Ok it was super fun yesterday to talk but weird because it felt totally normal like I had been home the whole time hahaha. Way fun. Also thank you for writing even though we talked hahaha.
Ok shoot so because of transfers I have very little time to write and talk today because my comp is leaving and we went to go play soccer in Angol and didn't get home very quickly so now we are running late to say goodbye to all. Elder G is going to be in Angol hahahaIh same zone so well be seeing each other a ton which is good I'll miss him a ton. I'll be staying in Puren duh and Elder M from Brazil is coming to Puren! I actually know him really well because he is from the same group as Elder M and G and started down in Temuco so I got to know him really well in that zone. His trainer is a friend too so I know he will be awesome. The Spanish for him was a little tough if I remember but that was a transfer ago so I,m sure he'll be fine now but the whole Portugese thing will hopefully be an adventure. He is very big so I hope he will be able to eat a lot hahahaha. I really love Brazilians and always wanted to be comps with one and learn Portugese! I'm way excited he is a super sweet guy.
Ok so real quick. This week.
I mentioned that D. resurfaced and we are dedicating a lot of thought and attention to him so that's been fun. He has a date for the 21 of May so that will be awesome. He loves the BoM and I think that was what made him resurface. He read like 15 chapters in one weekend and we asked him how he felt while he was reading and he told us "shoot you're never going to believe me when I tell you". We were all excited to hear about the feelings of the spirit etc. and he told us that that night he pretty much had Lehi's dream hahahahah! Where he sees Christ descending from the heavens with 12 personages behind him (1 Nephi 1)! Not what we expected but it works! It was uncaractaristic for him because he is a kind of shy reserved guy hahahaha. He is killing it though and has really strong desires to follow the commandments, which to me is an indicator of conversion. He is still kind of tough to find and real bummed that my comp is leaving but he'll get in the water!
Also we are still doing a ton of service! We chopped so much wood our backs are sore! It's been really fun! Also still playing music for our door approaches. like I said "when in Rome". It works great. I don't think Elder M. sings, so we will see what happens.
Ok also we found this family a few weeks ago who had been listening to the missionaries before but kind of only are interested in "giving juice" (Chilean phrase for wasting time) and chilling with the missionaries. We were kind of meh but we went back one time and they just wanted us to teach their 13 year old daughter C. for whatever reason. We said ya ok and taught the restoration and she was like super smart and interested and golden! Way crazy surprise! She accepted baptism and all that jazz but slept through church :(. Obvioiusly the ideal would be to teach the whole family, so yesterday we tried to push it really hard with them and I think we almost got them! They were kind of like "maybe if you can convince us better than all the others" but I think we got em. If not we will keep going with C. and they will be able to see the change in her and follow her example hopefully. Seriously though, she if she was the same person and was like 30 she would be a seriously perfect investigator. We will see what happens.
This week I've been trying to stay even closer to the guidance of the Spirit. I'm trying to really listen better in the lessons to the investigators and to the Spirit to be able to discern what they need to hear more than what I think they need to hear if that makes sense. The work is really fun and I've really enjoyed this week focusing even more on the people and really studying hard to figure out what they need to hear and how we should teach it. When you focus on the people as a missionary, everything we do from little things to big things has a lot more sense and purpose. It's also obviously way more fulfilling. I have a really big goal to be able to help out and focus on Elder M. the most I possible can this week. I want to really become a missionary who is good for his companions.
I'm loving it here but out of time! I hope youre all great and sorry for a short letter next week will be better! I love you all! Pics coming soon!
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.