I am gaining weight. Yes, mom, you were right. However, HELP! If you have any advice or help for me to not grow my body sideways, I will love you forever! Because I do not want to go shop for new clothes. They don`t have people my height here! Sino, hombres, but I can`t wear men`s clothing... So I will love you for any food advice or exercise that can be done in a house to get rid of fat. Lots of love!
Also, the Chileans know how to make food! And really good food tambien. I am hopeless! As a runner, and even more so as a misionera, you just want to eat everything in sight. HELP!
Okay, màs. There is snow for Navidad! But its in the mountains, which are basically in the sky cuz they are so tall, but at least I can see snow ;) Mi compañera said it does snow here in the winter (June and July) but it never touches the ground.... It melts before it touches the ground!! I can`t wait for that... The other day it rained and I was happy the whole day, I might have freaked some people out with how happily I waved and said Hola to them.... So yeah.
Speaking of the rainy day, that was the day one of our investigators got baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Her name is Marite, and she isn`t really ours since she lives in Hna. Mendez`s sector and we basically taught her one lesson which was about what she had to bring on the baptism day, but we still count it ;) She was so nervous! She is one of those people that es muy frio at first and has to get to know you really well, but then she es super chistoso (jokes around alot) despues you get to know her. The other day she rubbed tons of bloquedor (sunblock) on Hna. Mendez because we all got sunburned! She doesn`t want us to get cancer, so she made us (I cant remember the word for people that are really really white, but those people) into those white people. Her baptism was super good. Hna. Mendez cried and I got to lead the music. Then we got to clean the font after everyone left. I sent some pics for you ;) Elder Lazterson, uno de los asistentes, baptized her. She had to give up smoking almost 12 packs of cigarrettes to get baptized, so if you think you can`t get over a bad habit, just call up my friend Marite, and she will tell you how hard it is to give up something the natural man wants super bad! Anyway, the work is awesome.
Okay, ready for some random things? I want to just tell you guys everything, but my fingers don`t type that fast and you would get bored probably.
Mis compañeras sometimes call me Mickey. Not sure why, but that is why when we found a Mickey en la calle during Pday, we took a pic with them! There is some super cool graffiti here and one that occurs the most often is Falta Luka, which means you don`t have money, so we always say Me falta luka! Because we are poor missionaries living the disciple life ;) Los hijos del Obispo estan locos! They are the cutest and funniest ever, but super crazy and ALWAYS full of energy. There are 4 and all boys. The other day they were shouting funny English phrases at us and Hna. Hellbusch and I could not stop laughing! Also, their spanish is faster than the speed of light! Literally all I see from the movement of their mouths is a blur. It`s no lie that Chile has the fastest and most worst Español than any other country. They just get going and won`t stop till they have said every word that exists in the Spanish language and more (cuz there is a lot of slang) in 5 minutes. It is awesome ;) I can understand 50 percent of what people say though, and I`m not even half way through training! Hopefully I will understand 100 percent at the end of 12 weeks. Also, dad, if you have any Spanish tips for studying that would be SO amazing. I want to learn this language the best I can and come home sounding like a Chilean ;) I love these people. One more random, I was in a Choir! And my voice sucks now cuz I don`t practice, but it was fun! We sang for una devocional de Navidad and tons of people loved it. We sang the classics in the hymn book (en Español por supuesto) and it was super fun. We bought each other regalos de Navidad which was way fun, and people have given us a couple cute things. I got a mug with a cute Santa on it today! LOVE it!
Oh mom! The day you sent me your email, I had actually read that scripture about how beautiful are the feet of them......etc......!!!! Man the Spirit works in miraculous ways! I have been reading the scriptures en Español, and truly have felt the Spirit working through me to understand both las palabras en las escrituras y las palabras de la gente. I have a goal to read el LdM, DyC, Pearl of Great Price, y Santa Biblia all en Español before the end of my mission. It will take a while, but I get better everyday.
Man, I wish I could introduce you to everyone that I have met here, but there really is no time! So each person gets a sentence, but know that I love each person I talk about, TONS!
Alejandra y Nancy are the cutest couple and are working to be active and Nancy wants to get baptized again.
Benita is MA (less active) but is coming back too and is the sweetest great grandma en la mision ever!
Rosa we met en la calle today and has a mom in the hospital, so we are praying for her.
Anna was our miracle contact at the end of the day when we prayed for someone to be put in our path.
Cecilia y Elisa are MA, but are also coming back and we are super good friends with them. We help them with service all the time.
Rina is INV. and asked a golden question today about why there are so many churches and which one is true. Vamos a enseñar la Restauracion!!!
Nidia is INV. smokes tons, but felt the spirit when I told her la primera vision.
Lissett is MA and has the cutest baby girl Panchies that always says HOLA to us.
Jannette is the pres of Mujeres Jovenes and needs help alot.
Claudio is MA and came to church by himself out of no where when we thought he was dead (like not progressing)! MIRACLES EXIST!
Margarita is the sweetest usedtobeCatolica lady and is working to baptism!
Diego y Karina are MA and plan to be married en Febrero and have a baby on the way, they both served missions and want to come back. I love them so much!
Fam. Godoy, the wife was the one I met en Santiago, and they are like 1 of the many 2nd parents I have here. They are super active and help us tons with the work since their son is serving en Columbia right now.
Armandina has cancer, with 6 months to live, so we visit and service her. She is MA and we are working to get her to come to church, but its not going anywhere. I love her though.
Alejandra y su esposo are the cutest and funniest. They are MA, and read LdM lots, and last lesson, their sobrino Juan was there who is INV. and I gave him a LdM!! He was super interested and I have much faith in him.
Marjori is a friend of Marite`s. She smokes lots, but thinks we are nice and listens to us. I hope she did her committment...
Anyway, that is just some of the people we think about throughout the week, and that isn`t even everyone! We work super much, but often don`t have many numbers because MA don`t count, but they do!!! I love them all! And they all take care of us, so don`t worry mom, we are doing great!
Anyway, the last I wish to leave with you is the best ever. Go and read La Expiacion y el trayecto de la vida terrenal by Elder Bednar. (The Atonement and the journey of mortal life, or something like that). I think you, mom, told me about this a while ago, but I probably was thinking about stupid boys or something. Now that I am out in the mission, it has seriously changed my life. I can`t tell you guys enough of how much Jesus Christ is to me. He`s my best friend and I love this chance to preach His gospel of hope to people that have very sucky lives here. His grace is all that matters. We can`t do anything of consequence without Him. We are to not only purge ourselves of sin here, but become saints through His grace. La Expiacion helps not just sinners to repent, but good people to become amazing bomb.com people. Please go read that talk and truly live it! Though I have been feeling inadequate lately (and I AM inadequate) I know that through Him, I can be ennabled to do things beyond my power and be the missionary He needs me to be for His people here in Chile. I LOVE this work and smile every day I wake up and get to go study for the people, then walk in the blazing hot sun for the people.
I love you guys so much and hope you can soak up this love for the Savior, especially for Navidad.
He is my best friend!
Hermana Jessica McCubbins
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