Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Well ok my email will be pretty much one big story this week because I know my mom is dying to hear it, and it was the majority of my week.
Long story short, I fell off a roof and broke 2 ribs.
See you all next week!
No just kidding I could not do that to my mom. Ok so lets get down to talking. So on Saturday we went to a service as the entire zone because there was a giant house in someones ward that got burned down in the night, so we went to go rip everything out. They wanted us to take apart everything and destroy it all so that they could start from the ground up and rebuild everything, so basically my job was to take a hammer and go smash everything to little tiny pieces. Awesome. So about 8 of us Elders got onto the second story of the house and started to break stuff up and throw it down onto the ground. We threw out all of the furniture, the bathroom, walls, toys and everything else because it all got burned. Well once we had the walls and roof off, I went over to a corner of the house to go and take out a beam of burnt wood so that we could take the roof between the second and first floors out. But, I forgot that I was in Chile and they build some parts of their houses with styrofoam. So right as I got to the edge, I thought I was going to step on a secure part of the roof, but my left leg went straight through a patch of burned styrofoam and I started to fall to the ground. Luckily, I threw my leg up on a piece of wood that was jutting out and I stopped my fall, but I slammed my back against the wall super hard, and thus I broke 2 ribs. Woooohooooo. So Saturday was a fun day we went to the hospital and they had to give me some medicines and did some exams and then sent me on my way and told me to wait a week or two and heal up and they I should be good to go. I am definitely very blessed nothing else happened, I could have broken way many more bones, but I am glad I did not. Once again, I know that God protects His missionaries.
So, the rest of my week was basically staying inside all day because I cannot leave so that I can get better. Elder Atkinson has been doing diviisions with people so that he can go out and work and not go crazy like me inside all day. We have played a ton of Uno and Monpoly and I have never studied for so much and so much time in my entire life. But, on Saturday I should be good to leave, so we will hope for the best!
But that was my week, I mean what is a mission without a trip to the hospital am I right? I just always thought it would be because I was mauled by a dog, but who would have thought that it would be my ownself that brought about my fall? But hopefully nextweek we will have some great news, love you all and let me know how you are doing!
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Brother and Sister Tilghman,
First and foremost your Missionary is fine, in fact, he is remarkable! He did however take a fall while helping in a service project. To be safe, we sent him to the emergency room at an excellent clinic here and they determined that he has a small fracture of two ribs. Not much he can do but take some medicine for pain and rest, which I’m sure will make him crazy. Under the direction and watchful care of our mission nurse and the Area Medical Authority who is based here in Santiago, we will be watching to make sure there are no other complications. If there are, we will reach out to you immediately.
I like to make sure the parents know if there is ever a trip to the emergency room. The doctor feels that within a few days he should be back to working, as he loves to do.
He really is an excellent missionary, and is respected by all who work with him. His Spanish is very strong as well…and very Chilean.
Thank you for sending us such a mature and capable young man.
Douglas J. Gwilliam, Presidente
Misión Chile Santiago Sur
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Ok so this week was a pretty different week than what we normally do here on the mission because on Monday was the Purge down here in Chile. But, more about that later, for now we will jump into the blood, sweat and tears that were shed this week in the work of the Lord. (Well without the shedding blood part, we were safe, it is cold so we did not sweat and the only tears that were shed were when we had some really strong fish floating in lemon and salt.)
Ok so with the people. Elder Atkinson and I have had some great experiences and miracles this last week. So we have been teaching a less active family who wants to come back to church and the dad wants to baptize his daughter, so last week we started teaching them, and she committed to a baptismal date at the end of this month! We are very excited for them and they have already shown their desire to change and they are very excited for all of these blessings that vendrán! As usual as well we have been in the process of finding and teaching new people the gospel so taht many more people can hear this message. Last week we taught and met a lady who had reciently been in Miami for a conference and we talked about the Hurricanes over in the US. We testified of teh Plan of Salvation, and it gave me peace to know that the trials of this world are not the end of our existence, this life is only the gateway to an eternity of love and peace if we live by Gods commandments. Overall we have been working very hard and we have been able to feel and have spriitual experiences with the Spirit!
