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
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Hey everyone this week was a great week! Today for PDay we had a barbeque and played soccer here at the court in the church with all of the missionaries from the zone, it was like a tiny Memorial Day, except it was really cold. But the great thing about today was that there was a lot of leftover meat, so we will be set for a few days.
The people here in our sector our great. We have a few investigators who are coming to church regularly now and really enjoy the members and learning about the gospel. However, they are all Haitians and live in the same house, and they want to wait a few more months to all get baptized until the rest of their friends come over so they can all get baptized at the same time, so we are working with them to keep reading the scriptures and learning every day so that they can prepare for baptism! The crazy thing is is that like all of them speak good English, so we are back to also teaching some of our lessons in English, which I am not going to lie, is pretty hard because Spanish is just easier now. A couple weeks ago Elder Gates and I were contacting people in the street and we ran into a guy named Juan. We were on our way to an appointment, and he yelled after us to go stop by his house on a Thursday. Well pretty much everyone here yells that at us, but they just like seeing us run all over the place, but we felt something different when Juan talked with us, and when we passed by two days later he was in his house!We shared the Restoration with him and he told us how he was baptized as a kid but had never been to the church after his baptism. We invited him to read the Book of Mormon and come to church, and he has been doing both of those things every week since we found him, it has been a miracle! Heavenly Father sometimes works in mysterious ways to carry out his work.
Ok so funny story of the week. On Saturday we went to go visit a less active member in our ward, and his dad was standing out front of the house in the sidewalk. We have already met with him and talked with him before, so we know him and he knows us. We greeted him and asked if his son was in the house. He looked us square in the eye and said "I am the uncle, I am visiting for today, I do not know who you are." We have literally talked to this guy like 5 times. Then his son poked his head out the window and told us to come in the house and the dad told us "Actually I am the dad, I was lying to you, you can go in the house." Morale of the story kids is do not lie, it does nothing.
Overall as always, loving the mission, loving the things we are doing and I love serving the children of God. I hope you all have a good week!
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Hey everyone this week has been a great week! Elder Gates and I are loving the area and the work and we are finally being able to see the fruits of our labors in the Lords vineyard. I am really excited to tell you all about it.
Ok so as always we have to talk about the people. These past few weeks Elder Gates and I have been working with an investgator from Haiti named Nevel. We have been focusing on baptism and the blessings that come from being baptised and following God because he is having a hard time adjusting to life here in Chile. We had a great lesson with him last night about Gods love for us and how he blesses us everyday in our lives with little things, and Nevel said he felt the Spirit and that he wants to be baptized! We are pumped and are so happy for him because we know just how much his life will be blessed. This week as well we have been able to find some great new people to teach as well. We were going back to visit some future investgators and we ended up teaching two lessons to two Haitians, both of which speak perfect English. They loved what we taught and we are going back to speak with them some more, and they committed to come to church. This past week we also had some deep discussion with a Buddhist. I had never really talked to anyone of that faith, but then we found Tomas on Sunday. He is passing through some hard times and we sat down and talked with him about God and his own beliefs. It was a powerful lesson and we testified and bore witness of the power of Jesus Christ and the power of prayer, at the end of the lesson we all felt at peace, so we are also excited to see where things will take us.
We have been having English classes here in the church every Saturday night for a while, but we have had trouble getting people to come, so last Thursday we went out to the street market that runs right in front of the house and started handing out cards to people inviting them all to English class. We had some really funny discussions. This guy started coming up to us and yelling at us in English, and he must have thought he was saying bad words but he was yelling words like "pancakes" and "bicycle" at us, and then he did not even come to English class. I guess he will just be walking around saying random English words for a while.
Ok so other funny story of the week. We were in the street last night on our way home to the house and a lady approached us. She had some alcohol in her hand, so we knew right away it was going to be an interesting conversation. She asked us to give her a blanket because we were cold but we told her we did not have any blankets and she got mad at us. She then started to say some stuff in Portuguese because she thought we did not understand, but with the little Portuguese I have picked up, I then asked her a question, and she looked at us in awe. She then told us she did not need a blanket and then walked away, after asking us for money. ¿Voce fala Portugues?
