Jan 1 – Jan 24



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.