Ok so fun story of the week. So every year in Chile they have a national riot day because why not? So it was this Monday and we had to stay in our house just for safety reasons because we did not want anything bad to happen to us. So what Elder Atkinson, Grau, Murphy and I did was genius. We asked permission and we got approved something awesome so that we could enjoy our time inside. We got a projector, Blu Ray player, some good chilean BBQ and spent the afternoon and evening inside watching the Lord of the Rings. Best, Day, Ever. Elder Grau and I are huge nerds of teh Lord of the Rings and when the opening music came on we looked at each other and started to tear up. So yes, there were some tears shed this week. So that was my great and epic story this week, and I owe it all to the gangsters for wanting to riot in the street all day.
I love you all,
Monday, September 11, 2017
We would like to inform you that your son has been called to be a Trainer in the Chile Santiago South Mission. The calling to be a Trainer is no small one, and carries with it many responsibilities. President Gwilliam has high trust in the abilities of your son. He has called him through inspiration, and is grateful for the willingness he has to serve and sacrifice for the new missionary to which he has been assigned. He will serve as a guiding light to his companion as he follows the inspiration that will come to him, and as he leads in the ways of the Lord, with love, longsuffering, humility, and charity.
We thank you for the effort you have put forth to raise a son worthy to serve a mission, and to receive this special calling of added service to his new companion. He will undoubtedly move the work forward, and help in the progress and growth of Gods Kingdom here in the Chile Santiago South Mission. We thank you for the service and sacrifice you have rendered and pray that you may be able to recognize the many blessings you are, and will yet receive because of the faithful service of your son in the Lords Vineyard.
With gratitude and love from all those serving in the Chile Santiago South Mission,
Secretario de Registros
Misión Chile Santiago Sur
La Iglesia de Jesucristo de Los Santos de Los Últimos Días
Dear Elder Tilghman:
Thank you for accepting the call to be a Trainer in the Chile Santiago South Mission. You have proven yourself to be a trustworthy missionary in obedience, diligence and urgency in sharing the gospel. By way of inspiration, and because of your faithfulness, you will now have the opportunity to strengthen and train a fellow missionary as he begins his service.
There is no other calling extended in the mission that has more impact on the culture and success of the mission than the calling of a Trainer. Likewise, there is no other calling that has such a great capacity to influence the individual life of a missionary than that of Trainer. This is a sacred trust that requires your best effort and commitment to excellence.
Remember that your most powerful teaching tool will be your example. Demonstrate the blessing of being strictly obedient. Be bold in declaring the message of the restored gospel, and inviting all to come unto Christ. Model for him the type of missionary that the Lord wants him to become.
We have confidence in you and know that the Lord will bless you with the abilities that you desire as you pray to him in faith. Love and encourage your new companion as he adjusts to the rigors of missionary life. Watch over him and reassure him when you become aware of signs of stress and discouragement. Be patient and forgiving and he will turn to you for counsel and guidance.
We will always be grateful for your loyalty to the Lord and for your willingness to accept this most important calling. We love you and have every confidence in you. We look forward to working with you and stand ready to help and support you in any way that we can.
President Douglas J. Gwilliam Sister Stephanie Gwilliam
Chile Santiago South Mission
LA IGLESIA DE JESUCRISTO DE LOS SANTOS DE LOS ÚLTIMOS DÍAS
Misión Chile Santiago Sur, Francisco Aranda 530, San Bernardo, Santiago Chile, 8070868
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Alright so we got some big news this week. I can now ride with no handlebars. I was pretty proud of myself. The other day we were riding around and a little girl saw us riding with no handlebars and stopped in the street and just looked at us with her mouth wide open in shock until we left. As well as learning how to ride with no handlebars this last week was a great week for us.
We have been able to find a ton of new people to teach the gospel to. There is a ton of potential here in our sector and we are very excited! Last week we went to a park in our sector and chained our bikes up and decided we were not going to leave until we got new people to teach and taught a lesson. We walked over to a group of teenagers playing ping pong and we played for a few minutes and then they all listened to us as we taught a lesson, and we have continued to teach them this week! We are so excited because it means a ton of potential for our ward with not a lot of young men and young women. On Saturday we also had a good experience. We were contacting in a diiferent park and started to talk with a young family. We had a great talk about eternal families and how to have one, and we found out they are from Venezuela and are really eager to learn the gospel. I know that under proper Preisthood authority and the convenants we can make with God we have the opportunity to have eternal familes and to live with them forever.
Ok so funny story of the week. We had lunch yesterday with some members and as we were talking and eating ice cream their little 8 month year old son started to cry and scream. So the mom did what I would have done and took a spoon of ice cream and gave it to him. It got real quiet as we watched to see what was happening and the little kid started smiling with the biggest smile ever on his face. But the funny part is he stayed with the same smile on his face for 20 more minutes. I can relate to the little guy, sometimes icecream is the best part of my day too.
