This week was kind of dry hahahah I'll try to stretch it out which I am pretty good at hahahahha.
Wow so this coming week is the 12th and last of my training! Next Monday we will know for sure what is happening with transfers but the expected results is that Elder P will go and I'll stay and have a new comp, but it's possible that something else happens. We will see.
So the biggest event of the week was that I did an intercambio to Laja again this week! The last time was like my first week and my comp was sick so I really only got to see the Laja house more than anything hahahah but this time we worked all day! Best part about Laja is that you need to take an hour long bus ride to get there from LA so that means an hour long nap there and back hahaha jk that's not the best part. Kind of. Anyway Laja is a little pueblo where two really big rivers here meet, and it's right in the fork of them both. It's so beautiful! There is also a lake right there too! It looks a lot like California actually, with rolling green hills with tons of flowers and oak trees and there were some pretty awesome views! It was so nice to get out of the city and take a vacation from my sector for a day. It really is so pretty! Hills were a new chalange because our sector is really flat but it was a nice change. I was there with Elder S from Peru for the day but a guy who got here the same time lives in the house too and it was fun to talk and catch up with him that night. I couldn't take a ton of pics because we aren't really supposed to take a ton in order to not look like tourists. Elder S is really good at teaching, really really directly and simply which is something that I totally learned from. We taught some good lessons that day including to one girl who is getting baptized this week! Way fun to talk to her.
After that it was back to the usual grind in Vlla Ohiggins hahahah. This week was pretty much pure street time with pretty few results. Not sure why this week was worse than usual with that but it's ok. Just have to keep chugging and try to enjoy it as much as you can hahaha. We knocked a lot of doors and it was really really hot this week wow. It's ok though. We had a ton of fun most days and tried to enjoy our second to last week together. It's crazy how well you get to know people after 12 weeks 24 hours a day hahaha. We still have a ton of fun. Days on the street are all about attitude and making the most of it. I wish I could tell you about some awesome new people we found buuuuut we didn't really find anyone oops hahaha.
We had some good lessons with M. and P. though! It's sometimes hard to keep the lesson focused but we did pretty well this week. They are starting to actually progress, but still have problems sometimes doing their homework. They're awesome though. P is going to cut my hair today for free hahahah. They came to church again! It was awesome! They brought a friend WHAT that never happens! Also Z's daughter came because she quit her job last week! We had 4 investigators in the church and that is totally a record for us and maybe even the sector! Some of it was luck but I'd like to believe that was our fruits for a long hard week of hitting doors hahahaha! It was so cool and miraculous!
Other than that stuff not a ton happened. We found a really awesome less active lady with a super hilarious precocious daughter who we are sure we can get back to church. She was just totally under the radar and hiding out but we found her hahaha! We gave her daughter a blessing of health too which is pretty cool considering how we had just met her. She is like the nicest ever and got super excited when we told her we would like to do an FHE with her this week! Also she said she would totally come to church this coming Sunday! If we reactivate her this week I think we will feel awesome and like we totally did our part here. It's easy to get down on yourself when youre about to leave a sector without baptizing, but when I got here we had nothing and we really have helped the ward progress as a whole and found some people. We've put our time, work, and faith in so we will see blessings eventually, and the next people here will be blessed too.
I love Elder P and it's been awesome these 12 weeks but I'm also ready for some changes and new responsibilities Even though I'll be the junior comp again I will know the sector and the people better and because of that I'll kind of be in charge. I'm just ready for some changes mostly hahaha especially after a boring week. I'm excited to meet my new comp and see some changes in the zone as sad as I'll be too see some of my best friends leave here. I really do love some of these guys here. I think I've changed a lot already on my mission and am ready for some new challenges to kick start some more development on my part. Still always looking with an eternal perspective!
Dad so one of the sisters I know met Domi Alarcon a while ago! Also Domi is going to Elder Sotomayor's home mission. Do they still live in lebu? It's weird to hear about how it's possible I could walk in a house and see you skyping with your Chilean buddies hahaha not really. Loved the interfaith prayer story about your work buddy. That stuff happens a lot here, including when Elder S gave a blessing to a lady with different traditions and who was kind of yelling amen and "si Señor" during the prayer hahahaha pretty sweet and funny at the same time.
Ok Macy you had some questions here it goes really fast!!!
It gets cooler at night but not for long. Still way hot during the day.
I wake up at 7am and go to bed at 11pm
We eat a lot of soup and chicken and rice
I cook cereal haha and ham and cheese sandwhiches
best cereal is like a combo of coco puffs and frosted flakes but not as delicious as either of those.
Ether 12:4 is probably the best scrip for me.
I'm doing great! Sorry if this email is so so! I love you all a ton and keep writing of course! I love questions too!
My goal i set when i left the MTC was to never waste a day of my mission, and it is still so true! I never want to waste one day.
Love you all!
Photo credit: Thanks to Elder P!
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.