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!
So first of all, my companion's brother got a mission call. He's going to the California Arcadia Mission Spanish speaking. So shoutout to Tyler Beck, everyone wish him good luck if you see him, but you probably wont because he lives in Idaho.
Anyway, we've been working a lot with less active famillies, and it really paid off. We had 7 people at church that we invited. One family, familia Meza, have a kid that's 7 about to turn 8, and he wants to get baptized.
Alexis Montenegro is a semi-recent convert of about 2 years, and his kids aren't members. He has 2 kids named Alexis and Moises, and they both want to be baptized, all they need is permission from their mom. We're crossing our fingers hoping that happens.
Anyway for all you that were wondering, the mission is great. You really have a great time when you're on a mission. I love it.
Well that's all for this week, see you guys in 7 more.
Alright guys, this week has been great.
First of all, we got to talk to our moms! Really it was great. Only I would complain that 40 minutes is not long enough. That was the closest I think Ive been to not being obedient (haha, that was a joke). Also my friends Casey, Josh, Will and Hayden were there, so shoutout to them. We got to talk and laugh and joke just like old times.
Sunday was great because of the Skype call, but also because our investigators Christian and Gabriela came to church. Their cousin is in our ward, so they really felt comfortable and they loved it!
We found Christian on Thursday, and it was a really cool story. So on Thursday it rained all day. I mean ALL DAY. I usually love the rain, but as a missionary its kind of bad. So we were walking around trying to find people to talk to, when our district leader called. He gave us the challenge to find a new investigator despite the weather, so we went out with that determination to find a new investigator. We started knocking doors, or shouting doors as it is here, and basically nobody wanted anything.
Still determined to find a new investigator, we kept shouting doors, and thats when we shouted at Christian's door. At first, he said he was too busy and said we could come back tomorrow, but as we were writing that down in our planners he yelled at us, "Come in!" Once we were inside he told us his cousin was a member and he had just got off the phone with him. He asked about us to make sure we were really missionaries, and then he let us in. We taught him and his wife Gabriela, and the both came to church.
Honestly, the mission is great. To anyone thinking about whether or not they want to go on a mission, I've got your answer right here: DO IT. You wont regret it, and youll see so many miracles.
Well thats all I've got to say for now, I miss you guys and I'll see you next week.
Alright everyone, things are still good here in Chile.
First of all, this Sunday it rained. It rained and rained and rained all day. Wouldn't have been too bad, except one of our Haitians didn't want to come to church because of it. They dont really like it here because its too cold for them. But anyway, we are very excited for this next change here in Belloto. Our district has a goal for baptisims this month, and if we get it, we get to do something fun! Hopefully we can, we have faith!
But yeah, I love the rain, but I'm not too fond of it when Im a missionary. Good thing I had my umbrella. Hope everything is great where you guys are. We went to the sand dunes in Viña last monday because we made our goal as a zone. It was pretty fun.
Terremotos means earthquakes
We had a couple of earthquakes this week. None of them were too big, the biggest one was a 7.1, but there were little ones all week. They arent even scary, I think they are kind of fun, but lots of people here dont like them.
This week we has something called a "noche blanca", or a white night. Basically what a noche blanca is is when everyone in the zone has a baptism on the same night. While ours wasnt a true white night, because not every single companionship baptized someone, there were still 6 people that got baptized, and the whole thing was at the stake level. It was great. While we didnt have anyone to baptized, it was still great to see everyone get baptized. I also got to be one of the witnesses, basically the best seat in the house.
We also put a baptismal date it the Luengo family, Eduardo and Romina. Their date is the 3rd of June. It would have been sooner, but Eduardo is a Marine, and he has to go on a 15 day tour. He cant say where, and he cant say when, so its super top secret, not even his wife knows exactly when he leaves.
Good news, I get to stay in Belloto for another 6 weeks with my trainee Elder Fausett.
I miss all you guys!
So this week I felt my first earthquake. It was a 6.1 in Valporaiso, not too big, but it made our house shake. It was a pretty cool experience actually. Just the whole room started shaking. Kinda fun.
So anyway, not much has happened this week. You have those weeks in the mission where everything is just a little bit slower than usual. One of the elders in our district broke our phone, or more specifically he WASHED our phone, because he accidentally threw it in the washer. We went a few days without a phone, which really made me appreciate that we have them. Also we had the census this week. We had to stay in our house until they came buy to count us. Just know if you see a number like the population of Chile, Im part of that number. They also asked us weird questions like what are the walls and the roof of our house are made of. Who do I look like, Bob the Builder? We went with what we felt was a good answer: wood and cement. That seemed to be good enough the censuser. So yeah, thats what happened this week.
Hello all, Elder Thompson here.
Now you may be wondering about the subject. Theres a great stroy behind that.
So we got invited for what is called once at our ward mission leaders house. For those of you that dont know, they dont eat dinner here, they eat once, which is kind of like something small, like bread and ham or avocado, right before you go to bed. Anyway we were there and my companion was talking about how much he like avocado. Hes got the nickname "Elder Trump" because he always talks about Donald Trump. So anyway they wanted to take a picture of us, so my companion was holding some bread with avocado, and we posed for the picture and the lady taking the picture said,"Say Trumpvacado!" We bascically died laughing. And now its a thing.
Anyway, things have been pretty good. Chile is gonna have a census this wednesday, and it is required by law that evey has to stay in their house untill they are counted, so we cant go out to work on wednesday. Thats ok, weve got some pretty cool families that weve been working with. The Luengo Family are really cool. Their names are Eduardo and Romina, and have a 2 year old son named Thomas. Hes crazy. But anyway, hes got some doubts about the Word of Wisdom, but he comes to church every week, so its just a matter of time. He says he would love to be a Mormon, but he does want to give up coffee.
Hope all is well with you guys. Peace out. Till next week.