Terremotos means earthquakes
We had a couple of earthquakes this week. None of them were too big, the biggest one was a 7.1, but there were little ones all week. They arent even scary, I think they are kind of fun, but lots of people here dont like them.
This week we has something called a "noche blanca", or a white night. Basically what a noche blanca is is when everyone in the zone has a baptism on the same night. While ours wasnt a true white night, because not every single companionship baptized someone, there were still 6 people that got baptized, and the whole thing was at the stake level. It was great. While we didnt have anyone to baptized, it was still great to see everyone get baptized. I also got to be one of the witnesses, basically the best seat in the house.
We also put a baptismal date it the Luengo family, Eduardo and Romina. Their date is the 3rd of June. It would have been sooner, but Eduardo is a Marine, and he has to go on a 15 day tour. He cant say where, and he cant say when, so its super top secret, not even his wife knows exactly when he leaves.
Good news, I get to stay in Belloto for another 6 weeks with my trainee Elder Fausett.
I miss all you guys!
So this week I felt my first earthquake. It was a 6.1 in Valporaiso, not too big, but it made our house shake. It was a pretty cool experience actually. Just the whole room started shaking. Kinda fun.
So anyway, not much has happened this week. You have those weeks in the mission where everything is just a little bit slower than usual. One of the elders in our district broke our phone, or more specifically he WASHED our phone, because he accidentally threw it in the washer. We went a few days without a phone, which really made me appreciate that we have them. Also we had the census this week. We had to stay in our house until they came buy to count us. Just know if you see a number like the population of Chile, Im part of that number. They also asked us weird questions like what are the walls and the roof of our house are made of. Who do I look like, Bob the Builder? We went with what we felt was a good answer: wood and cement. That seemed to be good enough the censuser. So yeah, thats what happened this week.
Hello all, Elder Thompson here.
Now you may be wondering about the subject. Theres a great stroy behind that.
So we got invited for what is called once at our ward mission leaders house. For those of you that dont know, they dont eat dinner here, they eat once, which is kind of like something small, like bread and ham or avocado, right before you go to bed. Anyway we were there and my companion was talking about how much he like avocado. Hes got the nickname "Elder Trump" because he always talks about Donald Trump. So anyway they wanted to take a picture of us, so my companion was holding some bread with avocado, and we posed for the picture and the lady taking the picture said,"Say Trumpvacado!" We bascically died laughing. And now its a thing.
Anyway, things have been pretty good. Chile is gonna have a census this wednesday, and it is required by law that evey has to stay in their house untill they are counted, so we cant go out to work on wednesday. Thats ok, weve got some pretty cool families that weve been working with. The Luengo Family are really cool. Their names are Eduardo and Romina, and have a 2 year old son named Thomas. Hes crazy. But anyway, hes got some doubts about the Word of Wisdom, but he comes to church every week, so its just a matter of time. He says he would love to be a Mormon, but he does want to give up coffee.
Hope all is well with you guys. Peace out. Till next week.
Super excited for General Conference here.
First of all, all 10 (yes we got 2 more) of our baptismal dates fell, because the didnt come to church. Yeah sad I know, but we are going to try with them for this week because it General Conference! That is a lot easier for them because the only have to come to one session. You can always count on the prophet.
Anyway they had a huge concert for the 175th aniversery of the Relif Society. It was really big. A lot of government officials from Chile came, and it was really cool. We werent actually able to watch it, but we heard great things. Anyway. I miss all you guys. Have fun where ever you are.
So this week weve been working really hard. Basically we made a goal that we will have a baptism on the 9th of April. That is exactly what theyve been teaching us to do. They told us that if we had faith anything is possible, so we put that goal in faith knowing that if we did our part, then the Lord would do the rest. And let me tell you, He did.
We put baptismal dates with 8 people this week, which means if everything goes to plan 8 people will be baptized on the 9th of April. That just goes to show you that faith is everything. The Lord has blessed us so much. All we have to do is be obedient, and He does the rest. This week has been a real help to my testimony that this is the work of the Lord. I would go through and tell you guys all about them, but well wait till next week, cause Im short on time.
Anyway we just had changes, and good news, I get to stay in Belloto for 6 more weeks! Honestly I would have been mad if I got changed and putting 8 baptismal dates, but I guess the Lord knows best where we need to be. Im just happy He let me stay here. Although I am sad to see my good friends leave, I know that they will do well where ever they go. I love you all!
Everything is chill in good old Belloto. I figured out that bellota in Spanish means accorn, so I guess belloto means a manly accorn? I dont know, maybe one day well figure it out.
