First of all, thanks to all who wished me a happy birthday. I really had a good one, my first birthday in a different country.
The most exciting thing that happened this week is that we found a member of the Church that works in a CHILEAN BAKERY!! We are really excited for that because he told us that he will teach us to make bread! For those of you that have never had chilean bread, you're really missing out. It is so delicious, and we are really excited to learn how to make it. Actually, now that I think about it, my companion is chilean, and he hasn't taught me to make bread. I guess I'm assuming that every chilean knows how to make bread, That would be like assuming that every American knows how to make every American food. Also, when people ask me what we eat in America, I usually say pizza and tacos.
So as for investigators, I guess you could say that we don't have any! Haha, no but Pricila that was going to get baptized this week decided last minute that she didn't want to. Also Rodrigo is having a few problems, so we can't teach him right now. I guess we're looking for new investigators at this point.
I guess all there is left to do is keep trying. Hope you guys have a great week!
So this week has been really, as they say here in Chile, tranquilo (peaceful). We've been going up a lot to this place in our area named Las Cabras (the goats). I heard it got that name because that's where all the farmers lived, and so they always had lots of goats. Anyway, we've been going up there almost everyday because we've got an investigator up there that's going to get baptized this Saturday! Her name is Pricila.
She really loves to come to church, even though she lives super far away. She also knows lots of people up in that area, and she's already sharing the Gospel with them!
We've also got Rodrigo, that came to church with us on Sunday. He also loves to go to church. He should be baptized on the 19th of August.
We're really excited for this month of August. We've got some big plans for this month. I'll keep you all informed.
So we just barely had transfers again. It looks like I'll be staying here in Las Américas again. Were super excited to be here again, we've got lots of people that are progressing towards baptism.
One of them is named Pricila. She has been coming to church the past 2 weeks and she loves it! She loves the Spirit she feels there. She really wants to get baptized. We almost got her daughter, Ánia to come too, but at the last minute she didn't want to. We're really excited for her baptism.
Things have been pretty chill here. We've just been working a lot. I can't believe that I'll be turning 19 really soon, and I can't believe that it's already time for that.
Well I guess that's all for this week. Until the next one. See you in 7.
This week was a crazy week, mostly because of the Confederation's Cup. To start it off, Chile played against Portugal on Wednesday. We didn't watch the game, but we were well informed of what was going on. Whenever Chile was close to scoring, everyone would start shouting. Well, the game went into extra time, and then penalties cause nobody scored. Luckily we had to talk to sister in the ward, so we got to see the penalties. All I can say is BRAVO!!!!! Thats the name of the Chilean goalie, and he was on fire. He stopped 3 consecutive penalties, and won the game for Chile.
All of that was a little short lived, because they lots to Germany in the finals. So basically everyone is a little sad. But that's ok because I'm happy! The 6th will be a special day, not only because my sister gets home from her mission (shoutout to my sister!) but also be because that is the day of the baptismal interview of Rosemary and Macarena. They are going to get baptized the 8th! I'm really excited for that.
Also, if you didn't know, we're teaching a guy named Jesus. I'll tell you more about him next week. See y'all in 7.
Its been raining a lot lately. You can really tell when it rains here because everything shuts down. There's no one in the streets. Us as missionaries, we still go out, so its a bit harder, but that's just the way we like it.
First of all, Rosemary and Macarena didn't come to church this week. They couldn't come to church because Macarena's brother, Maximo, has a rare kidney disease, and he can't leave the house in conditions like that. But that's ok, because they went to church 3 times in a different ward, so all we have to do is teach them the lessons.
Everyone is talking about the Confederation's Cup here. Chile played against Australia this Sunday, so with that and the rain, it halved our church congregation. It was pretty funny because there was this old guy sitting in the back and he pulled out his phone and started watching the game. We probably wouldn't have noticed, but he had the sound on. I guess after a few minutes he noticed that everyone was staring at him, so he left. You could also tell when Chile scored because everyone was silently cheering.
Like I said, lots of water falling from the sky, makes for some treacherous terrain. But that doesn't matter for us. We also had some guy deliver us some completos and a churasco, which is basically like a completo, but instead of hot dog its beef. Its huge.
Well thats all for now. I miss you guys. See you in 7 (days)
So this week we had transfers.
I'm in a new place called Las Americas. It is really close to my old area, like I really could walk to my old area if I wanted. I reminds me a lot of it, but the people in my old area were definitely richer. There's a place in my area called Las Cabras, where basically its all dirt roads and people building houses of whatever they can find.
