Serving March 2016 - August 2017

Monday, September 12, 2016

Week of Difficult Trials

12 September 2016

Alright this week was not easy for Hermana Falslev.

So Monday night we had a Family Home Evening with familia Villanueva in our ward so that we could help the dad with English. Well I just had this feeling to ask him how long he has been in the Church and he told us an amazing conversion story! He was baptized when he was 18 and got married to his wife who has always been a member... After being baptized he took up smoking and drinking again and was not doing well at all... He would do really well and then he would do really, really bad and he was involved with a lot of drugs. His son Bryan when he was 15 told his dad that he needed to change his life around and become a dad and he said that when his son said this that he felt as if God was talking right to him. He started crying while telling us all his story and now he is such a strong member in the Church... He teaches institute and NEVER misses Church. It was so amazing listening to him tell his story... The Atonement of Jesus Christ is sooooo real! It literally had such a big impact hearing his story and he is now 6 years free of drugs and alcohol! This Gospel is amazing and can truly help anyone... Mauricio Villanueva is an amazing example of the Atonement... it was probably one of the favorite moments of my mission to listen to his story. 

Monday night when we got home, my knee, that I have been having problems with, was really bothering me, so I called my cute Hermana Arroyo and she told me that I needed to stay in the house until Friday.. I’ll be honest I started crying because I DID NOT WANT TO STAY IN THE HOUSE ANYMORE. But she didn’t change her mind so Hermana Cook and I stayed in the house until Friday night when we left to take a member in our ward a card for his birthday... Well... We were walking down our stairs, and there is no light to help us see, so I missed the last step and fell right on both of my knees and it hurt so dang bad... I finally got strength to walk back up to our apartment and I look down and my knees are all bloody... So much pain as well... So Hermana Cook called Hermano Moreno who is in our Bishopric to come and give me a blessing with another Hermano because my knee was already bad and so this just made it so much worse. I called Hermana Arroyo and she told me I would need to go to Osorno in the morning.

Saturday morning I went to the hospital and had an x-ray and they said I had a lot of swelling in both of my knees...So there is my bad luck story. I am doing a lot better now! I’m just really frustrated but I’ve been able to stay positive through this! I found a scripture in Doctrine & Covenants last night that really helped me so much... D&C 24:7-8 “For thou shalt devote all thy service in {Chile} and in this thou shalt have strength. Be patient in afflictions for thou shalt have many, but endure them, for lo, I am with thee, even to the end of thy days.”

I think this is one of my new favorite scriptures. I love Chile and my mission so much and so I was so frustrated with myself that I couldn’t work. But I truly feel the love my Savior and Heavenly Father have for me. I’m so grateful to be here in beautiful Rio Bueno. I’m so grateful for the Priesthood! I’m still happy as ever and my companion has taken really good care of me and kept me super happy! I know that these experiences are just preparing me for the future... that is exactly what the mission does for me, prepares me and makes me strong for my future! I know my knees will be better this week! We have sweet Carla Ruiz that we are hoping can get baptized on October 24th for her 16th birthday! 
I love you all and I’m so grateful for all the prayers that are sent my way! The mission is amazing and thank you for all your love and concerns about amazing President Obeso! Our new President is President Isom from Wyoming and he will be here Friday I believe! Ahhh time is going by so fast! Love you allllllllll.

I CANT BELIEVE I HIT SIX MONTHS!! I hope you all enjoy my bloody pictures... the cow leg was so nasty, haha culture shock.... 

Hermana Falslev

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