Friday, December 26, 2014

December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014
Hey Mom! So this week has gone by so very fast! We went to the Santiago Temple on Thursday and it was absolutely awesome as always. I love the temple so very much. It is kind of lame however that we are only allowed to visit the temple once a year. I'm so very thankful for that opportunity and blessing regardless. I also received a temporary crown and will not be receiving my permanent one until the 30th of this month. On Saturday we went to the ward Navidad Activity and I was asked to dress up as a pastor for the children's play/ nativity skit, ha-ha. I have to say it was quite fun. Now, whenever the kids see me in church they come up to me and gather around my legs and baa like they are my little sheep. It's pretty cute! We had a Christmas Devotional today with the whole mission and Elder Stone and I and a couple of Hermanas sang for a special musical number. We sang the Primera Navidad and it turned out pretty well. My heart was pounding the whole time though because I get a little uncomfortable when I have 200 eyes staring at me ha-ha.
I am so very excited to Skype you guys! I love and miss you guys so much! Merry Christmas!!! :) 
December 15, 2014
So this week has pretty much been all meetings for Elder Stone and I. We had a District Class, Zone Conference and a reunion de nuevo misineros. I also had a dentist appointment that went absolutely swimmingly. My appointment was for a root canal and I'm receiving a temporary crown tomorrow until they get the metal porcelain one for me. So, I went all week with a hilly-billy smile always telling investigators, "Disculpe mi dientes porque se que es super feo." Then I would flash them with a nice charming southern grin ha-ha. Also, this may be the last change that I have with Elder Stone because he has been in this sector for 11 months plus I'm done with training. I'm just a regular missionary now. President Wright however did talk to me about training, so it is a possibility. If I do train a son in this sector I hope he's latino because that'd help me learn a lot of Spanish faster.
I did receive your package on Tuesday! I absolutely loved it. The other Elders and I had a trunky moment as we took our first bites into your homemade cookies. I seriously forgot how good they were. We did service for a hermana in our Ward this week. She had us break down walls with sledge hammers. I have to say it was a pretty good stress reliever, well that and prayer ha-ha.
Love you!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 8, 2014

Hey Mom,  so before I send you guys the email I want to explain something.  This morning my tooth fell out and I have an appointment with the dentist tomorrow at 1pm. Parker says he looks more Chilean.

So this week has been pretty great! We have lots of new investigators now because of all the contacting we've done. What has really helped though is the new video the Church has released called El es la Dadiva or He is the Gift in English. It's such a great video and I get chills every time I watch it. I am so thankful for my Savior and Redeemer Jesus  Christ. One of my favorite scriptures for the neciamente of Jesus Christ would have to be John 3:16.
Love you guys!

December 1, 2014

I did happen to celebrate Thanksgiving! It was a pretty sad one I have to say but we had one none the less! We went to the church and had a little setup of chicken, potato mashed soup stuff, bread and coke. It was Elder Stone, me, the Hanson boys and 5 of the young women. It was different.

We also went to one of our investigators' house for her son's 7th birthday. He had a Spiderman crown which he let me wear.
Elder Stone and I are pumped for Christmas and his birthday is in 10 days! I'm planning on giving him cereal for breakfast.
Love you guys tons!

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 23, 2014

So this week has been great except one thing, Camilo decided that he isn't ready to be baptized.  So, I know it's frustrating because he's going to Brazil for a month. We just keep going! I seriously love being a missionary. I want to share some super cool things with you guys that I've recently found in the Book of Mormon y tambien en la Santa Biblia. It's so awesome. Okay first, you know how during Christ's earthly ministry he talks about his "other sheep?" So it's in John 10:15-16 and says, "16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd." So now flip to your awesome Book of Mormon and go to 3Ne 15:21. This is when after the resurrection of Jesus Christ he came and visited the Americas and in verse he says, "21 And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold and one shepherd."  Seriously so cool. 
Okay, so there is one other super cool thing I want to share with you. During the construction of the Salt Lake Temple the "Mormons" were petitioning for statehood. They wanted the name Deseret but the Governor who wasn't particularly fond of LDS people decided to call the state Utah, after the Ute Indians.  What he didn't know and what we later found out was the meaning of the word "Utah".  It means "top of the mountains." What is really cool is that it's found in the Bible in the book of Isiah 2:2, and it says, "2 And it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it."  I love our church!  I love you guys tons and love hearing from you!

