Hey everyone. So I guess I'll do transfer news first because it's exciting! I'm going to a tiny little town in the very southeast corner of the mission called Cunco, almost in Osorno mission! I don't know much about it other than that it's probably smaller than Via OHiggins and that it's a branch of like 20 people -- wow it's tiny. I'll be giving a ton of talks hahahaah. It's a good place to spend summer because apparently it's really cold and really nice during the summer. It should be really pretty too because it's close to the mountains! I'll be living with just my new comp named Elder Gomez, he's from Colombia and I have heard he's a hard worker and really cool. If you guys have any advice about newish and small sectors with few members, let me know hahaha! I'm so dang excited! I've learned so much the hard way about how important your relationship with your comp is on the mission. With some struggles there, I know I'm so much stronger and ready to be a better comp! Some of the challenges here have made me like totally metal! After a couple of weeks of not working too hard I'm just so excited to get to work and be the consecrated missionary I want to be! Being a great come is kind of my priority now more than the "work". My comp should be my first investigator (Taylor ;)
Thank you so much for all the advice you sent me it has helped a ton! Taylor I loved the teaching manuel! Of course a ton of stuff is way different in Chile. Our mission is super old school with a lot of door knocking just expected. Also, literally everyone is sick of the missionaries hahahaha. The sectors are all pretty small too which is weird. There's just too many missionaries in this mission in my opinion. :)
So a ton of cool stuff happened this week that helped to break it up and keep it way more interesting and fun. First, we had the Christmas Conference of all the missionaries in the mission! It was so fun and really spiritual and cool! I got to see my friends from the mission and the mtc and we just died laughing the whole time. It was in Angol, which was cool to see too. Every zone had to put on a skit and for ours we did some silly stuff and ended it with a super cool musical number with the whole zone. An hermana in our zone put all the music together, with two violens, piano, cello, and a whole choir of everyone else! She asked me to help put it together because she was playing cello so I was kind of in charge and it was way fun. It was "what child is this" and whe had two elders do a duet for a couple verses. It ended up being so cool! Kind of a dream of mine come true hahaha.
The whole zone went to Yumbel which is this tiny town in our zone where 4 hermanas work. We went there to reactivate people and clean up the church records there. It was such a cool pretty little town with a ton of history and culture and it made me really want to serve in the countryside and I got my wish for better or for worse hahahaha. It was cool because I worked a little with one of my best friends Elder A. who went home this week. Way fun.
We had the primary program! Exactly the same as at home but in Spanish and with less kids hahaha. Same laughs and awws and everything. There was this one little girl singing way too loud and off key too and the congregation couldn't stop laughing at her hahaha.
We also had seminary graduation which was cool! Honestly I'm really really, really sad to leave this place I've grown to love it so much! The members are so awesome and are totally like my family. Kind of a bummer because I wasn't allowed to say goodbye to anyone and instead we did a ton of just walking around in circles. Way dum. .
Ok so Familia Pardo! They are getting baptized this Friday for sure! YAAAAAAY booo im going to be gooonneee. It's ok. I still think of them as my converts considering I missed it by 3 days. What a blessing though! They are just all kinds of amazing. I was hoping to leave here with just one baptism and I got 3! One for every transfer! What more can I ask for? (other than to be at their baptism hahaha). I'm sad about missing it but it's not about me and I'm so happy for them! They are just the best ever. I can totally relate to Alma 26 now!
Hey so I dont really know much about how Christmas is going to work because I'll be in a new sector. I'll talk to my new comp and get back to you Monday. I'm pretty sure it's only supposed to be 45 minutes (boooo) but I'll let you guys be in control of cutting us off (wink). I'm pretty sure I can email on the 25 and we can communicate in real time that way. It's 5 hours ahead here I think. I'm pretty sure for that reason it wont be earlier than 10 in california. We'll figure it out and be fine. No package yet but I think I'll get it so no worries!
Even though its been a hard 4 weeks I'm still just absolutely loving my mission! I love it so much and am so excited for the next phase of the adventure! I can't wait just to work super hard and meet a new group of people and a new place! I love Via OHiggins. I'm excited to be in a pretty place hopefully! Thank you so much for your help, support, advice, and letters these weeks! They have carried me through so well! I'm doing great and I was happy this week! Just know I'm way excited and happy and greatful for a change! Love you all and cant wait to talk to you!!!!!!
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.