So we talked yesterday! It was awesome but way short but super good to see you all and get to meet Daniela! Sorry we didn't get to talk long.
I guess I'll just go into some details about this week and then leave it for the next.
This week was very busy becasue we had 3 baptisms in the zone and so it was pretty hectic with 3 different interviews and all the intercambio craziness that comes with that etc. Especially a baptism in Boca Sur was very hectic because he had to get permission to be confrimed the same day because he was going to travel home to another city and go to church there on Sunday and there were some miscommunications between the missionaries, the mission office, and the stake presidency but at the end of the day P. got baptized. I got to do his interview and it was super easy for him and he will probably be a missionary next year. We went to the service too which was fun. He is giant too so it was cool to see Elder G. baptize him and it kind of sent waves around the font hahaah.
That day I got to spend w Elder H. from San Antonio Chile and we worked in Boca Sur and I got to see a ton of old good friends and I kind of missed that sector for a little. I also found out that this less active family that I helped reactivate one of their daughter's baptismal record might be lost so she might have to get baptized again! it was a huge surprise so I might get to go to her baptismal service and do her interview too hahahaha. Elder H> is a great friend too and he could maybe become a comp of mine someday because he will probably be a zone leader soon. I've always wanted a Chilean companion as well.
M's baptismal service was great. She passed the interview no problem. She actually had quite a bit of opposition the day before but was really committed to her goal and was baptised and confirmed this week. She's a really funny lady who really speaks her mind hahaha. Her daughter R. is next.
We had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas day too. We actually had to work quite a bit and didn't get much time off but surprisingly we had a ton of success and a lot of good lessons and new investigators. A few families too! We will see where it all goes this week.
Two English students ( I think I mentioned them) came to the ward activity Friday night and then we got a lesson with them Saturday with the 2nd counselor who gave us the reference in the first place. They were kind of iffy about coming to church and totally surprised us by showing up Sunday morning! It was awesome.
The zone isn't doing too hot and definitely not seeing the miracles we are. After thinking a lot about it I think it's a problem about not being very committed to obedience and not really having faith that there can be progress in their different areas. I've been thinking a lot about obedience and the spirit and how to help them all progress in that aspect other than just giving a good example. One scripture that has really stuck out to me has been Helaman 3:35 that talks about turning our hearts over to God and letting him purify them. I think that has a lot to do with our desires changing and giving our will to Him. I've learned a lot these last few months that when we commit ourselves to obey we can have the total security that God will bless us so having faith becomes way easier. The spirit enters our lives much more as well. I still have to study and think about this more to know how to help them all or I think January will be a rough month for us. Regardless me and Elder O. are pretty stoked about everything that is happening here too.
Ok that's about it but I love you all so much!!! I'll write better next week but I'm going to try and upload some pictures etc! It was so so fun to talk to you and I love your letters!!!
Elder Trevor Smith
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.