First of all, we had zone conference this week. It was cool. They told us to start teaching people about temples, and invite people to be baptized for their ancestors as well as for themselves. Weve already starting doing it and weve seen lots of miracles.
There was also a huge fire in Viña, really close to my old area Chorrillos. We could see the smoke and it looked huge. I hope everything is alright over there.
We have 3 investigators with a baptismal date. There names are Alejandra, Elisa and Neli. Alejandra is what we call an eternal investigator, which means she basically doesnt want to progress. But theyve told us to try and if she doesnt progress then to leave her alone for a while. Elisa was an old investigator, but we put a baptismal date with her and her daughter, Neli, who had never heard the missionaries before. Well see how all this goes. I miss all you guys and hope you are all well!
So this week was interesting.
First of all we went to this members house cause he said that he had a reference for us. So we made a plan with him that we were going to make brownies and then teach his friend. So we got together a couple of days before to find the recipe and make sure he had all the stuff. He said he had everything except chocolate chips and baking soda, but he said he would go to the store and buy them before we got there. So we get there and start making the brownies and we notice that there are not chocolate chips. So we say (obviously in Spanish, Im just translating for all you gringos)," Derek (that was his name), where are the chocolate chips." He just looks at us and says,"Oh yeah, I forgot to get those." Alright, luckily there was some chocolate powder stuff that smelled pretty good, so we dumped a lot of that in there. Then it came time to put in the baking soda, and we couldnt find that either. So we asked,"Derek where is the baking soda?" Im sad to say it didnt surprise us when he said,"Oh yeah, I forgot that too." Thanks Derek. So we made brownies without chocolate chips or baking soda, and also Id like to point out that his friend never did show up. But thats the mission for ya.
Also, one day I went to go get a Book of Mormon out of our box where we kept them, and right when I reached down to grab one, a giant lizard jumped out from the curtains next to it. It was terrifying, that thing was huge. Luckily we caught it and let it go, but now weve got to call our landlord to lizard proof the house (broma, joke for all you gringos).
Also for the first time in a while, we had an investigator come to church. His name was Thomas, and hes almost 8, so technically hes not an investigator yet, but it counts in my mind. It was really cool because this ward hasnt had an investigator come to church in over a year. It was cool.
I hope all is well, and I hope all stays well. I miss you guys!
Hello all, hows it going?
First of all, its been hot in Belloto. And Elder Fausett and I have been walking A LOT. Weve basically been contacting all this week and weve found 5 new investigators! Were still not sure whos going to progress at this point, but its great to see all of our hard work paying off. Ill just tell you about the ones that I think are the best.
One of our investigators is named Maria Isabel. She used to live in a different ward, but she just barely moved to Belloto. Shes really nice to us and she loves the missionaries. She was about to get baptized before, but she felt like it wasnt important and like it was going to be a big change in here life. We taught her about the Plan of Salvation and the necessity of baptism, and we will be working with her a lot more!
Another one is named Rachel. She was Evangelica, but she wanted to talk to us. She doesnt think that there can be propehts on the earth, but we told her to read and pray about the Book of Mormon to know if what we said is true, and she seemed really interested in that. We will be working with her a lot more too!
Anyway things are great here. I love the mission and I love my new companion. I hope all stays well with you guys!
Hey guys hows it going? All things are great here in Belloto. A lot of things happened this week.
First of all, my companion Elder Veloso left for his house this week. He will be missed dearly. So right now Im companionless so I get to stay with the zone leaders. Things should be great.
Second, Im going to be training a new Elder this change! His name is Elder Faussetts or something like that, but more importantly he sounds gringo, which means I dont know if its going to be easy or hard to train him. Well see, but Im so excited!
Third, we found a new invesigator. She is the mom of the 2nd councilor in the Bishopric. Shes talked with missionaries many times and comes to church every once an a while, but she doesnt really believe in the Book of Mormon. She very active in the Catholic Church, but were going to keep teaching her.
Fourth, the fire is still raging in the south, but this week there was one really close to us. We werent in danger or anything, but it was cool to see the planes come and dump water. Dont worry I took pictures.
Alright I miss all you guys and I hope you are all doing well.
For those of you that havent heard, Chile is on fire. These fires are huge, like the biggest fires in the history of mankind. They are far away from us for now, but keep these people in your prayers. People have been telling me a lot about Donald Trump. What is that guy up to now?
This week we finally found someone that we have been looking for since I got here. Her name is Ana Maria. Weve only taught here once, but shes so cool. We taught her the message of the Restoration of the Gospel. After that she told us she knew that Joseph Smith was prophet. The only problem with here is that she works a lot, but well see how that goes.
I hope all is well with you guys in the States. I wish you the very best in all that you do. I miss you all!