Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hey there! This week was super great!

Hey there!
This week was super great!
We booked more flights, booked hotel rooms for president, work with lots of passports, visas, and government workers.

One day we found out we were missing a passport, and the missionary didnt know where it was either. We looked and looked, and called people and did everything we could do to find it! We decided to say a short and simple sweet prayer, asking Heavenly Father to bless us with finding this because its super important. We did everything within our power we could, and sometimes we just have to put a little faith into our Maker and he will bless us for being diligent. We ended up finding the passport with one of the zone leaders. Its amazing how just the small things have such an impact on you.
Chile lost their game today against Brazil which means we dont place in the next round. But the States are still in for the run, so good thing I have 2 countries to root for. Its funny, you dont even have to watch the game to know how we are doing. If there is a goal, you know!
We got invited to a Noche de Hogar ( family home evening ) with the new senior couple here in the office. They were invited by a super awesome family from my first sector, The Godoy. The senior couple doesnt speak spanish too well and invited us to come along, which was awesome because I would see such a great family who impacted my mission alot! So we went and had a really good time, with some good music and good time with friends. It was weird going back because they treated me more like a family member than a missionary! haha. It was a good night (:
I got a hair cut this morning! I did it to myself! 0_0
We were invited over to the other senior couples house twice this week! They moved into the same building as us, so they have us over alot! We live with 4 Elders in our apartment, then 2 more live on floor 5, 4 Hermanas live on floor 13 and the Senior Couple lives on floor 11. So its super fun living in a building with 12 missionaries!!
I got up one night at 4am.. and all my food came back out. That was fun! I went back to sleep and acted like nothing happened! Little did I know that I had woken up the 3 other Elders and none of them got back to sleep.. Ooops.
So I think the craziest thing of the mission happened to me on Wednesday! We went up to Santiago to get some visa work done for a bunch of missionaries. Its a short hour drive up to the north. We did all of our work, but we usually take the big main road called Alameda. But the whole road was shut off and we had to travel by back roads the whole time. There was so much traffic and we didnt know why. We finally decided to leave the car so that we could travel to a couple of places to finish our work. We asked someone what was going on because we were walking along the main road and there was a huge group of probably like 5000 people in the middle of the road. As we were walking we noticed light poles had be knocked down, and street lights were on the ground, and there were policemen everywhere! Here they also have these big trucks with metal all around the cars and Turrets on top! There were just tons of crazy stuff Id never seen before! Apparently a whole bunch of college students were rioting the government about college prices of something! Anyways, a part from all the crazy stuff we had seen, we were walking back to a car and starting going up a street, when we turned the corner and the street was full of poeple coming our way with their mouths and noses covered! We hear someone say "Ya empezaron!" (They already started!) They threw tear gas bombs in the streets to get poeple disperssed! We made it half way up the street before we realized what was going on, when I just started tearing up and my throat was like tingling! Such a weird sensation. We immedietly headed back to the car and got to Rancagua as fast as we could! It was just such a movie scene to see all these hundreds of poeple walking away from the tear gas, and hearing someone yell they already started! haha. It was a fun south american experiance. And Im safe.. so dont worry (:

Todays crew.
We duct taped Elder Raldas bed shut.
Hermana y Hermano Godoy

Anyways, the last thing I wanted to share was a favorite scripture and one that I pondered a little more this week.
1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the
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Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward
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appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Its interesting how what we look like or what we have done have no importance to the Lord, but rather how are desires are, and what are intentions are. If only we could always look at someone upon their heart rather than their previous actions and what they look like. We are so ignorant sometimes and just go away from the will of the Lord. Hopefully we can all get a little better about this principle including me.
​Have a good week (:
Elder McGee​

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