Ok I have super poco time right now sorry!
Ok this week started out with a leadership council and me and Elder Oxbutter did our presentation like I mentioned and sure enough our "idea" or revelation or whatever got applied to the whole mission so that's cool. Mostly we just talked about not having vain traditions in the mission and especially not in leadership issues. we also talked a lot about making missionaries turn to Christ and their comps for the help they need and not us as leaders. It was cool to be able to show off the crazy numerical results we have gotten as far as how many baptisms we are going to have so that was cool. We were honestly kind of the central part of the training there so we didn't hear much else just a little bit about the new schedule etc.
The day after we met with the Hnas Capacitadoras of our zone and made some good plans with them for the next month in our zone. They're awesome and honestly pull a huge chunk of the weight of the zone without even being required to do it, so that's nice. We have some cool stuff planned for the month and were able to 'plan out our zone conference really well for Saturday. They thought it was really funny that Sasha our street dog has followed the missionaries around in Lagonillas for like 6 years.
After that it was mostly a lot of teaching and working. The new schedule stuff is awesome but we've had to learn how to use our time here even more effectively and that's been a challenge but we are getting better. We had some awesome lessons. Me and E Oxbrandy are in such a groove now that we are like a married couple or something after so long together. We felt like we taught and worked so well here but it still kind of resulted mediocre as far as upcoming progress in our investigators. Oh well. We were still really happy and felt the spirit a lot this week.
Coolest thing has been teaching this new family we found a few weeks ago. The dad and son are named J and the mom is named C and the daughter A. They are so golden. C has got serious health problems that give her a lot of constant pain so with that and some family unity problems they were just so prepared for us to knock their door. They've been doing family prayers every night! No one does that! J said that he wants his family to be baptized together and that is just the best thing he could have said hahaha. Main problems there are work schedules and health problems so they didn't come to church but I think this week they will. Only bummer is that they will be baptized next transfer and the most likely thing is that I will leave befoer that so E Oxbugle can finish here.
Our zone conference was awesome and like 70% done by the Hnas Caps and we were happy about that. hahaha They really like to take the reins and that's ok with us. We gave a similar presentation to the zone like the one we did to the mission leaders, but used 2 Nephi 2's description of the plan of salvation as an example for how we enter the mission and grow as we let the Saviour intervene for our weakness. It was really cool. Our zone is so awesome and we are going to have a lot of success this month. I'll be sad to leave maybe in 3 weeks!
As far as my studies real quick I studied a lot about what it means that Christ is our "Mediator". I read a lot about the conversion process and I think that we grow and act way better when we are motivated for our love for our mediator Christ rather than if we are motivated only by fear of justice or obedience. I guess thats what charity is too; being motivated by love rather than some other thing. DC talks a lot about that with the priesthood as well which is cool. Christ can mediate for us in all problems we have.
Ok I'm doing great here and working hard. It's been a good week with less fires etc. I love you all and your emails etc! I'll try and write more next week!
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.