Saturday, October 4, 2014

Villa Sur II Week 2

Our Chapel. The nicest building in town surrounded by a 20 foot high green fence and barbed wire:)

 Cueca (national dance)
 Ward activity with less active:)

What a week! Where do I begin?...

This week was a very festive one! Chile's National independence day is the 18th of September, so everyone had work off from Wednesday to Sunday. I thought this would be perfect to get into people's homes! However, it was a little harder than I thought. Chileans work super hard, and when they have their days off, which is hardly ever, they take full advantage of them....especially where I live:)

I would say that one in every five people on the street was either drunk, high, or both. It is so sad to see the poor decisions of some people! They have so much potential, but the environment, their choices, and the choices of others makes it so hard for some of these people to have success. It has made me realize that we have so many incredible opportunities to take advantage of at home in America!

We had a really fun Ward Activity on the 18th! We got to go and watch some national dances, listen to some songs and have a good time with the members. We have a moderately strong ward here in Villa Sur. We draw an average of 75 members to church each sunday. It is really frustrating because we could do so much more! President has started this thing where one companionship leaves church and goes to look for investigators and less actives. We left and knocked about 10 doors, but "no one was home"

We had an incredible miracle this week. The Zone leaders challenged us to find a family of five on Friday. We had worked all day without any success. at 8:30, right before heading in, I asked Elder Kennedy if we could offer a prayer to find a family. We did, and then no more than 10 minutes later we knocked on a door and I asked how many people were is his family. Cinco:) He let us in an we taught his wife and he. This work is real. The Lord lives and is directing it. When we lose ourselves in the work our live change. I love my Savior. He has carried me this week! Love and pray for you all at home!!

Con amor,
Elder Harries

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