Wow first off how fun was skype? It seriously was the highlight of my week and the hardest I've laughed in a looong time! It was way to short! I really felt like it was a little window into heaven, and to be clear I wasn't sad when we hung up, just kind of overwhelmed by all of it hahaha mostly really happy but at the same time sad to hang up. To be clear I'm really good and happy and had an awesome Christmas! It was awesome!
Ok so we started off the week with a Gran intercambio so I spent the day in Temuco with Elder M. from Chile, whos kind of chubby but really funny. His sector reminded me a ton of via ohiggins but we got to teach a few lessons and then contacted a ton hahaha it was good though. It was good to hang out with him and the other 3 elders that live in his house for a change. We had some really good laughs and had a good time.
That was Tuesday.. Wednesday we went to Melipeuco but the bus was really slow that day for some reason and we came from Temuco so we got there kind of late, but the branch presidents wife Hna E had a super good lunch with home made bread waiting for us. Also I'm not sure if I mentioned this las week but theres a family in melipeuco that owns a pretty nice restauraunt and every Saturday we eat there with them! It's really good we ate salmon there last week! Crazy delicious. I think I'm hungry right now so I'm writing a lot about food oops. In melipeuco over the course of two days there we found a few people that could maybe start progressing so we are excited for that. We didn't have as much luck in Cunco, but Y said shes coming to church for sure this Sunday! Also P is awesome and just needs to get married to be baptized. She knows everything and has a super strong testimony, and she'll be getting baptised almost for sure in the beginning of February.
So for Christmas here people do most of the celebrations the 24th. We ate a really delicious dinner with our mamita and neighbor Hna P and her family. It was super nice to just hang out there for a while and be normal people. The members here are just way too nice and a few gave us a few little gifts. It was way nice. We played uno and got too into it and then went home and slept. The 25th we didn't do anything too interesting because everything is closed, so we just kind of hung out in our house and with some members for lunch etc and then skyped you guys! My comps family got a little confused with the time change so we got pretty scared there for a while, but everything worked out great. Hna P is really just like our mom and even refers to us to other people as her "hijos".
Rest of the week was pretty normal. I loved church on Sunday! The tiny little branch is really fun in a different kind of way in that everyone is kind of like family becuase they know each other so well. I had to give a surprise lesson the third hour but it worked out ok. I love that branch though! Our chapel is on the main street of the city and was formerly a table store hahaha it's nice it has a back yard with a well in it which is different. I'll try to get a pic. I taught english this week using the Nativity manger and taught how to use adjectives to describe all the things in the nativity ie lazy cow, hairy sheep, little baby, bright star etc etc. Way fun. I really love the members here and I know already that it will be so hard to leave here when that time comes! I'm trying really hard to get them to like me hahahaha. My goal is to really practice giving more of myself to all of them and others to try and develop more charity and be less selfish and inwardly thinking in general.
I'm still loving the Book of Mormon a ton! It's the best and is totally our "sword" as missionaries. You just can't really beat the BoM. It is so powerful and its doctrine is so pure. It's a really good way to find peoples' intentions in talking with us too. I've been trying to improve my study of it this week and really reading every word and verse super carefully and slowly.
That's kind of it! It felt like a way short week! I'm actually in Temuco again right now but I'll explain more of that next week. The city is huge and really cool! My comp is going to Concepcion for some training for district leaders but we'll be back together in Cunco this Wednesday.
I love you all so much! Thanks so much for just being awesome in general! Can't wait to read your letters and talk to you again in however many months it is! I'm working hard and just really finding a ton of joy in the adventure of the mission and the people I'm with!!! I just feel really happy mosly hahahahhah.
Love you all!
view from a random street in Cunco and a pic of Mt Llaima in Melipeuco
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.