We couldn’t be any happier!
I’m doing very well and enjoying the work. One of the people we are teaching is praying and reading but struggles to come to church because her son doesn’t like it. We plan to set up ¨play dates¨ with other families to help her son feel involved and enjoy church attendance. A friend of the church is less well, we have not been able to contact her recently, her mother is increasingly closed and she is no longer spending much time with the 3 recent convert friends she has. The member who became friends with her mom has moved 2 hours north and we now have almost no contact with him. It has been a hard week but we are excited for tomorrow because we will have two other sets of missionaries in our sector to help us contact and find new people to teach. I am so happy you were able to include Sam and Ben so well into the family studies, I have been praying for you all and will continue to do so.
I like the sound of the book, I too have found that having questions and finding my own answers is much more fulfilling than simply looking up the answers.
Thanks for all the pictures, looks like the house is progressing a lot and you guys look happier and bigger than ever.
I love you Lots,
This week has been great, I began training one of the missionaries to be the new secretary and really enjoyed talking about our missions. It has been a great week, we found a few new people to teach and are excited to see their progress. We are working with a few less active families and have seen same great progress and eye-openers with them, many struggle to understand the importance of 3 basic gospel principles; Attending church, Studying the Scriptures and Praying daily. Serving these people has reinforced my testimony of these principles.
Remember to study the scriptures as family and individually.
I love you guys and pray for you,
I am doing very well, I feel peaceful and excited about the upcoming transfers. The people in teaching are doing very well. One of them was baptized on Saturday and in a miraculous surprise, a young man we met on only last Friday already has baptismal date for July.
I am glad that you are able to share the gospel with others as they ask about me and you, every member a missionary. Thank you for the support and love.
I am excited to be with my new companion and develop our relationship as well as my relationship with my new district and zone. I hope to help others receive healing as well.
Thank you for sharing about your experiences with resistance, I trust that these coming transfers will bring great opportunities to climb another mountain and help others in their climb as well.
I will finish the strongest I can this last week.
Love you all,
My new area is great as well as my new companion. There are many members here and many are very involved in the missionary work. My companion is from Washington Utah and is the oldest of 4. He is intelligent, well organized, and focused even though he will finish the mission this next transfer. We are excited to work hard here, especially with the youth.
So glad to hear that Sam is well and is having success in tennis.
Happy to hear that Leo had a good experience with the dentist and is understanding the importance of dental health.
My companion and I are doing well, sorry I can´t call. I tried using a few computers and headphones but the cyber here is not of great quality. No worries, the important thing is that we can communicate.
This week we had an excellent and brief lesson with some friends of the church. We talked about what prayer is for them and how they can and should study and pray together and as a family. We met with Venezuelans and though we thought we had a great lesson with good commitment and verification, none of them came to church.
On Sunday I had the opportunity to use the puppets and puzzles I have to help a child maintain reverence in the sacrament meeting, due to some lack of preparation and noise it was difficult to focus. But I still greatly enjoyed partaking of the sacrament and likening the talks to my life. We had an excellent Bishopric organized meeting for the 5th Sunday in which we talked about 3 ways in which we can make the meetings more reverent and invite the spirit. I am glad our bishopric is focused and working well.
Thank you for the pictures of the family and friends, it is wonderful to see you all so happy and together.
With the help of the Branch’s 1st counselor I’ve memorized 21 scriptures, one for each of the points of the first three lessons. I am very happy about the improvements we have seen in our teaching and our use of scriptures. I think I can be more humble and receptive to feedback and will be dedicating time to improving in those aspects. I am realizing more and more each lesson that that (questions, silence, brevity, clarity, and simplicity) is crucial in teaching people and not lessons, thanks for helping to improve in those aspects.
Recently I have been focused on claiming the blessings of Testimony bearing of The Book of Mormon, of Joseph Smith, and of Jesus as the Christ. I like how that sounds, what I can do on one side and what God does on the other, focusing on what I need to be seeking and asking for, I´ll try it out tomorrow before personal study time.
Two Sundays ago, we had stake conference and one of the speakers gave a beautiful talk on gratitude, later while reading a part of my Patriarchal Blessing a phrase about gratitude and the hand of God in my life stood out to me, and now your wonderful experiences with gratitude, I think God is telling me it’s something I need to focus on.
