So this week was totally crazy again wow.
We started out pretty normal but we are just always really busy here in Boca Sur and can never find time to do all we have to. One reason for that is that our apartment is pretty far away from the part that we actually work in so we have to walk like a half hour or take a bus to get therre and back. Well truthfully it is a blessing that we don't live where we work because that would be interesting.
One cool thing about boca is that the ward is totally full of return missionaries and other priesthood that is willing to come with us to do pretty much anything so we can swing splits almost every day! We have pretty much just been contacting with them for right now but it's been really cool. It's awesome to see so much willingness to serve here. Recent converts are also really awesome to come with us and excited to do it. For example recent convert Nacho is 17 and loves to come out with us. He is really special and has an awesome conversion story. He will be a missionary I'm pretty sure of it.
The bummer though is that despite a ton of work to try and find (which is generally really easy here in boca) we ended up pretty dry as far as new investigators which I think has to do with post 18th festival syndrome or something like that. Who knows. I think we need to organize ourselves better, use our talents more, and seek more inspiration too. It will work out it was just kind of a slump week.
One kind of funny thing was that Tuesday the APs asked us if we wanted to do splits and we said yes of course but we thought that it was going to be in our sector hahahaha turns out when Thursday rolled around we had to go over to their part of san pedro and work there all day hahahahah we lost another entire day of work hahaha. Well I guess we will just trust that our act of kindness will bring us blessings. Their sector was really cool and full of families and we found and taught one which was fun. It's a really peaceful nice (and rich) part of the city and full of a ton of nice people so we were talking to everyone in the street and they were all really nice to us and really receptive. It got our faith all elevated to do the same thing in our sector but when we tried it we remembered that our sector is generally populated by less fortunate (and sometimes scarier) people and it didn't go so well hahahahaha. A few too many drunk people I guess.
Saturday was really cool because the whole zone and the stake did a big service project in a branch of the stake called Santa Juana. It was really cool. They had a bunch of stands about diferent stuff and offering a lot of different services etc. I got some other singing elders together and we made a barbershop quartet thing which was really fun and we got together a bunch of hymns. My comp is a clown (literally) so he dressed up and entertained a bunch of kids from the neighborhood and did a show etc which was awesome. A bunch of other missionaries did proselyting and a bunch of other stuff too. It was really cool.
Sunday was just normal but our ward has some serious struggles with retention and union so we are trying to work with the ward council etc to fix some of that stuff. The amount of work for this ward is kind of overwhelming so we are trying to help out
With that we did see a lot of success with some less active members we have been teaching recently. Two families we have been teaching came this Sunday and seemed really happy there, so that was really cool to see. There is a lot of more work to do there so I think we mostly just need to organize our time better to also be able to proselyte more too. I'm sure we will find new people to teach in that way too as usual.
Elder Gomez might be my favorite comp. He's great. It's just been total smooth sailing. I actually think our main problem right now in our work is that we are working too hard. Truth is we have 30 missionaries to lead, a big chunk of the ward's well being, and our normal proselyting on our shoulders and I can tell we are working at maybe too fast of a pace. We are both pretty crazy exhausted and it's taking an effect on our ability to think and work. Not sure what to do about that really because usually the solution to most problems on the mission is just to work harder but i think it's obvious that that is not a solution in this context hahaha. I'm not sure. I'll just try and eat better and rest better and plan better I guess. We definitely need to take it easier or we won't be able to help anyone else. I'm pretty scatterbrained right now.
Hey mom can you send me like really basic recepies of stuff you dont need an oven to make? emphasis being high nutrition low cost hahaha. Half hour or less stuff. I need ideas and guidance.
Ok so sorry if this letter is dry. Love you all and im grateful for the birthday wishes! I think we will put an FHE together and do something like that wednesday. Love you all Im doing great!
Elder Trevor Smith
i dont usually carry my camera around here so pics are tough. ill do better tho
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.