Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Week 3 in Chile - Check!

Hola Familia y Amigos! It`s your favorite missionary in Chile here and i hope you're all doing well and are happy! So this week felt wayyyy faster than the week before so that's great news haha. It's like every missionary says, "The days are long but the weeks are short." and that has never been so applicable and for some of you that concept might not make complete sense, don't fret it wouldn't have made sense to me either before all this craziness haha. Anyways on to the week!

So this week was chalk full of events and activities! It was my companion, Elder Garcia's 20th birthday and his last birthday here in Chile. He'll be going home in December so we made sure he had a bomb last birthday. The members in our ward are awesome and they absolutely adore Elder Garcia so they put together a party with cake and snacks and he even got gifts haha it was a great time. My favorite ward member Hermano Mario (the man i wrote about last week) had a birthday yesterday as well! He turned 78 and he doesn't have any children and is a widower so we made sure he was able to spend the day with his other family. We visited with him for awhile and then that night the members put together a huge fiesta and everyone from the ward was there and i've never seen Hermano Mario so happy he couldn't stop smiling. It was so heartfelt because he bore his testimony and told us that even though he doesn't have his own family he considers his us his family all the same and he even called Elder Garcia and I his hijos. Whatta sweetheart. 
We had the opportunity to visit the Santiago temple this morning and it was amazing. Always love temple trips. So now i can officially say i've been to a temple in 3 countries now so after the mission i'm gunna try and add to that number. 
The work is really getting going here in Los Manantiales (my sector, it translates to "The Springs" just a fun fact). We have potentially 6 new investigators, 2 niƱas who just showed up to church this past sunday and we were just like "Well Hi! Welcome!" haha and then at the end of church there were two Haitian men outside the church building just looking at the building and so we talked to them in our broken French and they told us they want to learn more about the church and the Gospel and we were just like "Well that's what we're here for!" haha. And we found two others just contacting on the streets one is older woman who is a recent widow and she wants to learn more about the Plan of Salvation so boom there's a another and then last but not least a Haitian who just moved to Chile 15 days ago (he's newer than me isn't that crazy) and so we tried out some more french and my slow and clear spanish helped a lot too so we have an appointment with him but we gave him a french Book of Mormon and a pamphlet. It's amazing how many people there are ready or at least willing to hear our message, don't get me wrong there are plenty that walk the other direction when we come by or don't want anything to do with our message but all we're here to do is invite others to come unto Christ and learn his teachings. The invitation will always be on the table so take it or leave but my professional opinion...take it.

anyways i think that's all for this week but more adventures are sure to come so standby. The Church is true and i love you all.

random facts of the week:
1. there are a million dogs here but no bites yet (knock on wood)
2. Everyone says "Chao" instead of "Adios" here because adios is more of a permanent goodbye and chao is like see ya later...i dig it
3. People here eat tomatoes and avocados like it's nobodies busy

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