One of our investigators is about the same, his brother in law, with which he lives, is a member whose (church) rights are currently restricted and who has a big influence so we are going to focus on helping the brother in law to be an example and help for Jose. The Haitains are good. It has been hard to find them in their house as they are out a lot. We have a Noche de Hogar today the mom from Spain and are excited to visit more often with them.
My companion and I were talking only yesterday about vision boards, I will be praying to know what to put on it and will tell you next week.
This week was great, we made an extra big effort to have members accompanying us in lessons and had members with us for 5 out of 7 days! On Thursday we had a great lesson with a part member Family and the Branch´s 1st counselor, afterwards he showed us how we can improve our teaching and offered to meet with us weekly to help us. We are very excited to be working more with the members here and seeing them become excited as well. It has been amazing to see the powerful effect the members have on the missionary work and their key role in retention. Thanks so much for all your support and your prayers,
Elder Holland quoted someone who said, “The greatest decision I ever made in my life was to give up something I dearly loved to the God I loved even more. He has never forgotten me for it.” I love this quote and testify that the mission you will serve will be the best decision of your life, it is full of adventure and heartache as well as learning and growth, it is amazing. To help anyone decide if they want to serve, I invite you to watch the talk “In search of treasure” (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2003/04/in-search-of-treasure?lang=eng) and pray to know what to do.
This week flew by and I can hardly remember what happened each day but I do remember that we have been focusing on doing more contacts each day and have had great success, we got to know a great family with 4 kids, who would have let us in right away but the husband wasn´t home, as well as 2 Haitains. Saturday night we had a great family home evening type thing with a family were happy to find that the message we shared was exactly what they needed in that moment. We worked really hard to get our investigators to church and were disappointed when not one arrived, we felt much better when 3 of the members who shared their testimonies thanked us for the message we shared Saturday night and several other members invited us to come to their homes to share with them and friends after hearing the members testimonies. After church the Branch President introduced us to a woman who had been inactive and living in Spain but there became active again and having returned wants her family to be baptized and be able to be sealed in the temple, we will be meeting with them this Thursday. While visiting an investigator, we spoke of the word of wisdom and Elder Sorensen felt the prompting to invite him to be baptized and did so in perfect Spanish! We invited Jose to read 2 Nephi 31 and pray to know what to do, please pray for him. It was an amazing week and we look forward to many more!
Wow this week was crazy, lots of food, goodbyes and travelling. Monday, we had a big barbecue and I said goodbye to all of my friends in my area. I´m going to miss them and know that they will continue to grow. I hope to come back someday to visit.
On Tuesday, I packed and said goodbye to a few more friends before we left for Valdivia to stay the night there. Wednesday morning I said goodbye to my trainee and got on the bus to Osorno with the others who had transfers. We got to Osorno and I was able to talk with several people I had gotten to know in Punta Arenas before we left for my next area. We dropped the bags of at the house and went to eat a late lunch with the Mamita who lives right next door. I had heard of the legendary Mamita of the area before, but they don´t do her food justice. We ate till I thought I would burst and then she brought us dessert.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we worked hard and held our first district meeting. Being district leader is crazy and exciting as well as very motivating.
Sunday, we had a wonderful Sacrament meeting in which I was able to introduce myself and share some of what I have learned about the atonement and forgiveness from the Peacegiver (highly recommended). After church, we visited with the Presidency and got to know them better then helped a brother clean and repair his house. I´m very excited to be working in this new area with my new companion and can´t wait to see the fruits of our labors.
I’m so happy that you got to know and enjoyed spending time with my friends from Chile (as well Elder Miller)
Tell Sam that I´m praying for him in his chemistry class.
Love you all loads.
We had an awesome Sunday. Today was stake conference. We ate with the branch president and helped him with his dishes and cleaning up after his son. We visited last active in some investigators and give a blessing to a sick sister.
We went to zone conference and had a great time. In Zone Conference practice teaching lesson one, focusing on simplicity and authority to baptize, and talked about how out towards companions, members, and leaders should be and how we can improve retention. My passport when he arrived with the needed paperwork so I will need to go back soon to request my carnet. We also talked with a member and his wife about the difficulties this word has and how we can endorse trials with faith. It was a very good day.