I am loving the mission and I hope that all of you are doing awesome! I pray for you and wish you all the best!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Alright to I have to start off with why my email is called this, because I honestly cannot believe it. On Sunday night Elder Gates and I were walking in the street going to contact in this apartment area and out of nowhere I feel a pain in my lower leg and I hear my pants rip. A big dog had come out from a side street, without barking or making noise, and bit in in my other leg right in the middle of the calf. It bit me and then backed away snarling and slowly wandered off, it ripped my suit pants all the way to the knee, and this bite was bigger and hurt way worse, but I did not bleed too bad. I never thought the dogs would be the hardest thing about the mission, but apparently all of them have declared war against Elder Tilghman, so it is war they are going to get, and one of us will not leave here alive. It is crazy because it is like every dog know thinks that we are enemies because they chase us around way more than normal now, but I guess it is just something that we will have to deal with. Looks like I will get very good at learning how to throw rocks hard and accurate.
But other than that, this week has been a very good week. Elder Gates and I have finally been able to find some good new people to teach and we have been able to put some baptismal dates! Our one Haitian investigator, Nevel, has a date for June 4, and we are super excited for him, and he always smiles and gets happy at church and says he feels the spirit. At the same time that the dogs seem to be getting worse, the people seem to be opening up to us and have started letting us teach and talk with them, so we are also excited to see where this progress can go! It is a miracle to see how people can change their entire attitude and behavior when they put their trust in God. But it does make sense, God is our Father and Creator and if we let him, he will cut us down and mould us so that we may become the person that he wants us to be for the eternities.
Ok so funny moment of the week. There is this one gangster in our sector who loves us for some reason, his name is Bastian. But he found out it was my birthday last week and he came up to me at like 10 at night and wished me happy birthday and said he had a gift for me. He came out of his house with a bottle of soap. So, the only present I got from someone here in Chile was soap, and it was awesome! He saved me like 2 dollars at the grocery store so that was nice.
Of course I am still loving the mission work, it is the greatest blessing that has come into my life. All of the hardships and experiences let us see that God has a purpose for us and he has a vision of the person that we can be. All that is required is that we humble ourselves enough to be able to accept His will and work in order to progress in this life. I love you all and hope you are all doing great!
Soap from the gangster
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Hey everyone! This last week has been a fun week, full of different crazy events both good and interesting, so lets talk about it.
Our investigators that we have right now are progressing rock solid, we do not have very many, and it has been a battle trying to find new ones, but the couple that we have keep progressing and moving towards their baptismal date at the beginning of next month. Their names are Nevel and Fritzna, they are some Haitians we met a couple months ago on the street, and they are the humblest men I have ever met, super willing to learn and be taught. It has been awesome to see their progress and their own desires to learn more about God and Jesus Christ and to see them move towards their goal of baptism. However, with the other investigators we have, we know there are people prepared out their to talk and meet with us, it is now our job right now to find them.
Sunday was awesome because I got to talk with my family by Skype! As missionaries we talk everyweek on our emails, but only twice a year do we get to call back home and see people and talk face to face. It was a blessing to be able to talk and see my family and my friends, and I am grateful for each and everyone of you!
Ok so now with the title of my email. Monday was nuts. Absolutely crazy. Right after I got done telling my family on Sunday how crazy Chile was, on Monday some of the weirdest things ever happened, all within the space of about 5 hours. Ok so to start off the day, a person smiled at us when we said hi to them. Crazy right? Hahahahahha no just a joke. In the afternoon on Monday we went to do some contacting in some ghetto apartments in the hood, and when I say ghetto I mean dogs running around everywhere in their poop, trash on the ground and roof and drunk people, or, the usual. So we were walking around and we talked to a group of 4 guys smoking and drinking, and they were friendly and sent us on our way. Right away as we left, one of the guys from that group stood in the doorway, took his shirt off and started screaming his head off and shaking violently telling us to run and get out. He was higher than the clouds. His friends shut the door to keep him quiet and we continued on our way.
The second part was we went to go see an investigator at night and we saw a little preschool in our sector that had its side doors open to the public and we saw a church member go in on his phone. So we went over to talk and the member told us that people have been robbing the preschool for about 3 days and that they just broke in again. The worst part is the member lives in a house right above the preschool and he said that the guys saw him in the house and now are probably going to come back and rob him. We had a nice chat with the member and waitied for help to show up from the Preschool pricipal and police and then we left.
So that was what happened on Monday, there were of course other minor events, but those were the two major things that happened, so that was fun. As always I love these people, they make me shake my head sometimes, but it is an honor to be working and serving alongside them. Thank each and everyone of you for all of your love and support, I wish you all a great week!
