Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How sad is that??

My dear sweet family,
 I already feel bad because I just know that this email will not be all you hope and dream it is. Mostly because I can't type as fast because my fingers are practically frozen. Ma and Pa, don't cry about that because I'm buying gloves today! All is well!

Can someone please ask brother Clary where he served? I just need to know. Also, Tiffany Clark, if anyone gets the chance. 

Bueno, Carlos hijo is getting baptized this week and he's just super excited! He also started going to institute this week and that just makes our hearts super happy. This family. I just can't even explain the love.

We met this lady, Fransisca, this week. We contacted her by knocking on her door, which we don't actually do in this mission, so that was crazy. Really, we just needed her to open the gate for us, but we got to chatting and it turns out that she has friends who are members! She let us come in and we got to know her a little better. She's Catholic and has 2 kids. She knows a bit about the church and said that basically the only difference is that we believe our families will be together forever. She told us that they don't believe in life after death and my heart broke in pieces. How sad is that?? She believes in God and that He is our Father, yet He has no plan for us. There is really no purpose to having a family, according to that belief. But, we had a SUPER GREAT lesson with her about eternal families and the plan of salvation and in the end, she was like "I really hope this is true." And she said she would pray and ask if it is and we're going back!


This week we have focused so much on sharing with people that God is our loving Heavenly Father. That really makes all the difference in my life. I intensely studied Moses 1:39 this week and I encourage you all to do the same! Understanding the purpose of our Heavenly Father is what gives me purpose and hope in this life. He is our FATHER!!!! What does that even mean?? It means that He LOVES us and that He has a perfect plan for our happiness.

This week I read a talk called "From the Beginning" by Elder Maxwell. In it, he quotes from something called "A Godless Universe" or something like that. I just read that title and I've never been so traumatized in my whole life! I cried from the agony haha I read that and it was the weirdest feeling...my spirit cried out against that statement. I really don't know how else to describe it, so I'm sorry if that sounds super dramatic. Así fue. Any doubt my little mind could have was shut down my spirit child of God testifying of who I am and who He is. Romans 18:16-17...the Spirit testifies of who we are. Knowing that I am a child of God and understanding what that means has changed me. It has changed how I see the world and everyone around me. 


Ice cream date with President and Hermana Wright
after a training for Hermana Leaders :)
LOVE THESE GUYS with all my heart!
My patriarchal blessing says that I will have a prfound understanding of the plan of happiness that Heavenly Father has for us and I am seeing that more and more on my mission. I don't know how much I understand, but I do know that it's true. I know that I am a daughter of God and so are you all. It makes all the difference. Please take some time to ponder what that means! It means He is fighting for you all the time. It means EVERYTHING He does is for us. He has no other hobbies or things to worry about---it's ALL ABOUT US. He loves us and He is always waiting to help us. We need to seek Him. I'm so grateful for that knowledge that I've had my whole life: I am a child of God. Don't doubt His love and don't doubt His mercy. He did not send us here and say "Good luck!" His very purpose is helping us succeed. I know that is true.

We met this kid, (name removed) this week. His dad is an alcoholic guy who contacted us in the street and asked us to visit his 13-year-old son, so we did. This poor kid suffers a lot because of the decisions of the people around him. He's such a good kid, though. He asked us: "Do I have a destiny or do I choose it?" We told him that he's a child of God, so he does have a beautiful destiny, but he has to choose it. God lets us choose to be happy. What an incredible gesture of love. 


Zona de Alicahue, but this picture is old...our Zone has changed!
I just had to look down to see if my fingers are still there, so I think that's a sign that it's time to peace out! I'm sorry it's short and I'm sorry if it's lame, but that's all Hermana Aponster's got for this week! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!! 

I love you guys!

Love,
Nahio


Monday, May 18, 2015

FELIZ 9 MESES!!!!

My dear Aponsters,
 
I don't even have that much time left, so I'll just apologize in advance! We were writing in a Ciber, but it didn't end up working so well, so here we are in the Church with great internet and no time! It's alright, though :) 
 
I don't know if you guys want to surprise me with a birthday package (I know my birthday is in like 2 months), but IF you wanted to do that, you could maybe send me Kit-Kats and Star Crunches...if you want to.
 
