OK so cambios news: I'm leaving Puren to go to LEBU! I was called as a zone leader too, which was really surprising and kind of scary but it's ok because I hear that my comp is awesome and also the Lebu zone is pretty small -- like 6 companionships, so it shouldn't be too bad, but it was still a huge surprise. Elder M is going to train like I thought! I'm way excited to go to lebu (except that It'll be there in the middle of winter booo).
S. got baptized!!! It was really spiritual and super awesome! The whole branch came which was really cool to see. There was a lot of things that went wrong Saturday and Friday but it all came together with few problems. It was really special. A lot of times baptisms are more stressfull than spiritual, but this one no. She just really has a light and it got a lot brighter this weekend. Elder M. baptized her and I confirmed her, and the spirit was really strong for the both. The branch is really excited about it and reallly adopting her as a daghter (or better granddaughter). We had a good once (dinner) in the church right after which was way fun. pics attatched.
This week was super busy for a lot of reasons in the branch and with intercambios etc but a good one too! I worked in Angol with Elder D who is Elder P's comp while he did the interview for S. She passed fine. Angol made me really really apreciate the pueblitos. I got to Puren again and it like scared me how quite it was. I'll miss Puren (but it's hard). Mostly I'll miss S. and her family. That's going to be a hard goodbye. I'm sad to leave Elder M. too he might be one of my fav comps. It got really cold this week all of a sudden! No rain but now in the mornings it frosts over sometimes and it's way cold.
This week was frustrating again because all of our lessons kept falling through and we had a hard time getting together with our investigators. elder molina and his trainee will have to get looking a lot again. A bummer but not too much cuz IM OUTTA THERE. I here lebu is kind of tough now due to a ton of other really aggressive churches there but we will see. I really have no idea what my duties will be im still not sure what they were as a district leader but a lot of being a missionary is fake it till you make it.
Dad ill need a list of things to do and people to see in Lebu obviously!!!!
Also I need Alex's emails and address pls.
Shoot I dunno -- it was a really uneventful week. We worked hard and walked a lot but a lot of it just kind of fell through when Sunday came around. Happens sometimes.
I really like Puren but I feel like I accomplished what I had to here. It was a really special sector for me. S. is special too because she's the first investigator I saw from beginning to end. I'm glad that Elder M. will be there to take care of her. What I'm learning on the mission is that there isn't anything better than seeing people you care about live the gospel. There is a joy that isn't really describable together with strong feelings from the spirit that just make a really beautiful mix. It just really gets me excited to see more of that. I was thinking Saturday and Sunday about how much time thought, prayer, planning, and just plain old effort we put into S. and her family, but seeing her take these steps have helped me realize that it is all way more than worth it. There's just an indescribable crazy joy that accompanies all this. It's what keeps us going I think.
I feel like Puren changed me a lot but in all good ways. I feel like more than anything my faith has grown. I'm really glad I had the time I did here. Obviously I'm crazy excited to be in Lebu too and im sure they will be feeding me a lot. Who knows they probably already know I'm coming, knowing Chileans.
Speaking of that last thing, I was thinking on Fathers Day that I realized how much of dad and his personality is from Chile. Like so much. They all remind me of him sometimes. Expert embellishers. Top notch. I'll stop here with the comparisons to not embarrass.
This email is all over the place. Sorry. Better next week. I love you all a ton and your letters too! Doing great here!
shoot also my camara broke OOPS not sure how it happened. let's just be thinking about the best way to replace it whether it be buy one here or in Conce. let me know what you think.
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.