Monday, November 23, 2015

The Most Unlucky Number in the World

Dear Family,

This week was AWESOME!! I don´t know what it is, but I have a TON of energy and just want to talk to EVERYONE. I think it may be bothering my companion a little bit, because sometimes I cant sleep, I am just thinking about all the people in our sector and how they are progressing and want to find new people and the ward is awesome, I just LOVE it!! Can I just be a missionary for forever?? 

This week, we found a less active who was baptized two years ago and then moved to Santiago where is was studying and never went back to church. But then he moved back here to Rauquen with his mom and sister and dad (all less actives) and when we passed by to help out his family, we met him. He is awesome!! He has a ton of animo to return to church and do things right. We shared Mosíah 2:41 and shared about how working towards heaven is like climbing a mountain. He was paying attention and participating while his mom and sister were a little distracted. I had the distinct feeling that he his going to be a missionary!! (Has 23 years). And right after the lesson, we practically FLEW to a members house of a return missionary who came back maybe 5 months ago to tell him he needs to be Rodrigo´s friend!! I was SO excited I could barely contain it!! I KNOW he is going to serve a mission, and change the lives of a TON of people. He said he is going to come to church and the YSA activity this Friday. I CANT WAIT!!

(Sorry, I got super excited and accidentally sent the email without finishing. But yeah, that was cool.) 

I think this sector mostly excites me because there are new families moving in everyday and they are young families. It is a LOT easier to help young, willing hearts change than old, stuck in their ways catholic hearts. I just want to talk to everyone and help them experience all the blessings that Heavenly Father has for them!! Hey, you guys need to go share the gospel with someone this week, you could change a life!!! ;D

So... I just had a revelation, and I think my energy that I have has been coming from reading the book of mormon again. We need to read it before the end of January and I, being a book of mormon nerd, am ahead of schedule and LOVING what I learn everyday. I just want to read my whole personal study, but I cant do that. Have to prepare for investigators too. So, if you want a ton of energy, so much that you can barely contain it, read the Book of Mormon, Ok?? I PROMISE that the Spirit will be poured out into you life more than you could EVER imagine!! 

You guys are awesome. Eat lots of turkey and mashed potatos and stuffing for me. Get this, there is a family here in the ward where the dad is gringo and they lived in Utah for 7 years!! So they know how to Thanksgiving, and they invited us to a Thanksgiving lunch (since lunch is the biggest meal here) and they are going to do it American style!!! I am SO excited I can´t even contain it. 

I love you all a TON!! Read Jacob 7 and pay attention to when it says their lives where like dreams. I had a mind blown this morning!! This life goes by SO fast, so enjoy EVERY MOMENT!! And laugh more than you cry or get mad, it is the best therapy.


Hna. McCubbins ;D

Hna. Sandra. It was her birthday. Her husband is SO funny and they have the cutest little boy named Oscarito. I accidentally said Oscarcito one time and they laughed a ton.... ;D Oh, and here is my companion too. Hna. Révolo de Peru ;D She is AWESOME!!

Our apartment complex, just to show you guys how protected we are. ;) 

Our crazy Zone. This is probably one of the best zones I have been in. We are SUPER united.

This is the view from our apartment. It is awesome!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sunburns and Bloceador

Dear Family,

This week was SO hot, and just from the sun ;D Here in Rauquen, the work is super good. We have 8 recent converts that we are working with to help them get involved with the ward, and there is a HUGE attack from Satan right now. I dont have a lot of time, but just remember, family is the MOST important, especially your heavenly family, like Heavenly Father and your big brother Jesus Christ. Do EVERYTHING you can to keep family unity and strong in the church TOGETHER. Family prayer, family scriptures, family home evening EVERY week, going to church and even going to the temple, ALL are ways to win the battle against Satan. It is SO much fun to have a happy family, and especially as a missionary, it makes me SO happy to see a strong, complete family, sealed together in the temple and with their eyes fixed on the celestial goal, willing to do EVERYTHING they can to get there together. There is no room in the Celestial Kingdom for selfish people who only help themselves to get there. If we are not helping our brothers and sisters, especially in our direct families get back to God, I am convinced we will not be found worthy to enter into His presence. God put us into families for a reason. :D I love you all. Give your family a HUGE hug this week, or  a mind hug if you are far away from them. I love you family!!