Ok I have just decided to throw in a part on my email everyweek about my dog stories. I honestly hate these things. I am sorry to all you dog lovers out there, but you have never met Chilean street dogs. These things need their own page in Wikipedia. So last week we went to do a service with some other elders. I had a shovel in my hand as we were riding and a dog decides to come run at me from a side street. I let it get close and then hit it on the head as I was riding. The dogs ran away. I was happy. One day they will learn obedience. Like I have said before, one of us is not leaving here alive.
Overall it has been a great week. I love the mission and I love the work and I love the Lord! Keep writing!
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Ok so this week was an awesome week! So since I am with my new companion Elder Atkinson who does not know any Spanish, I have the chance to teach him what all of the weird phrases and things are down here, I will explain more at the end of the email. But as always, this week was amazing, I absolutely love the mission and the work that we do.
Ok so we will focus on the people. Last week we had a lesson with a recent convert and his sister and we had planned to teach them about the Gospel of Christ and the doctrine that he taught. As soon as we sat down with them at the church to talk, we felt prompted to change. We had a lesson on the pure power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We testified that he is our Savior and Redemeer and that as missionaries we help others to make sacred covenants with Him in order to have more access to his atoning power in our lives. It was an amazing lesson and the spirit was so strong, in the end of the lesson the sister of the recent convert put her own baptismal date for the 14 of October. I testify and I know that we must listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Not only will we have the opporotunity to have our own lives blessed as we listen to the whisperings of the Spirit, we will have to chance to bless others in their journey on the quest for the truth. This is an eternal concept. To be able to hear the Spirit, we must do all in our power to act, listen and study in order to be able, in the precise moment, hear what He has to say. These moments are precious and the closer we draw to our Savior, the more in tune we become in order to better hear the impressions that we recieve every day.
As well we are working hard with a list of some less active members in our ward. We have been teaching and helping them and their families to understand the Gospel and to learn to live it. Overall, the work is going great here in our ward!
So on Monday we had a really cool and funny experience for the week. We were doing contacts and we started talking to this man at his front gate about the Gospel. All of the sudden out of nowhere I got the urge to use the bathroom, so I asked if we could pass and use the bathroom. He looked at me a little funny and then let us in. We then ended up teaching him and we are going over again today because he loved what he heard. So long story short, God works in misterious was, sometimes in ways we never imagine. I was grateful we could teach that man, and as well I am grateful I went to the bathroom in his house, he had one of the nicest that I have seen in Chile, so that was a blessing for me. God works in misterious ways.
So that is all! This has been a great week! I love the mission, my comapnion and I are working hard and sacaring the mugre every day, which makes us both feel good. I love you all, keep writing and have a great week!
This is my favorite kid ever. He likes to play Pokemon with me.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
This place is a mad house! Ok so some crazy stuff happened this last week, and I do not mean crazy like I found peanut butter for super cheap in the street fair, I mean crazy as in people with knives and of course my mortal enemy, the dogs.
Ok lets start with the people. This last week was very good for us. Elder Atkinson and I are working very hard and we are really trying to find new people to teach, we are in the process of long, fun working days. We have a few people with baptismal dates right now, and all of them are Haitians. I know my emails all probably sound the same with me talking about the dogs and the Haitians, but honestly that describes my life right about now. I am learning some Creole and French and at the same time teaching my companion about the proper way to kick dogs while riding on the bike. Tecnique is everything. So our investigators Gilbert and Sterling are doing great, Sterling has been really sick for a while so they have not been able to come to church because they went to the hospital to get things checked out to make sure that she was ok. But, we are praying and hoping that they will come back to church and keep their baptismal date for this September. Yesterday we had a really cool experience. We were contacting in a park that is near a big church and we stopped a man as he was walking. It turns out that Pedro, that was his name, has a ton of belief in Jesus Christ and does not know what the true church is. We got talking and we were able to teach and testify of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was great to teach him, the Spirit was strong and we were able to get a teaching appointment with him this Saturday.
Ok so the funny story. So a couple nights ago we were on the bikes and we rounded a corner to go down through a subway station and there were some guys yelling on the side of the road. They had knives in their hands and they were not yelling kind words at each other, so we hurried and got out of there real fast, I was not ready to meet my Maker.
