Ok it was a good week 2 here in Temucoland.
The weather changed and it got a lot less cold but a lot rainier booo. I prefer cold. It worked out fine though and wasn’t that bad. The good thing is that our house is really warm so that’s a huge blessing. I finally got over my cold for the most part today and yesterday so that’s good.
Beginning of the week was pretty average but good. Tuesday we had district meetings and I think my class turned out well. The spirit was there and people participated and that’s the most important. My district has a lot of desires to learn so that makes it really good. Its fun to be able to try and pass on all I’ve learned here. After that we played some games with the zone and it was really fun the missionaries here are really funny.
That day we ate a really delicious lunch with some good members and had a pretty good day after that. I think I mentioned last week Mari the student we are teaching. We didn’t have a lot of contact with her this week but we taught her friend Joana on Tuesday and she is really awesome. Pretty much the same situation as Mari, that after working as a social worker she has a lot of questions about God etc. She pretty much has no religious background, which is rare for Chile and makes it fun to teach her. She had so much true intent it was crazy. She mentioned that she really appreciates the values and morality of religion (obviously as a social worker) and really desires to find out if God is really there and if those morals are really backed up by eternal truth etc. We had a good lesson about the nature of God and the blessings of the gospel but the icing on the cake was at the end. We talked about prayer and revelation and she accepted asking God immediately, which is rare for Chile. We talked a lot about faith and recognizing the spirit and at the end we invited her to pray and she said yes. Her prayer was so sincere and humble and desirous that as soon as she started the room was filled with the Holy Ghost. It was really a special moment. We asked her after how she felt and she said she felt something new but something good and we about lost our minds but kept it cool and told her it was the Spirit. She is awesome. Only bummer is that she canceled our lesson later in the week and didn’t make it to church but she could still potentially get baptized before I’m out of here. It was really something.
No contact really with the Venezuelan family either. A couple phone calls but it sounds like they are really busy. Looks like we will have a lesson tomorrow with them.
The rest of the week was pretty boring honestly. We worked hard though. A lot of English class publicity and looking for former investigators and less active members. Very little door touching which is always good. I’m hoping we can keep busy enough to keep that up until the end of the transfer. Our English classes are pretty good but need to grow more.
We did an intercambio with the APs in the southern half of the mission because they’re in my district. I think I mentioned that one is elder Willey who is a really good friend of mine from way back in Lebu. We worked together in his sector on Friday and Saturday morning but it was raining really hard that day. We still had a good time catching up and talking about the mission etc. I think I could help him a little. He and his comp have a lot of stress on them so I try and help them manage that a little and be happy.
Dang I’m struggling to remember this week. Sorry it was kind of uneventful
Elder Ritter is a good cook, not sure if I mentioned. He made some really delicious no bake cookies and some other stuff. We have a good time in our house. Elder Huerta has a Chilean version of farkle, which is pretty fun at night. Pretty often the members here give us food to eat in our own house because the husbands are working which leaves some pretty awesome nap opportunities after lunch that is the best.
Fast and testimony meetings in Chile are always really good actually. They are really good at sharing what they believe and there is usually no uncomfortable silence. Actually almost always there are one or two people on deck waiting.
I really like Temuco. I’m kind of bummed I didn’t get to spend more time here but its a good way to go out. The Mapuche presence is really strong here so it’s a pretty cool mixture of cultures with that and the German influence too. It really is a pretty big city too, at least for our mission, which is mostly just pueblitos. Its funny too because even here in certain areas the campecino (farmer) influence totally gets in and there are people selling chickens and sheep and produce etc. like in the middle of downtown which is funny hahaha. The architecture is really pretty here too.
Well sorry about a boring email. I guess I can mention what my class was on. I focused it on talking about how the best missionaries I have known here haven’t been those who come to the mission with the best abilities or the smartest or the strongest or anything like that, but rather the best missionaries are those who know how to best involve divine power and grace in their missions. It has a lot to do with the humility (Helaman 3:35 being strong in their humility). I’ve totally felt that in my mission; my peaks have always been when I’ve need and received the most divine help from God. I think the district liked it. I especially love the story of Enoch in the book of Moses and I identify a lot with his story. Most of the prophets have a similar one too. I love how the Lord tells him to "walk with him" and later Enocs "eyes are opened" and he becomes the great prophet he is known for being. I have loved seeing at least a little bit of that process inn myself and especially in other missionaries I’ve come to know
Alright that’s about all I got. I got the packages thanks! San Clemente cookie dough is delicious hahaha and everything else too. I love you all so much!
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.