Valparaiso is getting a bit colder every day, but it´s amazing to run in this weather in the morning. The running has paid off because all the other missionaries have told me that my chins are vanishing. Joke, they just said that I look a bit more skinnier in the facial area and you don´t see me complaining.
Susana got confirmed yesterday and now we are working with one of her friends named Andrea. The world has a greater influence on her so she has struggled with keeping the commitments, but the Lord can perform miracles if we will put our part in. Susana is animating a lot of the members (especially the Relief Society) to participate in the Work of Salvation. It´s great to see how she doesn´t rely on us anymore (actually she never did) in order converse with the members, or keep the commandments.
We began working with another investigator this week named Marcela. She is living with with her boyfriend who is a member, Maonri, without being married and her boyfriend has been inactive for a few years due to many reasons. Marcela recently got pregnant by her boyfriend and at first was not happy at all. She didn´t want to have children for a long time, but then we helped her realize that having a baby will be a blessing. Throughout the week, she has grown to love the baby that is inside of her, and come to realize that this is a sign that she needs to include the Lord in her life. During one lesson, we were talking about the love God has for us (because she didn´t believe in God before this week) and how we can feel it. A member came with us, and he began bearing his testimony about how God loves her just as much as she loves her future baby. At that point, Marcela began crying due to the Spirit and love of God that she felt in the moment. This experience taught me two things: 1. The love of our Heavenly Father is the greatest and most powerful feeling that we can experience and 2. Members are crucial in lessons in order to have the Spirit testify to the investigators.
Have a good week! Love,
The photos are pictures of the ¨stairs of death¨ but they aren´t too dangerous, just in case someone was worrying.