So, first of all, in Chile, if you go in to a house and you have a cold or a cough or anything, the chilean people are going to give you lots of "home remedies". I had a little bit of a cold, and whatever house we went into they gave us herbs, honey, and all kinds of stuff. I don't really know what to do with all that stuff. There's one member in our branch that sells herbs for a living. She gave us lots of herbs, not just to fix a cold, but to help us sleep, regulate diabetes, and cure cancer. She gave us one that she called "la yerba buena," or the good herb. It was just funny.
We went to Viña this week. We had to go to Leadership Council. I got to see lots of people, lots of good friends. It was a great experience. We are trying to work more in both of our branches, and I'm really excited to see all of these member. We are really excited to work with them. I hope you guys all have a great week.
Greeting from Ovalle. I'm here in my new area, which is called Canihuante. It's great, I love it a lot. It's very different from Quilpue. First of all, on Wednesday I took a 5 hour bus ride to Ovalle. It was kind of weird, because the zone leaders just told me, "Just get off in Ovalle," and that was it. But we made it, so that's the most important.
This "area" is actually 3 areas in 1. To explain it very simply, we've got 3 areas where missionaries normally are, which are Canihuante, Ovalle Norte, and La Chimba. La Chimba is closed, so there aren't actually members meeting in that chapel. They are assigned to go to whichever branch is closest. They are however talking about opening up La Chimba again, so we might have three branches.
The next one is Ovalle Norte. They recently took the missionaries out of Ovalle Norte, and gave it Canihuante, which is now us. That branch is actually the first branch in all of Ovalle. I still haven't gone to their meetings, but I have gotten to know a few of their members. They are really nice, and they love the missionaries.
Last, we have Canihuante, which is a big sector all on it's own. They actually had a confirmation this past Sunday. Her name is Katalina, and she was really excited to get baptized and be confirmed. She's 13, and was baptized the last week, but I got here just in time for the confirmation. It was great. Well, I'm still trying to get to know people here, so I'll let you guys know how it goes.
My companion is Elder Martinez, and he is from Mexico. He's really great, and he's showing me lots of cool stuff here in the area. He's been out for about 5 months, so I'm ready to learn lots from him. Well, I guess that's all. I miss you guys!
Lots of things happened this week. First of all, we got to talk with our families this week. It was so good to see them and hear there voices and stuff like that. It really has been a long time since I've seen them. It was good to see that they are so happy.
Second of all, we got transfers this week. I've been transferred to a place called Ovalle. It sounds so fun. It's a rural area, but I feel like the work is going to be a lot different from what I'm used to. All of my mission I've basically been in the same place, so this will be a different experience.
Third of all, because we met our goal of lessons with a member present, we were allowed to watch the movie Coco! It also went right along with our focus on family history that we were doing these past 6 weeks. It was a really great movie, and it teaches really good things. I would recommend it to everyone.
Apart from that, I still have to pack and get ready to leave. There's a lot of stuff to do. I have to get the area ready to receive the new Elder and all that, so there's lots to do. I let you guys know how it goes. I miss you all!
Oh! and shout out to Will Cornell that just got his mission call! He's going to love Bogotá! Were gonna be buddies down here in the south. The only thing is that he leaves the day I get back, but still, congrats!
We had a really great week this week. We had an activity that we did this last Saturday. We've been working a lot with family history, and we decided that we were going to make a tree out of cardboard, and cut holes in it. The goal was to have people to take pictures as a family, like a family tree. It was a big success! We found a least 20 people that were interested in learning more about family history.
We also brought a ping pong table so that we could invite people to come play with us. The only problem was that there were a lot of stray dogs in the plaza, and they really liked the ping pong balls. It was pretty hard to keep the balls away from them. At one point, one of them actually jumped on top of the ping pong table. It was pretty interesting.
Other than that, Peter is doing really well. He didn't come to church this week, but he's still on track to be baptized the 19th. I'll let you guys know how it goes. I miss you all!
September 2016 - September 2018