well, I finally got transferred out of my first area. how I feel about that, don’t ask haha. all those bittersweet feelings I felt in the Oakland airport 7 months ago came rushing back as I said nos vemos to all the people that grew to be family while serving in Macul. its amazing really, the love that we as missionaries feel and develop for the people we serve with. Its the love of Christ and its something so real and raw. I know for certain that I knew all those people in the preexistence. but it wasn’t a goodbye only an ‘hasta luego’
i’m now serving in La Reina! with my new compy Hermana Cheta from Argentina! as soon as we received transfers calls, and I heard ‘hermana Porter will be transferred to barrio Tobalaba 1’ all the missionaries started shouting ‘ooooo hermana Porter va a engordar…’ long story short – all of the sister missionaries that have passed through this ward have gained 10 kilos…the members here in this ward really do show us cariño through meals. and its true, this past week i’ve been fed mountains of rice and chori pan. whooooo vamos Chile 🙂
OH side note – its COLD down here in Santiago. I have friends writing me about their summer plans and the surf back in California and i’m freezing over as they write haha. last night we had family home evening and about 20 minutes in the family asked me ‘Hermana why is your face so red?’ and we were all so confused and then they told me, ‘oh its probably because you’ve been out walking in 30 degree weather all day and now you’re in a nice heated home, you’re bodys just adjusting to the change.’ so it looks like whether its summer or winter time, i’ll still have a tomato face haha. all I know is that my name is summer for a reason and that I miss my sun ha.
on Sunday, as I was sitting in sacrament meeting in my new ward, reflecting on all my time in Macul and my new beginnings here in La Reina, I asked myself, ‘why did you choose to serve a mission?’ and to put it simply, I chose to serve a mission because I love my Savior. because He saved me and changed me and continues to do so. many of you know that I went through a WILD phase. I was just about the furthest thing from serving a mission. there was a time when I wasn’t even heading to church. but through it all, I felt my Savior’s love. I felt His hands guiding me and picking me back up on my feet when I thought it was impossible to carry on. We’re never too far from the light and love of the Savior. His hands are always there reaching out to us, we just need to reach up and grasp on. I truly do stand all amazed at the love He offers me. and I hope and pray that through my efforts, my brothers and sisters here in Santiago will be able to feel the same
I love you allllll. enjoy the sun and tengan una bonita semana
xo hermana porter