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

Well, this is my first day of the second change in the field! I seriously love being a missionary. It's so fulfilling and awesome. It just makes me happy! This week was really all about Camilo since he's being baptized this Sunday! I'm so excited and happy for him.

I actually did get my first dog bite on Friday, ha-ha. We were walking past a truck and a dog grabbed my ankle from underneath.  Elder Stone kicked the dog until it let go, ha-ha. It was scary but I'm fine. I have to deal with this ridiculous bandage now and had to get a shot. Ugh, I hate shots!

We are teaching English to a bunch of people every Thursday in Altas Cumbres, so that's always fun. I sent you some letters last week so hopefully they get there in the next couple semanas. Oh, and if you want to see Camilo's sweet dance moves, look up on YouTube, Raquel Call.

Love you Bunches! Elder Pile

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 3, 2014

I swear these weeks are going by faster and faster. My Spanish is coming to me at a very slow gallop. I can say however that I've learned more Spanish than I did in 2 years of school. Probably, because I never paid attention, ha-ha. 
Nothing much happened out of the ordinary this week. We gave service to a stray dog  that was being consumed by ticks. Seriously, I knew that ticks existed but I've never seen them in action. When I say "in action" I mean fifty ticks crawling all over this poor dog. I almost puked it was so "skin crawling." ;) ha-ha. We took this dog to the local vet with our investigator, hopefully he gets better.
I've had more encounters with drunks this week than I've had in my entire life. I guess we as missionaries just attract them. My biggest question is why they kiss your hand?
I found out a little while ago that Elder Nelson from the Quorum of the 12 is coming down to speak to us on the 10th so that will be awesome.
Aver... Well, Friday was Halloween! Honestly, that was a pretty trunky day for both Elder Stone and me. We went to the church for the Halloween party. Chileans really know how to throw a party. They had a professional DJ and lights, the whole setup. It was weird though because it was in the chapel, ha-ha. They took out all the chairs and the pulpit and everything. The songs were all American Pop songs, there were like 10 F-words!  Apparently those words don't mean anything down here. Every time one was said everyone would look at us because they knew it was an American garabato. And of course we had our fair share of completos.
Camilo Espinozas fetcha bautizmal is this month and Elder Stone and I are working our butts off to get him ready. I really hope he comes through. He is so receptive and has such a good heart. Every time we teach him I can just feel the love that his Heavenly Father has for him.

So to explain the pictures:
1. I've gained 12 lbs. and it's really starting to show...
2. My comp and me at the Halloween party. He dressed up as Batman and I dressed up as Ron from Harry Potter.
Love you guys!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 27, 2014

This week has been pretty successful for Elder Stone and me. We taught well above the average amount of lessons. Elder Stone told me that he hasn't seen the amount of lessons that we are teaching in a year, so I'm pretty happy about that. We have cuatro fetcha bautizmals (baptismal dates). Hopefully they will come through. One of them is Camilo Espinoza. He is 19 and is one of the coolest guys ever. He is a famous Zumba instructor and travels around the world now and he has red hair like me! The first time I met him he says, "Wow! Somos gemelos!" Which basically means we are twins. He is so receptive and just a totally awesome investigator. Once he decided on a fetcha, his family tried to convince him that it was way too early and that he should push it back. He told them it is what he wants and that he can make the date. I really REALLY hope it works out. I haven't received any packages but tomorrow is mail day so that's probably why! Love you guys bunches!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

Saludos de donde el diablo perdio el poncho
How are you guys? It's been a long time since I've heard your voices. I do have a request though, can  you send me a picture of our family?  I want a size to fit in my BoM and the other the size of printer paper, to hang up in the study room. That would be awesome! I'm sorry I haven't told you all that you want to know about my life in the field, but that will all change right now! I'll start out by telling you about my awesome companion, Elder Stone. He's a rock solid guy. He's from Salem, Utah (wherever that is) and comes from a family of 12... seriously, the stereotypical Mormon family. He's number 5 in the pack and his sister just got back from her mission a month ago from Argentina. He's been out 15 and a half months. I'm his 3rd son, so he's pretty experienced in the training business. Student Council, cross country, and choir is his life back home. Elder Stone is one of the coolest guys I have ever met. He's funny, easy going, hard working, and super happy all of the time. I really don't think I could have a better companion.