We went to another area again to request my carnet celebrate some missionaries’ birthdays. It was a great trip but we’re finally back and able to get back to work. Even though nobody came to English classes today (it’s a holiday) I feel it was worth it to wait in the church because a nice guy came in asking about English classes and give us his number. Afterwards, my companion and I both had the impression that we were supposed to be there for that in particular. It was a great experience.
Today we visited with an investigator and enjoyed talking about how having faith and repenting aren’t things we only do once but rather we must continue in our faith and repentance in her efforts to improve. We also spoke with his brother. It is very inspiring to see the positive attitude and faith despite all the trials and difficulties with work and housing.
Yesterday and today we’re full of success and spiritual experiences. We visited many people and sets several appointments for the coming week and though one didn’t come to church, another one did. Our investigator for a touching testimony about faith and overcoming trials and in the afternoon we met with him, he said that he enjoyed church and we talked about the Scriptures and ancestry.
Thanks for the pictures of family, firends, and the school, its crazy to see how people and places change.
Me and my companion have been getting along really well, he’s so much like Kobi it’s crazy. He´s basically his twin, which is awesome. We had a great week, met a new family and they are really open and curious about the gospel, we also got to review the baptismal questions with Jackson, he asked what the requisits are to be baptized and we explained that keeping the commandments and having a testimony and faith are the biggest things, he still needs to come to church regularly and says he wants to keep reading the Book of Mormon and praying to grow his testimony. We are super excited for General Conference cause it’s a big spiritual boost for everyone and very inspiring.
I was talking with my companion about college plans and realized that my last cambio would end August 21, which is about 2 weeks before the start of fall semester which will be exciting!
Honestly realizing how much I was and am in need of the atonement and how much living gospel principles make lives, communities, and countries great were the things that helped me to enjoy and do the things better.
The work is going well, slowly but well. They came to church last Sunday but not this Sunday, we have stopped by a few times and were finally able to talk with them about the church and how much we love them and want them to be able to receive great blessings. Our ward mission leader came with us and shared his testimony of keeping the Sabbath day holy, it went very well and we have plans to make chocolate chip cookies with them this week (my comp is a pro chef).
I love you guys too and really love hearing about the kids’ sayings, Leo is practically already fluent. love you all loads.
Had a very relaxed P-day, nobody was out in the streets. Wrote, ate and talked with the sisters. Stopped by some members’ houses to talk and play card games.
Yesterday all of our appointments fell so we looked for less actives but only 1 of 15 answered the door. It was a kid and he said we could pass by at 8:30 (2 hours later). We stopped by at 8:30ish and he had left and his mom told us she didn’t want to hear us. We tried to share briefly the things we have in common (as churches) but she didn’t like the experience she had with the last missionaries. Only 30 seconds after she had closed the door
The ZL’s came and did the monthly inspection to make sure the house is clean and our72 hour kits are ready and we got to eat with them. Stopped by less active members and contacted
Only 30 seconds after she had closed the door leaving us in the rain (light), somebody called to us from across the road saying that someone in the little shop there wanted to talk to us. We went in and the wonderful little woman who owned the shop and her family (the shop is also their house), asked us about where we are from and why we are here. We ended up having a great talk about the importance of God and the family. Today all 3 of the appointments we had fell through with the exception of Margory who is progressing lots, has great questions, and shows real interest. We did some great contacting with Amo Jaime (I’ve been spelling his name wrong), and had a meeting at 7 with all the Joranel leaders. President talked about goals and work and was inspiring for 25 minutes before everybody started to argue about whether the topic for the next meeting should be about the importance of fathers or service. They argued for the rest of the meeting and then some and we finally left at 9:15. Me and Elder Ferrell talked about what we can do for the ward and the investigators and went to bed.
I am choosing to be happy and patient and trust that God will help us heal the ward.
The ZLs came and did the monthly inspection to make sure the house is clean and our 72 hour kits are ready. We got to eat with them. We stopped by less active members to set appointments and contacted until 7 (Zumba). On the way back to the house, after Zumba, we met a drunk (there are lots out on the street at night), who tried to convince us to give him our placks. Looking forward to a great day tomorrow.
