Well, we had a great Christmas here in the mission. We got to eat dinner with a family in the ward, the Nuñez family. They are so great, and they have 2 kids serving missions right now, so they love to talk to the missionaries. We did that, and we got to see some fire works. We also got to meet Santa Claus. He's not actually named Santa Claus here, he's called el Veijito Pascuero, which literaly means the Little Old Passover. I don't know why, but here they refer to Christmas as Pascua, which is Passover, like what the Jews celebrate, but they also refer to Easter as Pascua. It's just a little confusing.
And on Christmas day I got to talk with my family on video chat! That was great! I got to see them all and talk to them. Everything is good in good ol' American Fork, or at least that's what they told me.
It's been pretty hard this week to find new people to teach, with it being Christmas and all, but we're not giving up. We're gonna keep working!
A week ago in Chile the sun had a ring around it. It was really weird, and everyone was taking pictures. So that's what I did, and it looks pretty cool. I miss you guys!
I cannot believe that it's already Christmas! It seems like just a few weeks ago it was Christmas, and now we are getting ready to celebrate it again. We've had a great time in the mission. We had a Christmas activity as a misson on Wednesday. We played games like Water Balloon Volleyball and stuff like that, and we also had a great lunch. We also had to perform a skit. It was really fun. I got to see a few old friends.
This week we had a miracle that happened at church. A lady walked into the meeting and she said that she was baptized when she was a little girl, but then shortly after she went inactive. She came to church this Sunday and she wants to get back into the church. She also brought here two children, one named Javier who is 9. We are going to start teaching them.
I can't wait to call my family for Christmas. It's going to be great. Anyway, I miss you all!
It's so weird to think that it's almost Christmas. I can't believe that I'll be having my 2nd and last Christmas in the mission. It seems like just yesterday I got here to Chile. I guess time flies when you're having fun.
So, El Retiro has been great. We've been working really hard, actually, all of us in the zone have been working really hard. In the zone we've got 3 baptisms already, with 3 more baptismal dates, so we're really close of making our goal of 6 baptisms in the month of December.
We have a plan to have a small activity everyday, so that the chapel is open everyday, and we hope to that will help get more people to the chapel and to church on Sunday.
We're really excited to be on the Lord's work. MIss you all!
So I've made it! I'm finally in my new area. It's called El Retiro, in a city called Quilpue. Quilpue is right next to Viña del Mar, so it's not to far away from where I started my mission in Chorrillos.
A little bit about the area, half of it is very hilly and the other half is flat. We live just entering the hilly part, so basically we always have to go up hills to get home. But it's really cool temperature wise. It's been cloudy the past few days, so that's pretty good.
My new companion is named Elder Villanueva. He is from Mexico, and has about 4 months in the mission. The ward is a small ward with about 50 active members, but they are very good members. I had to present myself in sacrament meeting, and one lady got up afterwards and said that I looked like an angel walking up to bear my testimony, I was only missing the wings. That made me happy.
Even though they aren't that far apart, Villa Alemana and Quilpue are very different. Different people, different weather, different places, its very different. I guess we'll see how I do getting to know this place. I'll tell a little about the people next week. Miss you guys!
September 2016 - September 2018