Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 18, 2013

The big news is transfers. After 5 months of being in Constitución, I am being transfered! I'm off to Rancagua. My new companion's name is Hermana U. She is from Colombia. It's funny because her companion, Hermana A is coming to Conti. My sector is Manzanal, which happens to be the sector of the president. The lucky thing is I actually have been to my new house. When we went to Rancagua to take out my carnet, we slept in this house. It's a really awesome house, I'm excited to go there. I also know Hermana U, so I'm exicted for that too :)
I was 99% sure I was getting transferred so I had my suitcases almost all the way packed on Friday. Today has been a pretty stress free day.

The other news is this TB business. So I was under the impression that I was getting the x-ray to see if I had latent TB. But apparently is was to see if I have active TB. The x-ray came out clean because obviously I don't have active TB. But because my TTB test came out positive (the one I did in Santiago I few weeks ago), I have to start taking meds. I don't know if there's a way of actually knowing that I have inactive TB, but considering that my TTB test came out positive, they're assuming I have latent TB. The biggest problem is that in Chile, they don't treat latent TB so the medication isn't readily available. I think it's here, but difficult to get. I'm under the impression that that's where we're at right now. Working on getting the medication. But President Warne told me that I should start taking the meds within the next couple weeks. He also told me that I'm famous in Salt Lake right now. Supposedly several of the brethern have seen my name. There's another american that also has to take the meds, but it sucks for the latinas because they all came in with positive TTB tests so they can't take the meds. Supposedly the meds don't work if you've had latent TB for a long time.

So that's where we're at right now. It was actually because of this that I figured I was getting transferred to Rancauga. 

Other than that, everything has been going really well. We had interviews with the president this week and a training with the assistents. It was really cool, I enjoyed it. I've also been studying a lot about attributes of Christ. If you haven't already, you should read that chapter in Preach my Gosple. I love studying the attributes of Christ and trying to apply them in my life. The last couple weeks I've been working on Charity. I particularly love 1 Corinthians 13, which talks about the characteristics of charity. I have been trying to become a person with the same discription, but of course, nobody's perfect.

Hermana Hutchinson

Sunday, November 17, 2013

November 11, 2013

This week, I made a list of things I want to tell you so I don't forget anything.

I was going to tell you last week, but forgot, that I experienced my first tremor last week! Tuesday night at about 11:30 I woke up to the bed vibrating. It took me a second to register what was happening, but I figured it was a tremor. I was going to get my glasses to look outside, but when I got out of bed, it stopped. It was a pretty strong tremor. It registered as a 5 on the rictor scale and it lasted for a while. Supposedly there were 2 other tremors that were noticable and a total of 14 tremors throughout the night. A couple days later, there was another tremor, but we were walking home from lunch so we didn't feel it. I guess when you're walking, you can't feel tremors.
I have officially experienced a tremor! Woo!

We also got our x rays done. We're getting the results today. If it ends up being bad I'm sure President W will call you :)

Also, I don't know if you're aware, but last friday, the 8th, I hit my 6 month mark. One year left! Sunday, I'll hit my 5 month mark in Chile (and Constitución haha)

Yesterday was the birthday of our ward mission leader so all the missionaries went to his house for an FHE. We ended up playing Spoons and guess who won? Hermana Hutchinson!!!! I'm the Spoons champion of the missionaries in Constitución!!!

Yesterday was the baptism of C. It was super good. A lot of his family is less active, but they all came to support him. It was a super good service.

There's a mcDonalds in Talca. We went there after our district meeting a couple weeks ago. Outside of our window there was a stand selling stickers, but like, giant stickers that you can put on you wall. One of them was a picture of Buzz Lightyear, but it said Bos Layer. At first I though it was funny because it looks like Boss Layer which doesn't really make sense. There are a lot of funny attempts at english I've seen here (Like a roasted nuts stand called King the Nuts) But then I realized that Bos Layer is how you say Buzz Lightyear in Spanish. There are a lot of vowel sounds in English that don't exist in Spanish, like the U in Buzz. Also there are a lot of words where we don't pronounce the T very stongly like in Lightyear. So Bos Layer is the Spanish equivalent of Buzz Lightyear. I almost died laughing.

There are also elections on the 17th. Did you know the communist party is a pretty prominant party in Chile? Also their campaign videos look like movie trailers. Kinda funny.

We have interviews with the President this Thurdays. At first it was today. Then it was tuesday. Then it was wednesday. Then it was thursday. I hope it doesn't change to friday.

So there you have it. We have transfers in a week! Next week I'll have the news. I'm 99% sure I'm getting transfered. So sure, in fact, that I've already started packing. Also the news on my x rays.

Love you all! 
Hna Hutchinson

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 4, 2013

Wow, we still haven't gotten the x rays. We go to talca on Wednesdays for our district meeting. We stayed in Talca afterwards to go to our appointment at the Doctor. When we finally got in to see him, he listened to our lungs as we breathed, and looked at our eyes. Then he told us we needed to get an x ray. DUH! That was the reason we went to the doctor in the first place! The best part was the consultation was $60 each. It was one of the biggest wastes of time. So we still haven't gotten our x rays....
But the rest of the week was actually really good. We had a lot of success. I'm also really excited because we have a baptism this Saturday! C is getting baptized :)

Last week you asked me if the Chileans celebrate Halloween. The answer is yes actually. But it's not as big as in the US. It's kind of funny, in Chile they say "candy or trick" or "candy or garbage" or "candy or egg" I heard all three of them while we were our proselyting. The funniest part is they actually egg houses if they don't give candy. Maybe it's just because I'm from a small town, but I haven't really ever seen a house egged around Halloween. But Halloween isn't a huge deal here.

So we were in the supermarket today and a 98 Degrees song came on the radio. I was soooooo happy. It was a wonderful moment. I've also been indulging in the American candy and Oreos that this supermarket sells.

I also got a sunburn. The weather here has been really nice. We're not quite into summer yet, but the weather has been perfect, like in the 70s. We had a bit of rain recently, but it's spring so I'm not complaining. It was weird walking around on Halloween with the sun shining. Usually it's cold on Halloween haha

Right now we have 5 couples we're working with. None of them are married. In 3 of them, the guy is inactive and the woman is investigating. It's kind of funny. Hopefully in the next couple months we'll have 5 weddings :)

I've also been looking forward to Christmas! It's in the next transfer and this transfer is almost over! Two weeks! I'm 90% sure I'm getting transferred. So sure, in fact, that I've already started packing my suitcases. I want my last p day in Conti to be the least stressful possible.

Keep being awesome!

Hna Hutchinson :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

October 28, 2013

This week was another exhausting week. We got a call Wednesday night for the office that we had to go to Rancagua Friday to submit my papers for my carnet. We then had the x-ray in Talca friday evening. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to Talca in time, so I haven't had the x-ray yet. This wednesday si o si we will have the x-ray done and hopefully next monday I'll have the results.

I'm a little on the exhausted side today, but I'm looking forward to resting. :)

This week was good though. We were planning on a baptism, but it didn't happen unfortuanately. The baptism has been rescheduled for the 9th of November  though. C is super excited. We also have been working a lot with inactive members and new investigators. Hopefully we'll have another baptism scheduled soon!

Sorry for another short email this week. Not very much happened, except for Rancagua.

Hermana Hutchinson