Ok so this week feels like a total blur. I'm pretty exhausted. A ton of work! So Tuesday we all went up to Conce to get our new zone and travel back to our little zonita. We got home at like 7, moved Elder Diaz in and then ate some food and that was pretty much it.
Wednesday we had our first meeting as a zone and got to work! (Shoot I'm really trying to think of eventful stuff that happened this week but im having a hard time remembering for whatever reason.) Like I've been mentioning pretty much our group of investigators has all dried up due to the baptisms, etc so we have been doing a ton of looking. Weirdly enough it has been pretty tough recently to get in doors which is strange for Lebu. Like really hard. I even pulled out the guitar again to little avail until the end of the week where it was too late for them to come to church.
Luckily we had already had the goal of working more with the branch to find people to teach and we have been trying really hard with that. We are aware that there are a ton of part member families and less active members here in Lebu but all four of us missionaries are new here so we don't really know who they are. What we have been doing is just asking people for names and addresses and trying to pass buy. Not a ton of luck yet but we are working on polishing the tactic. Trying to do new stuff always. We are thinking about doing an English class or ping pong tournament or something like that so we will be thinking about that. A lot of work to do to get our sector on track. We arent teaching a ton of lessons as of right now.
The zone is doing well but it's a whole different challenge with training a new ZL as great as Elder Diaz is. Also pretty tough when our own sector is having problems. We didn't see the results we wanted really last week so it's looking like we are going to land pretty far from our goal for this month of August but honestly it's almost kind of a relief to just be working for September now and have a preparation month. The zone is really good but almost everyone is adjusting to a new sector or a new comp or both. I love them all though! Our house is especially fun with Elder Diaz and Elder Duffin who got here with me and is from Smithfield Utah. I'm really exhausted though. I think a little sick now too. I probably need to slow down for a few days to be able to work and think here at 100%. We are going to Conce tomorrow for a training of liders too so that should help give us some guidance too.
Elder Diaz is super awesome and a great leader. He is from Cuzco Peru and is a really talented teacher and worker. He plays piano in sacrament too which is awesome! He is very funny too. Its going to be a great time with him!
I think I'm learning a lot about faith and paitience this week. I realized that what I mostly had to do this week was trust in the Lord and not panick hahahah and just keep up a good attitude and work ethic. Basic stuff I forget sometimes. I think finally Sunday when I stopped worrying it all came together and we finally found the people we needed to find so we will be able to teach them this week and give a good example to our zone. It definitely was not the easiest of weeks for a lot of reasons but not every week can be awesome. I think there is always a little bit of opposition right after and before miracles so I know this week will be better if I give myself the chance to relax a little and trust more in the Lord. Lebu is still awesome and we still have the help of the Lord in all things. It's been a fun week too.
Wow sorry I just feel way braindead right now not sure if I'm writing coherently. I also got to do an intercambio with elder Sterri from Northern California like 3 days into his mission which was really fun and gave me great memories of training 6 months ago with Elder Meiling.
The work is awesome and I'm loving it. Learning a ton as always and working on growing up little by little. Love you all and your letters.
OH YA explenation of the title of the email and funny story hahaha it happened yesterday so I could remember it. As a missionary you end up meeting a ton of crazy people because we talk to everyone. Me and elder Duffin on an intercambio entered a house with a pretty normal looking old lady but as the conversation went on and on it got werider and weirder. She told us she had a daughter in the US and said "let me find out where she is" and closed her eyes and just sat there. She started whispering "donde estas hija mia" etc and suddenly opened her eyes and said "shes with the missionaries!" DUH why didn't I think of that?! She told us that she can't leave the house much because everyone would ask her to bless and baptize them. We asked why and she said that she was the great Profeta Marta and that she was sent to the earth by the Father after Jesus and that he is her brother (true in the right context I guess). We just nodded and listened bewildered as she went on and on pretty interesting stuff. She started meditating to find out where her daughter was again and Elder Duffin whispered really softy "..florida... florida" to no avail she didn't hear I think. She was nice though and gave us some pan on the way out 😇
ok that's really it this time. I'll let you know if the camera is here yet!
Elder Trevor Smith
Picture of Sunday dinner with Tamara Alarcon and her parents. (Old friends of Scott's.)
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.