Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hey everyone!!
I NEED TO WISH MY AMAZINGLY CUTE LITTLE BROTHER ELI A HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Eli, I hope you have the greatest day ever! I wish I could be there to give you the biggest hug of your life! I love you to the moon and back, bud! Eli, I know this is nothing...but I want you to know that I miss you so much and wish I could be there with you this Saturday!!! I cant believe youre almost 12 AND almost a Deacon!! Im so proud of you Eli. I love you to DEATH!!!!

On our way up to San Cristobal
 I hope youve all had a wonderful week...I need to say that this email will be pretty short. Today, my companion and I, along with my roommates, went to San Cristobal which is about an hour metro ride. After get lost almost 10 times, we made it back late!
This week has definitely had its ups and downs but I can say with all of my heart that I love being a missionary. Its the best feeling EVER! Ive had so many amazing experiences this week...truly amazing experiences. My Heavenly Father testifies of his mercy and love every single day through little miracles.
Hermana Garcia looking out over Santiago. I am so blessed to have her as my companion!

 Dad, I took your picture with me today so that you could revisit this mountain! I felt very close to you today and it made it really special to stand where you once stood.

I brought a picture of my Dad with me since he served here in 1988

Dad stood at the top of this same mountain when he served in Santiago...

 The language is coming. Hahaha. I have my great days and then my not so great days. BUT this is kinda cool. Ive had many many people, all native Chileans, tell me that theyre impressed with my Spanish and that theyre surprised that Ive only been in Chile for 8 weeks! They say I dont sound like a GRINGA AT ALL. Best thing Ive ever heard in my life. Keep praying that the language will keep coming!

This is my favorite wall that we pass everyday, even though it doesn't make any sense!

Sunset near our apartment

Santiago Temple at night

I'm not sure what faces we're making, but the helado is AWESOME here!
I went on Divisions this week in a place called Diego Portales. All of the girls I was with ONLY spoke Spanish. Two from Argentina, and one from Dominican Republic. As I was on my way there on the metro, I was praying SO hard that I would be able to at least communicate with them. I was terrified, honestly. So nervous. But dang, the Lord blessed me with the Gift of Tongues that day because I was having some REALLY GREAT conversations with those amazing girls. It was a fantastic experience! They were teaching me Spanish, and I was teaching them English!

Elder Steeves and Elder Campbell will make great missionaries!

Our District in the CCM
I truly am so grateful for this experience. I cant say it enough. Its so rewarding on so many different levels. Sure, its so hard sometimes. But Ive already learned so much about myself, and so much about my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This is an experience that I would never ever be able to have, anywhere but here. I love you all and hope you have an awesome week!!

Hermana Randall

Monday, February 23, 2015

My wonderful, beautiful family! Im finally online!

Its been a pretty long week thats for sure. I cant believe that Im finally out in the mission field! It blows my mind. How is everyone? GREAT I hope!! I want you all to know that I miss you all like crazy. 
Well, my first area is Cordillera and Im totally in love with it here. I'll admit, when I first got here, I think I went through a bit of a culture shock, even though I had been in the CCM for 6 weeks! Its much different here than it is in Providencia, thats for sure. But a GOOD different! Theres definitely a wealthier part here, but most of this area is pretty run down. 
The mission is hard. Harder than I ever thought it would be. I know Ive probably said this a bazillion times, but its something youve heard would be hard your whole life, but its nothing you can really PREPARE for. Its something you just have to experience! Funny thing is, when I was in the CCM, I was secretly wishing that they would let me out of there! But the second I left, I felt HOMESICK! Weird how that works, right? There were so many people there who made my experience so great because of the amount of love that they showed me. Love honestly changes everything. I cant thank my teachers and friends at the CCM enough, because they gave me such a source of strength when I needed it more than ever, and for that I will be FOREVER grateful. My family away from family, forever!

My favorite Chilena, Hermana Saavedra. She became one of my best friends in the CCM.
All of the sister missionaries leaving the CCM for the Mission Field!

Sister Doll, the CCM's wife and MISSION MOM to all of us!

