt? His name is Fabio and we have passed by his house so many times but he is never in his house. he is 20 years old and has a kid, so he works day and night, but he said we could pass by today! miracle. We have actually found quite a few menos activos (less actives) who don't fall in our registros (records). We have this book "El Rescate" (The Rescue) the assistants made and every barrio (ward) has one...each companionship, bishop, sumosacerdote (high priest), lider misional (mission leader), and relief society. It has the direction and name of every member in the ward boundaries, future elders, men who haven't served missions, members who haven't been baptized. this book is our life, it is seriously such an awesome tool that our mission has to help with the plan piloto (pilot plan)

Oh mom, Mason Porter's comp right now is my friend from the CCM!!  crazy. he is a great guy! 

There is a lady in our ward named Gloria. She is from another religion, but has a super strong testimony of this church. It is a little odd, but some habits are hard to get rid of. I said the closing prayer and she was repeating everything I said hahaha and then at the end she said 'Amen Amen Amen AMEN'. 

We are working hard here in Los Cerrillos, searching for the people who are ready to accept the truth. There is a lot of work to do but, as we say here, we are here "sacar la mugre" (get rid of the grime)

In church yesterday we talked about how we as members are examples. People watch us and our actions represent the church. On the mission you learn a whole lot of obedience.  We have many rules for our protection. We work closely with many different people and when one person or a missionary is not completely obedient it effects others and the outcome. Your obedience will always effect other people.  Obedience with exactness!

¡Chi Chi Chi Le LeLe VIVA CHILE!

 Sorry I don't really have much to tell, all the days are smushed togther..
tomorrow I will have completed 6 months in the mission!! time is flying... holycow! I love my mission and I love this gospel!

Hermana T

dad, how do you like this mercedes dealership?!
los perros
I workout AND preach the gospel
Chilean Night Sky 

Monday, June 23, 2014

week 2 in Los Cerrillos


Well this last wek went by so fast. especially since I wrote last Tuesday. So I am in the zone Los Cerrillos, barrio (ward) Primo de Rivera. there are 8 missionaries here. our ward is crazy big! We had an assistencia (attendance) of 142 yestday! and the relief society is huge. unbelievable. The ward is super great and super loving. I dont feel like such a greenie anymore. I feel so much better with my spanish. yeah i still sttruggle... a lot actually haha but i can have conversations no problem. It helps that my companion is Chileana. 

We have a lot of work to do here. Our sector is pretty rough. There isnt a whole lot happening. But we did find 5 nuevos this week! That was such a miracle. We didnt have a whole lot of lessons this week. We spent a lot of our time contacting and I am getting to know the area. Our sector is super long. and we dont live in our sector so there is a lot of walking. but its good because we pass a lot of people in the streets. We are going to change this sector around. I know this sector has so much potential. It is going to be hard but i know with faith we can accomplish anything. I am an instrument in the Lord´s work. 

I dont have a whole lot of time today... Usually during the partido of Chile (World Cup Chile was playing as this email was writen) we are in the house but since today is pday we can be out because we arent in investigators houses when they are watching it. But we are in the plaza de maipu and it is crazy! haha. I love being here. no time for pictures. Sorry

Oh I got max and Tates school pictures. They are hanging up on my wall :) Thank you TT!!!

There are miracles in every day. reflect each day in all of the blessings in your life. I gurantee as you reflect each day you will find the Lords hand in your life. 

Con Amor
Hermana Thompson
Hermana Dominguez

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Well, I had cambios! I am now in Los Cerrillos, Primo de Rivera con Hermana Dominguez; she is Chilena. It was really rough to leave El Manzano...but I know I have a lot of work to do here. We do not really have much to go off of right now, so we are pretty much starting fresh. Everyone says this sector is really hard, but I am ready to take it on. We are going to work!! 

Sunday was a rough day saying goodbye to everyone. Really rough, but I was able to bear my testimony and it was cool to see how different I am from when I first arrived. The bishop also spoke and he talked about how he understands it is not easy to be a member of Christ's Church. It is can be difficult sometimes. Our mission has been having issues with getting active members to assist  consistently. Now is our time to be strong members, to stand up for what we believe, to strengthen our testimony of the book of mormon, to have more faith, and to follow Christ. We need to keep fighting to be active every day. Alma 26:27 

I know I am a little late, but Happy Fathers Day daddy!! Thanks for being the best;  always so supportive and loving. And Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad, and Grandma and Big Papa. And Happy Birthday Cole!! You're such a stud. 

so yeah, a lot of changes this week, but last week...