On Saturday as well we had a funny story. So Elder Atkinson is a little new to the mission and does not know yet about the terrible abominacion that we have down here called the dogs. So on Saturday we were walking in the street and there was a small white d-word on the side of the road. I kept on walking, but my companion bent down to look at it. I took that moment as a learning opporotunity and did not say anything, just so that he could learn from experience. My companion got almost down to touch it and the dog freaked out and started to chase him, my comp jumped about 7 feet off the ground and came running towards me. Lesson learned, welcome to Chile ahhahahahahahah!
I am loving the mission, I love every second of it. Today we went to the temple, and I love it, every time I go inside I learn more about the Spirit and I feel the truth of what we teach and preach. Love you, ahve a good week!
DyC 121: 41-43
I like pizza
View from the train station
It was a little cold, wow I just now realized I cannot talk a good picture, either that or I am not good looking, or both
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Hey everyone this past week was great, we had a ton of great spriitual experiences that have really helped to build my own testimony. I am sorry if I say that like every week, but it is true, these kind of things happen all of the time. There of course were some ups and some downs, but overall we had a great time this last week.
Ok so lets start off with the people. During these last few weeks we have been meeting with a less active emmber named Mauricio. He has started to come back to church and wants to come back in order to participate of all of the blessings that he has in store for him. We met with him yesterday and had a great lesson about the Priesthood and then later that night he texted us and thanked us for meeting with him and shared his testimony, it was awesome! We also have been teaching a less active member named Marion. Yesterday we had a great lesson agbout the Great Apostasy with her and her family, and for once her family paid attencion to us! They usually leave the room or ignore us while we are there, but yesterday they listened, asked questions and finally committed themselves to read and pray, so we were very happy!
Yeah so the title of the email. On Saturday I got a call from President Gwilliam to say I would be helping out a new missionary as his first companion. On the mission we say that your first companion is your dad, so I was able to be a dad! My comps name is Elder Atkinson and he is from Pleasant Grove, Utah, he is a great guy and I love him to death, we are going to have a great time!
Love you all, sorry that this email is short, I hope you are all well and that things are good this week!
Giant hot dogs
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Hello thank you all for tuning in this week to Elder Tilghmans mission emails. Ok so this week was good, bueno all of the weeks are good, but overall I felt this week Elder Alldredge and I were giving it our all in all that we were doing. It was funny, I talked about how last week was really good for us, this past week was a little bit rougher, I think the Lord was trying to teach me a humility lesson and let me tell you it definitely worked. But de verdad overall I really enjoyed the work this week.
Ok so lets get into the people. So we have been teaching a young Haitian married couple named Gilbert and Sterling, and they are doing great, Sterling got sick this last week and went to the hospital for a checkup, and the whole time they called us letting us know the play by play. We are praying and fasting that they will feel the Spirit and be baptized! On Monday we had a miracle here in our sector. So we were out in the morning touching doors and going to visit some less active members we had never met before we we suddenly arrived at one house and talked to the wife of the family out front. We went by later that night to talk to the whole family and we had a great discussion about the church. The father and grandfather were old members and remembered the great times that they had and we invited them to pray and read teh scriptures to see if theis was the truth and the gospel and what they should do to come back. They accepted our invitacion and are trying to come back to the church, we are very excited for them. It was a powerful and very blessed conversation, once again I am grateful to have these kind of opporotuniteis here on the mission. Overall very pleased and happy with what is going on!
Ok so this last Monday was really cool. So usually for lunch here in our ward we go to a members house and eat chicken and rice and sometimes beans, but Monday was a change. We went to this members house and he had prepared for us a Thai lunch. We ate some noodles with chicken and shrimp and a peanut sauce, I think it was the fanciest meal I have ever eaten on my mission. My definition of fancy used to be a hamburger with ketchup, but Brother Salazar, the member, stepped up the game. Thai food was great.
Ok so also funny story of the week. Last night we were on our bikes and we were going down a dark road. I could see up in the distance a couple a crazy dogs who were chasing people, so I mentally prepared myself for the fight of my life. But, we got there and the dogs were not there. We passed the corner and we saw them sitting down all calm next to a super old guy in the street. As we passed the old guy he looked at us yelled, and yelled at the dogs "ataquenlos" which means attack them. Needless to say I have never biked so fast in my entire life to get out of there.