Doctrina y Convenios 89
We got permission to watch a movie with our waffles today
Elder Scott and I are birthday boys!
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
There is so much rain. Maybe it is just me being an Arizona boy and never ever had rain in my life, but it feels like this past week is has rained everyday. It is not bad or hard rain, it just makes all of the streets really muddy and slippery and the streets run with dog poop. Like I said last week, dogs are demons.
It has been a good week for us, we are really working hard and progressing. I know this is going to sound like deep revelation, but this week we really found out and appreciated that working through the members is the way to do missionary work. We have really been doing a ton of street contacting these last few weeks, and nothing has really worked out for us. Then one morning during our companionship study we got the idea to work through the members and have them give us references for people that we can teach, so that these people will not feel weird about the church, so that is what we have done. We have been visiting a couple members, or less active members each day to share the message of the Restoration with them to get them excited about sharing the gospel, and they have commited to sharing with someone else, so we are excited to see the results of our labors!
As far as our current investigators go, they are still progressing and working to overcome their individual problems so that they can go to church, leave behind old habits and work to better their lives. We had a cool experience on Sunday when a family of Hatians walked into the church half way through our first hour and Elder Gates and I got really excited, but then we found out they were being taught by the other Elders and arrived to church at the wrong time, but still they came! We are working to get better everyday and help others reach and enjoy the light of the gospel of Christ in their lives.
Ok so cool and funny story of the week. So dogs and I have not been getting along reciently I do not know what it is, it is like they have all decided to turn on me. Anyway on Monday we were walking along in this little dirt field and these two dogs decide to go beserk and run at us. Little did they know I was not having it with dogs that day, so I started to run at them. They got scared and ran back to where they came. If this keeps up either I or the dogs are going to die before I leave this sector I swear. I hope I win.
This was a great week and some great work that we are putting in here in Condell, I am really excited to see where the Lords work will take us in our time here! I love you all and hope you have a good week! Happy Mothers Day!
Got the birthday package from the family, love you guys!
Chilling in the hood at night with the camera, not going to do that again
We got a ton of bread the other day so I felt like a true Chilean
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I am sorry all of you animal lovers out there, I really am, but this week I learned that all animals are Satans servants, and I will explain later on, but this week was war between me and the beasts.
Ok in other news, it was a nice week I really enjoyed all of the things that Elder Gates and I got accomplished, we did some hard work. We now have another investigator with a baptismal date and her name is Gabriella. She accepts everything from the lessons that we teach and she has great faith in Christ and wants to be baptized, but she worked on Sunday. WORKED. We had been working and praying finding a way for her to be able to come to church and she told us last week that she was fired, but she was happy and so were we because she can come to church now! God works in mysterious ways. We have also been teaching a less active teengaer named Igancio. He is a great guy and has been recieving the missionaries for a while and we fixed a day with him so that he can get the Priesthood! He is working on some goals and working with bishop, but he is a great guy and he will do great things, he realizes that Christ is his Lord and Savior. Overall some very good things are going on and we are happy to be a part of them.
Ok now to tell the story of the week, actually there are multiple so get comfy. On Friday we had a service where we also went and cleaned out a kinda hoarder house, but it was mostly clean so we just moved some trash and old rotting wood out so we could toss it. Of course there were the normal spiders, but there was also a giant rat running around. The dogs at the house chased it and tried to kill it, but they could not do it. Eventually the rat came running straight at me, so I did the natural thing and I speared it with a shovel. Its eyes just looked at me with pure hate right before it died, that thing wanted to kill me so bad, nice try buddy.
Ok part two. So on Saturday we went and taught a lesson and as we were walking out there was a disgusting dirty, beatup dog in the street eating some trash. I do not know what I did, but the thing freaked out and started running at us like a possesed lunatic. It caught up to us before I could throw a rock at it and it of course bit me right on the calf, not too bad but one tooth got down pretty deep. I. Hate. That. Dog. With a passion. So, tonight I ahve to go to the hospital so they can give me some shots so I do not die from all of the diseases that flea bag was carrying. We have an appointment over there on the same street on Friday and I am going to walk around with giant rocks, so if the dog tries anything my comp and I are going to destroy it.
So those were my stories of the week. I had several encounters with creatures from the Underworld and we had some great spiritual moments. I hope you all have a great week and that you stay safe, if you see any rabid dogs in the street throw some rocks or cactus at them!
We played some paintball today because Elder Dominguez goes home soon :(
I love this Brazilian!
