Bienvenidos a la Mision Chile Santiago Norte! We love the Savior, and are blessed to be part of this great work, to share His gospel, and invite others to come unto Him. We are grateful to have this incredible opportunity to associate with such fine young men and women and other couples who are serving in this wonderful part of the vineyard. We decided to share this mission through a blog, with any who would like to know more.... All of the lessons, talks, training, conferences, and meetings are obviously done totally in Spanish, but for the sake of this writer, the notes are here in English, for speed in typing, and therefore, mixed with a bit of both worlds. We hope all of our missionaries, families, and loved ones can enjoy this blog, in spite of the writing, grammar, language, errors, etc. This will be a miraculous journey, and we invite you to share and enjoy it with us.

Lovingly, con cariño,
Presidente Michael May
Hermana Carol May

Friday, March 12, 2010

Phase 2/3 Training brings new insights.

Today we had the two groups of missionaries return to the mission home for their Phase 2 and Phase 3 group orientation/trainings. These are missionaries who are now in their second change, and third change respectively, and have been here 2 months or 3 months. Their Spanish is incredibly good, and parents would be amazed and happily surprised at how well they really can communicate and make themselves understood, in such a short time. These are some of their comments, in English, but the meetings are in Spanish now, after their first Fase 1 training:

H:"We found a lot of people in my first area, but they weren't progressing. We were sad. It was a real hard start for me. Now in this second change, we have felt the fruits of the work. We Baptised 4 people. We found 4 new people and they are really progressing quickly. I have to remember that they can progress and not forget."

S:"We were knocking on lots of doors and didn't have much success. Then in the street and woman finally lets us inside. She's not interested, but says there are lots of other people living in her house. Three in the house are interested, and then later, from those three, they gave us two more referrals. We always need to remember to ask for referencias, even if the person is not interested."

W:"Woman wasn't interested but gave us a referencia about her family member, and they had a son who told us he had been taught, but never was baptized. Now he's ready. Remember to ask for referencias!"

D: "Oscar...he is 70 yrs old, but has had 5 dates for baptism. We hope that for this next week it will be final. He had attended lots of other churches, and has been searching for the truth for many years. He has been reading the Book of Mormon, and now his wife is also interested, and they are reading together. This is milagros. They have 7 hijos, and 6 live nearby. The man says he wants ALL of his children to be baptized, sothey can all be together."

L: " This woman is 50 yrs old and as she let them in, she said she went to church in San Felipe 40 yrs ago, when she was 10. She had never been baptized, and always wanted a Book of Mormon, but never had one. Of course we gave her one. Now she reads every day and writes her thoughts and feelings in a study journal/notebook. She is hungry for more and reading everyday. She came to the Satellite broadcast, and said that when Elder Bednar spoke, she felt a powerful witness of Joseph Smith, and many answers to her prayers. She is thankful that God answers prayers with a strong spirit."

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