Anyway good week and it has been awesome here in the mission. Love the people, hate the dogs, all good.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
What a great week! This last week was really awesome Elder Alldredge and I are tearing it up here in our sector it is great! I have really seen the blessings of the Lord and the blessings of worker smarter and harder each day in the mission field. But yeah overall it was a killer week, sacamos la mugre, I have no idea how to say that in English, just plug it in to google translate. As always I love the work and what we do, but it makes it even better when we are able to see the fruits of our labors and to help other people change their lives. With that said, lets go and talk about the people.
Ok so we have a couple people to talk about this week. Gilbert and Sterling are a married Haitian couple that we have been teaching for about 2 weeks. This past week we invited them to be baptized and they said yes! They have a date for the beginning of September, and on top of that they want to have a party in the chapel for like a wedding shower, so we will see how that goes as well. I am super excited for them and looking forward to their baptismal date! This past week as well we went and taught Rafael and Paola. They are a young married couple who just moved into the ward and were being taught by other missionaries a few miles away. We went and talked with them about prayer and gaining a testimony, and the Spirit was very powerful. As we were teaching the Spirit testified of every word, and I felt power in each letter that we uttered. We shared the story of Enos and his example of prayer from the Book of Mormon, and then they as well committed to be baptized at the end of September! I am so happy for them.
This past week as well we had a very cool lesson. We have another Haitian investgator named Gilbe. We went to go and teach him about the book of mormon, and he had invited his whole family of 6 to listen to us! That was not even the best part. We asked his cousin to start with a prayer, and what happened next was unexpected. She began to sing in French a hymn, and about 3 seconds in Elder Alldredge and I realized she was singing "How Great Thou Art" so we started to sing along in Spanish. The Spirit filled the room, and afterwards she gave the prayer and we were able to teach a very powerful lesson. I am so grateful to be a missionary.
Ok so as well I would like to explain the title of the email. This morning at like 3 in the morning I was asleep in my bed all nice and warm with my blanket and pillow. All of the sudden the house began to shake and some stuff in the kitchen fell. Mother Nature woke us all up with a little tremor. It lasted for about 30 seconds, in the which we all woke up and then we had to make sure everyone was ok. It was all fine, and then we went back to sleep. It was a pretty sureal experience being woken up by an earthquake.
I am loving the mission and loving the work. I hope you are all doing good, You definitely have to come visit Chile one day, maybe not where I am at because it is the ghetto, but the people are hilarious, I love it. Love you all, do not forget to write!
Hey everyone I hope you all had a good week, my week was great. Life is going as normal, and Elder Alldredge and I are having some reall success in our sector, which as always makes us happy to see that all of our efforts are paying off! From a baptism to some really cool new people, the work has been progressing in San Bernardo.
Ok so first things first with the gente. On Saturday Ernesto got baptized! It was a really awesome day and we were very happy for him and his decision to join the church. All saturday morning we went and cleaned the chapel and filled up the font to get ready, and then we had the baptismal service in the afternoon. It was crazy to see family from all different parts of Santiago show up and support Ernesto in his decision. I was asked to play the piano to start the ceremony, so yes Kaci and Conner, keep practicing because you will never know when someone needs you to play. During the baptism we had a great turnout from the ward members who came and supported, I think there were in total about 100 people there! And then on Sunday Ernesto was confirmed a member during sacrament meeting.
We have also had some good experiences this week in finding a ton of new people to teach. One of our Haitian investigators we have been teaching presented us the family of his friend to teach, and we got to teach the whole family about how we can have family relationships forever, it was awesome! Our goal now is to fix some dates for baptism with people so that they, like Ernesto can enter into Heavenly Fathers kingdom. I love being busy and having a ton to do!
Ok so cool story of the week. So we ride around on bikes which is really fun because we can get around the sector really fast if we need to. Anyway, we were going down a hill in our sector, and right by us sped a bus. It was really close to us, I thought we were goners for sure, but we survived. I enjoyed it though, it was like the kind of rush you get on a rollercoaster, so even though we almost died, it is all good.
Overall I am loving the mission. Today we went to the temple for our free day and afterwards we went and ate at Carls Jr, the only one in Chile. I am so grateful to be here serving the Lord and helping HIm progress his work. Love you all, I hope you have a great week!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Snow! I cannot believe what happened on Saturday, it was so cold and rainy here that it actually turned into snow! We woke up on Saturday morning and our entire house and our patio was covered in the fluffy white stuff. Being an Arizona boy, it was very weird for me seeing snow, no we did not have time to go make a snow man, but we had a small snow ball fight with all of the Elders in our house Saturday morning. It was the first time in 50 years it had snowed in our area, it was awesome. But of course, wherever there is happiness, the pain will follow. Because the area was not used to snow, all of our power cut out for about a day and a half, so needless to say we were very cold. We could not use our bikes on that day because the roads were all snowy and covered in ice, so we had to walk. It was a fun day to be out in the freezing cold and the snow, I enjoyed the time to be in a different setting than I am used to.