FELIZ 9 MESES!!!!
This week was a little crazy! We had a lot of instances where people were home, but just decided to not come to the door, so that's always great. One lady, came to the door, but didn't open it. She was like "Who is it?" and we were like, "The missionaries!" all happy and missionary-like. Then, she changed her voice to make it sound like a little kid and was like "My grandma's not home," even though it was obviously her haha we got a good laugh out of that one :)
 
We've been teaching Carlos and Carlos a lot. In fact, we have an FHE with them tonight :) We're still trying to get them ready for their baptisms, but we may have to wait until next week to do it. But, they're still awesome, so keep praying for them! Carlos (el hijo) pretty much reads the Book of Mormon every chance he gets and his dad (Carlos), is pretty much set on changing his life to change his family. It's beautiful :)
 
This week, we've started writing down all the weird stuff Hermana Rivadeneria and Hermana Nina say when they're trying to speak English. It's the best.
- Hermana Rivadeneira the other day: "Look at his Nickey's!" She was actually looking at someone's Nike's. 
- Hermana Rivadeneira, again (to Hermana Jones): "I like your panties!" Here is where Hermana Jones and I just started cracking up because we're 5 years old :) She was talking about her tights, which are called "panties" in spanish.
- Hermana Nina: just adds -tion to the end of every spanish word. i.e: "I don't perdonation!" is "I don't forgive you!" 
I don't even want to know what it sounds like when I speak Spanish.
 
Well, in case you guys didn't know from the 100 pictures I sent you, I completed 9 months in the mission this week. That's just all kinds of crazy! On that blessed day, the world was against us.
 
We went to visit this contact who had happily told us to visit her. We had put a cita, but she wasn't there, so we went back to visit her later on. When we got there, she just looked at us and started yelling...she was all "Oh my gosh, you guys are such a burden!" and other things that the children shouldn't know. After she finished, I just told her that if she ever needed help with anything, she could call us, to which she responded: "You are the LAST people I would ever call!" and casually entered her house. I tried not to be pretty bummed about it, but sometimes it's just hard, OK?! 
 
We just kept on going and we contacted this german lady. I don't even know if there is more information required...the lady is german. If she was saying "I want to be baptized" it would sound like a slap in the face (sorry Jaq). She pretty much spent like 10min yelling at us in the street and telling us how she didn't have time, even though SHE was the one talking the whole time haha People are weird sometimes. In the end, we gave her our number and told her she could call us if she needed anything. She actually seemed pretty into that idea because she has some windows that need cleaning. High-fives!
 
We also had the beautifully delightful chance to visit the Familia Cabrera, whom I LOVE with all my heart! Apparently, Betzy and her mom used to clean the house of Elder Amado, so they're all pals. Pa, they would love his email, so if you could send that to me, that'd be great! They're also best pals with Elder Holland, who's house they also cleaned and he loves them. They have pictures where he is sitting in the same room I was sitting in. ALSO, they cleaned for an Elder Pratt. We're not sure if there is any relation to our dear Pratts, but someone should find that out for me! Is there an Elder Pratt that came to Chile? I need to know.
 
Anyway, this is really just all a bunch of random stuff, but I would like you all to know that I'm doing just great! After the rough day where everyone and their dog yelled at us, we were feeling pretty discouraged. But, I decided to whip out my little card they gave me in the MTC that talks about my calling. It's signed by President Monson's signature machine, so it's legit. It says that Nahiomi Aponte is a worthy member of the Church that has been called as a representative of Jesus Christ and has the authority to preach His gospel. I read that, then read it to my companion, and we cried because it's true.
 
 I know that I have been called by the Lord to do this. At the end of the day, "How Firm a Foundation" was just playing on repeat in my head. 
 
"Fear not, I am with thee. Oh be not dismayed. For I am they God and will still give thee aid. I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand. Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand." 
 
This is the same hymn that came to my mind as I boarded the plane to come to Chile. It is the same hymn that plays in my mind every day of my mission. I hope it is playing every day for the rest of my life. I am hear to serve the Lord because I love Him. Nothing else matters. I don't fear and I don't worry because I know He is with me every step of the way. I know He leads this work and He leads me. Follow Him; depend on Him. If you do that, there is never any reason to fear. 
 
I love you guys dearly. I love my mission more than I can say! This is the greatest thing I have ever done. It's one fo the greatest things I will ever do; not because of any work I'm doing, but because of the marvelous change the Lord is working in me. 
 
Be good :)
 
Love,
Nahio