Me and Hermana Mayfield with Hermano Pino, our favorite guy teacher. He seriously had one of the biggest impacts on me as a missionary. So thankful for him!

Me and Hermana Mayfield with one of our favorite almost teachers, Hermano Antileo! He served his mission in Knoxville, TN and speaks AWESOME English!

Elder McOmber from Dallas TX(that left at the airport with me) and Elder Jensen from Canada. Both in our district and awesome guys!

Me and Hermana Maxfield with Elder Steeves and Elder Campbell from our district

My companions name is Hermana Garcia, and BOY is she amazing. I dont know how I would be handling this transition without her! Shes so positive, so upbeat, so uplifting. She was born in the United States, but moved to Guatemala at a young age, so shes fluent in both English and Spanish! How amazing is that? Shes the funniest girl ever, ALWAYS has me laughing and shes such a hard worker. This past week has been one of the hottest weeks this summer....36 to 38 celcius...no idea what that is in Farenheit, I don't remember how to convert it and NO ONE seems to know what Fareinheit is here in Chile! Hahahaha it drives me nuts. BUT, we ate at McDonalds today for P-Day and it made me feel so much better!
Me and Hermana Garcia at  MCD's

Our roommates are Hermana Mayor and Hermana Jimenez, both from Argentina! Hermana Jimenez was with me during the CCM, and was one of my really great friends so its been so amazing to go through this with her.

Me, Hermana Garcia, and our roommates from Argentina Hermana Jimenez and Hermana Mayor 
Me and Hermana Jimenez in front of our ward building. Love our ward!

So Spanish... Pretty sure that Chilean Spanish should be classified as an entirely different language. First day I got out here, I literally thought about 40 times..theres no way that this is the same language all of my teachers spent WEEKS trying to teach me in the CCM. Not going to lie, it is the most frustrating thing EVER barely understanding everything. Honestly, I feel like the only thing I can do right now is spit out a good testimony and a decent prayer! AHHH! I know its only the first week, but dang. This will be an exciting adventure though! Hahaha. 

So it was my FIRST full day in the mission field, super hot, were walking along this street and I feel like Im dying. Next thing I know this truck drives by us really fast and I hear this loud POP noise. I immediately thought, dang, that sounded like an airsoft gun!!! Next thing I know, my arm is killing me and I look down and its bleeding! SOME DUDES thought it would be hilarious to shoot me with a BB gun or something and now I have this huge bruise! hahaha. Normally I would have laughed so hard, but since it was my first day and I felt like I was in a dream, I was DONE! Hahaha. That was a great, welcome to Chile. Right? My companion took this picture a few days later, can you believe it?

BB gun wound from "the drive by"

Got a package from y'all! Made my week! Sorry I look so bad...it's really hot with no A/C!

Okay. Momma. There are some mission CDs that we have that are passed down that have some old EFY soundtracks. It was playing one day when I was SUPER homesick, and guess what it was?
"Like stones in the river we are tossed and turned, when the current moves so strong. Stones in the living waters over time, shaped until the edges are gone. Polished and smooth, thats what we will be if we put ourselves in Gods hands. Each day of our lives, is a gift from the Giver. Smooth all the edges like stones in the river." I may be wrong, but I remember hearing you sing this all the time growing up! It was such a tender mercy from Heavenly Father. Just a reason that I know that he knows me better than I know myself. I listened to that ENTIRE EFY 1999 CD all the time now, because it means a lot to me, and reminds me of my sweet mother and my wonderful family.

I miss you guys SO much. I hope you know that! Im sorry to the people that have written me and I havent responded...Im still trying to learn how to manage my time. I promise Ill get around to it soon! Thank you EVERYONE for all of your support. It means the world to me!! Youll never ever know....

Im so thankful for this chance to serve a mission for my Savior, Jesus Christ. Im so honored to wear His name over my heart everyday! What a priveldge it is. 


Hermana Randall

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Randall Family,

Hello from Chile Santiago Este! We just want to send you a quick note letting you know that your daughter has arrived to the mission safe and sound.
Attached is a letter, and a picture of her with President and Hermana Wright.