Ok back to the business of the people. Ernesto, the young kid we have been teaching will be baptized on Saturday! We are very excited for him and for his decision to draw closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. He is very prepared and ready and his entire family is coming from all different parts of Santiago to come and see so Elder Alldredge and I could not be happier. Hopefully this time next week I will be bringing you some good news. We have also been teaching and helping out a ton of Haitians as well. They come here to Chile with nothing, including blankets and winter clothes, so we spent some time with our bishop getting supplies for them so that they could get throught the snow and cold weather better. We have one Haitian investigator who is awesome. His name is Aristide and he has been in Chile for about a month now. His house is super small, he literally lives in a room the size of my bathroom back in my house in Mesa. He is a great, spiritual guy and we have had some amazing lessons with him. Last week we were talking with him about prayer and how to pray, and he offered to say the last pray before we left. It was the first time he had prayed outloud in his life and it was very powerful, he said a quick pray blessing hiself and his family and the Spirit filled the tiny room. I am very grateful to be trusted to have experineces like that with these people. And as always the work continues to go on.
I am so grateful for every opportunity that I have here on the mission. Yes there aer hard times like when we do not have power and it is freezing cold and snowing, but there is no better place in the world to be. Looking at it, our challenges and obstacles really are nothing compared to the trials of the One who suffered All. We are priveledged with every thing we have and wiht all of our blessings thanks to one act of one Being who saved us all. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Redeemer of all sin for mankind. I hope you al have a great week!
Last week with President we went on a hike
A recycled elephant
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Update: My legs are sore. I love being on the bike it is awesome, it is definitely way different than walking around all day like I did for the first year of my mission. This week was great! I absolutely love my new sector, the ward is awesome and the people here are amazing. This is definietly the strongest ward I have had in my whole mission and the members are awesome, all of them are machines. It is also a lot easier to find new people to teach here in this sector, the people seem more receptive, and the area is way bigger, so we have some cool places to do some contacting.
The investigators here are awesome. Ok so first off we have Pablo, Javierra and Maxi. They are the brothers and sister of a recent convert here in the ward, and we have put a goal with baptism with them as well for in about three weeks. Those kids are awesome, they read and pray and they told us they want to get baptized, I am so excited for them. Pablo makes fun of us because he thinks we have a gringo accent somtimes, the kid cracks me up. We went to mutual and played soccer with them last night with the Youngs Mens and the leaders and it was awesome, they got to know the ward a little better. Our next investigator is a kid named Ernesto. His family is coming back to the church after losing contact for a period of years, and their 9 year old son Ernesto has been coming with them. He wants to get baptized as well, and we are really working with the family so that they can all prepare themselves to enter the temple and prepare to have an eternal family. The good thing is they love going to church and meeting the members and people that they new before, and Ernesto has expressed his desire to be baptized. Last week we also got into contact with a Haitian who wanted to meet with us. He had met with the missionaries before in Haiti and lost contact and wanted to get together with us again. We went and taught about the Restoration and he commited to coming to church. Reciently as well Elder Alldredge and I have been using a survey in order to talk to people about God and the Gospel and it has been awesome for us. We have been able to talk to many different people and they have opened up their desires to learn more about their purpose in life and we have been able to testify of the truth that we know and the fundamental and eternal principles that will never change, which bring hope and joy into our lives. Overall the sector is on fire.
Ok so funny story of the week. So the neighborhood that we live in is a gated communtiy and to open up the gate we have an automatic opener on our keychain that we carry around with us. Yesterday I asked Elder Alldredge to open the gate, and right as he opened it I moved my hand so it looked like I used the Force to push it open. The funny part was on the other side of the gate was a little kid on his bicicleta. When he saw the gate open when I moved my hand he stopped and stared at me with his mouth wide open. He stared at me and my companion the whole way down the street, and then we laughed about it afterward. I finally completed my dream of being a Jedi and using the Force. I am the Chosen One.
