Not much is different. We've just been doing our thing.
There have been a few fires lately. It looks like summer's starting again. I hope it's not as bad as last year.
We've had a few people that say they'll come to church, but then at the last minute they cancel. But that's the mission. Just gotta keep going.
Shout out to Nate Cornell, who got engaged last week! Congrats.
I guess that's all. Miss you all!
Officially, President Russell M. Nelson is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Lord's kingdom on earth. President Dallin H. Oaks is 1st Counselor with Henry B. Eyring as 2nd Counselor.
We watched the transmission where President Nelson addressed the Church as it's President. My favorite part was the press conference afterwards. My favorite part of that was the response of President Nelson to a question about what he was going to do to establish racial equality and to help represent women among the leadership of the Church.
President Nelson responded by saying that they were called of the Lord, and that the Lord was in charge, and that the local leaders were really in charge, and they are all from their own countries. I thought that was a really good answer. Then somone shouted, "But what about women?" President Nelson responded, "I love 'em." I thought that was funny.
So this week has been pretty great. I have to tell you about one investigator that we have. His name is Maxi, and he is 14. He is by far the weirdest situation for an investigator that I have ever seen in my mission. First of all, he comes to church, by himself. We don't even call him, he just shows up. He comes to all of the activities, even mutual, and most of the time he is the only person there. Now, he's decided to go to the Stake Young Mens' Summer camp, and he is the only boy from our ward that is going. The bishop talked to him about family history, and now he wants to do that. He is our best investigator, except for the fact that he doesn't want to get baptized and doesn't let us teach him. I honestly have no idea what to do with him.
We'll just keep working hard this week. I guess that's all.
Some pretty crazy transfers
So probably as you know, this week was the week of transfers. I'm pretty sure I said this last week, but on Sunday the zone leaders had called us and said that Elder Villanueva and I were both staying. So we thought nothing of it. Then on Monday, President Diaz called us and told us that there was an emergency transfer, and that Elder Villanueva was going to go to a place called La Ligua. So we spent the rest of our day trying to get him ready to go.
Transfer Day came, and Elder Villanueva went to La Ligua, and I got my new companion, who came from La Ligua, Elder Jimenez, from Guatemala. We spent the rest of that day going around and getting to know all of the people. The next day in daily planning, Elder Jimenez told me that he wanted to talk to President Diaz. The next thing I know we are on our way to Viña because he wanted an interview with President. We get there and President comes out of the interview and said that they were going to send Elder Jimenez back to La Ligua, and that Elder Villanueva was going to be my companion again. So we went to La Ligua to go get him, which is like an 1 hour and a half from Viña. We got Elder Villanueva, and went back to El Retiro.
So I had a new companion for like a day, but then he left, and now I'm with Elder Villanueva again.
But it's ok, because Julian got baptized this week! We are really excited for him. He's a really great kid. A part from that, this have been normal here. We are really excited for this transfer.
So we've gotten past all of the holidays. They were pretty fun. It's definitely not the same as being at home for the holidays, but it's pretty fun because you get to pass them with people you've met.
This week we are pleased to anounce the baptism of Julian, a 9 year old kid that we found. He and his mom walked into chuch one Sunday and his mom said that she was a member for a long time, but that she stopped going to church. Now she wanted to start going to church again, and she wanted her kids to be a part of it. So we started teaching them, and now Julian is ready for baptism. We are really excited.
I have a new goal, and that is to learn how to make empanadas. I'll keep you guys updated on how that goes. I'm sure it's easy. I guess that's all for now!
El Año Nuevo
¡Feliz Año Nuevo! (Happy New Year)
We had a great New Year. I can't belive that it's already 2018. How the time flies. We were allowed to stay out until 12:30 on New Year's Eve. We went and celebrate with a few investigators, named Enzo and Javiera, and let's not forget their 1 year old son Javier. They are so great.
They celebrate New Year's basically the same we do in the States. Fireworks and stuff.
We've been having a lot of success. We were actually going to have a baptism this week, but Julian, our 9 year old investigator, didn't come to church because they had to go pick up his dad from work. But the next week for sure. Well I guess that's it. Love you guys!
September 2016 - September 2018