It was a good week! I'm doing great and loving my time here in Cunco! This is my 15th week here and transfers are this Monday, but because I'm training it's like a 98% chance that I'll stay. I don't want to leave yet anyway!
So I worked in my sector on Monday and we found a pretty nice couple who were pretty interested so the two week finding curse broke wooo! Then Tuesday we had a district meeting and ate pancakes and I stayed there on an intercambio. The crazy thing is that we had to leave to go back to Concepcion to go to return and report finally, and we left Wednesday, so I packed stuff for like 3 days outside of the house. Tuesday was good and I always tend to have weirdly crazy good luck in Temuco and we followed suit and me and Elder C. found a really good family for them to teach hahaha. Then Wednesday we went and met up with Elder C.,my friend from the mtc, and his trainee in the very centro of Temuco. We ate lunch with them and worked a little and then rode up to Concepcion to stay the night. I stayed the night with Elder B there and it was really nice to catch up`with him.
Thursday we actually had the return and report meeting and it was really good! It helped me make a few changes to how I'm teaching Elder M. and how I'm setting an example and really inspired me to do more. I've said before it's easy to get chilled out in Cunco and on top of being sick I had to kick myself back in action again a little. It was still really great meeting though and the new president Wilhelm is really awesome. It was fun to catch up with a ton of friends there and see how everyone is doing. I feel like all the trainers take themselves a little too seriously though hahaha I think my strength as a trainer is just the fact that im Elder M's friend. I could kind of tell a lot of companionships lacked that. I think my main strength as a missionary is that I am consistently the happiest missionary I know hahaha. I hope I have taught that to Elder M. It's crazy that his training is half way over it went so fast! I feel like he got here 2 weeks ago! That being said we kind of have to kick it into overdrive so he's ready when I go. I think it's been kind of hard because I look back at my training and I really didn't have many problems with Spanish, but I need to think about individualizing my service to Elder M. We are going to kick into Spanish overdrive.
We traveled home and I caught up with Elder C. a little better, but we didn't get home in time to take the bus to Cunco, so we slept there and ate pancakes there in the morning. We FINALLY got back to Cunco at lunch friday and got back to work as usual. We actually had a ton of luck finding people! One cool experience is that we went to this little pueblo called Los Laureles for the first time! It was kind of an adventure because missionaries had never been there and it's part of our sector so we went! It's small but really pretty with a lot of changing leaves. We got our barings and got to work and knocked this lady N's door. We talked a little and she had never even seen a mormon missionary before hahaha that does NOT happen in chile hahahaha! She said "wait your church is called The Church of Jesus Christ. I heard you didn't believe in God? Well obviously that's stupid. Come on in and tell me some more!" hahahahaha! Gotta love smart people who don't believe everything people tell them! We tought a good lesson and now we have a really good reason to go back there and teach her and hopefully find more people unstained from the lies of people working against us. hahaha. I'm really excited to work there more. Bus schedule is a little complex but we can figure it out.
Rest of the week ended up pretty normal without too much to tell. Dad, I was remembering how you said fights would break out in Relief Society sometimes during the early days of the church in Lebu and that's totally real here. As soon as the meeting ended this time a bunch of sisters ran up to me to ask me doctrinal questions about denying the holy ghost etc etc it was pretty funny. Also I guess they were all mutually complaining about how we missionaries don't spend as much time with them, but I swear we have really dedicated ourselves to member work here. Just not hanging out as much. hahahaha! They're funny. I feel like the mom here sometimes who doesn't want all her kids to squabble. hahaha. I might start officiating Relief Society to avoid more problems.hahaha It would be a nice change from teaching Priesthood meeting every week hahahaha. We will see what happens.
I'll let you guys know next week how it goes with all of our new people but I think it will go well with some of them for sure. Going to invite a few to the relief society reunion aniversery deal this Saturday that our branch is doing.
That's kind of it! As far as spiritually speaking it's just awesome to be a missionary. I feel like I'm at a point now where although there are challenges and fears that I have, I also feel the peace that God will always support me. I never feel alone in my trials anymore. Even the small mistakes we make can be forgotten quickly if we think of what the Savior did for us this special week. He loves us and wants us to be happy, and part of that means to me to not beat myself up so much about my imperfections. In the end, the Gospel is intended to fill in our gaps and make us whole, and also free from the pains that have plagued us in our pasts.
Love you all! Sorry if this letter is super boring and average! We went hiking and got a great view of Cunco and volcan Villarica in the other mission! pic attached.
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.