Hello all, Elder Thompson here! I cannot believe that it is already December! It feels like I just got off the plane in Santiago. This week has been great. This week in our branch we had this thing called Capillas Abiertas, and basically its where we turn our chapel into a visitors center, and all the missionaries from the zone come to help invite people to come. That was so good. We got 5 references just from that. Also, for the first time 2 of our investigators came to church! Our mission is trying to get 100 baptisms for the month of December, which means about 1 for every companionship, so we are trying really hard to get a baptism! Also one of our references is from Haiti, and he only speaks French and English, so, like my sister, we might be teaching some lessons in English too! That would be so cool. Anyway things are great here. Its not really hot here, or cold. Its like when youre in the sun, its warm, but when youre in the shade, its cold. Its weird, but I like it. I miss you all!
Just in case you were wondering, we dont celebrate Thanksgiving down here. Its a little sad, I know, but its alright, because things are great down here! We are teaching two investigators that are really great. Their names are Marisol and Elisabet. They are what we call investigators of gold. Basically we taught them once and they were super interested, but the only way we could contact them was by phone because they live at the back of this compound of houses surrounded by a big gate. Anyway we hadnt been able to contact them for 2 weeks because they lost their phone, but this week we were able to contact them. And it turns out that in those 2 weeks they had both read almost all of the Book of Mormon. My companion and I were shocked. They are so great and they always have great questions!
Also a little bit more of Chilean spanish for you guys. They refer anything that they dont know what it is as a question, but pronounced with a spanish accent. Its basically like saying thing in english. Also they say que fome, which basically means that sucks in english. And some people call spanish castellano, because they dont like spain. Basically they are all weird.
I miss all of you guys an I hope you are all doing well!
Alright, so today I completed 2 months in my mission! It really doesnt feel like it! The time has gone by really fast. This week has been really good. I realized that Chileans have their own variety of Spanish that no one really understands except them. Basically in Spanish there are 2 ways to say you: Tu and Usted. One is formal and the other is informal, and they both have different conjugations, but in Chile they invented their own way to say you: Vo. And they made up their own conjugations too. Just my luck. Also they have a lot of weird sayings. He are a few:
Pato Malo: Bad duck-bad guy
gallo: rooster-that dude over there
sapo: frog-a nosy person
todo chancho: full pig-all the way (like for music volume)
I dont know why they like animals so much here, but its a little weird. They say they dont speak spanish, they say they speak Chileno. Also they throw the word po on the end of pretty much every one of their sentences. Chilean Spanish is weird.
Anyway weve been having a lot of success teaching less active member. We actually taught about 10 more lessons with less actives that they did last change, with everything else rising as well. Its been great! I complete my first change this wednesday, thats when the transfer meeting is. I really hope I stay in Chorrillos, I love it here! Also shout out to my good friend George Burch that enters the MTC on Wednesday. Edmonton Canada is getting a great missionary! I miss you all and I hope you are all great!
Hello all! I hope all is well wherever you all are. Things are great in Viña. This week has been awesome. We went from having like 2 or 3 investigators to having more than 10! It was so great. I learned a lot about the power of prayer and acting in faith. Also your attitude can make a difference. I dont know whats with the people here, but they have an obsession with bubbles. Wherever I look theres people holding bottles of bubbles and blowing bubbles. Even in our district meetings (I think thats what they are called in English) the elders always bring bubbles. I dont know what it is.
Its starting to get warm here. Its not really hot, but its not cold. Also the bread here is so good. I dont know what they do to it, but I love it. Basically for dinner, or once, we have bread and avacado, sometimes with ham and cheese or something like that. Its great! Im not gonna have Thanksgiving here, but thats ok, there will be plenty of time for that later. Anyway I hope all is well in all parts of the world and I miss you all!
Happy Halloween from Viña del Mar. I was actually really surprised to see how big Halloween was here. There were so many kids dressed up and running around asking for candy. This week was pretty good. We found some new investigators and also some inactive members that we had never been able to find before. We were teaching this one kid, his name is Samuel, and his mom was there. He told us he wanted to be baptized but he had to ask permission from his mom. His mom doesnt really like religion. We usually teach him at this grandmas house because he doesnt live in our boundaries, but anyway, we were teaching him at his grandmas house and his mom was there. We were teaching him the plan of salvation and his mom came over and started to tell us that she doesnt want her son to be influenced by God because he can be a good person with out a god. Then she went off on how all of the problems in the world are caused by religion and bad people and stuff. We decided to leave. Anyway, we had another Capillas Abiertas this week and this time we were in the baptismal font. We got to talk about baptism and answer questions. It was so fun! We havent had any baptisms yet, but you guysll be the first to know, kind of. I miss you all.