Yes! The sisters had an appointment with Hermana Ruth and she opined up a lot and is on track to be baptized next Saturday. Also, her daughter (the 12 year old) wants to get baptized too, which is crazy because she has not paid attention at all in our past appointments. Super excited for next week but hope we don’t have cambios.
Had a long correlation with the Ward Mission Leader and made some great plans. Waite3d for Hermana Katy at the capilla but she didn’t show up so we talked with Hermano Jaime and Elder Ferrell shared his testimony with his daughter and invited her to read Enos and ask of God. We had a great weekly planning session and got some great studying done. Looking forward to a great day tomorrow.
After lunch, we talked lots with the papitos about the ward, cambios and the mission.
After, we stopped by potential investigators and Maria Jose and Ricardo, but nob ody was home. We came home at 9 to have cambios. I would have been really nervous, but earlier that day, (writing this Monday) we were in church and while praying for peace about cambios, I felt like I should ready my patriarchal blessing. I turned to the second page and started reading and in the 4th paragraph I read, “You shall also on occasion move from one area to another. This is so you can be of help to certain people.” I felt great peace and comfort and so when President Isom called. I wasn’t nervous or scared. I was actually excited to see where I would go. I’m super excited for Por Venir and Elder Gutierrez! I am going to miss Elder Ferrell and the members and investigators, but I trust God to send me where I can best serve Him.
Had an awesome day with the hermanas and elders of Dalcahue, made hamburgers, played darts, and talked. We got back just in time for our N delH and finished late so we didn’t have much tinme to write so we’ll do more tomorrow. Can’t wait for Por Venir!
We had an early district meeting and talked lots and wrote in each others’ farewell journals. Then we spent the rest of the day passing by members and saying goodbye. Just finished packing my stuff and am really going to miss Elder Ferrell and the Papitos. C.S. Lewis “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Sometimes in the midst of change we forget that whatever is happening is happening because that is the next step or test from our Father.
Wow, had a crazy day! Left Ancud. Arrived in Puero Mont, left Puerto Mont, arrived in Punta Arenas and am staying the night here with Gutierrez and the elders of Ovejero before leaving for Por Venir tomorrow. Gutierrez is awesome and I’m super excited for Por Venir!
Had an awesome day! We left on the barge at 9:30 and got to Porvenir at 11:30 before taking a short taxi ride to our casa, which is awesome! We got right to work, passing by investigators and less actives. We had an appointment with a Brazillian in which we talked about the Sabbath and after had correlation with the ward mission leader. Had another appointment with some recent convert in which we talked about the temple and sealing. The sun set at a little after 11.
I am getting along very well with Elder Gutierrez. We are teaching each other our native language and even though he has almost finished his mission, he works very hard.
We had a talk with an evangelical woman and her husband about our beliefs. We tried to start with a prayer and invite the spirit, but she would not allow us to pray and only wanted to argue and tell us that our version of the Bible is translated incorrectly. I felt absolutely terrible in her little shop. I was not sick or hungry. I realized that what I was feeling was the lack of the spirit. I have grown so accustomed to praying so often and sharing the truth of this message that it was painful not to be able to. Elder and I talked after about how we can do our part and try to bring the spirit, but the person must accept it for themselves and listen to the spirit. We talked about religion and the state of the world in general, about how sad it is that we cannot save those who are lost, and of how critical agency is in God’s plan. I am glad I have a companion with which I can talk about so many gospel subjects and am loving trying to teach him English. Looking forward to an awesome day tomorrow!
Had a great Sunday though none of our investigators showed up. I gave a talk in church about the Atonement and Elder Gutierrez gave a talk about service. We talked about preordination and blessings in what is normally principles of the gospel. After church, we ate and visited some less active members to help strengthen their testimonies. Also, yesterday I forgot to write but we had an awesome day and at 8:30 pm made 3 new investigators! They consisted of a 21-year old and his sister and cousin. We talked about eternal families and the blessings of church attendance. They all seemed very interested. Can wait for an awesome P-day!
