Dear Family,I feel like I am trapped in a 99 year old body with all the aches and pains going on. Somehow Hermana Burnett caught a flu bug this last week. I say ¨somehow¨ because every house we enter has a sicky in it, so I am not really surprised. The poor girl was up at 3 in the morning on Thursday. She shut herself in the bathroom, and it wasn´t very peaceful sounding. I kept waking up to help her, and ended up helping her get situated on the ground with the ¨throw up bucket¨. I loathe the throw up bucket.
Chile is having problems. Earthquakes, problems with the ocean, with a whole city that is currently being burned...I´m calling it ¨The Last Days¨.We continue to see miracles, even if they are little ones, every day. We have started to do ¨casual contacts¨. We pass by the house of the person, talk about their family or work or school, offer service, wish them a good day, and leave. We do this in between our appointments. It´s like contacting...but to me it feels like a ¨preparation¨process to help the people be more receptive. The next time we see them we ask them about what they told us, show interest in them as people, and then testify. There is ALWAYS something that we can tie into the gospel, even during the first visit. Then, later on, we ask if they have 5 minutes. There we can share the shortened version of the Preach My Gospel lessons and ask if we can continue visiting them. So far we have been INVITED back 2 times, which is two times more than before we were doing this whole thing. People just need to know that we are normal people who have good intentions. They need to know that we aren´t here to force to gospel down their throats, but to help them increase the faith that they ALREADY have and help them to recieve answers to the questions that they have.