quebrada de macul y mi amiga

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.

 

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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 ahDSC00547.JPG

feliz pascua feliz super trio feliz vida

Holaaaa

¿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
hermana porter
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Reflection pool in front of Templo
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la semana en fotos

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si poh

 

here in Chile, after almost every word, the people say ‘poh’ ex.- si poh, ya poh, no poh, poh poh poh poh poh is all I hear. if you’re a true Chilena, poh is apart of every conversation. we found a market called ‘SI POH’ haha

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this week, we had a lesson about the plan of salvation and I said ‘I truly believe that in the celestial kingdom there will be acaí. because in the celestial kingdom, we will have full joy and I can’t have full joy without my acaí and heavenly father knows that’ hahaha i’m a fanatic someone help

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mi ‘mamí chilena’ Claudia. DSC00404.jpg

 

The Lord is my light

Hello everyone!

another week come and gone here in good ol’ Macul! Macul is my first area, and I’ve been serving here since November. It feels like home. we have transfers next week and I’m praying that I have more time serving here but I’m trusting in the Lord and His plan for me. pero sin embargo, I’m going to make the most of every moment I have here 🙂
this week, my testimony on the Atonement of Jesus Christ has just sky rocketed. I won’t lie, these past few days have put me throughhh it. I felt empty and just drained – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Usually I’m pretty energetic and happy and always on the go, but this past week I felt trapped in a funk. I caught myself getting wrapped up in my past mistakes. to be ’emotionally naked’ with you guys, I was doubting my worthiness and the potential I have here to be the disciple that the Lord needs me and knows I can be. I have been praying with all the strength and all the energy of heart to pick myself back up and keep pushing forward no matter how clumsily. I just want to lean into my mission with all that I have.
this morning, we had the blessing to go to the temple for an endowment session & WOW, was it needed! I’ve literally been craving the temple like I crave acaí and John Mayer hahaha, not an exaggeration. if we let Him, our Savior can cleanse us. He can heal us. our wounds and our sores and the pain that we feel embodies us can be erased because of Christ’s perfect love and infinite sacrifice. let Him in! the light I have in my life, is all thanks to my Savior. Let Him heal you
on a lighter and funnier note, I’ve got another Chilean lover haha. this past week, we contacted a man in the street named Jaime. He told us he’s pretty busy and doesn’t have too much time to meet with us so we wrote down our number and names to keep in contact. welllll, I opened up my email today and I got a nice little email from my friend Jaime… as for how he got my email I have not a clue ha. He told me how he’s in love with me… and how often he thinks of me and wants to keep communicating through Whatsapp…honestly a little freaked out please pray for me haha.
I love this gosepl with my whole heart. I am so grateful for my challenges. I know that our challanges can mold and polish us to the potential our Father in Heaven sees within each one of us. I love you all!
xo Hermana Porter

the book is blue, the church is true

First off, I’m sorry for the subject of this email. I sound like the such a molly mormon haha but it was the only thing I could think of. a lot of people told me that I would lose my authenticity and become a missionary robot in my emails, so I’m trying to keep it real and funny but its hard okay hahaha.

anyways, this week was hands down one of the most powerful and spiritually strengthening weeks I’ve had here in the mission field. this past Thursday, we had the opportunity to hear from Elder Christofferson! (one of the twelve apostles) Wow. its about the only word I got. I know that the Lord actively leads His church and that His leaders are inspired men who receive direct revaltion from the heavens. On friday, we had zone conference and on Sunday night we had a ‘why I believe’ fireside. Mario, one of my recent converts was one of the speakers at the fireside and WOW, I felt like such a proud mom haha.  Hermana Gonzales and I met and started teaching him in November but really, he was the one teaching us. he bore testimony of the Book of Mormon and how it changed his life. that through the Book of Mormon, he found his purpose and he found Christ. the book is blue, and the church really is true. I can never deny that
if there’s one thing I can take away from this past week, its that we need sufficient opposition in order to grow stronger. we can’t ‘press forward’ without opposition. missions aren’t supposed to be easy. missions are purifying, strengthening, and molding. missions are supposed to be ‘hot.’ because with heat, capacity grows.
I love you all so so much. thank you for your love and for your words of encouragement. I really do have the best home team
xo hermana porter
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week # no sé. casi 5 meses en la misión :)

Helloooo group email

my life here is crazy and hilarious and a little weird but so amazing and filled with so many miracles. its been a hot minute since I’ve written and I don’t know where to start haha. I feel like once missionaries hit 5 or 6 months in the mission field, they kinda fade out. but yes, I am still here, alive and so so happy here in Macul!
so since I’ve written, my trainer Hna Gonzales has left me 😦 I miss her terribly and will forever cherish those 12 weeks we had together. before I left on the mission, my best friend Addison Merrill gave me the advice to pray for my trainer every single day leading up to the mission. I did just that. I wanted to ‘click’ with my trainer. and I know now, that Heavenly Father really did answer my prayers. Hermana Gonzales had all the traits and Christ like attributes that I lack and need to improve on. I truly believe she is an angel sent to me from my Heavenly Father.
as of now, I am still in Macul but in a trio! whoooo. with Hermana Andersen from South Jordan, Utah and Hermana Cantoario from Brazil. its fun to put it simply, 3 girls all trying to tackle a new language. 🙂 el don de lenguas es real yo testifico. but at times I feel like my spanish is nothing but a broma but with time right?
President Morgan said that this trio is inspired directly from heaven. he said that this transfer period will be one of the best throughout our whole missions and one that will be filled with miracles. a transfer period that none of us will ever forget. we’re in week 3 right now and I’m stoked to see what lies ahead. the miracles really do not stop
other updates
– every day here its about 38 grados which is about 100 degress or so in F. I currently shower in my sunscreen and the people here love to tell me that my face is red. currently a tomato with a mission plaque on my chest 🙂
– we have another progressing investigador! Leandro! 19 years old and goldennn.
– Elder Christoffersen is coming this thursday! we’re having a mission wide devotional at the temple and I’m stoked
– still eating arroz and carne every single day. slowly becoming a crusty sister missionary lol
well I hope you all are doing well back home wherever you may be. I love hearing from you guys. I love the mission. each and every day, I am learning and growing but I also know that Christ is helping to shape and mold me to who he needs me to be. I love my Savior. he is the light in my life because of Him, I not only have joy, but am able to live in joy.
con cariño xo
Hermana Porter
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almuerzo with the Beyris family! Paty and Gonzales are like my little siblings. Paty is only 9 years old and is such an amazing missonary. always sharing her libro de mormon with friends and telling them all about primary and how much she loves Christ. I want to be more like Paty