The mission is amazing, the Spirit and the experiences are not only a testimony to the people we teach, but to me as well. I know and I testify this is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. After a great long night of Apostasy, our kind, loving Heavenly Father has restored His truth in its glory and fulness for us, His children. He has a plan, and wants us to obey because he knows that we will be happy, not only for this life, but for the eternities and the life to come. And that is the glorious truth that we share. Thanks to Him, this life on earth is not the end, Death has been conquered and sin has been vanquished. I know and share, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
3 Nefi 12:14-16
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Hey everyone so this past week we had changes and I left my old sector, Condell. I was there for 6 months and honesly I can say it was amazing, the people are genuine and sincere, and the work of the Lord will continue to advance. I am now in a new sector a little south of where I was before, and it is called Maestranza. My old area was super ghetto and not going to lie, pretty scary, but my new area is super nice, there are nice houses and the people are a little better off. but do not worry, there are still dogs and they chased us yesterday because I am now on a bike! So, the dogs now chase me as I am flying down the road on two wheels.... we will see how this goes, those suckers are fast.
When I left my old sector, we had some people with some baptismal dates, Sammy and Mathieu, both of which are Haitians who speak fluent English. We are working with them so that they can progress and feel more comfortable in church, becuase they do not speak Spanish yet they feel a little left out at times, but the language will come, I am a witness of that. I am sad to leave those guys, but I know that they are in good hands and that they will be taken care of.
Here in my new sector I also have a new companion named Elder Alldredge! He is from Kanab, Utah and his family owns a fast food restaurant there, so I will definitely be going to visit him. He is a great guy and I have known him for a while now here on the mission, and I am excited to be with him. I live with two Elders named Elder Champutiz and Elder Grau. champutiz is from Ecuador and Grau is from Spain, they are super cool guys.
Of course there is also a funny story of the week. On Sunday Chile played against Germany in teh Confederations Cup Final for soccer and lost. So of course what did the Chileans do all day? Yell at us. Just because we are white people does not mean we are from Germany, but everyone thought that on Sunday so the whole world was mad at us, but it is what it is.
Overall I am loving the work and the way that things are going. Love the people, food, work and studies, but no lie I could do without the dogs. I hope you are all having a great week, love you!
Last house picture
My Haitian brothers!
It was sad to say goodbye to the soccer squad
One year down
This is the only dog I like
Love you Elder Marinez, te cuidai poh
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Hello my friends! Another beautiful day down in Santiago, the weather is actually a little warm and sunny today, so that is a nice change of scenery. The dogs have started to chase around the other Elders so now it is their turn to suffer. And we just watched the Chile soccer game in the Confederations Cup against Portugal for Pday, overall it has been a pretty swell day.
Ok where to begin? This week we made some serious progress with our investigators. we have strong concrete dates with people who actually have the desires to submit themselves to the Fathers will and follow the example of his son Jesus Christ. It has been a miracle watching the Atonement work in the lives of people, the ones we teach and also my own personal one. Elder Gates and I have also started to teach some of the kids who come to Mutual and play soccer with us. We had a good lesson in the street with them about The Restoration on Sunday, the Spirit really testified of the truth. The kids decided to learn more and have been studying the pamphlets that we have left them to read, so we are excited for the progress that we could have there. We also had a powerful lesson on Monday night with a less active member. He has been struggling with some life problems and choices and we had a powerful conversation on the power of Christ to break the strongest bonds, even those of heartache and addiction. Overall I am loving the work and how it is progressing.
Ok so funny story of the week happened about an hour ago. We were watching the Chile soccer game in the house of a member and all of the sudden during the penalty kicks the tv stopped working. We were freaking out and we decided to ran outside in the apartment complex, and we finished watching the game with the neighbors of the people we knew. We just burst in their door asking about the game, and they told us to sit down (Chileans are very nice when you want to watch soccer with them). Chile won, and we got scared. We were in a prettty rough part of the neighborhood, and everyone started leaving their house and yelling and going crazy, on top of that they might have been a little drunk, so it was interesting. But Chile won!
I love the mission and love how things are going, I can honestly say I have not had a better experience in my entire life. The people, places, animals, food, atmosphere and the lifestyle are all different, but in the end all of us are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. That is our purpose, to bring His lost souls back to him, and I would not rather be doing anything else. I love you!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Hey everyone this week was a great week down in Chile, and like always there was a weird story. Honestly the things that happen are ridiculous, sometimes the way the people think just makes me shake my head, but on with the email!