So right of the bat, we had 4 people come to church for us the first week. 2 of them are named Rosemary and Macarena. They are family, mother and daughter, and they live really close to our limit with a place called Villa Norte. She first found the church in a Mother's day activity for the Stake. She had been going to Villa Norte for 3 WEEKS, because she has a friend there. The missionaries there didn't even know she was an investigator; they thought she was a member becasue she always brought her family and wore nice clothes and everything. For those of you that don't know, a person needs to go to church for 3 weeks before they can be baptized, and that really is the hardest part. So that was basically a miracle.
Next we had a young couple named Jesus and Frasisca. When I first heard his name, I said, "Wow, he's perfect for us." They have 3 little girls, and they are really crazy. When we try to teach them, their children are always running around and yelling and stuff like that. Frasisca was really embarrassed because here children were running around during sacrament meeting, but we told her it was fine.
Well that's all for this week. I miss you all. See you in 7
So, we got some news. I'm getting transferred. I'm going to a place called Villa Alemana Oeste, which I think literally means in English "West Germany Villa". Its a step up from where I am, "The Masculine Acorn" (El Belloto). I'm really gonna miss this place, but mostly the members and investigators I've met here. I love those guys!
So basically we're gonna have a baptism in the next 2 weeks. We've got a girl named Emilia, and her uncle is a member. They always go and get her for church, so theres no problem with that. She's basically gonna get baptized in 2 weeks (too bad I'm leaving ): ).
I've almost got 9 months in the mission. It's crazy how fast the time goes. Seems like just yesterday I got to the mission.
My companion is gonna stay here in El Belloto, he's gonna be with 2 other elders! I guess I'm so good they had to replace me with 2 missionaries! Haha, but really its a lot easier in a trio, mostly because you can go in whatever house you want; you don't have to worry about another man being there.
I miss all you guys. Hope all goes well.
So this week was pretty cool. This Tuesday we recieved a visit from Elder Alan Packer of the Seventy. He told us some pretty cool things about our families and how we can better teach the people. One of my favorite quotes from him was,"I want us to change the way we plan. I want us to plan to baptize every week." He then challenged us to baptize every week.
Some cool things have been happening this week. We had a pancake making competition with a few sisters in our ward. It was two of them versus my companion and I. They made Chilean pancakes, which in the States we would call them "crepes", and we made good old fashion American pancakes. We won of course, even though Elder Fausett burned the pancakes.
We got a new ward mission leader. He's literally the best.
We've been trying to find lots of new people this week. We looked and talked with lots of people. But at the end of the week we didn't have anybody to bring to church. Then we got to church, and a family told us that they had some family members that want to hear us. I guess the Lord really is looking out for us.
We've got transfers soon, so I'll keep you guys posted. I love you guys!
Here, it's beginning to start winter. People are just now going to school. It's been a little cold, but no too bad.
We've been running into a lot of drunk people lately. They always like to talk to us. One of them told us that his friend was an Elder, but now he was in jail. He said he was going around asking for money for a bus ticket so he could go visit him, because he knows that the Elders always have a companion, and his friend is alone in jail. Apparently he didnt think that I could understand him, because he started talking in English, or at least that's what he said it was. I couldn't really understand him. Then he got frusturated because he didn't know all the words, so he said,"Well, I can't say it English, so I'm going to speak Italian." And then he started speaking in Italian. After all that he asked me if I understood.
Yeah there are some crazy people here. We've been working with some less active families. We've got one family named the Meza family. They've been coming to church, but they are going to Canada. We've got a goal with them to go to the temple before they leave. There are lots of people that are going to the states here.
Well that's basically all. Until next week!
So first of all, my companion's brother got a mission call. He's going to the California Arcadia Mission Spanish speaking. So shoutout to Tyler Beck, everyone wish him good luck if you see him, but you probably wont because he lives in Idaho.
Anyway, we've been working a lot with less active famillies, and it really paid off. We had 7 people at church that we invited. One family, familia Meza, have a kid that's 7 about to turn 8, and he wants to get baptized.
Alexis Montenegro is a semi-recent convert of about 2 years, and his kids aren't members. He has 2 kids named Alexis and Moises, and they both want to be baptized, all they need is permission from their mom. We're crossing our fingers hoping that happens.
Anyway for all you that were wondering, the mission is great. You really have a great time when you're on a mission. I love it.
Well that's all for this week, see you guys in 7 more.