Ok kind of an uneventful week but I'll stretch it for you no worries.
Cambio news is that there is no news me and Oxbutter are both staying here with Meiling and Cheney so I'm really happy about that! For once I get to stay with a comp more than one transfer and it's with my current comp whom I love to boot. We have made some good progress here too and we are going to keep cranking for another 6 weeks
We started out the week with a leadership council in Conce which was pretty cool. I think I mentioned last week that the we had talked to the APs about working with members and the ward etc and the cool thing is that the meetings Tuesday were all pretty much focused on that. It was cool to see our revelation get shared with the mission and to get some good input from the rest of the zone leaders on that stuff. It's always fun to see a lot of my good friends there like Elders Gomez and Willey etc. Only bummer is that we got home kind of late and lost some time but I really shouldn't complain because we are in the closest zone to conce where the mission office is. I think the coolest thing we learned was that the spirit needs to be with us while we work with members just as much as it needs to be there with us and investigators so that was really cool.
The rest of the week was pretty normal but we set up a gran intercambio in the zone and got to change things up a little to finish the transfer strong. The fun part is that we decide who goes where so I got to work with a friend of mine whos had a hard cambio Elder G from a city a little norht of LA. It's refreshing to be with someone from California hahahaa we are kind of different from all the Utah Elders hahaha it was fun. Hes a great friend and has a ton of potential as a missionary and hasn't had the success he deserves so it was fun to talk and work with him. We found out that SC high school played his high school in the semifinals of football or something last week and sc one hahaha that was really funny. We had a good day and I felt like I was able to minister to him well and give him a break from his hard sector. He just got called as a DL to Mulchen which will be really good for him.
One other fun thing this week is that clase de Ingles is picking up and we are getting some good students coming! Not anything crazy yet but we had a class of like 7 people recently. One member university student came Wednesday to study for one of her finals and got the best score of the class so she got really excited and brought some other people too which was great. Its a great way to change up the rhythum of the week too. Only bummer is that class is getting out but maybe we can get like a summer school angle for those really upset parents hahaha.
One super miracle was that we had thought that K. (the 16 year old girl who came to church) had stopped being interested because she denied a few of our phone calls so we were going to leave her alone for a couple weeks. The night of the ingles class happened to be a young womens activity and all of a sudden WE SEE HER THERE IN THE CULTURAL HALL like it was nothing at all! I guess the young womens presidency had gotten her number the Sunday she came and had invited her and there she was it was crazy! Such a cool relief. We havent had time to teach her yet but we will this week and that will be good.
M. and her daughter R. are good and progressing nicely but didn't make it to the church this week because of the rain booo. They both have a baptismal date for the 31st of December so that R. will be able to be baptised too. they are awesome and so chosen. We are really determined to have a baptism this transfer. Elder O only has 3 transfers left and wants to put it into overdrive and I'm way happy about that. It's been awesome.
Other than that it's just been really warm around here.
Oh ya we had a zone training meeting on Saturday and it turned out really nicely. We had a good object lesson and other stuff to teach about working with members and getting references. Everyone got really on board and were relieved for a new activity that's not knocking on doors especially in some really rich sectors here in this zone that have been dead for a long time. The hna trainers here gave a great lesson on the faith to find too and we had a cool team building game led by Elder Huerta a cool Chilean from the north and it all turned out really nice. A lot of cool people are leaving the zone now and some people i dont know are coming but im sure it will turn out well.
As far as my studies have been I feel like ive learned a lot about faith this week. We mention a lot about how faith without works is dead, but I think that especially as missionaries we have the opposite problem and that its safe to say that works without faith are dead too. A lot of time we go through all the motions about obeying and working but do it without really having true expectations that our labors will have fruits, and the tragic thing is that Christ often mentiones that all we need to do to recieve certain blessings is to believe that we will recieve them upon obeying. I've been thinking a lot about that this week. It definitely doesnt change the outcomes of teh agency of the people I speak to but definitely helps me have a better attitude which helps me work more effectively.
Another interesting thing I've been thinking about is how Christ teaches the Samaritan women that we need to worship the Father in "spìrit and in truth" (John 4:23 i think). It especially got stuck in my mind when I found that Alma uses those exact same words in the Book of Mormon too which is fascinating. I think it means that we need to worship inwardly rather than outwardly, or in "spirit", and that we need to be sincere about doing it, "in truth". I love the words of Christ.
Ok I'm out of time but excited for Christmas! Also this week a seventy is coming to the mission so I'll report on that. let me know your schedule for christmas so I can make plans accordingly etc.
Love you all and your letters!
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.