For the last few weeks we have been having some solid investigators come to church, and they are all Haitian. They have been coming to church and reading the book of mormon, but we are working with them about teaching that the Priesthood authority from God has been restored after the death of Jesus Christ, they have a hard time with that one. We have gotten the ward to help us with some of the Haitians needs, so we are helping them to find jobs, food and get some well needed supplies that people need, especially during the winter. We hope that through fasting and prayer, both our own and that of our investigators, that they can progress towards a baptismal date and be baptized! We have also had a ton of fun this past week trying to find and teach new people. It gets dark here at like 6 o'clock at night because we are in winter, so we spend a lot of time trying to teach and contact people in the dark, cold night. I mean, who wouldn't want to talk to two foreigners about Jesus outside in the dark street with no street lights in the middle of the ghetto? Makes logical sense to me. I honestly would not change it for anything, the work is exciting and fun at the same time, with of course the challenges that come every day, but everyone has those.
On Saturday we went over to a neighboring ward to help them out with an activity where they had their chapel open and invited people on the street in to come take a look. Our job was to invite the people. But, the trick was we did it in the most dangerous part of our mission! So it was fun because we got to talk to a ton of fun characters in a few hours and I learned a lot that drugs are very bad for you because they make you lay on the street at 4 in the afternoon as cars swerve around you. Once again, do not do drugs children.
Ok so fun story of the week. Last Thursday we got a call from another missionary that he needed help right away with a service in his sector. So we headed over there and what we did was find a mountain of water bottles. The man in charge wanted us to dump the water out and put the caps into a bucket, because he will sell them back to people for more money, and he got the bottles for free. It was the weirdest service ever, but we just dumped water out of bottles for 4 hours. But wait there is more. We went back the next day to go finish up (there were like 10,000 bottles) and the owner of the bottles came out of his house angry and flustered. We asked what happened and he told us the story. Apparently the night before, a bunch of high people had jumped his fence and tried to steal his bottles so that they could sell them to get drug money (once again, drugs are bad), and their noise woke the man up while he was sleeping. He yelled at them to leave, but they did not, so he pulled out a gun and started to shoot at them from his back patio so that they would leave. So basically someone almost died over empty, useless waterbottles.
And that was our week! Pretty normal overall, I hope you all enjoy your week and take care in the heat down in Arizona!
One year with Elder Scott
Guy from Arizona, Guy from Utah, Guy from Colombia
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Hey everyone, this was a really cool week, we had some great lessons and contacts, and we had stake conference this weekend to wrap everything up. And of course as usual, life keeps getting stranger and stranger in the ghetto of Santiago. Who would have ever thought that the ghetto of Santiago could ever be the most exciting and interesting place on earth?
This past week was good for Elder Gates and I. We were able to talk and meet with a bunch of our Haitian investigators on a regualar basis last week and we fixed two baptismal dates with the ones that are fluent in English! They are called Sammy and Mathieu, they are great guys with great desires to serve and follow God and it has been awesome getting to meet and know them. They have come to church and are both reading the Book of Mormon, so we are getting excited for their baptismal dates and we are praying that they continue with their desires to learn. We have a couple other investigators that are progressing, but most of the people when we go to their house say that they are too cold to come talk to us and that they want to stay in their house, but it is what it is. We have an investigator whose name is Connie who is pretty cool. We found her going through a list of old investigators and she wants us to come by and start teaching again. She is taking cooking classes in her highschool, so she gives us cake and other stuff a lot when we pass by, delicious.
This weeks funny story of the week was a little embarrasing. So we had to go into Santiago downtown on Friday to do some VISA stuff for my companion and we had to pay with a little card to get on the bus. I used my last charge when I got on, so I knew I had to recharge before I got on to ride again, so I felt fine. All of the sudden the bus gets stopped by the police and they scan everyones card to see if they had money on it or not, so that they could ride the bus. Well, they scanned my card and saw it had nothing, so we had to get off the bus and I had to present all of my papers and in the end, the policeman waved us on with a pat on the back. But the whole bus saw the little gringo get pulled off the bus by the police so that was fun. And on the way back we took the subway to get to a different part we had to go to and two guys got on with like the panflute that Peter Pan uses in the movie. They started rocking out playing soul songs, so that was pretty cool, they played really good.
Overall of course I am loving the mission, and loving the things that we are doing. I hope that you are all well and that you have a safe week!
My main man Elder Maiaitusi is leaving in two weeks!
Elder Allred is leaving as well
And Elder Smith!
Topalda is not leaving, I just saw him today
I love these guys
Top view of a Chilean street fair
Cloudy, rainy day in Santiago