Please send all letters and packages to this address;

Misión Chile Santiago Este
Cristóbal Colón 6824
Region Metropolitana
Las Condes, Santiago, CHILE

Dear Family,

Guess where I am? Finally in the mission field! We arrived at the mission office this morning around 10am and we've been learning about all this mission stuff(for lack of a better phrase) ALL day! I would DEFINITELY be lying if I said I wasn't nervous and wasn't overwhelmed. It was surprisingly REALLY hard to leave the CCM. We had to say goodbye to so many amazing people that I had become so so so close to, people that I probably won't see until either after the mission, or even in this lifetime! I'm seriously so thankful for my experiences in the CCM--it has already changed my life.

I got my new companion! Her name is Hermana Garcia, and she's been here for 16 months, so I'll "kill her off", or I'll be her last companion! I THOUGHT she was full-on Latina and I was freaking out because of the language barrier, but turns out she was born and raised in California with English as her first language! I can already recognize that as a huge blessing. My first sector(area) is called Cordillera, by Puente Alto. Herman Garcia has only served in TWO sectors and she was in her first sector for 1 year and 1 month! Crazy, huh? I'll probably be in this area for a long time.

I already miss Hermana Maxfield like crazy. We got so close these last two weeks! I miss you guys so much and can't wait to email you next week and send you so many great pictures. Please pray for my Espanol! I feel like I've plateaued hardcore. I pray for you guys every day, and I can't wait for the day when I get to give you all a big hug! Thanks for being such a great support to me! I love you all so much, with ALL of my heart! You'll hear from me soon!


Hermana Randall

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

First of all, I just want to say that I've been sitting in this computer room, reading you emails and laughing and crying all at the same time...everyone probably thinks  I'm CRAZY. Kade...the "I like turd" all over the place literally made me laugh so flipping hard hhahaha. You guys have no idea how much I miss your sense of humor. It's our last week in the CCM and it's very bittersweet that's for sure. 6 more days until we're out in the mission field! WOOHOOOO!!!!

I miss you guys like crazy!!! How is everyone? This week has been ABSOLUTELY fantastic :) Last PDAY me and Hermana went to a frozen yogurt shop and it was SO YUMMY!!!! Today we went grocery shopping. The dog in the picture with me is one eared Nefi!!!!
This is something pretty funny. Sometimes here at the CCM we feel like we're in jail. We're not allowed to leave and when youre in a classroom 14 hours a day you feel like you're losing your sanity. Honestly. hahahaha. Well we've started these games to keep us entertained and it's literally the CRAZIEST thing how the smallest things in the world bring you so much joy as a missionary. Every day when we leave the cafeteria at lunch, we find the MOST unripe orange (which isnt hard at all) and take it outside and just throw it to each other. Pretty soon it becomes this massive game where all these districts are just chucking these oranges at each other and we're trying not to make them explode! Hahahahaha it's seriously so fun. I'm going to miss the CCM so much. Everyone here has had such a profound impact on my life that I can't imagine not meeting them. It's been such a blessing.

The two girls sitting on the bench with me are Hermana Bodrero from Mesa and Hermana Andews from Vegas. They're both in my District and I love them so much!!!

Yo sé que la Iglesia de Jesucristo de Los Santos de Los Ultimos Dias es verdadera. Yo sé que nosotros tenemos un amoroso Padre Celestial y sé que estoy en Chile por un razón especifico. I love you guys so much! And hope you have the best week ever :) Talk to you next week from the Mission Field!

I miss you like crazy! You know, today was our last P-Day befroe we go into the field so I had so much to do! I miss you guys so much! I seriously can't believe I'm in Chile sometimes. It blows my mind!!!!! It's so beautiful and I've DEFINITELY gotten a tan which is a definite PLUS!! This Thursday we're going CONTACTING in the REAL WORLD and I'm so nervous. Honestly its the most frustrating thing when you know what you want to say, but you cant figure out how to say it. And then on FRIDAY were going on splits with REAL LIFE missionaries. Holy cow I'm so so so nervous but so so so excited. It's going to be an amazing experience, I just know it!! I'm so glad you guys miss me. Does that sound weird?? Because it's true! I know I wasn't the GREATEST sister and daughter ever, but dang. I sure do love you guys more than I could ever really comprehend. I'm trying to watch what I'm eating but it's really flipping hard when all they serve you are CARBS and the PAN is so good. Chilean bread is heaven. 

