Wow this week was absolutely crazy! Ton of changes! I don't really know where to start!
Almost all the zone went to the bus terminal last Tuesday to drop off and recieved our comps. It was sad to see Elder P. go! It's clear to me now how very lucky I was to have him! I don't think anyone works as hard or obeys as well as we did! I miss that a lot! He's doing great though! What I've learned is that i really was trained by him to love to work and obey, and there are a ton of people not like that here.
Elder A. and I are settling in. He's a really good teacher! And a good missionary! It's still an adjustment though. I know that with faith and love and hope I can do it! I know we'll ahve a good 3 more weeks (possibly more) together, so we have a lot to do. I plan on doing everything I can do make it a good 3 weeks, and I know the Lord will consecrate my effort! I realize that me and Elder P. were living a higher standard of work and obedience than most missionaries.
I've grown a ton this week from a ton of different reasons, some of them are challenges. I have a lot more responsibility now that I know the sector and members better. Everyone tells me you grow a ton in your 3rd transfer in the field and I believe it! My teaching, Spanish, and everything has just skyrocketed this week! I feel way better equipped! Of course I'm nothing without the Lord's help too. What I've noticed is that my Spanish is 100x better in a lesson, mostly because I think the spirit is there helping me stronger. Pretty cool to see how through surrendering our will, we see our weaknesses become our strengths. I know that's true! Even Christ is an example of that when He enters Jerusalem the week before His death, and He asks the Father if He will be able to do what's necessary, and a voice descends from heavan telling Him that His efforts will always be consecrated and perfected by the Father's will. Pretty cool. Ive seen that work for me this week as I've asked for help and for confidence. Pretty special.
We've found a miracle too! We found a family! They're like unbelievably good and receptive! It's hard to believe sometimes! We've taught them lesson 1 and the Book of Mormon, and they came to church! A, P, M, and F, who's 6. They are so awesome and nice! They love every single soletary sentance we say -- it's crazy! They are just the best. The only problem is that P's work schedule is crazy and she might not be able to come to church every week! If they come every week from here out, I could baptize them the 12th! They all accepted baptismal dates and are really excited to do it! It's really totally unreal after 12 weeks of doors in our faces! It's crazy! M made a homemade missionary tag that said "Elder M"! It's absolutely unreal! They are so amazing! I think this might be the miracle finally!
Cool to hear from you guys! Love your letters! Cant believe Bev opened Laja -- how cool is that! I so want to go to Lebu it's crazy. I love the pics too!
We are going to have a giant mission wide Christmas conference in a few weeks! That should be fun! Excited for that and to teach this family more. We are kind of changing our strategy of finding because I think it's clear that just hitting doors all day wasn't working. We printed out a list of all the members in the ward and plan on passing by every one! The hard part is finding the line between asking for references and reeactivating, and wasting time with members to get out of knocking doors. Still working on that.
I'm doing good and just learning a ton. A lot about how to rely on the Lord for everything. Loving Chile and the people here a ton! Going to end now sorry if it's a little short! Have a ton of pics to send! I love you all and am loving my time here! Keep writing! I love you all so much!
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.