This week was a whirlwind of events but it feels like all the work we are doing is starting to fall into place.
This week we were asked to sing at a funeral. A sister in the ward works for a cemetery selling plots and hosting burial ceremonies. Nacy is really cool. Every day she has to opportunity to share the gospel because of the nature of her work. Anyway, the funeral was for the previous bishop of El Mirador. His baby died about 5 months ago in Concé and they were moving the casket closer to home. He and his wife are angry with God right now and don´t want anything to do with religion but Hermana Nacy was very bold in inviting us. We sang "Where Can I Turn For Peace" and it felt like the whole park was filled with a tranquilidad (tranquility). The mom gave us a big hug after and thanked us. It was terribly sad but I´m so happy that we have a knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and that families can perpetuate beyond the grave and know that their baby is in peace. How wonderful it is, that the Atonement of Jesus makes this possible.
This week, a family in the ward invited us to a festival of the culinary arts - Chileno style. It was DELICIOUS!!! We ate empanadas, anticucho (shish-kabobs), and Mote con huesillo (?). We got a chance to get to know some of the workers there and the bomberos (firemen).
On Saturday the other companionship here had a baptism. We sang ¨Joseph Smith´s First Prayer.¨ and Elder Walker accompanied us. We sing a lot in the ward, Hermana Stone and I, but it´s interesting to see that it changes the setting and creates an atmosphere where the Holy Ghost can dwell. Bishop was very wise when he gave us the suggestion to use our talents as much as we can.
We had a conference for all of Chile this Sunday and they talked a lot about keeping the commandments and finding joy in the journey of life even when things get tough. It reminded me a lot of the Book of Mormon and the experiences of the Nephites and Lamanites. We really aren´t all that different from them. They had problems in their families too. They had wars, they had corrupt governments, they had fears and hopes and dreams. One promise rings trues for us as it did for them. If you keep the commandments of God, you will prosper in the land.
Love you lots!