So now that you know a little bit about my companion, I'll tell you about our sector. I seriously feel like I'm in the Bronx of New York. I absolutely love it!  There are dogs literally everywhere. I can't go 5 seconds and not have a dog in my peripheral vision. One of the favorite parts of my sector though is home to some of the meanest dogs. I like it because the dogs actually chase us. Haha, it's so scary but so fun at the same time.

I have already had an embarrassing moment. Well.. many, but I will share one with you that happened more recently. This was actually last week (Octubre 12) and we were at a menos activos house. We are about ready to leave this guy's house and he gets us these gargantuan glasses of Diet Pepsi pumped to the brim with carbonation. Keep in mind, we just got out of a huge almuerzo and I'm about to pass out I am so full. This guy sits on his couch staring at us waiting for us to down these glasses. Elder Stone takes it like a champ and chugs the whole thing, while it takes me like a minute to swallow every suffering mouthful. I finally get done and I am about to explode. Seriously, I felt so sick. As Elder Stone is chatting up with this guy about University, I hang around the front door thinking I'm going to have to book it while in the process of throwing up all over my suit. Seriously I felt so bad, I was sweating and swallowing saliva every 2 seconds. So as the urge comes I make a quick motion for the door but as I do this I make the most non-human burp I have ever created in my life. I turn around and everyone had stopped talking. It quickly started back up and I made my way nonchalantly back over to the group. The only thing I could muster from my embarrassed soul was a meek "lo siento." It was pretty awesome ha-ha.

That same day was my first Sunday. The only thing that I remember the most was when I sat down for the first time in the new congregation, I couldn't help but think to myself, "Dad would hate these chairs." It makes giggle to myself every time I sit down now ha-ha.
Love you guys! I will tell you more aweshum stories next week!

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

Well, here I am in the tiniest internet cafe imaginable. The mission is great. I love it so much. Stray dogs everywhere, that's the fun part though ha-ha. I don't have a lot of time but I´ll tell you what I can about my companion, Elder Stone. Greatest guy ever! I seriously doubt that I could have a better trainer than him. He´s from Salem, Utah and is from a family of 11 brothers and sisters and he is the 5th. Elder Stone has been out for 15 months. He is such a great guy and we act like brothers. I really wish I could have more time but the Chileans really want some Facebook time, ha-ha.  Love you, Elder Pile

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014

Hey, I made it to my mission and absolutely love it! My trainer is super bomb.  This is a short little email to tell you I'm safe and ready to work.  I'll give you the details on P-day. Love you guys!

October 1, 2014

This week has flown, 6 more days until I'm out! I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. Sunday is my favorite day now, well other than P-Day. The day is really relaxing and makes you think about your purpose here as a missionary. I view Sunday as a time to realign my spiritual self and prep for the whirlwinds of the upcoming week. I've been thinking about the gift of tongues lately and the fundamentals behind that blessing. We still need to do our best in studying the language and all, but you really need to ask in your prayers consistently. A scripture that I find perfect is D&C 4:7, "Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened up unto you." My companion's Dad has a good quote that goes along with this.
"If in your quest you do your best, the Lord is there to do the rest." 
Oh, I met up with Elder White yesterday night! It really was a coincidence. He and his companion walk into our classroom looking for a specific teacher and then abruptly walk out again. If it wasn't for  Elder Collins saying, "Pile, weren't you saying something about an Elder White? That guy's name was Elder White dude." So I chase this guy down and we talk. What a small world and that he happened to pop into our classroom. Pretty sweet!
Love you guys!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014

Man these past 4 weeks have flown by! Another 2 weeks and I´ll be out in the field with my trainer. I am so ready to go out of the CCM. I mean the 4 weeks I've been here have flown, I can only imagine how much faster it will be once I'm out actually doing the work.

So let me tell you about my week. It was pretty much a "party week" because Thursday was Independence Day. The people here eat a lot of food. My companion and I went to the nearby park to check out all of the sweet festivities that were going on and it was super cool. We played soccer with a bunch of these kids and they're pretty much college division skilled. They handle that ball like a baby, just caressing it. Doing so in a manner where they are already scoring a goal and you're left on the other side of the field. We also had the opportunity to eat some celestial churros. Seriously, if  I could stay on an island and eat those things forever, I would be muy content. They are absolutely heavenly. Friday we got to wear normal clothes such as jeans. Honestly it was kind of weird. The whole time I kept looking around for my lost tie which I was suppose to be wearing. Let me tell you, jeans are much missed. Friday was basically a mini CCM Independence Day Fiesta. We played soccer, traditional Chilean games, had a lot of meat (pork, chicken, lamb.) It was a much needed cool down I must say.

