Hey ok so you already know the cambio news kind of thanks to Lebu chains of communication. haha.
Ya ok so I leave tomorrow in the morning to go to Boca Sur! It is part of the San Pedro zone so me and Elder Gomez (different from my old comp Elder Gomez) will be in charge of around 30 missionaries I think. It's the biggest zone in the mission so it will be a big change from here in Lebu, but it will be really cool. Elder Diaz actually served there for a while so he was able to tell me a little about it and it sounds awesome. It's kind of a famous sector in the mission for a lot of reasons. For one I think it's one of the top 3 baptizing sectors so that's cool! We will see how that goes. It's aparently a really big and killer ward too of like 150 people which is big for our mission. I might as well be honest and tell you right off the bat that it's kind of sketchy too but nothing crazy hahaha. It's going to be way different from anything I've experienced so far and I'm excited. I actually already know Elder Gomez and he is really cool and funny. He's from Argentina and really cool so no worries about that hahaha. I hear the house is good too and I'll be really close to the mission home etc. I'm way excited!
The bad news is that I'm leaving Lebu boooooo. Way too short here. I was pretty bummed and really surprised to find out. I know it's the revelation though so it's ok. If there is one thing I've learned about being here it's that these relationships with these families is eternal so honestly I'm not too sad. Also with skype and everything now it's really not hard at all to stay in contact with everyone. At this point it really wouldn't be a stretch to say that a child of mine will serve here in years to come either.
The main rough part is just saying goodbye. It's hard enough in other sectors but I'm kind of dreading the rest of today. I just hope I'll be able to communicate to them all how much i really do care about them. This place is just holy ground for me and for all of our family now I think. To say that this is the end now I think would be pretty ridiculous considering the circumstances. I don't know. My brain is still after 3 months trying to get around all the profoundness and purpose of my being here and I still haven't figured it out. It's sad to go but it's ok. I guess those are my thoughts about it. I just wish it wasn't so short! It's going to be so hard for me to think about walking over the bridges here for the last time or feeling the wind from the ocean for the last time, let alone thinking about seeing these people for the last time. On the other hand as I've mentioned I'm pretty determined that it will not be the last time.
The APs kind of explained to me the reasons about why im leaving and it mostly has to do wiht that the San Pedro zone needs help and that after praying about it they felt confirmed that i needed to go there. Thats comforting at least. One half of me is sad about all of this and the other is really really excited for Boca Sur. I hear its totally awesome there. Its giong to be fun to be so busy and to meet so many missionaries there too.
There is a saying in the mission that if you're comfortable, you're not growing. I'm pretty comfortable here in Lebu hahaha I know that the challenges I'll face in Boca will help me grow.
Anyway. enough about all that. This week wasn't super eventful. B and P were out of town or busy all week so we couldn't connect with them but we did find a couple other young MARRIED couples here that we were really excited to teach and who seemed really interested. They will go far here w Elder Diaz and his next comp. We did a lot of service this week too including painting TA's house and helping move cement and weird other random stuff here, but that was fun.
We had a zone conference with President and Hermana May which was really cool. We learned a lot and I think my training segment went well too, so that was fun. I liked a thing that President shared about how Nephi making a new bow when his broke really wasn't a very complicated or dificult solution to their family's problems, but that it made a huge difference. I really love the missionaries here too and it's been so cool to be able to help them.
Well I guess I will let you know more about my next assignment and everything next week. We will be writing Tuesday and not Monday FYI because of the 18th (Independence Day) which should be really fun and crazy in my next ward. I guess I'll have new investigators to talk about too etc etc. Sorry if this letter is boring! I'm kind of braindead from all this cambio news.
I think a big lesson I've learned here in Lebu is a saying that Hermana May uses a lot, which is that God is in the details of our lives. I keep being amazed by how well He knows each one of his children and knows exactly what we need and how we can help each other during this life, and he doesn't hesitate to put his hand in and shape our lives if we let him. Our futures hold so much for us, and God's plan for each one of us can be very intricate and beautiful.
Ok well I better go face the music and start saying my goodbyes. The hardest part will be saying goodbye, but I mostly just have to trust that God will take care of them all.
I love you all and am greatful for your letters and prayers and miss you too. I pray for you a lot! Congrats Debbie again!!!
Elder Trevor Smith
Lebu Branch President Silva and family.
Sister Olga Oporto and son. Scott taught her husband, Leoncio Oporto, who passed away the week Trevor arrived.
Sister Munoz and her daughter Ximena. Ximena and her sister Lorena were Scott's first contacts in Lebu and joined the church during its first month in Lebu. Brother Munoz was one of the first priesthood leaders there.
Saturday at Tamara Alarcon's house. Tamara also served as a missionary in Osorno and returned just before Scott and Wendy re-visited in 1992.
The Ulloa-Oporto family. Vinka's family joined the church during its first year when Vinka was only 5 years old. Trevor taught and baptized their daughter.
Gorge Chandia. Scott met him, but he was baptized later, along with his family. A great support to Trevor. Says he's eager to meet our grandson "Elder Smith" when he serves in Lebu someday.
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.