So exxcited to talk to you this Friday! Ok so it's kind of complicated here in Cunco but I think we have a good plan of how we are going to do the skype stuff this Friday. Our mamita`s daughter has a laptop and camera etc so we think that will all work well. We will do it at their house, and I've been told we can email back and forwarth on Friday until we figure it all out. I was thinking about doing it a t 3pm here, which is 10am in California. Does that work? I'll be getting on around then but we can communicate that day. I think we have to use skype dad sorry! Im really excited to talk though! It'll be so dang fun!
Ok wow a ton of stuff happened this week! Like so much! I'm totally exhausted but i'll try to write coherently! Ok so cambios (transfers) were Tuesday, but Monday night I got the chance to say goodbye to some choice people there in Via Ohiggins. Familia F. is a new family of converts of Elder P. and I grew really close to them (pic attatched). Also family P. of course. I was pretty sad to say goodbye to them, but they said all kinds of nice things to me about what I did for them and I almost lost it weeping but kept it together. I got his email so we will be in contact. They got baptized last Friday! I think the mission will send me some pics of it so I'll get those to you guys. It was sad but ok.
Jon S. took us to the bus terminal early Tuesday morning and I took a 2 and a half hour bus ride all the way south from LA to Temuco (biggest city in the mision), and it was such a pretty ride! Tons of wildflowers and volcanoes in the distance! Way fun. I finally got to Temuco and then Elder G. and I took another hour and ahalf bus ride from Temuco all the way up to the east over a million beautiful hills into Cunco, which is in a super pretty valley. There are mountains on almost every side, and it looks a lot like northern Utah here, but less cold. I have a few pics I'll get to you guys next week. It's gorgeus here though! Tons of trees and streams with little foot bridges! It's very country bumpkin. A lot of people have sheep in their yards etc. It's actually not that small though! Definitely bigger than Via Ohiggins! There are a ton of little neighborhoods that are kind of on the borders of the town that have just a ton of houses. Only problem is that we end up walking a TON. It's awesome though! The people are way nicer and we don't have problems finding new people to teach. The new challenge is finding the people that really are going to progress, because a lot of people just want to hang out. Book of Mormon is really good for that, because if people aren't willing to read and pray the Book of Mormon, you can kind of just say goodbye right then and there as tough as that sounds. We talk to a lot of old ladies. A ton. I love it here though!
The town itself kind of reminds me of being in the cabin at Murphys during the summer. Definitely not as mountainy, but the town is kind of like Angels Camp or something. Me and elder G. are so isolated here, it really feels like we live in a cabin in the woods hahahaha we have an old wood stove and everything! Our house is nice though. Elder G. is from a tiny town in Colombia, and is the hardest worker ever! We are totally in union with our goals this transfer and we are working so dang hard it's crazy!!! He might be crazier than me! He's awesome and still pretty new to Cunco and to the mission, so that makes it pretty fun that we are figuring everything out together. His accent is pretty different so communicating is kind of hard sometimes, but that's just little stuff. We are working super well together! We are so isolated it makes it really easy to super focus on the work. We are literally an hour and a half away from any other missionaries. I haven't spoken a lick of English in a long time, other that the English class I teach once a week now. I also gave a talk Sunday hahaha.
Every week for district meetings we get to take the super fun and pretty (kind of sketchy) bus ride from Cunco to Temuco. I love it. It's super fun and good for naps too.
Also something else cool is that our sector actually has C. in it and another city even farther up the same valley called Melipeuco. It's literally at the base of a giant volcanoe called Llaima. Its so pretty there its crazy! Theres a ton of houses and work to do there too. It is absolutely gorgeous there too. You guys should google Cunco and Melipeuco both and do some research on some cool pday stuff we can do.
The branch here is pretty small but the members are just rockstars! Only problem is that its pretty easy to tell that some missionaries in the past here wasted a ton of time just hanging out with members so they're kind of used to that. We are kind of starting from scratch in those terms, and its hard to be the tough buisness missionary sometimes when the members just want to chill all the time. There is a ton of work to do here and I don't feel like I did in my last sector just praying for someone to teach! We have a ton of new people right now that were found in the last few weeks and we will see how it goes with them.
Truth is I'm totally in heavan with this sector and my comp! I feel so lucky to be one of the few missionaries that even gets to SEE this sector, let alone work here full time. It's super cool and different from LA. I feel like every single one of my prayers last cambio has been answered and I'm so grateful!!!
We taught a ton of good lessons this week but one highlight was with Y. , a young single mom who after we taught the BoM totally committed to read it to find out if it's true. It was way cool. I've been really focusing on using the book of mormon this week and it's super cool. It is so important because it is actual tangible evidence of the truth of this Church.
I love your emails and sounds like youre all doing super well! Sorry about annotating Macy. I hated that too and still don't believe in it at all. I'm super happy and excited here to see the work we can do! I think we will have a ton of success! I'm super happy and am loving the work! Can't wait to talk to you guys and celebrate Christmas together for a little!
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.