Monday, January 19, 2015

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!

Dear, sweet Aponte's
Things are crazy at home! I'm happy to hear that everyone is so busy doing the right things. I don't think I could ever say through an email how proud I am to have been blessed with this family! You guys know how much I love you all. I miss you guys, but you will all be happy to hear that the time is going by too fast! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! I know I have already said it 100 times, but this is the best decision I have ever made. I still feel like I'm new to the mission, but everyone says that feeling doesn't really go away because the time is so short. Sometimes I feel like 18 months is not long enough haha don't worry, they don't let us extend anymore!

Mama and Papa, CONGRATS on your calls to serve, otra vez!!! The third time's a charm ;) I hope I'm lucky enough to serve at least 3 missions in my lifetime!! You guys will do great, so don't be nervous haha The work you guys did in Guatemala and all over Central America was beautiful and it blessed the lives of thousands of people. What a blessing to be asked to bring those blessings to the people of our home region! Next time, put in a request for Chile!

My precious children! Oh, how I miss your little faces and hugs! All of you!! I'm so happy to hear about the progress everyone is making! You guys are so blessed! Ella, I can't believe you're getting baptized this year!!! I'm so proud :) Sam and Liv, you two are adorable and I miss you! Send me letters in the mail, ya hear? Jac and Abe, I can't beleive how fast you two are growing. It kind of breaks my heart a little, but I'm proud of you guys :) Jac, you'll be the oldest girl in the house soon! You'll be great :) Abe, you have to help her out! I'm thinking you guys should bring back the baby team! Or just change it to the big-kid team like Jo, Jaz, and I did when we were little haha We were super creative with that name. Rick, you have to email me and tell me all about school and swimming! Are you still heading off to the Olympics? I call a ticket because I will be back by then. Jacob, I hear that you're a piano prodigy, so you're already cooler than I could ever hope to be! Tell me about that! Jaz, BYUI doesn't even know what's coming! You will do great! Attending that university is one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's a blessing, so don't waste it :) You'll be awesome! I don't even know if Jamie, Jo, and Heidi read these things, but I MISS YOU GUYS!!! Feel free to send me a letter, at least every 3 months :)

Soooooo, THIS WEEK:
I forgot to write interesting things down, so I guess we're going back to my lame emails. 

We had divisions with our new hermana leader, Hermana Escobar. She's from GUATEMALA, so we were automatically best friends! She wasn't there when you guys were serving there, but she's from Quetzaltenago....I KNOW that's not how you spell it, but that's how it sounds! Don't judge me. We were working in the delightful sector of Ñuñoa, where everyone lives in gaurded apartment complexes, so they spend a lot of time in the street. Those hermanas work super hard! I love divisions in Ñuñoa :) Even if we spend 8 hours in the streets when it's 95 degrees out. I'm super tan and officially look like an Aponte. Hermana Cannon (from my district in the MTC) is also serving in Ñuñoa, so I got see her! Also, I met Hermana Young, who is new. She is from Texas and we hit it off pretty well because her wall is covered in Lord of the Rings quotes. I read the words of Sam and I'm telling you, I felt the Spirit.

I got a package from the stake youth, so muchas gracias por eso! Those kids are the best! Also, I missed all the American candy, so thanks for that! They know how to treat missionaries :) The Kelly Family sent me their Christmas card and that just made my whole week!! Someone thank them for me! I love those guys. I got letters from a couple of other people, too, so you guys can jsut sleep peacfully knowing that you aren't the only one's who think of me. It's kind of awesome! 

Alicia is still charging toward her baptismal date on the 1st! That lady is great! She has the support of her family, so that's awesome and she's still super excited. 
Denis and Teresa decided that they will get married so that Teresa can be baptized! It took them a while to make that decision, but they want to keep the commandments! Denis said to us " It's not even because I know I HAVE to do it. I WANT to do it because I want to be good with God." I thought that was beautiful. That's one thing I cherish about the mission. It has taught me to be obedient because of my love for the Lord. It's so much easier to be happy and serve and feel the Spirit when we do things out of our love for the Savior. That loves overcomes every obstacle. 
Catherine went to church on Sunday and I believe she will be getting baptized pretty soon! We'll probably wait until her son, Lukas, gets back from scout camp (in 2 weeks), but they still have super strong desires to take that step. I love those two! They talked a lot about service in Church on Sunday--about how we can show our gratitude to the Lord by serving others. Catherine is always saying how she wants to be baptized to show the gratitude to the Lord. She turned to me and was like "I think I just found another way to give thanks! Who can I serve?!" Why don't we all have that attitude? She is now picking up our other investigators on Sundays! Can we all just think about that for a second? our investigator is picking up other investigators for church. It's awesome!!!

Anyway, this email is a bit short, but I want to email a couple fo you individually! Here's a little spiritual thought:
I have been studying Christ-like attributes this week. As members of His church, we should always be striving to develop the qualities that Christ has. I studied a lot about charity because I have never fully understood it. We think of charity and a lot of the time we think of service. But it's so much more than that! The scriptures say that charity is "the pure love of Christ." After stuyding this week, I understand that it is the love the God has for His children--a love that is unconditional. That is part of charity! We need to strive to love others unconditionally, even when they mess up over and over again. Heavenly Father is SO GOOD and SO LOVING that he keeps loving, blessing, and helping us, even though we are so insanely full of weaknesses. My invitation to you all is that you can work on developing that kind of unconditional love for each other and for everyone! If you can't love someone like that in the beginning, be charitable towards them and show your love because you love the Savior. He will make us all so much more than we can ever be alone. 

I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!!!! 

Love you sister,
Sister Nomi Aponte

P.S.
I forgot to mention that we had interviews with President Wright and that was beautiful. Everyone just walks out of those feeling like spiritual giants. It's like, I could walk on water after those things! In other news, I finished the stuff for my visa and our new mission president (who comes in June) is named Marty Morgan, from California :) Pray for President Morgan and his family!

P.S.S.
ALL MAIL NEEDS TO BE SENT HERE, or I will never get it. That's a traumatizing thought! Please send the mail here:

Hermana Nahiomi Aponte
Chile Santiago Este
Cristóbal Colon 6824
Las Condes
Santiago Región Metropolitano
Chile

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