Ok so the week started out with an intercambio with elder p. tuesday which was a trip! S. drank tea tuesday and needed to go a week clean before her baptism but it was dum because they serve it for free at school or something. It at first was disapointing but i actually think it was totally part of god's plan because it worked out better for her in a lot of ways! First, she could have lied and said she didnt. Second, she immediatly had an expérience with repentance and will be able to remember this in the future and know that she can get better. Third, it made her want her own baptism even more than before so she is super excited and detirmined now. The good part is that she wasn't embarassed or sad or anything and just got working even harder for her baptism. She is doing awesome and will for sure get baptised this week. I really love that family and am so excited but I'll be sad to leave them when it happens. She is the first investigator who i have taught officially from beginning to end! that's something pretty rare and special.
The intercambio was weird because it just felt totally natural even though me and elder P were together like 9 months ago now. He is totally awesome and really working the last chunk of his mission really hard. It's cool to see how the mission really only changes people for the better and at the same time keeps them the same personality etc. We had a good day and had some cool lessons. One cool thing was that an investigator I. had read all of pamphlet one and parts of bom after the first lesson (that almost never happens) so she pretty much is teaching herself. we need to help her be willing to accept that there is kind of only one baptism that saves us but we don't want to go super hard with doctrine and just argue her into it. we are going to try and help her reach her own conclusion to that through the inventations we make. IT was short and sweet and a great trip down memory lane. It has been fun to work with him and the other leaders from the zone im learning a ton from example and i like that.
After that we had a good but pretty normal week.... We had a hard time finding a lot of our investigators at the end of the week so it kind of bit us in the butt and only S. came to church. It's ok though! not every week can be stellar. We still had a great time and taught a lot and were really able to see how the Spirit could guide us when our plans fell through and we could still complete most of our goals. The kind of last lesson i want to leave with elder m. with the chance that i leave this next week is to be able to be in union with planning and teaching between himself, his comp, and especially the Spirit. We both have strong opinions on teaching so we butt heads in a way but in a friend way so it's fun. It's crazy how specific the guidance of the Spirit can be if we really look for it.
Elder M. is one of majority comps, if not the favorite comp. it's hard to choose because i've had so many good ones. It was his birthday yesterday and we celebrated today witht the help of Hna margarita. We invited the elders from nearby pueblo Los Sauces and had a giant asado feast with a cake and all hahaha it was kind of rediculous. We played ping pong in the chapel and phase ten after and it was way fun. It's hard to get gifts for your comp because we are always together lol i bought him a completo friday night which is kind of like a hotdob plus. i tried. hna margarita spoiled him enough.
We frustrated ourselves a little wiht how we worked this last week and want to close out the transfer by working the last week like crazy and obeying 100%. It's just easy to get complacent in the mission sometimes but we are going to reallyt push ourselves this week. Ill let you know my transfer next week but i really have no guess what whill happen especially with how crazy pres whilheml is with the tranfers. this is his last one so im expecting that he will go out with a bang hahaha. Our new and permanent pres will be showing up in a few weeks. This cambio when by faster than all the past ones.
One really cool thing was that we found a new guy named P who really needed us. The main thing he is looking is peace, and he knows it, and he knows he can find it in Christ and wants our help to do it. I feel like with what ive learnede in my mission and this transfer in particular is perfectly suited to be able to testify to him about the healing power that Christ offers us. It was so special to be able to testify to him about that, especially considering current events in the states too. We had a good talk about the difference between wanting a "why did this happen" answer and really just looking for peace in Christ instead. Why answers might help us or satisfy our anger for a little, but the peace and the "living waters" that Christ offers us are what can help us and comfort us in the long run. Christ sometimes doesn't save us from the world, but He can lift us up out the effects of the world. I really think that might be one of the biggest lessons God wants me to learn on my misison and i feel like I've been prepared to be able to testify about it now. Im greatful for that, even though the road to get there hasn't been easy.
I love the mission and am trying to do better every week. Im really having fun too. Ill miss puren if i leave but i would be ok with a change too. I have a }pretty big hunch that elder m. will train but we will see what happens and ill let you all know.
love you all so much and love the letters. good luck alex i sent you and email too but i need his mtc email. Doing good and you're in my prayers!!!!
Elder Trevor Smith
are3 my letters getting shorter? let me know....
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.