ok so it was a crazy week again I'm not really sure where to start but I'll do my best.
so Tuesday was pday for some reason according to the mission so I wrote you guys then. Wednesday we had a zone conference that I think turned out really well. Our DLs are killer and really killed it with there trainings and lessons. Me and Elder R. talked about teaching didacticly(?) and just not being boring in general. Our thesis was kind of that when we are boring and teach in a boring way we get bored and the investigators get bored and noone wins. We akso talked a bit about how sometimes as missionaries we say that so and so is a "bad investigator" but the real problem is the way we are teaching, which is usally like school-teacher-robots. I think they all liked it. We tried really hard to apply that this week and we totally saw the results.
After the zone conference I went on an intercambio to Cañete and the Elders there had already set up lunch with V. knowing that I was coming We had a good lunch and a talk with her and it was way fun. After that it was hard work meeting all of their investigators and then doing a baptismal interview for one of them. She was way cool. K. has a grandma who is a member and who came back to church after a long time not going. The really sweet part is that the granma is pretty old and can't walk well, so K. (13 years old) pushes her in a wheelchair all the way up a huge hill to get to church. She was so humble and just had a ton of desires to follow Christ. The elders in Cañente did a really good job of teaching her and she was just plain ol really converted to Christ. I got to work with Elder S. who is in his training so that was fun too.
That day I heard that Leonzio Oporto had died suddenly. Way sad. We had eaten lunch with him 2 days before. He worked in the district presidency and was just really really loved. You could tell that throughout the week and the funeral services how loved he was. There was something profound to me that he was dad's convert too and that I was able to be there for all of his funeral. It was just really sad. The entire branch and even most of the city was mourning. We spent a lot of time helping out with stuff for that but the Lord helped us meet our goals anyway.
Better news is that we had a baptism! I think I mentioned it last week but V. and M. got baptized! Their mom was a less active member for a while but now is back and as strong as anyone. She's super cool and really smart because she is a school teacher. She always gives us and her sons a grilled cheese (cut down the middle) and a glass of cold milk and I feel like I'm like 9 again (it's awesome). Their dad who isn't a member came to there baptism and confirmation so that was really cool too! Their dad is next on our focus list for sure.
We are also working with a kid named G. who was in a similar situation but mostly because he is afraid of the water and doesn't want to get baptised. He is 11 but way way smart and is at the top of his class in grades. I think the past missionaries just kind of tried to force him into doing it but we are going really slow with him and mostly just trying to be his friend and help him build his faith so that he knows he will be ok. We had a lesson about faith and Peter walking on the water which has a lot to do with his situation if you think about it. I think he will for sure get baptized in July. he already comes to church every week and reads the Book of Mormon, etc
A. is pretty much the same but with time and a few more lessons and an interview he will totally committ to baptism.
Wow I dunno what else to say we have just been so busy I'm pretty tired hahahaha. Still really loving studying the very basics about the gospel like repentance and baptism. It's so special to see the spirit testify to peoples hearts and see them change in front of you. I have been realizing that the more we center our teachings on Christ, the more spiritual the lessons are. I love reading His teachings.
Ok still loving it a ton here in Lebu. It could definitely be my favorite sector I think! I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!
Elder Trevor Smith
like i said my camara broke. not sure if would be better to send me one or for me to buy one let me know. I'll be checking out prices here I guess. also today for the 4th we ate pancakes 😄
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.