Elder Alvear y Elder Lagos
Divisiones with elder alvear
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Hey everyone how are you guys doing? This week was pretty good, we had our usual activities and our lessons that we taught, and on top of everything this week there was an earthquake that hit near Santiago! Do not worry I am alive, so there is no need to panic.
This week has been really interesting for Elder Gates and I. This past week a ton of our investigators have stopped progressing or now do not meet with us, not because they do not want to, but because there family says not to. All I can say is that it has been a little rough seeing how the selfish decisiones of another can influence or destroy the salvation of someone else, and it is a hard thing to see happen. But, that means that Elder Gates and I are back to talking with more people in the street all day every day! On Monday we had a day of just walking around and tracting for about 6 hours just talking to people that we meet on the street trying to share the message of the Restored Gospel with them. We met some great people, and one of them, Christian, seems like a great lead and we have a lesson with him on Saturday. Things are moving along and going as they should in the mission. I also forgot to mention, but last week Elder Gates and I went out and had lunch on our P Day with my old investigator Rodolfo from my old ward! It was great to see him again, and because our mission is so small, the trip to meet up from the different ends of the mission was like 20 minutes hahahahahaha. He is doing great and is continuing to meet with the missionaries, I love that guy and I hope he makes the decision to get baptized soon!
This last Sunday we also had the chance to go to another chapel in our stake and go help them with a chapel tour they were putting on. Elder Gates and I presented a part of the tour that talked about baptism, and it was awesome because we got to show how baptism really lets us become a part of God´s kingdom on the Earth and for the eternities. He really does have a plan of happiness for each and every one of us.
So on Monday we had an earthquake! Elder Gates and I were walking on a narrow street in our sector and we were talking to people when all of the sudden we felt the ground start to move and we looked at each other and then looked at the area around us. All of the houses started to sway a little bit and there were signs and posters that fell off of people´s houses. The whole thing lasted like 2 or 3 minutes, but it was weird because it felt like the ground was almost a jelloish substance. It would definitely be cool to experience it again. But overall there was no real big or lasting damage to anyone or anything so that was a good thing.
The life is normal in Chile, everyday is sticking to the routine and doing the Lord´s work. I hope you all have a great week!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Hey guys what is up? I am pretty happy right now becaue it is raining and cold, so that means we are leaving the hot summer and starting to head into the raining winter woohoooooo! This week was a little weird, I got to participate in some government programs and also got to be saved by using the name of a gangster here in the sector, so overall a pretty fun time.
Ok so about the people. Elder Gates and I are having some major success here and also some bad luck, but that is the way it is in the mission field. We have some amazing less active members and some investigators who are progressing very good, but the problem is the other half of the people we are teaching had some hard things happen this last week. From other family members lying to us and them about when they are home, to major problems at work it has been a little frustrating trying to find and teach people this week, but sometimes that is the way the mission goes. However, as I said we have some amazing people who are progressing amazingly. We are teaching a less active joven named Ignacio who if he keeps his goals will be able to get the Priesthood in three weeks and he is working to go and serve a mission! We are also teaching some Haitianos who are really receptive to the message of the Restauracion and we are teaching them and fixed dates for them on reading the Book of Mormon, coming to church and eventual baptism! Overall things are amazing and difficult at the same time, but that just makes the work more fun.
As you guys also know this last week was Easter and it was great. I encourage and invite any of you that have not seen the videos on mormon.org to go and watch them, they are great and teach us who is Jesucristo and how we can become more like him. Really good stuff.
Alright so the funny and scary story of the week, sorry mom, but do not worry this one is not too bad. So a couple of days ago Elder Gates and I were going to end the night but we decided to go stop in on a reference we got to see if we could come by and teach him later. Well the street we turned on to was full of dudes smoking and drinking, or in other words, a normal street. The guys started yelling at us and were trying to scare us, but then I remembered the name of a gangster we met, so I mencioned his name and they all quieted down and we shared some cards with them about Jesus and invited them to turn their lives around through Christ and then we left. It was a great night.
Overall things are great, the government Census passed by yesterday and we had to stay in the house and answer a bunch of questions so that was something new. The lady who spoke to us was shocked why we were here in Chile so young so we shared with her and it was good, we testified of the Christ. I love what I am doing and the things that we do everyday. No labor goes uncounted when working in the work of the Lord, and I am happy to be a part of that. Take care and have a good week!