May 10, 2017
Running from drunks, eating chile, and being a missionary
WELL HELLO THERE FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
WHAT a crazy week it has been that’s for sure!
So, fun story time. This drunk guy, his name is Sebastian. we were walking and talking with this Haitian dude who didn’t really speak any Spanish, and this huge guy stops us, He wanted to talk with us. this dude has two beer bottles in his hand is just plastered. SO, we ignore him because, well, this isn’t the first drunk guy we have met, Everyday there are drunks. And he got angry. my comp decided to talk with him, I was just like, this isn’t going to go well. because the dude got violent. all of a sudden, he grabbed my sweater and my comps and he pulled us close to him. He read our plaques and the name Jesus Christ and it was like he was a devil didn’t even phase him and his eyes were like black. SO, I told my comp “we are running on the count of three”. And we were OFF: this dude started booking it too° and we are laughing and running and we notice, shoot this guy is actually going pretty fast for being drunk! and we freaking hit a dead end! Thankfully we hid and contacted this house trying to get in, nobody was home. he sees us and coms to us and we just go the other way and book it! There were ghetto friends of his on the corner and they helped us out thankfully, but we were OFF.
So yeah that’s a fun story!! Never done that before! but the dude was dangerous! But we are all safe!
As for more spiritual stuff!
We found a less active who we went and stopped by, and we got in and she just broke down crying. She just expressed how much she needed help, and it was heavy. these people’s lives. I feel at times soo not prepared I am a 20-year-old kid, not a life counselor. BUT, the spirit was soo strong. And it really taught me to just listen. To cry with them. to comfort them. yes, we need to focus on the positive, but we also need to mourn with them. Understand them. That’s what Christ did with Mary and Martha when their brother Lazarus died. He just wept with them.
So, I am trying to be better at just listening and understanding people and their hearts.
SO please pray for Julieta! she is ready to make a change and she came to church!! We were so proud of he, she did it all by herself too! She is going to change!
And change is good!
I finished Jesus the Christ!!The book by James E Talmage, it’s like 800 pages of the life of Jesus Christ, I finished it for the second time. WOW. So incredible. It really puts his life in a different perspective! and I really like the invitation, to come as you are.
This church, is a church for people who need help! who are heavy with burdens, who want more hope, or who just want to be better! and you know what is great, we can come as we are! we don’t have to change ourselves to fit into the fake Mormon standard NO!
Come as you as, but also be prepared to change! and I like that. That we CAN change and that he wants us to! God can see our full potential, we can’t see like, barely any of it. BUT he can, and through change, through sacrifice, we become as it says, New creatures! and I know that’s true because I have seen it in the lives of people here!
I love this gospel. I wouldn’t have given 2 years of my life, for nothing if I didn’t know its principles are true. I love Jesus Christ and feel soo grateful for him and to be a representative of him.
Come as you are, but be prepared to change, and for the better :)
love you all!!
May 17, 2017
SOOO KOOL 2 C U
Wow, it was so nice seeing you guys!! (We got to Skype on Mother’s Day!)
So, I am on early today, we are going to the temple in the afternoon and then having a pizza buffet party, so we are writing early!!
It was great seeing everyone and just chill! So weird how much everything has changed!
I have a challenge for all of you!
Look up a talk, by David A Bednar, called Characteristics of Christ. AMAZING.
I have been really studying charity and it has been so cool! Charity is not just service, it’s part of us. It’s a characteristic that Christ had and used. The talk explains it super good and I am really going to be trying to learn more about it, and of course, ACTING.
I love this gospel because it’s all about ACTION. if we are not trying, we are not acting. It’s like a muscle. If you are not using it, you will never get stronger. It’s the same with the gospel. We need to LIVE it! We know of it, but when we live it, it’s so much different. And I think I have learned that on the mission, because we study the scriptures, we pray so much, we are building our faith every day, and yes, even while the winds and powers of Satan are against us constantly. We have that faith and have that desire.
This church is a church of action. <and what is so cool about this action, even if we just have a desire to change, is that we will see progress. We will, in the end, become a true disciple of Jesus Christ, we will be like him.
Now the road is hard, BUT, we keep trying. We keep learning. we progress! and I love that! Other churches here, and in the world, are just a giant social club or a place where they just sing and praise, which that’s ok, they are praising god! But it is so much different. They can’t progress like we can.
True Christianity is so much different. It’s about molding our lives into what the savior showed us. It’s about following him. It’s about sacrifice. But when we give something up, or try to follow him, we gain something more, something even greater.
That’s the gospel! SO, progress.
and CHANGE IS GOOD!!
Love you all so much!! email me and send me pictures!!
May 24, 2017
Soo wow, I am out of the ward Departamental and am now an office elder for the next change. We are in the ward called Chena in San Bernardo! I have a full day and wow, it’s a lot of work! Just a lot of little things and I don’t even know the half of it! However, I did get to take the car out for a ride haha I actually know how to drive, I thought I forgot! Chileans though are like Utah drivers, just on crack. They are a lot worse, soo bad. SO, pray that I won’t get in a wreck!
Life here is oh so good. I said goodbye to the ward which was good. I didn’t really have anyone special that made me sad to say goodbye too, but it was a sweet dispedida. The bishop was just a great guy, just a hard worker, and like 30. He and his wife don’t have kids, they haven’t been able too, but they are just such a power couple! Goals! I am sad to be going.
SO really cool news, which I am soo excited for! Hermana Sandra. She is from my first ward in Covarrubias. She was a less active, and she has just had a hard life! man Satan has just thrashed on her. But she is literally the sweetest, most caring soul I have ever met. She is my Chilean mom. Literally just an angel. She has visited me in every ward that I have been in, she has called me just to check in, she is a true disciple of Christ, of compassion, and sacrifice. SO, she has been active now and just a machine in the gospel!
AND she is going through the temple tonight to receive her endowments!!!!!!
I am soo excited to go and be with her. That family has just turned around! Her husband isn’t baptized but calls us his children, he is such a great guy! and her daughter, we baptized and her son too actually!
I am soo blessed. soo blessed to be a part of that family. I thought about it, and I just feel like we all knew each other before this life. and how I feel like I specifically was called here, to this mission, to that sector my very first sector, to be there and with them. to help them, cry with them, grow with them. And man, I cannot express the love I have for them.
So yeah, all is well here! Excited to be here, it’ll push me to grow and learn more things! We will see, its stressful too, but I’m just going to have fun, work hard, and learn learn learn! Learn all that I can while I still have this time!
I love this gospel. It is so great! it’s AMAZING how the church system works. Truly, incredible! I don’t think there is a more efficient and large organization out there, who knows their stuff, and who ultimately, tries to follow Christ. That’s it. we are all just trying to become more like God, and his son Jesus Christ.
And I love that! we are constantly trying to become better, to help others, and it’s not an obligation, it’s something that we truly want to do. I love being surrounded by dreamers, by people who love this work and are dedicating so much to it! And they do it, and we do, because its TRUE!
Love you all!!
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Secretario de Vivienda
Misión Chile Santiago Sur
La Iglesia de Jesucristo de Los Santos de Los Últimos Días