Sunday, August 25, 2013

So we ended up not going to Santiago. I'm kind of bummed, but oh well. And yeah, we didn't go to the temple. I'm interested to see the change in the endowment session (If I'd gone in Santiago, I would not have know what the change was in Spanish haha)
So I'm a little put out because here in Chile there is a Día del Niño. There's a kids day. Like mother's day and father's day, but for kids. Why doesn't America have a Kids day?¿ There was a huge celebration in the plaza downtown with games and bouncyhouses and food and sweets and the scariest mickey and minnie I've ever seen (they had human arms). And what's better, the kids get presents too! Yeah so when I'm a mom I will be celebrating Día del Niño. It's the second sunday in August if you want to start too. :)

Oh and yesterday there was an earthquake! Okay not really. It was a tremor and I didn't even feel it. My companion did though and the other hermanas, but not me. I heard it though! But I thought somebody just dropped something outside haha So my first earthquake (tremor) and I didn't even feel it! Don't worry mom, it was like a 0.1 on the rictor scale.
Hermana Hutchinson
WOO! This week we had TWO baptims! V and Ml! V gave up smoking to be baptized and M is super afraid of water, but still got in! (It actaully a sad story. He watched his mom die in the tsunami three years ago.) Their faith is astounding and I'm so proud of both of them!
Let's see--this week we had interviews with the mission president! I was nervous that it was going to be in Spanish, but I'm happy to say it was in English! It was actually kind of weird to have a conversation in English and hear my voice speaking in English. I haven't heard myself speak in that much english in a while. But it was really good. I really like President Warne. His wife is also awesome. She is in the process of learning Spanish too and we got here around the same time so we're in the same boat! They're both really wonderful people.
I also have some interesting news. This week--thrusday I believe--my companion and I will be going on an adventure to Santiago, which is not in our mission. The mission office lost her passport so we have to go to the Mexican embassy in Santiago to get her a new one so she can get her Chilean ID so she won't get deported. I'm pretty excited for that! Hermana M wants to go to the temple in Santiago. I think that would be awesome, but I don't know how I'd feel about doing a session in Spanish.....
Today we went to the beach! It was so beautiful! The sand is black here! It's so cool! I took a lot of pictures, but I'm only going to send one. Don't worry, it's the prettiest! We also saw some seals which was both really weird and really cool. And I picked up a bunch of seashells.
Nothing really exciting happened this week except for the baptism.
 Hermana Hutchinson

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Okay, I don't have a ton of time, but this week was great! We had a talent show with the ward on Friday that was a lot of fun! And we have quite a few new investigators. V has been doing well. He smokes and has been trying to quit. So far so good, but it's only been a few days. His baptism is set for August 17th and we're praying that he will have the strength to give up smoking so he can be baptized. C is also doing well. We talked to him last night about if he has interest. The good news is yes, he has interest! The bad news is he doesn't like the Word of Wisdom. But the good news is, when we taught it to C, he didn't even stay for the whole lesson so he doesn't know the blessings! So we're going to be teaching him the Word of Wisdom as well as helping him to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. He also smokes, but he has a desire to quit so we'll be helping him with that too. Jeesh, I'm going to be a pro at helping people stop smoking by the end of my mission.

Other than that nothing very exciting happened this week. We don't have any baptisms for a few weeks, but we have a few people on date. Not sure if they're going to follow through, but we'll keep working with them and I'll keep you updated!
In the meantime, I have some pictures! Food and other things

So there's Frac which is basically the Chilean equivalent of Oreos. They eat so many cookies here! They don't have much candy, but if you want a cookie, come to Chile.

And I found the cream cheese! It's in these weird tube things and you squeeze it out, but I don't care. It's cream cheese.

Milk--the good kind.

There's also a picture of our water heater thing.

Dehydrated milk. Gross.

Milo. Also gross. It's supposed to be hot chocolate, but it doesn't taste like anything.

Manjar. hahaha it's basically the greatest thing ever. It's really similar to caramel, but a little different. They put it on everything,

A picture of the beach. The sand is black--so cool!

And our decorations for the talent show!

I hope that's in the right order. :)
Hermana Hutchinson