Wednesday, April 5, 2017
April 5, 2017 - Bastian
Alright so I will explain the title of the email later, but basically I am 100 percent sure no one will mess with the missionaries in our sector hahhahaha.
This week was a really great week, for those of you who do not know we had a world wide broadcast where church leaders talked and spoke to us for two days on Saturday and Sunday. It was amazing to feel the spirituality of their messages and the Conference comforted me because I know that God calls his servants to work here on the Earth, and these servants gave us counsel directly from Him this last weekend. If you did not have the chance to see it, I would highly recommend visiting lds.org. My favorite message was definitely the one by President Monson in the Priesthood session about charity, it really teaches us how to better love others.
That being said it was a great week this week, as always we had some ups and downs, but overall I really enjoyed the work we were able to accomplish.
As always with the people. This past week Elder Gowers and I had a cool story I would like to share. Last week I think I mentioned a man that we contacted while we were looking for another person, well we went back to his house and had a lesson with him. His name is Ricardo, he is 60 years old and comes from the South of Chile. He lives in a rough situation at his house. He lives with his wife who is almost deaf, and their son Christian who has some mental and physical problems, so Ricardo has to work almost 90 hours a week to support his family, but he loves us coming by to visit. We had a lesson about the Restoration of the Gospel and how Christ´s love for us is something that will never cease to exist. He then told us he knows our message is true because of the Spirit he felt, Elder Gowers and I are going back today and we are going to invite him to be baptized. We have had a little bit of a set back with Nevel and his baptismal date, he wants to wait until is family from Haiti gets here so he can talk to them, but he continues to come to church and read the Book of Mormon, so we are still excited for his progress.
Overall things are great, and now I will explain the funny moment and the title of my email. On Saturday Elder Gowers and I were going to an appointment in between Conference sessions and we stopped and talked to a guy on the street who called us over. He looked like a total thug who just wanted to rob us, he had a cigarette in his hand, his reggatone music playing, and his pants really low. We talked to him and he said that we were really cool and that we are friends now, so he would "watch out" for us in our sector. His name is Bastian. So moral of the story is, make friends with the drug dealers so none of the other gangsters want to pick on you hahahahha.
As always it was a great week with some great people down in Santiago. We had interviews with President Gwilliam this past week and it is always nice to get some spiritual upliftment and be able to talk with him. Things are going good, the weeks keep flying by, there is so much to do in so little time to do it!
Capture the flag paintball
The Condell and Balmaceda house
This is Elder Brown, I read his blog like a year ago before I left on the mission, and now he goes home soon
This is a view of our back porch