We had a lesson with Monica y Hellen (I think last monday) and wow it was powerful. We talked about the importance of praying ALWAYS. Monica got really serious and told us how bad her week was, everything just went wrong. By the end of the week, she said she was reflecting back and realized she hadn't prayed. She bore her testimony to us about how she knows when she prays she has the help of the Lord in her life. When she prays she feels lighter and she doesn't have such a heavy cargo (load). It was a really cool experience to have her realize that. I know prayer is a literal communcation with our Father in Heaven. I know when we tell him the things of our heart, he will bless us and life is a little bit easier. I'm not saying that bad things won't occur but you will feel happier because you can feel the spirit mas stronger.

We ended up having the opportunity to go to the temple today and participate in sealings. So cool! I am so so so grateful for the temple. I love it. Seriously the House of the Lord. 

Be patient in thy afflictions. I know that only through the tests of life can we progress.

I love you. 
have a fantastic week! Enjoy the summer heat

Hermana T
familia Turedo

farewell mi casa!
                      presidenta de la socsoc y bianka y Kyline

Monica y Hellen 
Hermana Valazquez
familia del obispo 

Ciao to Hermana Selk for now...

cumpleaños de Hellen
Vamos Chilenos

Hermana Alejandra Nuñez

bianka y Kyline

familia Pratt

Adriana José y Kiara

bus ride with Hna Velazquez's glasses

Monday, June 9, 2014

Let Christ heal you

well this past week was quite long...haha. Today we ended up switching houses with the Elders so our p-day was spent cleaning and organizing. woohoo! the place is nice, a little smaller, but it will work. Living in a different country has humbled me so much. In the states, we have everything at hand; we have many more opportunities in the USA. We now live super close to menos activos y (less actives and) Monica y Hellen which is cool because we will always be seeing them in the street and can remind them to choose the right! lol

So, Adriana, Josè, y Kiara were at church yeterday and they talked with the bishop....they are getting married!!!!! ahhh, such a huge milagro de verdad (true miracle). wow. The power of the priesthood is real. Kiara is going to be baptized this sunday, the 15th. She is so ready, such a special little girl. She prayed in front of the entire primary yesterday,  she is my little watona. Josè will be baptized once they tie the knot...they will get married in a month or so. Seriously, this family is so prepared to accept the gospel and return to church. They are doing literally everything they can to live in obedience to the gospel. They are such an inspiration to me. Josè is still learning, but he has been sharing his knowledge with his companion de trabajo (his work partner). 

Ayer tuvimos un bautismo de Sebastian (yesterday we had Sebastian's baptism). He is 8, so technically he wasn't our baptism. But he is the son of familia Turedo and we taught him all of the lessons. The family is less active, but they are so great. I feel like I am home at their house, they ALWAYS give us food and for this I am gordita right now. woohoo. haha. Veronica's dad is hilarious too. So much love for this family!

There was another family in the chapel yesterday and wow, miracle. The husband and his wife's  children are less active and have been 'whatever' with the church. They were all in a bad car accident about 2 months ago, the wife's mom died and their daughter was paralyzed, but only temporarily.  They ALL attended church! Ah, I love Sundays!!! We are seeing a lot of miracles in our sector!

We had a reunion con 4 zonas en Melipilla (a 4 zone reunion in Melipilla) and I saw my 'madre' hermana Parks! So great to see her. President and Hermana Barreiros spoke and got us really motivated for the month ahead as it is an important time for our mission with this Plan Piloto. Oh, we also had a reunion de zona el miercoles (zone reunion on wednesday) and wow, so powerful. The spirit was so strong, we talked a lot about the atonement and I am SO grateful for the opportunity I have to testify of Christ every minute I am here. There is seriously nothing like it. I love my Savior. I am so grateful for his life and his sacrifice for me and for you. 

Christ lives. I know it and I know him.
La iglesia (the church) is a hospital and we are all sick; we need Christ to be healed from our sins and illnesses. The bishop is the nurse who assists Christ during our healing process. 

Te amo
Hermana T

PS: did I mention I had fleas?! Ya, that was fun, NOT! But yeah they are gone now... (Rick told her to stop touching the dogs;)

reunited for the day;)
showing off Elder Dimas' gifts he is taking home to his family (he dies in 1 week) 

ya, dogs have fleas!! 
Sebastian's baptism