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
xo hermana porter SAM_9605.JPG Christmas eve caroling
SAM_9497.JPGwe put our spare bed on the balcony and its the best decision we’ve made yetSAM_9614.JPGfamily photo with our ‘adopted parents’ here on the mission

I’M ENGAGED?!

WOW I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. I honestly have the best group of friends and family back home. i feel so blessed and grateful for each one of you.

lets see, this past week, I got engaged! hahaha this is a good story. so this past week, hermana gonzales and i were walking in the street and i felt like contacting so the first person we saw, i decided to start talking to. i handed him an ‘Ilumina el Mundo’ card and started introducing myself but he just cut me off and started saying ‘oh que hermosa’ ‘que bonita’ ‘que linda’ and i tried to brush it off by saying ‘oh gracias’ and then changing the subject. this man name’s is Juan by the way. he then asked me if I was married, and I said no. He then asked why and I told him because I’m a missionary and for the next 16 months I’m serving as a representative of Christ. Next I thought he asked me if I wanted to get married in the future, and I do so I said ‘yes, I would love to in the future’ but in reality he asked if I would get married with him in the future after my mission…and I said yes. He then said ‘oh perfect, in 16 months we will be married’ and I didn’t understand that so I just smiled and said yes, because that’s my usual reaction to conversations I don’t understand, – just smile and nod hahaha. i then told him that we would love to visit him another time… when we were walking away hermana gonzales looked over at me and said ‘hermanaaaaa, you just got yourself a Chileno husband’ hahaha. whoops. so if worst comes to worst, I got Juan in Santiago waiting for me hahaha
anyways, this past week, Carlos entered the waters of baptism! oh my goodness, Saturday was such a happy day. Carlos is 94 years old, so getting him fully immersed in the water took a little while, but the joy on his face afterwards was priceless and something i’ll never forget. we visited him two days after the baptism, and he told us that for 94 years he felt he was looking for something, something greater, something meaningful and real, and now, he has what he’s been searching for his whole life! awe, my heart was just bursting. i love that.
this is such a fun time to be a missionary! i love christmas time. i love the church’s program ‘ilumina el mundo.’ its so inspired. i have such a deep testimony that through small and simple acts, comes great joy. christmas is a lil different here. its hot, we’re in getting into the thick of summer and i know that i’ll be eating empanadas christmas day and singing feliz navidad, but i am so happy here. i can’t imagine being anywhere else in the world.
i better get going but keep spreading light everywhere you go!
i thank Heavenly Father every day for each of you!
lots of love xo hermana porter
Here is a link for the Ilumina el Mundo (Light the World) program that Summer mentions.
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fotos

DSC00167 2.jpgCarmencita, my grandma here in Macul, the lady I had thanksgiving with. She told me that she knows americans have lots of fruit on the table at thanksgiving (she was talking about the cornucopia) so she put fruit on the table in a cute little arrangement. it was the cutest thing!

DSC00168.JPGmy thanksgiving haha. definitely different from normal, but hey dia de gracias nonetheless lol

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gonzales and i love to bake.  we love to bake for the people we teach. gonzales’ favorite dessert is lemon pie, so lemon pie we made. that stuff is gooooodDSC00155.JPGmy kitchen
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¿Què es ingles?

Semana 7

Holllaaaa!

Friends and family how are you? I’m 7 days into this crazy adventure! There have been good times, there have been hard times, but every day there are miracles! I have such a strong testimony in miracles. Let’s see, so much has happened, I really don’t even know where to begin.
So since last Tuesday when I got paried up with Hermana Gonzales, I haven’t spoken in English once. How that’s possible, I really don’t know. God is real hahaha. On Sunday night, our mission had a fireside for new converts, less active members and investigators and then all us missionaries were invited as well. Afterwards, Hermana Ence (bestie from the ccm) came running up to me! I lost it, I was so stoked to see her face. It had been a week since I had spoken English, it honestly felt so foreign haha. And then 2 minutes later, Jake (comp from the ccm) came running up to us! We were all so stoked to see each other even though it had only been a week lol. We were all cying and laughing and hugging. It was so good to see those girls. The elders around us just looked at us and said ‘tranquilo hermanas’ hahaha. I’m in that weird phase where I’m most comfortable with english but spanish is my new side chick. It felt so foreign speaking it!
We have lots of investigators! One of our investiagators, Carlos is 94 years old. He has a baptism date set for December 2. How amazing is that?! On Sunday, hermana Gonzales and I went to pick him up for church and he told us that he wore his white dress shirt because he knew you wear white at your baptism! He thought we were picking him up for his baptism haha. Cutest thing ever. I love teaching investiagtors. In my broken spanish I love teaching them the simple truths of the gospel. Their eyes really just light up when they learn about God’s plan. They glow. It’s incredible to watch.
We have another set of investigators, Lilian and Tamara. Tamara is 16 years old and Lilian is her momma. Tamara is pretty rebellious. Her friends aren’t the best influence and she has a hard time listening to her mom. Lilian was expressing just how much she loves Tamara and how she wants Tamara to succeed. She wants to have a close relationship with her daughter. But its hard. I then asked Tamara if she could imagine her life without her mom in it. Tamara started crying, and Lilian starting crying. Tamara then got up and gave here mom a big hug and at this point, Gonzales and I were crying too. So if you’re close to your mom, give her a big hug for me! I was so jealous of Tamara in that moment. I would give anything to hug my momma right now
The mission is hard but its GOOD. I really believe the harder the sacrifice, the sweeter the reward. The language is hard, but its coming along little by little. I know I’ll pick up on it someday but for now I’m just another American girl in South America hahaha. Life is full of ups and downs here in the mission, but that’s life in general. We just gotta focus on the good! Look for Christ’s hand in your life. I promise it’s there. You just gotta look!
love and miss you guys. eat something yummy for me! i’m living off of rice and chicken and pan at this point hahaha
peace and blessings
hermana porter
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district 2 girls from the ccm
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the gringos from the ccm! these guys are my day 1’s
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hermana gomar and hermana valesquez! i lived with these girls and they were angels when it came to helping with spanish
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hermana gonzales and I at the temple!!!
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Carlos in his ‘baptism attire’ haha
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Hermana Ence & I at the fireside!
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Jake, Ence & I

