Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015

I love steaming, hot Christmas..ha-ha. This week has been really good and satisfying. Not very exciting but I was satisfied at the fact that we tried our very best to talk to the new investigators that we did.
Elder Reese and I decided this week that we were going to put the fire under the butts of all of our contacts and investigators to get the move on and put some actual urgency in there lives and actions. It occurred to me in one of my studies that all of the prophets of the Book of Mormon are always calling the people to repentance. They didn't just say  "Hey! We have a great message to share with you and it will bless your life forever! What do you say??" Rather they put the contrast behind it when the taught the people. For example... "We have a message of great happiness that tells us how we can live with our families forever in the life to come. Of course if we don't do the things that we should to obtain this eternal family we will be alone forever without the family relations that we now enjoy so very much. What do you think about that?" Anyways we tried that out this week and I was surprised actually on how well it turned out. I could see the importance of the message in the eyes of the people we were talking to. Rather than saying to us, "hmmm eternal families? Yeah that's nice. Excuse me my chickens in the oven." People started responding, "Wow. I defiantly DON'T want to not see my family forever. What can I do to prepare my family for that?" It was pretty cool.
I also went to Pirque for interchanges and it was awesome. I never thought I would have the opportunity to go to Pirque in the mission because the sister missionaries have been in charge of that sector for 3 years. It's the most southern part of our mission and its pretty much all wilderness... I'm not really sure how to say that in English. I'll just say campo, it was awesome. I got to ride on the back of a truck for a couple miles to get to a lady's house. 
A couple nights ago I had one of the worse nights of my life here on the mission. I woke up at 3am to super sharp and intense pains in my stomach area. After about 10 minutes of trying to cope with it, I got up to try to use the bathroom becasue by this point I was sweating. I was in so much pain but nothing came out. So, I tried to vomit, that's when the pickle/milk mix came out ha-ha. I had no idea that pickles and milk are not a good combination. Food is food. So when I'm hungry I eat the food, pretty simple.
My companion, Elder Reese falls asleep all the time and in any location. We can be in a lesson, in the church, anywhere...  We are going to buy an electric button so everytime his chin hits his chest it´ll give him a little shock.
I love you guys so much and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas remembering the birth of our Beloved Savior. What a wonderful time of the year it is and how blessed we are as children of loving Heavenly Parents.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December 15, 2015

This week has been really good. Still setting everything up in this new sector so it can get rolling. We had some awesome adventures with Elder Reese this week, that's for sure ha-ha.
So we found a new investigator 5 days ago named, Juan but he likes us to call him Pepe. This dude is 97 years old. It's awesome though because he still is super active and can hear everything perfectly. He does talk a lot, but who can blame a man for talking a lot when he´s seen 97 years worth of experience ha-ha. So I imagine he's got lot on his mind. 
Wednesday we were walking down the street at 9:30pm trying to find someone to contact when we ran into this guy named Pedro. We started talking to him and after 5 minutes he told us to come inside. We went to his porch and it was illuminated with the light of giant fish tanks. We sat down and started talking to him. By my surprise our conversation quickly turned into a proposal to take over the country of Chile! ha-ha. I was like whoa hold up there buddy. Before I had time to figure out what was going on he gave us two contracts. One for me and the other for Elder Reese. As I skimmed through the proposals of the contract my eye caught the phrase, "Take power over nuclear weapons to secure border limits..." I couldn't help but start to laugh because the situation we were in was so strange. We hurried to explain to him that as missionaries we don't involve ourselves in political affairs and we got out of there, ha-ha. That's one of Elder Reese's favorite missionary experience now.
We also went to downtown Santiago to get Elder Reese's visa. In the registro civil, I met a bunch of exchange students from the states. I don't know why but it made me a little trunky talking to gringos who aren't missionaries. That was super cool! They couldn't believe I have been in Chile for almost a year and a half. I apologized to them if I had any grammatical errors in my English.
I love you guys!  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December 9, 2015

So here I am in my new sector, Colonial, in the Zone of Codillera. It's a super ancient zone and the missionaries have worked it a lot. Something that's super cool is that Elder Stone was actually born in this very same sector. As well as his trainer, and his trainer's trainer... ha-ha (Elder Skousen and Elder Watts.) This sector is hard worked and almost everyone already knows who the LDS missionaries are... ha-ha. However that doesn't mean that there isn't anyone because that would be a lie. There is always someone.
My new companion is Elder Lancelot Reese. He's from Broken Arrow, OK and just got done with his training. (3months) What's funny is that when my companion Elder Jackson went home I had to go to the office to pick up a greenie. That Elder actually happened to be Elder Reese. Small mission ha-ha (it's actually super small...)
This week has been pretty good getting to know the new sector and everything. The members in the Ward are super awesome and nice but are not very accustomed to working with the missionaries. We will have that changed very soon though. Our apartment is nice. We actually have a dryer which is a complete miracle. I have missed clothes washing technology so much.
It's getting super hot... ha-ha that's all I have to say about that.
A miracle that we experienced yesterday was when we were contacting and contacting and contacting... and had no luck while doing so. When we came to a house and the spirit told us to try it out, so we went up and knocked. A girl 22 years old came to the door with a 2 year old toddler girl. After talking to her for a few minutes her mom came to the door and it turned out that the mom was a less active member and was baptized 12 years ago. The conversation at the door soon changed to a conversation in the living room. They told us that they suffered a traumatic loss in the family being their dad and husband. In all honesty, I don't remember all that we talked about last night with them because the conversation was completely and totally lead by the spirit. I do know however that we have a day to go back this Friday and we are going to go take a tour of the temple with them this Saturday.
I love my Savior so much and I am grateful that my Heavenly Father gave His only begotten Son so we can have joy and peace and return home one day.  I am so grateful for the sacrifices of both my Savior and my Heavenly Father. We know that by sacrifice and the doing of hard things, blessings and miracles are brought about.
I love you guys so much and I look forward to hearing how your week went next week. :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1, 2015

Whelp, I'm finally done in my sector and have changes tomorrow. I have no idea where I'm headed off to yet but my suitcases are packed and ready to go. It's pretty funny when you pack up all your stuff as a missionary and realize how little of stuff you have to your name ha-ha. Then again it is nice not worrying about a bunch of stuff because now it takes a maximum of 30 minutes to pack. I have to say goodbye to a ton of people tonight... Así es la vida de la misión supongo.

I'm really excited to Skype the family in a couple of weeks for Christmas. I have no idea what I'm going to do yet though because I'm going to a new place. Here they have a pretty big US influence so almost everyone puts up decorations and lights. The best though is contacting during this time of the year because everyone likes Christmas and that means the sacred birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

We had a baptism last Sunday of Isidora, a 14 year old girl that has been taking lessons from the missionaries for 2 years. Recently, her mom gave her permission to be baptized. Her mom actually has a BD for the 20th, so we are super happy about that. :) 

Thanksgiving was a pretty regular day. I don't really remember much ha-ha.  I don't even think I recognized if it was Thanksgiving day or not. 

I love you guys and all tell you all about the new sector next week!