Wow ok every week is faster and faster! It got really rainy this week so that was a new challenge.
We started out the week Tuesday with a gran intercambio so I got to work a little with Elder Loose who is really cool. He's Argentinian but he kind of looks like one of santa's elves but rocks it so it's all good. Despite that he preaches with a ton of power and authority which totally makes up for his small stature so I learned a lot from him. We taught C.too which was cool and found some cool people. He's really funny too.
Wednesday we did a little attack in Los Alamos but we did it with a twist. We had everyone a week before bring a new idea of how to find people. For example we played music (look it was new to the rest of the zone), some people had like prizes and games and cool stuff like that and it worked really great! It was a crazy storm and raining way hard and we only had like an hour to look ( the hermanas got there late boo) but pretty much every companionship got into a house which was pretty miraculous! We got a little more sick so the rest of the day for me and Elder Runyan was mah o menoh. I'm better now though! The coolest part is that we barely worked up the strength to go to one last cita with A. ( I've mentioned him right?). The truth is that I was kind of losing faith with him thinking he was just going to be an "eternal" investigator but Elder Runyan was a different story. We taught a lesson on like just prayer and at the end he pretty much just committed himself to baptism!!!! He will get baptized the 30th! Totally a crazy miracle! A big lesson in faith for me. He just needed to keep receiving revelation I guess.
Thursday we had interviews with President May! Like I said before the most impressive thing about them both is there crazy humility. They are so crazy humble! They inspire me to be more humble and meek. It was a nice interview. After that we had time to do some splits with the APs so I got to show off C. and her sisters to Elder Rasmusson. She is for sure getting baptized but went to Conce this weekend so we have to cram in some more lessons but all will be well. We are really excited for that and it will be so dang special. The whole branch is really excited. Just have to make sure the font is working hahaha. They are awesome.
Oh also we went to Curinilahue and helped the hnas there with a really cool stand idea they had in the middle of the plaza amidst a ton of evangelical priests preaching. A ton of people were passing by and we found a ton of good people for them to teach later on! I think we are going to copy it here in Lebu and try the same thing.
Other than that the rest of the week was just a lot of hard work. I went to Cañete w Elder Willey again which was fun he's awesome. We have found a ton of people here but its hard for us to get return lessons etc. The same thing happened as last week where we had like 6 people committed to church and pretty much all of them flaked out when it started to rain Sunday morning (always Sunday morning!!!). We have plans to do a noche de hogar every night with various families here and have them invite their friends so hopefully that will work.
Today we had a zone activity on the beach of Lebu which was super pretty! There are some caves we went in too. We played games and it was simple but really fun. Our zone is the best there is. We got way lucky with the weather too it was sunny and warm randomly
I can't believe how fast this cambio is going. I'm learning a ton about faith and what it really is. I'm trying really hard to grow my faith. We see miracles every day so I have good reason to be faithful. I feel really busy all the time so its hard to find time to meditate I guess. I am really trying to always have a desire to learn and grow every day, and mention that in my prayers. The mission is such a good learning opportunity that I dont want to let it slip by with out taking advantage of it. One thing I learned this week was how much prayer has to do with our attitude and general happiness during the day. Every time I felt myself slipping into a less than happy mood I would say a prayer of gratitude and thing of a hymn and I ended up being way happier this week, even though I was sick. Having a learning attitude makes us happy too I think.
Ok that's kind of it. I really appreciate your letters and can't believe all your crazy adventures this summer (especially Macy). I love you all so much and miss you like crazy!
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.