Ok wow so it became winter in the blink of an eye. 4 days ago it was still really hot here and all of a sudden we woke up today and yesterday to some bitter bitter cold. Its different here too because its so humid. I'm kind of glad I'll be leaving half way through and arriving to summer at home hahaha.
It was definitely a weird week here for a lot of break ups in our usual routine. Firstly Monday we wrote and bought food and then had to work for the rest of the day because Wednesday was the national census and we had to be at home for a large part of the day for that. Tuesday was normal and I really enjoyed the usual meetings this time and felt like i could help some missionaries. I feel like an old experienced geezer in the mission now and it's fun to see younger missionaries ask for help and be able to give sage like advice hahaha. Elder Rammos who I think I mentioned last week is a new DL and just gave a totally killer lesson to his district.
Like I mentioned Wednesday was the national census! As a misson we took the time in the house to do a really deep cleaning. I cant believe I'm still cleaning this house since I got here and it was a pigsty. It's finally (finally...) coming together and feels homey now. It was nice and cool during summer but it's going to get cold during winter because it's really dark and has a brick floor. It was funny for the census workers to knock our door and for us to come out. Definitely not what she was expecting to get and it was a funny turning of the tables for her to be knocking our door instead of vice versa. We mentioned it and she laughed. We ate lunch with a member after being counted and rested until 6.
The biggest event of the week was a visit from President Nelson to the South America South area! Wednesday and Thursday there were some devotional transmissions and Friday the whole mission and the Conce north mission met up in a giant chapel in Conce for a conference with him and part of the area presidency! It was a huge thing and I saw a lot of friends obviously! It was really really cool. We all got to shake his hand too! He gave some really cool instruction on mostly the BoM and then mentioned DC31 which is a favorite missionary scrip that I had originally found and loved in the MTC so it brought back a ton of really good memories, especially out of the mouth of a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Sister Nelson is great too. That took up pretty much the whole day though. Pres Nelson seems waaaay more serious in General Conference and is more like a really wise nice grandpa in person. Really really loving. Very cool experience.
Well the rest of the week seems pretty average after that. Our ward conference is this weeks so we have a ton of cool activities planned and a lot of members committed to bring new friends. Like I said we are really really focusing on member work right now and praying to see fruits sooner than later. Should be a fun week from all the activities.
We helped out the HPGL with a massive family history activity. It's really fun here in SA because there is so much fresh ground to tread and most of the work has not been done at all yet and everyone is getting really amped about it because of the temple. It was fun to help people do the work even though I mostly helped as technical support with people who had lost their accounts or put in wrong info etc into the system. Still really fun.
Sunday was really good but my comp got the flu so we were stuck in the house boooo. Nothing worse than that.
A lot of meditation this week on freedom and captivity. I heard a really cool Elder Holland talk where he said that he thinks that if there was a central theme for our existence (mortaly as well as pre and post mortally) it would be freedom. Pretty cool idea. Reading the scriptures and thinking about the plan of salvation in that light has been a fun activity for me because the scriptures are full of freedom and bondage imagery, especially referring to Jesus Christs role in our existence. Joseph Smith has a lot to say on the subject as well, especially after having been imprisoned so much. I've kind of been fascinated with church history these weeks as well, and the beginning of this church is all about bondage and freedom, just like the biblical exodus. The imagery of being "delivered" or "carried out" of our personal bondage to our personal "promised lands" is really beautiful to me. That's what the Gospel is for anyway right?
Ok I'm doing good here. Love you all so much and miss you a lot. Excited for all the wedding glam etc and to talk to you all in not too long on Mothers day. I love you all so much!
Elder Trevor Smith
Trevor was reunited on Sunday with John Sanhueza, a real friend and support to Trevor during the first weeks of his mission. John's post said: "cuando pensé había sido un gran día... se convirtió en algo aun mas genial :-"
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.