(Just couldn't resist leaving Trevor's spelling and grammar intact this week.)
Ok so it was a pretty normal week but its getting rainier! Tuesday we had a sone conference but it was pretty normal and i gave a 8 minute lesson on goal setting, not the most interesting topic ever but it was fun to be able to teach and participate in that. The rest of the meeting was super good too and its alwasy super fun to get together with all the misionaries and learn together when we live so far away from everyone else here in puren. Working a little w elder parkin has been fun too. My district is kind of a joke like i said because its just us, some super awesome sisters and the zone leaders so i feel kind of like its a pretend job hahaha but its fun to be able to serve them too.
This week we have been really working hard but i got a pretty stupid cold and my throght and face have been hurting pretty bad but i think im getting better. We have been doing a bunch of looking with the guitar but its more complicated to look for new investigators right now because its dark at like 6 now and people way out in the campo go to bed at like 7 hahaha so from 7 to 93'0 its pretty tough to have meaningful activities. The good part is that we can use those last hours to really focus on working with that family who are great! SO whats going on with them is that they are totally awesome but need to get married to get baptized. The parents have plans to do it in january and then get baptized which really to me is ok but kind of a bummer. The dad p. is working really close with the branch pres so they are making plans and goals together for that. Their conversion has been really really huge and the changes ive seen in the whole family have been huge! They love the church and the doctrine, but especially the difference there is in the house right now and the feelings they have. They are so interested right now and so converted that they pretty much teach themselves the doctrine out of gospel principles book and pretty much just come to us with questions and comments hahaha. They will be such an awesome addition to the branch and will for sure be attending until their baptism.
The good news is that they want S. to get baptized asap hahaha they wree like "well our situation has got nothing to do with that of our daughters" and S. wants to get baptized so that will be happening the 11th! She is only 13 years old but super cool and smart and wont have a problem with staying in the church considering that her family will be going too. I think it will be good for them to see the change in her and in the house too. She is pretty much for sure going to get baptized at this point so im not really worried about that. Tons of blessings from that family! IT worked out though because we have been super focusing on them. ITs possible we are spending a little too much time there so we are going to try and cut it down a little bit without offending them hopefully. Pray for S.!
Other than that weve been working hard and trying to involve members more with a lot of success. We have pretty much brought the entire branch one at time to the familys house so they know everyone now. Puren is starting to feel a little small now though hahahaha i know a ton of people here. its crazy how fast this week went and that we are in the half way point in the transfer. Elder M. is great and totaly killing it. We are really learning to teach in an engaging way and trying to keep the lessons really spiritual and simple and i think its working out. Its really hard to get return lessons here but we are improving in that i think.
funny thing we did. So i really wanted a whiteboard to carry around to lessons to be able to draw with pictures so ive been looking for a really small light one. i finally found liike a whiteboard sheet thing that was like a piece of paper but whiteboard (im officially thinking in spanish now so its hard to write in english). I needed something hard and flat to glue it to so we decided to use the back of the guitar hahahhaha! Its just a normal guitar but now has a whiteboard surface on the back which is funny but realy effective in lessons hahahhaa. Just still trying to do new things. I call it the sword of laban.
Finally at the end of the week we found a family that the mom is a less active from a way long time ago in santiago and she has like 4 kids and a husband that can get baptized so we will see what happens there. Hopefully we can find them again!
Its relly pretty here with thte rain and everthing is super green now which is cool. Im not sure what else happened.... The kittens are doing good!
I got the bible videos and that easter package that was smallish but delicious. The videos are totaly awesome but in english but i think i cand download the ones i want in spanish. Seriously the new ones are so good! They really killed it! They have really been inspiring me to study the saviours teachings during his ministry and im totally loving meditating on his words. I think so much of what he said to his desciples is so applicable to us today and especially to missionaries. I love the way he teaches. ITs so meaningfull to me that everything he tought had so much to do with rightoues living and desires and mostly just choosing the right. Its also impressive to me that he always warned that the path of discipleship would be hard but more blessing than anything else. Ive really been pondering his words this week and want even more to be like him, little by little.
Ok im doing great and am loving all of the work we are doing here and having a great time! I hope all of you are great! Heres some scriptures and some pics below. i only had one pic of elder molina and me together sorry ints kind of stupid hahaha.
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.