Well, we had a great Christmas here in the mission. We got to eat dinner with a family in the ward, the Nuñez family. They are so great, and they have 2 kids serving missions right now, so they love to talk to the missionaries. We did that, and we got to see some fire works. We also got to meet Santa Claus. He's not actually named Santa Claus here, he's called el Veijito Pascuero, which literaly means the Little Old Passover. I don't know why, but here they refer to Christmas as Pascua, which is Passover, like what the Jews celebrate, but they also refer to Easter as Pascua. It's just a little confusing.
And on Christmas day I got to talk with my family on video chat! That was great! I got to see them all and talk to them. Everything is good in good ol' American Fork, or at least that's what they told me.
It's been pretty hard this week to find new people to teach, with it being Christmas and all, but we're not giving up. We're gonna keep working!
A week ago in Chile the sun had a ring around it. It was really weird, and everyone was taking pictures. So that's what I did, and it looks pretty cool. I miss you guys!
I cannot believe that it's already Christmas! It seems like just a few weeks ago it was Christmas, and now we are getting ready to celebrate it again. We've had a great time in the mission. We had a Christmas activity as a misson on Wednesday. We played games like Water Balloon Volleyball and stuff like that, and we also had a great lunch. We also had to perform a skit. It was really fun. I got to see a few old friends.
This week we had a miracle that happened at church. A lady walked into the meeting and she said that she was baptized when she was a little girl, but then shortly after she went inactive. She came to church this Sunday and she wants to get back into the church. She also brought here two children, one named Javier who is 9. We are going to start teaching them.
I can't wait to call my family for Christmas. It's going to be great. Anyway, I miss you all!
It's so weird to think that it's almost Christmas. I can't believe that I'll be having my 2nd and last Christmas in the mission. It seems like just yesterday I got here to Chile. I guess time flies when you're having fun.
So, El Retiro has been great. We've been working really hard, actually, all of us in the zone have been working really hard. In the zone we've got 3 baptisms already, with 3 more baptismal dates, so we're really close of making our goal of 6 baptisms in the month of December.
We have a plan to have a small activity everyday, so that the chapel is open everyday, and we hope to that will help get more people to the chapel and to church on Sunday.
We're really excited to be on the Lord's work. MIss you all!
So I've made it! I'm finally in my new area. It's called El Retiro, in a city called Quilpue. Quilpue is right next to Viña del Mar, so it's not to far away from where I started my mission in Chorrillos.
A little bit about the area, half of it is very hilly and the other half is flat. We live just entering the hilly part, so basically we always have to go up hills to get home. But it's really cool temperature wise. It's been cloudy the past few days, so that's pretty good.
My new companion is named Elder Villanueva. He is from Mexico, and has about 4 months in the mission. The ward is a small ward with about 50 active members, but they are very good members. I had to present myself in sacrament meeting, and one lady got up afterwards and said that I looked like an angel walking up to bear my testimony, I was only missing the wings. That made me happy.
Even though they aren't that far apart, Villa Alemana and Quilpue are very different. Different people, different weather, different places, its very different. I guess we'll see how I do getting to know this place. I'll tell a little about the people next week. Miss you guys!
So this week we got transfers, and I'm going to a place called Quilpue. It's not too far away from Villa Alemana Oeste, so I'll probably see some of my friends here again. Still, it's always sad to leave. I guess we'll see what the Lord has in store for me there.
This week was pretty great. We were able to get Shadrach and Gabenley (our haitian friends) to go to a baptism of another Haitian! That was great because he was able to talk to them in French or Creol, whatever they speak, so that they could understand. We also invited Bryon to a ward party, and he came! From what I could tell, he really enjoyed it. Then on Sunday, Bryon and Gabenley both came to church. I really think that they're gonna get baptized.
Since it's summer there's been a lot of fires. It seems like everyday now we look out the window and see a fire or smoke or something. We actually found a place that was burned by a fire, and now it looks like a different world. Oh, and also a nice family in our ward made us a Thanksgiving feast. That was really nice of them.
So this week was a great week. It was the 2nd to last week of this transfer, so I'll probably be moving areas this next week. I guess we'll see where the Lord takes me.
So first, a funny story. We went to visit Shadrach, our Hatian investigator, and the first thing he said to us when we got there was, "Ok, this Sunday I can't go to church, I have to go to Santiago." So we responded, "Um, ok?" But then he said, "But this is my friend, and he will go to church with you." We almost said that it doesn't really work like that, but then we started talking to his friend, Gabenley, and he is actually really interested in the church. He said, "I want to learn more about you guys, because I have never heard of you before." And he came to church the next day. He really enjoyed it.
We also had 2 more investigators at church, both of which were miracles too. We've really seen the Lord preparing the hearts of the people to receive us. I can't wait to keep working and see what else he has in store for us.
There are also a lot of puppies now. I guess that's all.
Well, we had Stake Conference this week. It was really great. It reminded me of a little General Conference, but I guess that's the point. Well, anyway, we invited one of our Haitian investigators to come to church, and he said that he would go! The only problem was that because it was Stake Conference, it was farther away. But we were able to find a member with a car that helped us, so Shadrach (that's his name) was able to church.
As for the interviews in our house, we've been saved for another week. President won't be passing by this week, so I guess that just gives us more time to clean, or not clean, depending how you look at it. I guess we'll see. I guess that's it. Miss you guys!
So things have been pretty great this week. We've been working a lot with Gonzalo this week helping him to integrate more in the church. Also, in the next couple weeks we're going to have interview in our houses by the Mission President. I guess that means we have to clean now!
So this week we found a miracle. His name is Luis. We found him, and he said he wanted to got to church and get baptized. We thought he was joking, but the we found him waiting for us outside of his house on Sunday morning. I guess he really wanted to go to church. He said he really liked it and that he wants to come next week.
I watched a few other people make bread this week, so I guess I'm basically an expert now. I've just gotta keep practicing. I guess that's it. Miss you guys.
We are really excited because Gonzalo made the decision to be baptized this week. We are so happy for him. We can't wait to see how he progresses in the church. I'll send some photos of that.
Well, that was basically our biggest event this week. We've been working really hard to try and find new investigators so we can baptize them also. We're gonna keep working! It's been getting a little hot here, but that's ok, not too hot. We're really excited to be on a mission.
I guess it's gettting a lot hotter here. People keep telling me that it gets hot here. I have to agree with them, it is hot, but not anything like Las Vegas. Still, the heat is not very comfortable in a shirt and tie.
Somethings that happened this week, well first of all Gonzalo has a baptismal date for the 28th of October. He's completely changed and now he only wants to serve the Lord. We are really excited for him.
We've really learned a lot about the power of the Book of Mormon. It's a really good read, I would recommend it to everyone.
Well, I guess that's all. I have one more month here in Las Americas, and I'm going to make the best of it. I miss you guys!