Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 22, 2015

Our house is a pile of bricks.......

Ha-ha, not really but it was actually a little scary and fun at the same time, the earthquake that is.  Everything is okay with missionaries in all of Chile. Truly a blessing from God. I took out a bit of money today to add a little to my emergency backpack just in case. They say there is going to be a big one the first week of October. It's better to be over prepared then not to be at all! 

Every member this last Sunday came up to me and started telling me how sweet my mom was and how cool she was for knowing Spanish, ha-ha it was pretty funny. They really got a kick out of knowing my "secret identity" too. 
We found many knew investigators this last week and I was really happy about that. One day we found a homeless guy. Well... a clean homeless guy that has money and works in the plaza that we have in our sector. It's called The Plaza of Puente Alto. We saw him sitting on a bench listening to music, so we sat next to him and started talking about his life. (Something that I've recently noticed in myself is that I really love and take joy out of getting to know other people.) He told us he was in a rough situation, that he was without a house and not making enough money to buy one. Then he started to cry... he told us in a soft whisper between his tears, "I want to know God." I couldn't help but smile SO BIG. It was just a real special moment for me some reason. Later that night, I asked myself if I knew God. Every time I ask myself that question I get filled with the spirit to the point where my bones ache. 

I tried to fly a kite today but I stink. A big factor of that though was probably because there was no wind. :) 

I love you guys so much and I´ll talk to you next week! 

with love, 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015

I have a new companion and his name is Carden Reynolds. He's a super awesome companion and I'm happy that he was able to take time out of his life to come here and serve the people. He is from Preston, Idaho where they filmed the movie Napolean Dynomite ha-ha. He's 18 and has 7 months in the mission. He has 3 other brothers and sisters and is the second oldest. I'm super excited to work with him and I'm grateful and happy to see the righteous desires of his heart.

I am still in Puente Alto as you probably know through all the connections that you have made in my ward. So after this change I will be completing ten months and a half here in this ward. There is still so much more work to do. Elder Reynolds and I are going to tear it up. :) 

I taught Tamara and the family as well as some investigators/friends how to make sushi this past Saturday and it was really fun. I'm sure you already know about that too! :P 

We have a pet turtle named Moroni. We found him in the street and adopted him. He just swims around our tub all day so he doesn't do much, ha-ha 

We are teaching a girl named Dayana that has 25 years and she is awesome. She actually is Tamara's little sister.  She is super receptive and picking it up fast. Last night we taught the first lesson on the restoration of the Gospel and it went really well. The only obstacle now is to teach around her school and work schedule. However she told us yesterday that she took time out of work the first week of October. I don't think I've ever smiled so hard. She's a good girl and I am excited to see her have a relationship and know the Savior. :) 

We played  soccer today with a bunch of taxi drivers and kicked trash. I really like soccer a lot now ha-ha and it´d be fun to do intermural when I get home. 

Love you! 
Sorry I totally forgot something! I got your package!!! Thank you so much seriously. I loved everything :) We actually had a cereal party this morning and it was great. I actually started crying a little bit when I pulled out one of Dad's favorite ties ha-ha. It was a little embarrassing but then again I cry in every lesson I teach. Mom thank you so much. Tell dad I said thank you too. I love you guys so much :) 

September 7, 2015

So, I am staying in my sector but do not know who my new companion is yet. I´ll find out tomorrow at changes. Right now I'm in a trio with E´Tehani and his son E´Silisque. It's really funny and interesting working in a trio ha-ha. Being the oldest comp I took them to my sector to visit some people and it was funny contacting because anyone would be scared if they had 3 missionaries surround them and start talking about a restored church. Mas que nada it was a fun experience.

Elder Jackson is probably already with his family in AZ. He said it was an 13 hour flight. I'm going to miss him but there is always time to see him when I get back. I learned a lot through him whether it was good or bad times. It helped me as a missionary and my progression, for that I give my Heavenly Father thanks.  

That's crazy that McKay is already off to college. It's weird how fast time goes. I can only imagine how it is for you and Dad. 

Oh yeah, one last thing. I was looking through the Bible Dictionary the other day and I found a word that brought back so many childhood memories. That word was asp, ha-ha "Grandpa do you want an asp bite?" 

I haven't received your package yet but that's because we haven't had the pouch come this week. I am going to the office tonight to meet with President Morgan and the other district leaders, so it might be there. We´ll cross our fingers! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

We had a nice week. It's hard staying focused when you have a dying companion. We do our best to go out and work. Elder Jackson goes home next Monday and he is preparing to jump back into the real world.

We found this cool new investigator named, Joaquin. Super cool guy. We contacted him a couple blocks away from the church while we were waiting for Sacrament Meeting to start. He is 77 years old and has a black cat named Poncho. Super funny and catches everything that we teach.  He just needs the time to learn and know the truth for himself. 
We changed the sector limits this Sunday. We gave the other Elders a piece of our sector because they have no investigators. It was kind of sad for me though because I know a lot of people from there and now I can't visit them.
Funny fact. The water for Fabians baptism was way cold so we used water boilers to heat it a tiny bit. It didn't even do anything though, ha-ha. We had good intentions but we know where good intentions get us.. ;) 
Love you so much,