Ok Hi everyone!
This week was just a very chill week in Cunco. Nothing really happened that was TOO exciting, especially in terms of missionary work. We really struggled to find "news" this week and our investigator pool has kind of dried up. Also after talking with T. and his parents it's looking like we might have to wait a good long time until he gets baptized which is sad but we will see what happens. We are mostly looking really hard. Trying really hard to look for less active families too, but the truth is that relative to most wards here a very large percent of Cucnos total members attend so we don't have a ton of reactivation to do, which kind of makes things harder actually. But it's ok! All in all. I really enjoyed my week despite it all. Elder M. has just been a total blessing and a great friend through it all too. Not one complaint or negative comment at all!
I really don't have much to say about investigators as we dont have very many.... like 1....
I've been sick too! That's been really rough and has killed a little bit of the usual rapid pace at which we work. Just a really dumb cold. The really sweet thing is that as soon as the members here hear one sniffell they swarm with all kinds of advice, cooing, and unmarked remedies. hahahaha. Hna E E gave me this herbal tea plant thing that was supposed to help, but I didn't hear the instructions she gave me very well because we were going out the door. I figured I would give it a try that night and I had the craziest dreams of my life hahahaha. I thought it was just a coincidence, so I drank some again the next night and the same thing hahaha. Turns out I was supposed to put like one leaf in the hot water and then wait until it was cool again and drink it, but i was putting in a TON and drinking it hot hahaha and some members later theorized that that was giving me a crazy bad fever every night, so everyone was working against each other. hahahahahaha. I decided never to touch it again nor any other type of remedy they give me hahaha (it's called "tilo" if youre interested. dont do drugs) After I stopped drinking that stuff I started getting better faster and I'm like 95% better now.
One crazy thing that happened was that it was a randomly really hot day and the whole town went crazy over a fire that happened in a neighborhood kind of far away from the middle of Cunco. We got a call telling us that two houses next to the house of these really elderly members totally burned to the ground! The ancionito members got kind of scared and the hermana opened up a window to look out, and the wind blew it back and gave her a giant goose egg on her forehead and knocked her to the ground! She hurt her back and her husband was kind of panicking too so the ambulances took them to the hospital. The crazy thing was that the night before we had planned to go to a neighborhood really far away from the hospital, but as I was praying that night I got a super strong impression to not go there! I didn't know why but we changed all our plans which was a hassle, but we ended up being very close to the hospital when they got there, so as soon as we heard we rushed over and helped them calm down and kept them company etc. They had no phone so we stayed with them so that they could coordinate w the branch and their son etc to watch the house. Miracle is that they're fine now and their house had 0 damage!!! Crazy! Also the Cunco hospital is pretty tough hahahahaa there was like no staff and it was dirty and scary. Hopefully I dont get appendicitis hahaha I could make it to Temuco I think hahaha. Way too many emergency rooms recently.
We have really been focusing our efforts on helping the branch. There are some members who have been around too long and are kind of hopeless or inactive, but on the other side weve been super gifted and blessed with newer members and move ins who have tons of excitement and want to fix the branch. Only problem is that all the callings are kind of mixed up right now, explaining the reazon why we teach like 2 hours at least of church every week. We are really trying to fix things here and help the ward serve itself. Planning an easter activity too. I'll be really really sad to leave here!
Spiritually I've been really trying to focus on having faith and hope and charity. Even though we have had very little success here I can say it was one of the best weeks of my mission. Not sure why, it was just one of the happiest. When we trust in the Lord and in His Gospel, we can find joy and peace even though life throws punches sometimes. Elder Uctdorf gave two awesome talks about that last conference that have really helped me focus on the important things out here on the mission.
Also Elder Meiling is just awesome. Great Spanish great attitude and a great friend. Seriously I feel like hes passing me up! I'm getting some Saul vs David feelings hahaha jk I'm really honored to have been his first comp because I'm sure he'll go really far in the mission! This week we have return and report for sure so we are going to go up to Conce and meet the new pres etc. It'll be a bummer to lose a lot of time that way but it will be great to recieve some training myself and see a ton of friends on the way.
It was a pretty average week but also really great. Keep hopeful and positive always. When we think of the spiritual security our convenants give us and how we are promised that the Lords Atonement will fill in our gaps and lift us up every week, not to mention the amazing promise of resurrection and eternal life, we really have a lot to be happy about. Have faith in that things will always get better. That is, in short words, the promise of the Gospel. Search for the peace in that. You`ll find it.
Love you all and I love your letters. Can't wait to read them right now! Pray that we will find people this week ugh hahahah.
shoot im terrible with pics. ill take some this week!
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.