Ok wow crazy week again whew it went by fast! Also this transfer already ended wow! Ok so i dont know where to start but ill try and figure it out. This cambio was totally crazy and really successful for me and we had a great time too. I cant wait to keep it up this next one. Ok so cambio news elder runyan went home (duh) it was pretty sad but he had extended his mission so it was about time. I really had never seen anyone finish there mission so well and so diligently. His last saturday he got to baptize A. too which is pretty awesome.
My new comp is elder Diaz from Peru! I dont really know anything about him but he just got called as a ZL so I'll be training him on that. I've heard a ton of good things so I'm sure he will be awesome. It will be way cool. Elder Gonzalez is leaving too but elder Dffin is coming to take his place and he is a along time friend so that will be crazy fun to live with him. Both of my district leaders are leaving which is sad but I know all the missionaries who will be in our zone and they're all really good so that will be awesome. Hopefully we can keep up the crazy miracles we are having here! We had 20 baptizms as a mission this last week end which is a lot and 8 of them were from our zone! Our little baby zone finished with 12 baptisms this month which is one per missionary! Totally a crazy miracle and we were all really pumped! Seriously our zone really deserved it because they were working really hard and obeying really well. I love them all! There is something different when 100% of the missionaries in a zone are working and obeying, and I think it was that that made the difference. We will be able to keep it up, if not this month then the next. It's going to be a great adventure again.
Ok so because of all the baptisms this last week we were crazy busy with the DLs doing intercambios for the interviews. Also Elder Runyan had his last interview with president which we had to travel a little for too.
We keep finding a ton of people around Lebu but they don't end up progressing like ever so I'm trying to make the shift to be able to work more with the members and branch here because they are all really excited! Hard part is that Elder Runyan didn't do too much member work and I've never really had a large unit to work with so I'll kind of be making it up as I go but it will work out. It all has to do with time management and visiting members at the right times of the day. Our branch here is really special so I'm sure there will be a ton to do like that. I think mostly we just need to communicate better. I think doing it prayerfully and in an inspired way might work too.
The biggest event of last week was A's baptism! It was really cool. The whole branch really knows him well now that he has been coming for like 3 months now and he is just kind of generally well known around Lebu so it was a big deal that he got baptized. He is a total character. He is like 65 years old, wears suits, scarfes, and a bouret (? is that how you spell that) and is really wise and knowledgable. He thinks a lot about what he is going to say and speaks really soflty and slowly and is just in general really cool. I think I mentioned now that he was already kind of Mormon without being a member of the church so really didnt have any problems with doctrine or the lifestyle, he just needed time to recieve revelation and feel repentant enough to feel comfortable taking the step of baptism. It was crazy because I swear that right after he was baptized he just looked like he had always been a member of the church. I got to confirm him and I really felt impressed to bless him primarily in his service to the church and in his relationship with the Saviour. I'm sure he will be a really important asset and worker in the branch for a long long time.
I'm excited for the fresh start of the new cambio because I really want to use my time better here and live up to my potential more. I just feel like I can do more. I really want to increase my spirituality and be that kind of example to the zone, my comp, and my house.
I feel like in the first 6 months of my mission, my learning, studies, and pondering were really centered on Lesson 1 or the restauration, in the second 6 months on the Gospel of Jesus Christ (lesson 3) and that now they are really centered on the plan of salvation. There is something about being a missionary and studying the basic doctrines of the church that is just unlocking a lot of mysteries and knowledge for me. I really love it. I've been thinking a lot about why we are here and where we are going and where we were, and I'm realizing that the baasic truths we learn in primary are so very special and that we often take them for granted. Some of the revelations taugh in the plan of salvation are answers to questions that people have for years and years. We are so lucky and we dont even know it!.
OK I'm starting to draw a blank here.... It's just been really great over here in Lebu and I'm excited for the next phase of the adventure. I'm trying really hard to keep growing my faith and to worry less. I learned a lot from Elder Runyan and I'm excited to learn a lot from Elder Diaz and the reast of my new zone. I'm doing great and am having a ton of fun. I'm excited to keep it up! We need some serious miracles this month but I think with prayer and the guidance of the spirit we will be guided to the people who need us this month and who the Lord wants us to find. Alright love you all and your letters! Hope you are doing great!!!
Elder Trevor Smith
sorry no pics dont have camara :(
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.