Ok it was a quick week I'm having a hard time remembering but I'll try my best!
We started out the week with a good set of district meetings. We have
a new goal as a companionship to train the district leaders more and
in a better way. Really the leadership section of the missionary
manual is super good so we have been trying to teach them principles
from that to apply to their own ministering and service rather than
just telling them what to do. Our zone is awesome though. It looks
like we will meet our goal for the month which will be awesome.
We had a gran intercambio that day and I went back to Boca Sur with
Elder Huerta which is always really fun. I got to see some old faces
as always and we taught some good lessons. Elder Huerta is kind of
like the Chilean comp I never had. hahaah We are great friends now
after so long in the same zone. I got to go visit that family me and
Elder Gomez reactivated and they are doing great and we got it all
figured out so that the daughter can get a new baptismal record so
that she is a member. It was kind of sad but really funny too with a
lot of jokes about lost records and not being a member technically
etc. She had even gone to the temple to do baptisms and she never was
technically a member! Boca Sur is so fun and I'm still kind of envious
Wednesday was Elder Oxberries birthday which was pretty much just a
normal day but really good. We ordered sushi to the house and ate
that which was fun (yes sushi exists here but its different than in
the states. Not quite as good).
The coolest thing ever is that about two weeks ago we realized as a
companionship that we had enver prayed to recieve any references from
the ward so we started to pray just asking God to help us receive a
reference from the members and in a week we got a really good one from
the Elders quorum president. We taught him Wednesday and he is so
prepared to hear the gospel! His name is N. and he is 27 years
old and about to graduate from college and had tons of interest in the
restoration and plan of salvation and everything. We pretty much just
read the lesson pamphlets with him and I had never seen the heavens
open up so much onto an investigator like that. It was like as if
everything we said was something he had wanted to hear for so long.
The spirit was very strong in both lessons we had with him, but in a
different way than normal. I feel like often the spirit kind of has
to work really hard to get into people's hearts to change them etc. but
with N. he has been so open to the Spirit that the lessons have a
more sacred feeling than just spiritual. Really cool. He has a
baptismal date for March 5th and came to church and loved it so I
think he is in the water. Only bummer is that transfers are in two
weeks and it's pretty likely that I'll go but you never know.
Thursday was interviews w/ President May which was good! We went to
lunch with him, his wife, and the hermanas caps which was fun but kind of
weird hahah. When we got back to our sector we had a lesson at 7 and
he wanted to come so we taught C. and D. together. It was
pretty cool. We showed the old Book of Mormon video of Elder Packer's
talk "the Mediator" and it was good. President honestly let us to
pretty much all the teaching. I think earlier in my mission I would
have been pretty nervous but now I wasn't really at all. It turned out
great and we figured out how we can help them better than we have been
doing and they even came to church on Sunday so that was really cool.
We were considering closing out the lessons with them, but now it looks like they are
getting a second wind so that's good.
Friday and Saturday were pretty normal days but we had a great time.
It's kind of hot again right when we thought summer was ending but
Sunday was cool because we had a "zone attack" in La Marina and Los
Huertos in San Pedro and we helped those Elders out a lot. It's always
really cool to see the zone all working together. We got a lot done
together and it was a great way to finish out the week. I worked with
Elder Sheidel again who I think I mentioned is from Vancouver
Washington andi told him Christian served there.
I think this week we have really centered our studies and teaching on
the need for a Redeemer in our lives. I think most investigators (and
members and missionaries) need to in some way see shackles and chains
on their wrists and ankles first to really appreciate and understand
what Christ did and can do for us (break those shackles and chains
obviously). From what I understand that is what the Light of Christ
does too. Its like the spiritual nervous system, and through
spiritual pain (guilt or sadness) we realize that we need to change.
I think true repentance really needs to be preceeded by us choosing to
allow ourselves to feel guilt, and that we realize how bad off we are
without Christ as our Mediator. Then its way easier to choose to
follow and accept Him. Bondage and freedom are symbols all over the
scriptures too. It makes investigators realize that the conditions
that Christ gives us (faith, repentance, and baptism) for our own
salvation are so much better than how we would end up with just cold
hard justice for our faults and sins etc.
One really cool story me and my comp were talking about is about
Elisha from the old testament. It's when he is with his friend and
they are standing in front of the entire Assyrian army and his friend
kind of panics and says in effect "what in the world are us two going
to do against the biggest army of the world" and then Elisha responds
to him by saying "dont worry we are more than them". He prays for his
friends eyes to be opened and then he sees hosts of fiery chariots and
angels. Pretty cool. I cant remember the exact reference but I'm sure
you'll be able to find it.
Ok love you all thanks for your letters etc. Hope you're all doing great!
Elder Trevor Smith
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.