So this week was pretty interesting. We went to a place called Combarbalá. So that you guys can understand a little about what that means, we need to understand a little bit of the backstory.
I don't know exactly if it happened like this, but this is how I imagine it happened. One day Elder Hunsaker (US) and Elder Ortellado (Argentina), both zone leaders, recieved a call from Presidente Díaz. I don't know exactly what he said in that call, but I imagine it was something like this, "Elders, I have a special job for you." He then explained that they were going to establish the church in a little town called Combarbalá, about 2 hours from the city of Ovalle.
There have never been missionaries in Combarbalá, untill about 6 months ago. Elder Hunsaker and Elder Ortellado were the first missionaries to set foot in Combarbalá. The first thing they had to do was find some place to live, and find a place to meet on Sundays. They found a pretty big house, and now that serves as their house/chapel. They started out with nothing, and yesterday 20 people went to their Sunday meetings.
Elder Hunsaker and Elder Ortellado have already finnished their missions, and now in Combarbalá are Elder McCracken, the former assistant to the president, from Highland Utah, and Elder Crapo, former executive secretary to the president, also from Utah.
The people are really different there. I found that out really quick, because we went around asking people if they would like to hear a message about Jesus Christ, and they would say something like, "Sure, come on in!" There have been very few times in my mission when people have done that, but there was a lot of that in the one night I was in Combarbalá. I know that the Elders are doing a great job in Combarbalá, and the Lord has prepared those people to receive the Gospel.
And speaking of Combarbalá, they just had a baptism. Her name is Cecilia, and they travelled 2 hours from Combarbalá to Ovalle, because in Combarbalá there's no baptismal font. It was so great to see the support from all the members there. It was really great to see that.
Well, this is the last week until transfers, so I'll let you guys know what happens. I miss you all!
We had our first zone conferences this week with President Romeu. We are really excited to work with his new vision.
We also had divisions with the AP's this week. Shoutout to Joseph Rowely, because I went with his cousin Elder Pace. It was great.
We have found 2 people that are progressing. They both have a baptismal date for this week, the 28th. So pray for them. Their names are Malcom and Delmira. Malcom is an investigator that came to church solo. Nobody went to find him, he just showed up one week, and we started teaching him. Delmira has been talking with the missionaries for a long time. She's finally made the decision to be baptized, so we are really excited for her. I hope you guys can pray for them.
Well, I guess that's it. I miss you guys!
We've had a great week. First of all, I'd like to take a moment of silence for the World Cup (RIP). I guess we'll have to wait another 4 years.
Anyway, we've had to travel a lot these last few days. We went to a place called Punitaqui, which is about a 40 minute bus ride from Ovalle. We went there because we had lunch with a family there. It amazes me that they drive all that way to get to church. And they are there every week. I makes me think what I was doing before my mission when there was a temple 5 minutes from my house.
Well, after that they invited us to their family home evening on Sunday, so we went back to Punitaqui. It's really a cute little town, but there's not much. Other than that, not much happened this week. We've been doing missionary stuff.
Well, I guess that's it. I miss you all.
Oh, almost forgot, I went to Monte Patria this Tuesday, and they have a Super Shower. Literally, I thought it was like a time machine, but it was a shower. That's it.
This week was pretty interesting, because we finally got to meet the new mission president! His name is President Romeu, and he is from Argentina. We got to meet his wife also and his kids! I thought that was a little weird, because his kids are like 10.
The leadership council was great. President Romeu spoke about a few things that were going to change in the mission. He wants us all to have the same vision, and that's how we are going to have lots of success. He talked to us about opportunities to serve others, and how we can serve the other missionaries.
I also got to see a few old friends, like Elder Pace, Elder Villanueva, Elder Pinheiro, Elder Vega, Hermana Peñaló, and Hermana Rassmussen. Basically the whole zone of Quilpue when I was there. It was great to see them all again. We took photos to remember the old times.
We are really excited to work with the new vision of President Romeu. We are already thinking of ways we can help the zone have the same vision. It's really been great. Shout out to my sister, TJ, that got married this last week. Congratulations!
Well, I hope you all have a great week!
So this week has been great! I really didn't realize how much work it takes to run a zone, but now I think I'm getting to know what it's all about.
We've had lots of stuff to do this week, but I think the best is that I got to go back to Canihuante, at least for a little while. What happened was that the Elders from Monte Patria had a baptism, but there they don't have a baptismal font. They asked if they could do it in Ovalle Sur. We said of course. A few hours before the baptism, we started filling up the font, only to realize that the hot water wasn't working. We had to call the person in charge of all of the chapels in Ovalle to come take a lot at the hot water heater.
After all that, it was unfixable in that moment, so we went to plan B, which was go to Canihuante, the chapel closest to Ovalle Sur. It ended up working out great. The baptism went great. and we are really happy for that.
This Thursday we are going to travel to Viña for the Leadership Council. We are really excited to meet President Romeu. I miss you all!
September 2016 - September 2018