Honestly, logging on each week is so overwhelming in the CCM because SO many people have emailed me, and I feel so bad because I don't have any time to write them!!! But it's okay. Hopefullly in the field I'll have more time... I've heard we have 2 hours! SWEET!I love you so much mom, and I'm so grateful for everything you guys have done for me!!!! BTW my two favorite teachers, Hermano Filipe Antileo and Hermano Bastian Pino (you should look them up on facebook) told me to tell you guys that they say hello! Theyre the best.

I miss you so much!!! I got your letter this week and it totally made me the happiest person ever! It's funny....I always seem to get letters when I need them the most! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm really glad that you think I've grown up and matured a little! It's crazy, because when you get here, you feel SO inadequate because you quickly realize that you don't know as much as you thought you did because everyone else seems to know more about the Gospel and more about Spanish! It was definitely a very humbling experience to say the least. Thank you so much dad. The more I'm out here the more I realize how insanely lucky I was to move so many times, to live in so many different places, to see so many different things. Because of that, I feel like I bring a different perspective and I never ever noticed that until I got here! I love you so much, Dad. I can't even explain how much!! Honestly, I love reading "dont take it too seriously"because its a GREAT reminder. When I start freaking out or blowing things out of proportion, I just think of that over and over again and it helps me so much. I love you to death dad! I sent you and mom a letter today so hopefully you get it soon!!!!

Eli I miss you so much!! Hahahaha that's so funny! It was the weirdest thing EVER not watching the Super Bowl and having NO IDEA what was going on. All of the Americans in the CCM were going crazy!!! Funny story, we actually started guessing final scores of the game and all the guys started guessing plays and all this stuff. We literally felt like we were going crazy because it's something that were just SO USED to knowing, you know? Soulds crazy but whatever!!!!! I miss you so much Eli. I would do anything to give you a HUGE hug! THanks so much for hoping that I didnt get sick!!!! I didnt :) You're the best Eli boy!!! Give everyone big hugs!

I'm doing really good, Koy! I miss you so much though. Today I was able to print off a bunch of pictures of all of us together and I'm just so so so so happy because of it. I love you guys so much!!!! OH MY GOSH please write to me en espanol!!! I love it!! Koy, I'm so sorry you still have a yucky cough...that's so depressing. Are you feeling better besides that?? I really hope so. I miss watching you boys play basketball! As crazy as it sounds, it made me feel so connected to you guys. I can't wait to see you play again and cheer you guys on like crazy!!! AHHH Koy that's so awsome!!!!! Dude when I come back you're going to be huge and it's gonna be freaking weird for me to adjust to having huge brothers. hahahaha. I love you so much Koy! I seriously do!!! I hope you have the best week!!!! LOVE YOU!

I hope you've had a great week :) I'm so glad you thought so!!! So really freaking cool things happen here at the CCM, and I'm freaking out that pretty soon I'm going to be like a REAL life missionary!!! AH! Oh, Kade I can't wait to hear what you got on your SAT! I bet you killed it. In a good way. You're such an amazing student and amazing person and you are going to go SO far in life. I just know it. What colleges are you considering apply to? Fill me in on everything!!! I'm so glad you and Alec have gotten closer! He's a good kid. Sometimes moving sucks, am I right??? It really does, but sometimes it sucks just so it can teach us stuff that we wouldn't have learned if we hadn't had been put in that position, ya know? I miss the days where we'd drive to school every morning, jamming to music, singing our lungs out! I love you so much Kade. You'll never know how much you, Koy, Eli, Mom and Dad mean to me. I hope you have a great week!!!!!

Love you to the moon and back,
Hermana Randall...Kenz