the generationsssss baby- mi mamita Hermana Gonzales y mi guaguita Hermana Araya
Hellooooo friends and family and fans
if any of you still read my scattered group emails I thank you, you only have 9 months left of these guys haha. and yes you read that right, today I hit 9 months! l.o.c.o.
I can not believe that 9 months ago to this day I was sitting at my kitchen counter eating in n out for the last time with my baby girl Maddy Sorenson and now I am half way through this crazy beautiful and sacred experience of my mission here in the Santiago East mission
it was so good to skype with the family on sunday night! even though my english was a joke and I cried. even though you told me you’ll be leaving to hawaii this week 🙂 i’m fine 🙂 just eat some yummy acaí and soak up the sun is all I ask 🙂
yesterday, we had a mission wide conference with President Morgan- this friday he flies home to the states and President Brotherson comes in, our new mission president! on monday, we had a mission wide devotional and President emphasized the importance of who we are and what we do. we as missionaries can’t just leave the apartment and walk the streets of Santiago. we must leave the apartment and walk the streets of Santiago with the Savior. we must walk with Him through the path in which he guides us. and looking back at these past 9 months, I have felt Him walking with me. I have been guided to His prepared children. I am so grateful to have felt and to continually feel of His love, even though I am so unworthy. I have felt His spirit. His spirit fills the cracks in my soul and softens all my hard edges. I am so grateful to be worthy of that. and I want to remain worthy always
when I was skyping the family sunday night, my angel momma told me ‘honey you look the happiest you’ve even been in your whole life’ and I full heartedly agree with her. If there is anything I want to tell you all back home, it is that I am SO happy here. losing myself in the service of others, seeing others through the eyes of Christ and instantly feeling love for the people is indescribable. its breathtaking. I’m just trying to soak up every minute
take care back home! look for the good this week! seek out the sunlight. share it with others and I promise you will see miracles
con todo mi amor
Hello hello group email. its been a hot minute
yeah, so like it says, TEEN MOM. I haven’t hit 20 yet and I did not beat teen pregnancy whoops J/K I’m training!!! I truly did not see it coming. we had interviews with President Morgan a few weeks ago and he asked me what I thought would happen with transfers and all and I told him that I thought hermana Cheta and I would stay together for another transfer and then who knows what would happen, but he just sat there staring and smiling at me for a solid 30 seconds and then told me ‘hermana Porter, you will be training next transfer. I’ve felt that way for a while now and that’s what I have you on the board to do. the Lord has great trust in you.’ anddddd I sat there in shock. truly did not see that coming. can’t lie, I felt so scared and so inadequate with the thought of training. its a sacred privilege and a big responsibility. alone I can’t do it, but with my Savior I can. reminds me of my favorie scripture Alma 26:12. its a great one, check it out
well, mi hijita is HERMANA ARAYA! 23 years old. graduated from university with a degree in psychology and very very Chilena. from concepción. I thought I was using po before, but now its demasiado jajaja. she’s a powerhouse. I love working along side her. she has such a strong work ethic
its freezing cold here in Santiago. the members love telling me to put on my tights and use a scarf. but i just tell them ‘recuerde quien soy? VERANO 🙂 ‘ jajaja. my name is summer for a reason lol. but I don’t think my joke won’t last too long.
I have such a strong testimony that the Lord truly provides a way. I testify every single day to members, investigadors, random people on the street even that He will never put us in situations or command us to do something that we don’t have the means or strength to accomplish. and i can’t lie, this past week a few times as I heard my alarm go off I just thought to myself, ‘I have no idea how I am going to do this. I’m so lost’ but then I roll over and get on my knees and immediately receive the peace and strength that I need to press forward. And I would so much rather grow and strech and have Him mold me than stick around in my comfort zone. His hands are always there. We just gotta reach up and grasp on. Trust in Him. He is the way
I love you guys back home. soak up the sun for me this week
xoxo hermana porter
With Hermana Araya
snow on the mountain
After the rain
la moneda here en el centro de santiago! its like the white house of chile
at the Santiago Temple
And right near the temple is açaí
día de la madre en tobalaba
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
Today all the hermanas in our zone went out hiking! to the quebrada de macul. we hiked to a waterfall and it was soo beautiful.
con ‘mi amiga’ Sofie! we went to the temple with her and her momma and her aunt Alejandra that we’re teaching. she’s definitely a handful but she’s the cutest thing everrr. I felt like I was back in monte gardens with the preks. we were riding the bus back home from the temple and Sofie started screaming and neither her mom or her aunt could calm her down but then I asked her if she wanted to sit with me and she said ‘si si con mi amiga’ and immediately fell asleep on my lap. it was so sweet ah
¿como está mi gente? I hope you all a happy easter and ate some cadbury eggs for me because let me tell ya, the easter candy here is not the same hahaha. but life is good here in macul and super trio had a very happy easter/general conf weekend
here’s a few updates
– the work here is flowinggg! we’re working with lots of families here and its too good to be true. our ward mission leader, hermano luna has been pushing for families these past months and we have been searching and praying and searching some more but its been hard. these past 2 weeks, we have found 3 different families! our mission has a hashtag #losmilagrosnohancesadoensantiago and its so true- the miracles really don’t stop
– general conference! I loved Elder Godoy’s remarks about sacrifice and making the days count. my Savior has sacrificed everying for me. He suffered unto death and gave His life for me, and for each one of us. And because of Him, I know who I am. I know why I’m here. I don’t think I could ever express my gratitude and love I have for my Savior. oh and Elder Uchtdorf’s talk on ‘beholding the Man.’ read it. study it. apply it. i don’t have any words (link… https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2018/04/media/session_5_talk_9/5761932026001?lang=eng)
– this morning we left the suburbs of macul and went exploringggg- templo de bahai! so beautiful. look it up. next thing you know you’ll find yourself booking a flight to santiago. God really is the best artist.
I love you all bastante. I love this life. I love my Savior. life is so good
con mucho cariño
at “Templo de Bahai”
Reflection pool in front of Templo