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

Enero 16

Hello!

We’re halfway through January! I’m a little confused as to where time goes honestly. I feel like it was just yesterday that Hermana Gonzales and I were sitting on our balcony watching the fireworks on New Years Eve. And on top of all that, I only have 1 more week as the trainee, and then off goes my training wheels..haha a little nervous but I’m confident that whatever happens is part of the Lord’s plan.
With the new year, I’ve felt a greater rush to make the most of my time here as a missionary! Each day, to seek to be the instrument that the Lord needs and intends for me to be. Because when I really think about it, 14 months is nothingggg. Before I know it, I’ll going to be back in the bay as SP from the bay areaaaa but for now I’m Hermana Porter in Santiagoooo haha. A little different vibe ya 😉
Anyways, this past week, we had Mario’s baptism! About 20 years back or so, he was living ‘the life.’ Mario was an artist in Viña del Mar, one of the prettiest beach towns in Chile. But soon after, his parents both got very sick and they needed his help. He pretty much dropped his dream life and moved back to live and care for his parents. He is so humble and has such a big heart. And I know that he was prepared months and months before Hermana Gonzales and I came along. I feel so grateful to have been apart of Mario’s conversion. Hermana Gonzales and I taught him, but really, he was the one that taught us. He is a miracle to me.
Oh a little funny story for you guys! This past week, we were cleaning the chapel with our ward mission leader, Hermano Luna. We had just finished cleaning the multi use room and Hermana Gonzales wanted to start cleaning upstairs but I was off daydreaming for a hot sec. Hermana Gonzales had a broom in her hand and said ‘Venga Hermana!’ but I still wasn’t paying attention. she then tried to get my attention with her broom. But her broom accidentally got caught underneath my skirt and my skirt flew allll the way up. and of course, Hermano Luna was standing right in front of me and he got a FULL SHOW of my G’s (underwear ) 🙂 I love my life 🙂 hahaha. but Hno Luna is like our grandpa so its all chill. just a lil awkward in the moment haha
Hna Gonzales and I have been working super hard this week to find new investigadors! Its been a little hard this past few weeks, none of our investigadors were progressing, meaning we had to drop them. We’ve been on the search to find Heavenly Father’s prepared children. We’ve been praying and fasting and keeping our eyes open. And as we’ve done so, we have found His prepared children! We’ve found families! I know that as we continue to seek out Christ and seek out His light and His infinite love, we will find answers to our prayers! I know that even though at times it feels like we are in the darkness, we never are – simply in the shadows. Everytime we seek Christ and seek to align our will with His, we find the light. At times its hard, I’m so stubborn and at times really selfish. but with Christ, the light always drives away the darkness.
Seek out the light this week and keep moving forward, no matter how clumsily.
I love you all! xoxo Hermana PorterSAM_9655.JPGDSC00246.JPG

¿Navidad o Halloween? Honestly no sè

Hola friends and family!

long time no talk! lets be real, i struggle with this whole group email thing haha. so Christmas has come and gone! This Christmas was a lotttt different than past Christmas’ (obviously haha) but it was one of the best ones yet! On Christmas Eve, after church Hermana Gonzales and I went caroling to each of our investigadors and our favorite members homes. We probably visited over 50 homes…I think I can sing ‘Regocijad, Jesus nacio’ in my sleep now i’m not even kidding haha. we brought them each gifts and I literally felt like Santa Claus with my big ol backpack of presents. And we got so many presents too! by the end of the day I didn’t know if we were celebrating halloween or christmas haha. but really, the members and our investigadors here son los mejoressss! they have so much love to give and their faith is incredible. i love being a missionary and working alongside them
on Christmas day, we had a mission wide devotional! so.freaking.good. President Morgan is such an inspired man. He highlighted the importance of being ‘wisemen.’ Wisemen follow the Lord’s counsel. They ponder on His words and take them into their hearts and then take action! Wisemen testify that Christ lives. And that through Him and because of Him, we can too! Its so simple yet so profound.
i love my mission! i am so happy here. i think i feel a lot better because i know and understand the language almost 100% and am able to communicate back (my grammer still sucks tho. please keep me in your prayers haha). i know the area, and have an amazing relationship with the members here in Macul and our investigardors here are goldennnn! God is good.
I love you all! be happy and do something nice for a stranger this week
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