So this was a good week. This week was filled of lots of food and stuff, because of the Fiestas. Last Monday a member invited us to her house to eat lunch. We had all of the stuff you should have for the 18th of September. We had: mote con huesillo (peach juice with wheat kernels and a rehydrated peach), empanadas, choripan (chorizo and bread with pebre, which is like a dip made of tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and other stuff), and grilled meat. It was really good.
Also some other good news, I finally learned how to make bread! I'm going to try it out later today, so I'll let you guys know how it goes. I feel like if I can learn how to do it good, I'll be a millionaire in the States.
We found this new guy named Fabian this week. It turns out he was going to Instituite and he really likes it! We are going to be teaching him a lot more.
Well, I guess that's all for now. Until next week!
I guess all that the people say here about the Fiestas Patrias is true. There are lots of people taht drink and stuff, and it's really hard for missionaries in this time. They also said we'd be eating a lot of grilled meat, and that is true. The past few days for lunch we had barbeque. One thing though, we haven't had empanadas yet. My companion hasn't had one!
Despite the fiestas, we've been finding a lot of new people. We've been working a lot with Gonzalo this week. We had to move his date to the 7th of October. I know he can do it!
Other than that, it's been pretty normal week. Lots of chilean flags everywhere. These people have a lot of national pride.
We had a district leader counsel this week. I got to see lots of familiar faces, people that I came to the mission with, like Elder Smith and Elder Arias.
So the transfers this week were great. We had to go to Viña to receive the newbies, and as always, the meeting started late. I'm pretty sure its because were in Chile, cause everything here is late, and we're Mormons, so we're even more late, and we're missionaries, so that's like triple late. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the transfers meeting, but I know a guys, so don't worry.
Basically my new trainee is named Elder Van Komen. He is from Layton, Utah. We are working really hard on Spanish, and he's already improved a lot. And the whole district leader thing, not gonna lie, its a lot of work, but it's really fun. I love it.
As for the investigators this week, Gonzalo didn't come to church this week cause of some stuff that happened, but we moved his date for the 30th, so if all goes good he should be baptized on that day. We've also been trying to find lots of new people.
This next week starts the season of the 18th of September, which is called Las Fiestas Patrias, or the Patriotic Parties. It's like Chilean 4th of July, but I'm pretty sure they're crazier. I've heard that where ever we go this next week people are going to offer us empanadas or meat, so it should be pretty exciting. Also today we were notified that we have to be in our houses earlier, I don't really know why, it might be because of the Fiestas patrias or 9-11.
Well I guess that's all for this week. Until the next one.
So we got transfers again. Luckily I'm staying here in Las Americas, but my companion is going to Valparaiso. RIP Elder Valdes, he will be missed. Also, good news (or bad news, depending on how you look at it), I'm going to the be the new district leader! And if that wasn't enough, they told me that I'm going to train a new elder! I'm really excited for that. I loved training the last time and I'm really excited to train again.
So as for the investigators this week, we had an investigator named Gonzalo come to church. He's really wanting to change his life and he is so willing to do everything that we tell him. He's got a baptismal date for the 17th of September. We're gonna keep moving forward with faith.
We had a family home evening with the Rivera family yesterday. We invited Gonzalo and we had a pretty fun time. At one point during the night I was trying to teach the littlest one, Isaac, a few word in English. I told him, "Say: miracle." He looked at me for a second and thought, and then finally said, "Mickey Mouse." It was really funny. I guess that's all for this week. See y'all next week
September 2016 - September 2018