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!
September 2016 - September 2018