We’re staying the night in Punta Arenas because we had interviews with President today and the barcasa doesn’t leave until 9 tomorrow. The interview was great. We talked about how we can be prepared to receive the most from Elder Christofferson who is coming the 17th of February. I’m loving working with Elder Gutierrez. He is still excited about the work and seeing lots of progress in our investigators. Also, we went to the Mirador (viewpoint) on bikes (it’s 20 km away) and took some awesome photos.
Had an awesome day! We were finally an able to have a lesson with Maria Espinoa and
Alan and they opened up a lot. Maria said she supports Alan in everything including when he thinks he is ready to be baptized but he doesn’t think he’ll be ready until he’s 14 (he is 11 right now). He’s going to accompany us to church this Sunday and hopefully the baptism that is planned for next Saturday. I’m already loving the people here and I’m getting used to the constant wind. Having an awesome time with Elder Gutierrez!
Had a great Sunday, ate, taught, and strengthened members. A Sister gave a great talk about self-sufficiency and the importance of parents. We ate with a member family and shared a message about being strong together against Satan’s attacks, after we stopped by an investigators house and brought “Los testamontosla,” a film of what transpired in the Americas during Christ’s life. As we watched my testimony was strengthened and it was wonderful to see the investigator’s understanding grow and hear her comments on the importance of being prepared for the Second Coming of Christ.
I realized this week that I was no longer looking forward to P-days so much. I enjoy P-days and having time to read more, but it is kind of unexciting without appointments and work to do.
Had a great experience today, learning to appreciate the little everyday miracles. We had an appointment with Jackson in which we started teaching his brother Jack. During the lesson, which was on families and temples, a woman who lives in one of the rooms of the shared house asked if she could listen while we taught. We explained briefly the basics and continued teaching while she listened intently. At the end of the lesson, she explained that she had been baptized 10 years ago but didn’t understand well and was not active. We gave her a plan of salvation pamphlet and Book of Mormon and invited her to church. We asked her when we could meet next and she agreed to meet the next time we have a lesson with Jackson. Loving seeing the miracles of the mission. God works miracles every day.
Had a great P-day. Went to the penguin and took some amazing photos of the penguins and a natural arch. Emailed with the family, Alan, and Mace. Looking forward to this week and Ruth’s baptism next week.
Today was a great learning experience. We finished our studies and headed to bishop’s house to eat and didn’t bring our coats or umbrellas because it had been really sunny the past few days and was only a little overcast. We were about 5 minutes from arriving at our appointment, which was far away when our appointment called us and said she had decided she did not want to hear us then or later. We said a short prayer asking what to do and it started to rain. We started passing by old contacts and trying to make new ones but nobody answered their doors. It started to rain harder so we said another prayer and stopped by the neighbor of a member, for the second time that day someone opened the door. We told her briefly about Light the World and she said she didn’t want to hear more and closed the door. We kept contacting with the knowledge that at least at 7 we would have a night of. We stopped by a really devout evangelical lady and she explained her religion and answered our questions but she didn’t want to hear anything about the lessons. We called Hermana Chavez to make sure we were still going to have Home Evening because it wasn’t a nice day. The Hermanas called and invited us to another Family Home Evening on the other side (literally) of Ancud. We got there and talked and ate with a nice member and finished the day well. Through all the rain, wind, and lack of success. It was hard not to feel down but I remember that being happy is a decision and had a great time talking about the people and plans for tomorrow. You may be in part a victim of your circumstances but that doesn’t mean you can’t change them.
What an awesome day! We had a great district meeting and splits!! We did lots of contacting and made some great contacts. We were walking home and said hello to a lady walking in the other direction. We stopped to share with her and she listened(really unusual). She explained that she was going through some really hard stuff and wanted to learn more about our church and felt God had sent us to help her. We’re going to pass by her house Saturday and share about prayer and hopefully help her out.
Great day, made some really good contacts with Elder Neira and had a great lunch with momita. We changed back to normal companions and me and Elder Ferrell planned for tomorrow and had correlation meeting with the ward mission leader. The Hermanas had a great lesson with an awesome investigator and we stayed in the chapel and did studies so they could teach him. Looking forward to teaching Marcela and English classes tomorrow.
