TOk so its been like the craziest week ever but I'm totally loving it here!
Tuesday I traveled to conce and met Elder R. and we had to wait for all of our zone to find their comps to go home so we got here pretty late. The drive to Lebu is way windy but way pretty as well. It's really gorgeous here and looks a lot like San Clemente in some ways. IT's so nice to smell beach air and wind even though the wind is cold sometimes. It's actually way warmer here than Puren.
OK. So so much has happened im having a hard time organizing my thoughts.
We live in a nice house on the north side of Lebu. Elder R. is in his last transfer becaue he extended so he should technically be home, but he is still way excited and a total machine. I'm learning a ton from him and it's way fun too we laugh a ton. He's from Spanish Fork, Utah. We also live with Elder G. who is a Chicano from south central LA and is like the most Christ-like ever. Elder M. is from Santiago and got here with me and is totally way funny. We are an awesome house.
The zone of lebu is only 6 companionships but everyone is way focused and working hard here so I'm way happy about that! We have tons of really good missionaries here, so it will be way fun to work with them, We left Thursday back to Concepcion for a council of leaders in the mission and we got a ton of good training. I saw a lot of good friends too, Scary thing is that next transfer like 10 of the 20 zone leaders are going home, so I will almost for sure have to train a new zl next cambio. We presented our plans for the zone which was fun. We are totally going to kill it this cambio and are way excited.
Lebu is like the promised land! The branch is easily the best I've ever been in and really works hard! Theres a ton of priesthood and a solid 70 members who attend. Also, it's really funny because dad is like SO famous here. Even people who aren't members sometimes know him. I got to bare my testimony and introduce myself to all on Sunday and it was way fun! It's crazy I've never heard of a missionary being so remembered and famous as dad -- it's kind of ridiculous I've been really special to meet so many who love him and see the huge impact one missionary can have. For example. Leoncio Oporto is the district 1st councilor and went on a mission and baptized scores of people and is a convert of dad- that's just one example.
It's been realy fun here. People say I'm like dad but it might just be good old Chilean chamullo. hahaha. We are so busy and teach a ton of lessons. It's really, really easy to find new investigators here. I remember dad saying that they would show off their door approach and just say, "Can we come in" and that it would work. Pretty much the same applies today hahahahah. There is a TON of work to do here and we are working really hard. We are going to have a baptism Saturday too, who are 2 kids of a formerly less active member named V. and M. They are really good and super smart because their mom is a teacher. I don't feel very deserving but it's cool to be able to have that. We have some other good investigators and the branch is helping a ton so we will be able to have a ton of success here. Our goal for the month is 4 baptisms, which is a lot but I know we can do it!
Lebu has got some cool culture here. Lots of people work in the fishing boats, so a lot of men actually are with their families and there are a ton of people to talk to. A lot of evengelical opposition too but our branch will be really good to counter-act that.
I've seen this week that when we have more responsibilities and expectations of us, the Lord can qualify us more. I don't know what it is about this week, but I was able to feel a closeness to the spirit and a confidence in the Lord that I didn't have before. I'm so excited and happy!!!! It is such a privelege to be walking where dad walked too. It really is like a werid but awesome dream!!!! It helps me see how much of a difference we can all make and it grows my faith.
Shoot the cyber here is going to close, but more next week! Love you! So sorry about short letter.
still no camara srry
Trevor with Brother Alarcon from Elder Smith I in Lebu.
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.