Wow so some really big news is that I'm being transfered! Huge surprise! 95% of the time a trainer will stay with the trainee for 2 transfers so I was like totally sure I wasnt leaving Cunco and even preparing to be here another two transfers but guess not! Part of me is really really really bummed out. I love it here so much and I'm not ready to leave! Even worse will be leaving Elder M. who is easily the best friend I've had on the mission yet! Super big bummer but I guess im needed in Purèn which is where I'm going. There could be a lot of reasons for this like for example if my new comp Elder G. needs a change or something happened with branch leadership or something. Really could be a variety of causes and for that I have to leave which is really sad. I'll be finishing Elder G's training though which will be good. Who knows why I'm leaving but you know.
I know very little about Purèn and Elder G. but I know that Puren is probably one of the like 2 or 3 sectors smaller than Cunco hahahaha it's a little pueblo waaaaay out in the middle of nowhere southwest of Angol, so like smack dab in the middle of the mission. it will probably be jsut as hard as Cunco uff we will see what happens!
Ok some quick cool experiences! One totally rediculous thing was that we had a Seventy from the area come down and talk to our zone and 4 others in the same conference Wednesday. The day before was a district meeting and the zone leaders told us all that the APs asked our zone to put to gether a musical number and that they had no idea how they were going to do it hahaha. We had one day. BY ABSOLUTELY INSANE DIVINE INTERVENTION I just so happened to have brought the music for "Our Savior's Love" from the house for NO REASON that also JUST SO HAPPENED to have Spanish words as well. wut. Not to mention that but one sister in the zone JUST HAPPENED to be a killer pianist and pretty much could play the killer hard arrangement after one run through. Of course after that it was no surprise that we could fine a set of 5 singers, practice in time, and that the next day another Elder from a TOTAL DIFFERENT ZONE happened to be a bass singer in barbershop courtet. WHAT. After some craziness it all came together and we sang it for the area Seventy, mission president, their wives, and 5 zones of missionaries. It was pretty cool experience. He even asked us to sing it a second time during a bathroom break in the middle of his talk hahahaha I guess he liked it.
We found some cool people this week and had some cool miracles too. I got to have a final hurah intercambio w Elder C so that was fun. He went home today. I love him a ton! Also we had these crazy wind storms called puelchas which sounded like they were going to knock our house down it was crazy! Part of me is glad I won't be here in winter hahahaha. They only happen way out here in the east.
I feel like I've finally got in a groove with teaching, which is a relief. I think it's just the fact that the Lord qualifies who he calls ( also ty taylor for the mtc tippppsss). That's good news. It's amazing how when the spirit is there pretty much no matter what the people will tell you there concerns and needs without even being asked. It's really cool. I'll never get tired of the amazing feeling of testifying or of seeing people change there hearts right before there eyes. I also started reading d and c in spanish and it's got some killer stuff right in the beginning so thats been awesome.
The work was a little slow because it being the semana santa (holy week? what's it called? Easter!) so everyone was either out of town, had visitors from out of town, or totally drunk hahaha. Little hard to find people. Also the whole religious agitation thing kind of heats up. That is another thing I won't miss too much about Cunco hahaha.
Other than that the biggest news is that I'm leaving! I remember hearing Pres Boud tell me that if I served my mission right it would harder for me to leave the mission field than it was to leave my house for the mission. I remember saying uh huh wow but in my head going "pffffffffff". Now I feel like I'm starting to see how that will be. I love these people here so much. They are so close to me. We had a birthday thing for Elder M. for an hour an a half at the tail end of a relief society activity hahahaha so that was really fun. Tears will be shed tonight that is for sure. And tomorrow probably. I'm sure it will be just as awesome in Puren right? right? I'm starting to think I have been condemned to tiny little sectors but who knows.
Shoot this letter is all over the place oops. I guess I mostly just really love Easter. It helped me live a more Christ centered week. When we do that we can conquer any challenges. He will give us peace through our hardships. I feel like recently and with this transfer I've been taking a lot of punches in a row (not to say my lot is any harder than others`. In fact it's probably easier). I have been able to stay strong and happy because I share a message of hope. Christ died but now lives, and it helps me a lot to think of him as a real person with a voice and a laugh, one who we could embrace and speak with if he were present. Death was allowed to triumph briefly, but in the end it was conquered once in for all, for all of us. I love how Elder Bednar teaches that darkness cannot phisically overcome light. One solitary match can be seen in a dark room, and the darkness around it cannot overwhelm its light. I am not writing very coherently forgive me hahahah. Point is hope is so important. The promises of the Gospel are real. I feel like that is the testimony the Lord wants me to have and develope through my mission. It definitely shows sometimes hahaha. I love the Lord. I love following His example and preaching his word. I love the constant company he gives to my heart, especially throughout and during difficult things. Accepting his will is hard, but it reconciles us with Him, and thus also to our Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost.
This letter is totally just ok but I'll have a ton to write about next week with my new comp and sector and zone etc etc etc wow! Also dad can you email me next week with news about what happened to Elder Parkins' transfer etc. I love you all a ton and am excited for the adventure that I'll have tomorrow and this week. Keep emailing me pls too and all that good stuff. Mom and dad any luck w those Bible dvds? let me know
Elder Trevor Smith
Elder Trevor Smith is a Mormon missionary in the Chile Concepcion Sur mission, the same mission where his dad served. Although this is Trevor's own mission, he grew up hearing about the beautiful land of Chile and the loving people that inhabit it. These are the letters from his experience there.