 

primer semana en la obra

holllaaaa hola holaaa group email¡ i don’t know if anyone reads this anymore but if you are, THANK YOU, you guys are the real ones lol. well, yesterday morning i left the celestial prison that is called the ccm and am now in my first area. It is a small area, Macul. the people here don`t have much but they are very humble and very sweet. my companion and trainer is Hermana Gonzalez, she is from Bolivia. she doesn`t speak any English, but I am actually really grateful for that because i know my spanish will progress soooo much quicker because of that. i can’t speak english even if i wanted to haha. but to say these past 24 hours have been the most wild ride of my life would be an understatement. i really have felt all of the emotions i think there are to feel. right now i am in a small little computer lab and the background music playing is sad, slow american music so i am the HOTTEST MESS. hermana gonzalez just looked over at me and asked if i was alright and then immediately stood up and went over to the counter to buy me chocolate. she’s an angel hahaha.

i am so grateful for the time i had in the ccm. i learned so much. the girls i lived with grew to be like my sisters and my testimony grew stronger than it ever was before. and i can understand spanish more or less so hey we’re doin things here in Santiago¡
i think more than anything, what i have learned so far is just how crucial it is that we rely on our Heavenly Father. i can’t do this mission alone. this is hard work. but it is the best work. I love the line in the hymn ‘Praise to the Man,` `sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.` that line is SO dead on. sacrifice really does bring blessings. and i know that we can do hard things. Heavenly Father is here to help us out, we just have to turn to Him with an honest heart and we`ll feel Him. i sure have these past 24 hours. i don’t think i`ve cried more in my life than i have these past 24 hours hahaha. but esta bien¡
thank you for the love. thank you for the prayers and the support. and Momma thank you for the packages, you’re an angel¡
love you all xox
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semana 3…….. 10.18.17

Holaaaaaa!

the weeks are starting to mash all into one so that’s a thing. i feel like i’ve been here forever, not mad about it tho I love it! for the past three weeks theres been 30 of us here and this week we´re getting 50 more missionaries so its aboutta feel like the provo mtc up in here haha. im stoked to meet them though! but i had to say goodbye to all of my latina bffs this week 😦 that was hard, i cried. again. can you tell that’s a trend here hahah. I FREAKING LOVE THOSE GIRLS SO MUCH.
since im hitting my 3 week mark and our district is now the older group here weve been trying to have´todo español´ day and if any of us even speak a lick of english we have to take a shot of ranch….. hahaha we’re pathetic. i haven’t had to do it (yet at least)
our district (which is the group of missionaries i’m with all day long) has grown a lot closer this week! each day we play futbol and us hermanas GO HARD. ya know the rule about no physical touch between elders and hermanas? yeah thats not a thing during game time hahaha. i’m a mix between a little cheerleader that just screams ´SACRIFICE YOUR BODY’ and that one girl who has no idea what she’s doing but likes to be aggressive anyways. imagine that lol
um so the empanadas here… bruhhhh those will be the reason i become a frumpy missionary. praying that’s not for a while though hahaha. that and the chocolate! 10 out of 10 recommend
each chance we get to leave the grounds of the ccm, i strive to talk to as many people as i can! and not just the ´hola! como estas?´ sort of conversation, but this week i have been trying to really really talk with others! this morning i said hola to some sweet older lady on the street and we ended up talking for a bit!!! she’s a Catholic and has been her whole life. she asked what i was doing and i told her that i’m from the states and am here to teach the gospel to those in chile! well i tried to in my broken spanish haha. i don’t think she totally understood what i’m doing here though because she told me to be careful when i go to the bars because men will try to sneak drugs into my drinks hahaha. not exactly my scene for the next 18 months lol. but really, talking to people makes me happiest!
this past sunday, the ccm president, president Brady gave an amazing devotional on finding the spark in each person we talk to and striving to light that spark. each person on this earth has their own personal question of the soul, and he made it a point to encourage us to seek to find that question and ignite that spark inside them. I love that!
i encourage everyone to strive to do that same thing! find that spark inside others and strive to light it! be kind and be genuine! and just love! that’s what i’m striving to do here in Santiago. the world can always use more love!
I love you all back home! you guys are my home team
xo hermana Porter
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mi mejor amigas! the funnest chicas i’ve ever met
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Hermana Jacobsen my twin!

DSC00002.JPGmy besties hermana Ence, hermana Jacobsen, hermana Kelly

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sister Lopez! she’s from Colombia and a total doll

DSC00039.JPGwandering the streets of Santiago on p day

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district 2! best district evaaaaa