Sunday was great. I gave my first talk in Spanish which was pretty nerve wrecking. The way talks work here is everyone is told the topic for the day Sunday morning. You write your talk during personal study. This Sunday's topic was on prayer. So everyone has prepped a lesson on prayer and then during Sacrament Meeting, Presidente announces 6 speakers out of the 30 to 40 that are here. So you really don't know who is speaking until he says who it is.  Apparently Presidente found Elder Pile a suitable choice. It's reminds me of  that scripture, D&C 121:7 Many are called but few are chosen. I told Elder Collins that it's a lot like the Hunger Games because the longer you are at the CCM, the more times your name goes into the reaping bowl. But overall everything is going perfecto.

Love and miss you guys!

Mitchell, I think Elder Pile took your running shorts to Chile!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 2014

So to start out  my companion and I had a room change which was pretty crazy. We were sleeping in the pool house which had the sweetest setup out of all of the rooms.  Unfortunately we have been moved to what the Elders here like to call " The Cracker Box." Let me tell you, it is muy cramped in there. Haha.

September 11th was a riot. Apparently down here people use that day as an excuse to steal and vandalize and get into these raging riots. A native Chilean explained to me why but I didn't catch everything because he talked so dang fast! It's along the lines of a dictator taking control of the country in 1973 by assassinating the President. But yeah, all of the CCM teachers had to spend the night here because it was too much of a risk to go home. Apparently 22 people were killed somewhere down south so pretty crazy! Nothing too crazy happened here though so don't worry!
We had the opportunity to teach a real investigator on the 12th last week! Seriously the coolest experience I've had while I've been here. So, my companion and I were studying the Book of Mormon when one of our teachers, Hermano Riotor comes in and tells us to begin prepping a lesson on the Restoration for an investigator study time. So naturally, Elder Collins and I were a bit confused as to why we were doing this so spontaneously. We followed Hermano Riotor outside and met up with a man in his mid 30's. After talking back and forth with this man, and having some translation help, we realized that this was real. Not a fake teacher investigator but the real deal. Apparently the man Manuel, had been having a really rough life and contemplated on multiple occasions on whether or not he should end it. He told us that he had prayed and begged God for help, and to guide him. That day he was walking around the city and as he was passing the CCM, something inside of him told him that he would find his answers there. So after talking with our teacher, and explaining his hunger for the gospel, Hermano Riotor found this a pristine moment to grab the two of us and give a lesson about the Restoration and Joseph Smith and how the true gospel of Jesus Christ was now present on the earth. By the end of our testimonies everyone was in tears. The spirit was SO strong. Manuel told us that he knew what we said was true and that he could feel it. We asked him if he would be baptized by someone holding the proper authority and he whole heartedly agreed. So he will be baptized on the 28th of September. During that time until then the senior missionaries will be teaching him the lessons.
That experience just testifies to me that Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways and ALWAYS answers our prayers. I realize that Elder Collins and I are just a tool in His hands. The same goes for every missionary around the world. 

With love, 
Elder Pile

Friday, September 12, 2014

September 9, 2014

That's  awesome! So we went to the temple and it was amazing! The spirit was SO strong and I want to go back as soon as possible. My English is slowly diminishing but it's whatever because that means my Spanish is only getting better! I've sent a lot of letters, so keep on the lookout 2 weeks from now!
Love Elder Pile


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hey guys! So I made it through my first week here at the CCM. It's way cool here. We only have an hour to write so I'm going to have to make this fast.
So I have a super aweshum companion, his name is Elder Collins and he's from Utah. Everyone wants to get the chance to talk to the Alaskan missionary. I am progressing well in the hermonica and can now play hymns! So the CCM pres assigned my to play along with the piano haha. It's pretty embarrasing when I mess up though. The city here is huge! It's way cool. We don't stay at the CCM though, we stay at a place called Elcontra. Me and my companion get our own little cabin and we JAM OUT. The completos are way good. they're about as long as my arm though! It was tough to eat but now I have achieved the rank of "Super Cool Missionary" haha. I´ll make sure to put pics in and show you guts what its like!
My testimony and spanish has grown SO much in the week that I have been here. It just feels so real now and I absolutely love it. I love you guys so much and I´ll talk to you next Tuesday! (that's when P-day is now by the way!)

Elder Pile