Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The one with my first Halloween

¡Hola Everybody! Hows everybody doing these days? Is everyone in their candy coma from yesterdays festivities? haha but seriously i hope you all had a great Halloween its one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons haha it was sad that i wasnt walking around in my own costume last night but the fact that Chile doesnt really celebrate Halloween for the most part made me feel a little better but we'll talk about that a bit later! 
SO onto the week...

So this week we didnt have too much out of the norm just teaching and we actually are having a baptism for this like 70 year old Colombian lady named Maria Livia and she is super awesome. Her family has been members for years but she has never wanted anything to do with the church before until now. It just goes to show that sometimes people aren´t ready but that doesnt mean that we can give up, we had to have faith and trust that the Lord will soften their hearts and ready their minds. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we have to accept it eventually if we are to return to live with Him again after this life. Anyways Maria is ready, she has a testimony that we have taught is true and she will get baptized on the 13 of November if all goes according to plan.

At the end of this week on Saturday and Sunday we had Stake Conference and we had the opportunity to hear from Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy, son of Elder Boyd K Packer of the Quorem of the 12 Apostles. What an experience it was to listen and meet him personally. His spanish is perfect but we were all able to feel the Spirit through his words and his counsel and the people loved him like he was one of their own. Was truly an experience that I'll always remember.

And so came Halloween yesterday as you all know with your sacks of candy stashed and your Halloween decorations still covering your homes. However hear in Chile only very children and older kids celebrated Halloween with costumes and trick or treating, every person that we talked to about it looked me straight in the eyes and said "Oh i dont do Halloween thats a thing for Gringos" hahaha it's their loss. We had an intercambio with my zone leader yesterday Elder Espinola from Paraguay and so i spent my Halloween night with him in his sector. 

Anyways thats it basically for the week and i want to give a special thanks to those of you who sent me Birthday Wishes! It was so special to open my email to see so many of the people i love write me and wish me a happy birthday for this coming saturday! I love you guys! Have a great week everybody!

Facts of Chile
1. People dont do Halloween here if ya didnt get that from the email haha
2. It´s totally normal to still live with your parents even though you are in your late 20s early 30s
3. Nobody likes to get married here, they see it more as a burden than a beautiful opportunity

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