I guess all that the people say here about the Fiestas Patrias is true. There are lots of people taht drink and stuff, and it's really hard for missionaries in this time. They also said we'd be eating a lot of grilled meat, and that is true. The past few days for lunch we had barbeque. One thing though, we haven't had empanadas yet. My companion hasn't had one!
Despite the fiestas, we've been finding a lot of new people. We've been working a lot with Gonzalo this week. We had to move his date to the 7th of October. I know he can do it!
Other than that, it's been pretty normal week. Lots of chilean flags everywhere. These people have a lot of national pride.
We had a district leader counsel this week. I got to see lots of familiar faces, people that I came to the mission with, like Elder Smith and Elder Arias.
So the transfers this week were great. We had to go to Viña to receive the newbies, and as always, the meeting started late. I'm pretty sure its because were in Chile, cause everything here is late, and we're Mormons, so we're even more late, and we're missionaries, so that's like triple late. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the transfers meeting, but I know a guys, so don't worry.
Basically my new trainee is named Elder Van Komen. He is from Layton, Utah. We are working really hard on Spanish, and he's already improved a lot. And the whole district leader thing, not gonna lie, its a lot of work, but it's really fun. I love it.
As for the investigators this week, Gonzalo didn't come to church this week cause of some stuff that happened, but we moved his date for the 30th, so if all goes good he should be baptized on that day. We've also been trying to find lots of new people.
This next week starts the season of the 18th of September, which is called Las Fiestas Patrias, or the Patriotic Parties. It's like Chilean 4th of July, but I'm pretty sure they're crazier. I've heard that where ever we go this next week people are going to offer us empanadas or meat, so it should be pretty exciting. Also today we were notified that we have to be in our houses earlier, I don't really know why, it might be because of the Fiestas patrias or 9-11.
Well I guess that's all for this week. Until the next one.
So we got transfers again. Luckily I'm staying here in Las Americas, but my companion is going to Valparaiso. RIP Elder Valdes, he will be missed. Also, good news (or bad news, depending on how you look at it), I'm going to the be the new district leader! And if that wasn't enough, they told me that I'm going to train a new elder! I'm really excited for that. I loved training the last time and I'm really excited to train again.
So as for the investigators this week, we had an investigator named Gonzalo come to church. He's really wanting to change his life and he is so willing to do everything that we tell him. He's got a baptismal date for the 17th of September. We're gonna keep moving forward with faith.
We had a family home evening with the Rivera family yesterday. We invited Gonzalo and we had a pretty fun time. At one point during the night I was trying to teach the littlest one, Isaac, a few word in English. I told him, "Say: miracle." He looked at me for a second and thought, and then finally said, "Mickey Mouse." It was really funny. I guess that's all for this week. See y'all next week
So we've been having a pretty good winter so far. Hasn't been too cold. Actually, most of the days the sun is shining and stuff, only at night it gets a little cold. I guess you guys are already in school. Haha suckers. No, I'm just kidding, have fun.
So this week not much happened. We haven't really been finding a lot of new people to teach. I guess we'll just have to keep trying. I promise I'll have more for you guys next week. Miss you, chao.
So last Monday I turned 11 months in the mission. Actually, so did my companion, because we're from the same group. I've almost got a year, which is really hard to believe.
So we still haven't learned how to make bread. I know, it's really disappointing. We've had like 3 different people offer to show us how to make bread, but nobody has followed through. We still have hope, we'll keep trying.
To make a long story short, Rodrigo didn't come to church this week. I don't know if he was tired, or sick or something, but he didn't want to go this week. I guess we'll just have to try again next week.
We've been trying a new style of contacting, well not really contacting, but a style of thinking. We are trying to be everyone's friend. When you get right down to it, it's really fun. You get to meet lots of different people and you get to joke around a lot. We love it.
We're gonna keep trying and working hard. I miss you guys!
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)