I threw up my lunch yesterday, woke up terribly sick with a headache and fever, nobody came to English classes, our investigator had a terrible experience at church and when we stopped by earlier today, she said she never wanted to go back to the chapel. And all but 1 of our appointments fell through. I could think of everything that happened today and be terribly frustrated or want to go home, but I am choosing to be patient and trust in God and keep working. God sends us experiences like this to help us grow. As Neal A. Maxwell said, “How could there be refining fires without enduring some heat.”
I’m feeling lots better today, a good nights sleep helped a lot. It’s frustrating when someone says that they are going to come to church the night before and promises that they the desire to come and take the sacrament and feel the spirit and then they don’t. But we’ll keep at it and keep praying for Hector & Daniela. Had a great Family Night with Adolfina who is our other little momma that takes care of us.
Usually at the start of a new year, we make resolutions to stop doing things, to start doing others, or to make some change in order to improve our lives. This New Years, I’d like to invite you to follow a resolution making process a very wise friend once shared with me.
This friend asked if there was something in my life that wasnt necessarily bad – maybe it was good or better but wasn’t best. And how much I valued that thing, if it had a positive or negative effect on me, and if I wasn’t willing to give it up to become closer to God. Is that habit or time spent on something of lesser value really worth keeping in your life if it isn’t bringing you closer to the God? Is it worth it to give up something small and terestrial for something celestial? It need not be grand but if it allows you to study the scriptures for a few minutes more or visit the temple more often, I promise you it is worth it.
Lots of love,
Awesome day! We did some contacting and then headed to the capilla for our appointment with Hermana Ruth. We got there early and got everything ready but she still hasn’t arrived 20 minutes after of the lesson was supposed to start. We said our short prayer and went outside capilla. She showed up only a few minutes later. We sat down and started teaching the word of wisdom something because if she wanted to be baptized Saturday she had to have had taken all the lessons and we still have 2.5 to teach her. She shared that she really like coffee but that she was willing to stop it if it meant she could be baptized. This may not seem like a big thing but here in Chile everyone is always drinking either coffee or mate. We talked a lot of chastity and typing next and she accepted to keep them. Even though her kids were being really loud and disturbing dreams a lesson we can still feel the spirit and focus on the lesson. Next we had a lesson with her Hermana Pilar. We started teaching the restoration and she explained her beliefs about God, the importance of service, and being accountable and self-sufficient. It was one of the most powerful testimonies I’ve heard her, the way in which she lives her life is already amazingly Christlike. She inspired me to change the way I live when I get back, and never to put blame on God where our circumstances or misfortune.
Had a great District meeting today in which we talk about how there is no “secret” to baptizing. The important thing is to have faith and work hard. Hermana Ruth had her baptismal interview and could not remember some things about Joseph Smith and the Restoration so we are going to postpone the baptism till next week to give us some time to review and make sure she is ready. We did lots of contacting today and had our first lesson with Marylin, she seemed pretty interested and we’re going to meet with her again this Sunday.
Awesome day! We contacted tons, found some really nice people, had a great Zumba, and saw a football game. We stopped by Maritza and Jannet’s house and cut all their firewood. There was a lot but it was super fun and he helped me to remember that one of the reasons we are here is to serve. My companion (Elder Ferrell) shared some of his goals with me and taught me how he makes goals (it was super inspiring.)
It was kind of a slow day but that only means we’re laying the ground work for a great tomorrow. We taught Hermana Ruth a really simple lesson about prayer and repentance and she seemed to understand it. We stopped by lots of investigators houses with Hermana Jyme but nobody was home because it was a holiday of some kind. We cut grass at Roberto’s house and then had Noche de Hogar with Hermana Netti and her sons. Some days are slow and that’s not necessarily bad but it’s easy to let lack of immediate visible results get you down, just remember that some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come till heaven(paraphrased by Jeffrey R. Holland) so be patient and keep working and praying.
Was a slow day with few people answering the door but we made 1 good contact who seems interested and taught Maria Jose the plan of salvation and she said she would come to church tomorrow if she got any sleep (she was going to have friends over later.)
For the most part it was a slow day, not many people were home and almost every cita fell, but this morning was awesome.