Wow it was a crazy fast week but really good too. We worked really hard and had a good time doing it too.
Maybe the best part of the week was this training that all of the Area´s missionaries from Elder Bednar! It was totally awesome! It was like a 3 hour question and answer type thing but it seriously felt like 10 minutes! He talked a ton about faith, prayer, and following the Holy Ghost, and I felt like I was able to apply everything he taught right away in my mission and totally saw the blessing from that. One awesome thing he taught is that miracles do not come until the trial of our faith, but that the trial of our faith is whether we decide to act without a perfect knowledge or not. The examples he used were awesome. 1) Joseph Smith didn't receive an answer because he asked what church was true, but because he asked what church he should join. 2) The red sea didn't part until the Israelites literally had their feet in the water. It wouldn't have parted if they just sat on the beach and prayed hahahah. 3) Nefi entered Jerusalem without knowing beforehand what he was going to do. Pretty cool stuff. Also he told us that the Spirit will not fill our mouths with words until we open them, which was a pretty cool thought. I've seen that principle come true already in less than a week. It was so cool I loved it so much! He helped me a ton.
After that I did an intercambio with our district leader Elder Christionsen. This is his last transfer in the mission but he is awesome and a great friend now! It was a different feeling going from being with a totally new missionary to a very experienecd one. I learned a lot and strangely enough it actually made me more confident in my own abilities. It was crazy though I swear like everything that could have gone wrong with our plans, bus schedules, and appointmants did go wrong hahahaha. We salvaged the day and kept a good attitude and ended up having a good fun day. We had a really cool lesson with R where she told us that when she arrives to know that the BoM is true she would take action. It was such a good, spiritual lesson. Only bummer is that we havent been able to find her since! Totally disapeared! Big bummer. We will hunt her down.
After that it was back to normal with Elder M who is awesome. We are becoming great friends and fast. We work really hard but have a lot of fun too. We were able to teach T a lot more and he actualy came to church too! It's hard and complicated to teach minors but if he keeps progressing we have no reason to stop teaching him. I don't know when he'll be ready for baptism it just kind of depends on if he can understand what we are teaching and learn how to apply it and gain a testimony. He's awesome though. His sister F turns 8 in April too ;) There parents are very nice too but not very interested.
We are really trying to work with members here. Contacting has been really ineffective because everyone works in the fruit harvests right now, so pretty much no one answers the door other than mean grandmas. I received a little revelation though to help the ward and Elder M thought of something similar as well during sacrament yesterday (I continue teaching 2 hours at least btw hahahaha all from the top of my head and they just eat it all up hahaha thank-you Holy Ghost). I thought of how in Gringo neighborhoods at home during Halloween we do that "boo"ing thing where it gets passed around in a chain to all the neighbors. It's like that but with service, a spiritual thought, and an invitation. We will record all the acts of service we do in a book and if it works, in just a few months we will have a huge book about how we helped one another as a branch. We will see what happens! I just realized Sunday that for the longest time the missionaries have sometimes been the only source of spiritual strengthening or service and how that's really dumb hahahaha. The branch needs to help itself too. I love everyone here so much! It will be hard to leave.
Ok I'm not sure what else to write! I'm doing great and I felt bad for complaining a little last week because this week was seriously awesome! I was just really happy and we worked really hard! Elder M is awesome too.
Not sure if you sent that package but I mostly just need layers and gloves.
I love you all! Sorry I wrote early today! Im doing great!
This pic is of our "generation" or me, my "dad", my "granpa", and my "son", thus 4 generations. That is a totaly weird and rare thing for 4 generations to be together in the mish!
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.