Hna. McCubbins

EXTRA MESSAGE: Right now, I am not really concerned at all right now. Maybe just helping my companion to not flirt with the elders because she is new and doesnt completely understand where the line is yet between good relationship and flirty relationship with the elders. But it is good. I am also starting to realize that after this change, I will only have 3 more changes left in the mission and that makes me super sad, but super energetic and I want to be out working ALL the time!! I have a saying right now that we work hard, rest hard, eat hard and play hard. We do everything to the max and just love it all! I LOVE contacting, I LOVE inviting people to baptism, and I LOVE reading the scriptures, I LOVE going to church. I gave a talk this last Sunday about the Book of Mormon and I LOVED the spirit that I felt as I talked about how it changes our lives, this amazing book. So that is really what is going on.

These lovely ladies at Jessica's farewell. They helped to make he who she is.

Friday, November 13, 2015

No se ponga Trunky

Dear Family,

I forgot to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Baby Kate!! Love ya girl!! I didn´t forget about you, I just didn´t remember in the moment. But I remembered that day ;) And we actually saw a miracle that day! My new companion Hna. Révolo and I went to visit some old investigators and they were super receptive!! So we had a lesson with them and invited them to get baptized the 28 of November. They accepted! They just need to get married and then they can get baptized. So we are super excited for them. I think it was a miracle just because it was your birthday, Kate ;D I hope you had an amazing day. I can´t exactly remember how old you are.... but it can´t be older than 5 years right?? ;D (Love ya mom).
And also, I have to say Happy Birthday to Dad too. I DO remember how old you are, but don´t worry, you aren´t that old. People always ask me here how old you and mom are when they see our family fotos and I tell them and they are surprised. Its because here, the pattern is that people wait to have kids, then have only two or three, with a lot of years in between their kids, because it is SUPER expensive to have kids here for some reason... So don´t worry, you are super young for a dad that has a 20 year old daughter ;D I hope you have an amazing day and that all your dreams come true ;)

This was an awesome week! I LOVE being back in Curicó. I have been seeing some people in my old sector Alameda and once the word spreads that I am super close, I am sure lots of people are going to come visit. It is an awesome city and I am super excited to work with Hna. Révolo. My Spanish gets better every single day and now we are going to try and teach her English.... if I can remember it... But anyway...

I love you guys tons!! Hey, if you have a missionary experience this week, write me about it!! Just read the quote down below... That is all I have to say ;D

Love, Hna. McCubbins

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This is my new companion Hna. Revolo from Peru. She has 3 months in the mission,
straight out of training, and SUPER amazing. 

We went up the big hill in Curico like we did last time I was here in the city. It was AWESOME!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Take the Heat

Dear Family,

Thanks for all the pictures! I love to see your faces! I received changes and I will be going back to Curico!! But to a different barrio called Rauquen that is right next door. It was super hard to say bye to everyone in Centinela, but I also am super used to changing now. This will be my sixth sector and 14th companion ;D It is awesome and hard at the same time. 

This week was super cool. In sacrament yesterday I was writing people in my agenda who didn´t come to church so we could go visit them later. I wrote down Hno. Silva who is super awesome and I was super sad he didn´t come. But then, right before the sacrament, HE WALKED IN!! I was SO happy, and then without wanting to, I started crying because I had just been praying that he would come. His family is so awesome and his wife especially wants to get sealed, but he needs to come and recieve a testimony first. I just had tears in my eyes when he walked in and couldn´t hold back my joy! That is the mission life, you get super happy if you see even a little progress in someone! I know they are gonna get sealed one day! 

I am going to miss Hna. Darrington and Hna. Silberman. They are probably the only two hermanas that could have made a trio work in the mission. This was one of my favorite changes and I grew SO much. We might have to go visit Brazil... ;)

Anyway. I love you all. I hope you guys uplift someone with loving words this week and just give them a big hug! Fill the world with Christ´s love!! 

Hna. McCubbins

This is my second family here in San Fernando. Fernanda just got back from a mission in Colombia and is trunky for the mission (when you miss it really bad). 
We are helping the hermano get back to church by reading the book of mormon every day!
They are so cute!

These are two menos activos that we are helping to get re activated. Marcia, the mujer, is preparing family names for the temple and Mariela, the joven, is preparing to go to the temple! They are super awesome!

Awesome family too. Hermana Elizabeth is one of the most consecrated members I have met. She leads the music in sacrament, Pres of Mujeres Jovenes, teaches seminario, and used to be in charge of the Liahona. AND she, unlike a lot of people, finds time to go to the temple every month, despite having a full time job and being the mom of two kids with her husband less active. She needs a medal!

We went to Santiago!!! Hna. Silberman had some health problems so we went to the doctor up there. We got to visit the temple a little!! It was so awesome. Go to the temple this week!! All of you! ;D
There are some that don´t get to go for a year and a half...