Ok hi all,
Ok this week was kind of uneventful sorry! It was very average but good.
I'ts mostly getting very warm here. The wind is constant and pretty nice so it's not that bad. Summer is nice in Chile when youre by the coast so thats good. Our house stays pretty cool too and the clothes dry really fast with so much sun so thats a nice little blessing.
Well this week was mostly trying to hunt down our investigators who where kind of randomly hard to find this week. We kind of had a hard time bringing members to meet them too but it all turned out ok. Our coolest investigator thats really progressing right now is MC. She is like 60 and really funny and smart. She loves church but doesn't like all the rowdy kids. It's kind of hard to know what to say to her about that because honestly they bother us too hahaha jk. It's been cool to see how fast she has been progressing from just keeping her committments and having a real desire to learn. She is already recognizing the presence of the spirit in her life bigtime too so thats been really cool. She says a lot that she wants to change for the better and that her biggest vice is having a sailor mouth hahaha a problem thats not that hard to repent for I think hahaha. She loves how our church has a focus on learning and not just giant rock concerts, and has already felt that she leaves church feeling more full than she was before and not empty like She has in other contexts. Pretty cool stuff. We are working with her daughter too but she hasn't come to church yet and progresses a little slow but we will get her.
We are also teaching J who I think I mentioned before. She really likes to listen and shows a ton of interest but it's been hard for her to keep her invitations so the difference between her progress and M's has been stark. We had a lesson on Alma 32 and ithink it helped. She has a 9 year old son with downs syndrome who is really awesome and funny so we really want to be able to help them more. We will see what happens this week. I hope she can find the time and will to read and stuff.
One really cool thing that happened last week was an activity in the church for the mission work. The crazy thing about it was that this super cool priest age kid in the ward planned it and did everything for his duty to god award and we did like almost nothing! He just asked us to share a message and a game witht the other Elders and thats it. We invited M and J and they totally surprised us and both came! I think they liked it and the members did a great job of saying hi and talking to them. The absolutely insane thing is that like 60 people in the ward came to the activity!!! to put that in perspective thats 3 times as many people than in a sacrament meeting in Puren on a good day hahaha. It was absolutely full!
It was really cool to see and a couple of families even brought friends so we got a couple good references too! It was crazy. I think a lot of it has to do with how we have been really striving to forge a relationship with the members here and I think that's why it had such a great turnout. We just need to focus in now on setting up family home evenings with there nonmember friends and stuff. It's been kind of a new planning struggle for us with this member stuff because theyre all very busy here and we don't want to be a burden for them. We are still refining the system. One kind of funny thing is that we talked to the assistants to the president about what we have been doing and they pretty much adopted it all for our leadership meeting in Conce tomorrow with all the zone leaders in the mission so I'll be interested to see how they apply it all to the whole mission etc. It's going to be way cool.
Finding people this week was kind of rough again which is mind boggling to me because i feel like there has been like no pattern here about our success in that field. We were getting pretty frustrated with the people here towards the end of the week. I think God wants me to learn patience and to trust Him better with what happens to me and not just to think that my success only depends on factors I can control. I think I'm supposed to be learning to trust that He can perform miracles if I can believe in Him more. I think a lot of times I'm my worst enemy with that kind of stuff. Faith is a really complicated subject for me and I feel like I still don't fully understand it at this point on my mission and I need to study it more.
I can't believe that this cambio is coming to an end this week. It went by so fast it's crazy. I really really really hope that for once in my mission nothing will happen to us this cambio and that we will both stay here in the same sector like nothing ever happened because I've had a new comp every cambio now except for elder parkin. I will be sad to see a lot of zone friends here leave for other parts after being with them so long. It's crazy how much one can grow to love people from serving them. It will be especially sad to see elder cheney go even though he's got a great rest of the mission ahead of him.
Ok I'm sorry if this letter is boring. I feel like the days now go by in the blink of an eye they're so fast. I think I'm so deep into this now that it just feels like this has always been my life. This cambio has been just kind of bliss so I'm trying to push myself to grow.
Skype call is coming. How crazy is that. Christmas is a crazy time in the mission with lots of conferences and activities etc. I guess a Seventy is coming to our mission too so that will be cool. The new Christmas video is awesome if you haven't seen it yet! mormon.org It's so cool we show it to everyone we talk to.
Ok I love you and it sounds like you are all very happy and having tons of fun. Thursday we actually forgot it was Thanksgiving until nighttime and it was kind of too late to do anything oops whatever.
Elder Trevor Smith
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.