Friday, November 17, 2017

the one with the first week in colina

Hola Everybody!!! Its me again ive made it one week in my new sector in Colina just so you guys all know Colina in spanish means hill so i guess you could say im in the middle of a few hills haha not a great description i know. but yeah so its been a super busy week with getting to know, well everyone. im the newbie in the sector so ive been saying hi to a lot of faces ive never seen beofre getting to know everyone. the mission is sure full of a lot of hellos and goodbyes, im good at the hellos but the goodbyes are still kinda tough for me, youd think id be a pro by now. but anyways alls been good here just learning more everyday and working hard. its gottin so hot that i feel like im drinking 10 liters of water daily just to stay standing haha. but thats the mission life gotta love it. ive been good and ill be even better as i get use to things here just keep me n your prayers, and i hope you know that youre all in mine as well. well thats about it for now, side note: a drunk man that we were talking with last night named jota said that if he was a girl he would be dating me hahaha and then he gave me a lettuce head to take home, it was hilarious. memories like that is what its all about i suppose, oh yeah and teaching the gospel ;) i wish you all a great week and i send you my best!!!
Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera
facts of the week:
1. in chile its rude to shake hands with gloves on, its a lack of respect, just fyi
2. here the children dont believe in the tooth fairy they believe in ratoncito, some rat that comes in the night an takes teth and leaves money, that sounds terrifying if you ask me...
3. all streets in chile are named after some famous chilean person, but the catch is that every chilean is either named luis, marco, fernando or roberto so it can make things a little complicated

Saturday, November 11, 2017

the one with halloween, last birthday in the mission and too many tears

Hola Everybody!!! so here i am coming to you live once again. this week has been a week to remember to say the least. so many experiences and memories were made, happy and sad. the biggest news is that thursday night i got a call saying i had transfers and my last day in Llay Llay would be November 20th birthday. it was the saddest birthday of my life saying goodbye to the people i love here in beautiful LLay LLay. ill never forget the memories i made here and all the lessons learned. best few months of my mission. Now im with a guy from Colombia named Elder Puello here in a zone called Colina Esmeralda. its still otuside Santiago but a good in between city and country. I want to say thanks to all those that send me birthday wishes,i really appreciate it and i can say that next year ill be state side once again. i love you all soo much and i love the mission. i love the people i serve, i love where i am and i love having the name of Jesus Christ on my chest each and every day. ill talk to you all next week!!!!!

Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera (20 year old)

facts of the week:

1. people in llay llay love the missionaries so much to the point of crying when they leave
2. the more the people cry the more you know they love you
3. greasers are super orginial costumes here in chile, and the easiest thing ever for a missionary

 i cant send photos from the computer that im at but next week for sure, get ready for a picture overload!!!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

the one with the bmx tricks

Hola Everybody!!! Here i am another week in windy LLay LLay, youd think im in chicago except all the tall buildings and style and police violence. But yeah its been a great week here we are coming into my last week of the transfer with my comp and im thinking hes out of town coming next Monday so we're making the most of the time we still have together. we have some great pics and stuff so stand by and more will come givin we have halloween (favorite holiday) and as i come to the end of my 19th year of life. i know crazy stuff, last birthday in the mission, none of ya'll knew me as a 19 year old but ill see you all as a 20 year old. so yeah things are great, riding bikes a lot, preaching the gospel and soaking up the sun (unfortunately too much). i wish you all a great week a happy halloween and may all your trick or treating be successful tonight. (especially you Kami Lu)

I love you all so much talk to ya next week!!!

Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. its completely normal for haitians to live like 20 in a small house. theyre all very close.
2. its required to use helmets as missionaries on bikes, i feel lame but on occasions i see the necessity
3. people in chile wait until the day of to buy all their halloween costumes, it stresses me out

Saturday, October 28, 2017

the one with the creole ward

Hola Everybody!!!! I hope everyones been doing well and enjoying there fall, things are actually heating up down here in Chile as we're getting into spring, more like mid summer it feels like (see photo below, promise i put on sunscreen mom). but this week was great it went by fast but just from being busy and having fun. I had a great interchange with my buddy Andrew Flores from Orem, UT. and i realized that we're like the same person, it was crazy, missinary work is so fun when you have so much to talk about with your companion, we just talked all day long and it passed by too fast. We met a dude that lived in New Jersey for like 20 years and it was so weird to hear the mixture of his spanish with a jersey accent, i imitate it all the time now haha. but the best part of the week, obviously sunday when i kid you not over 20 haitains showed up to church, the building was full of just stylish haitians there to worship God, it was so awesome. Man life is good, the things i see everyday continue to surprise me. 

but yeah that was basically my week and i wish you all a great week as well, until next tuesday guys!!!

Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. Chilean, New Jerseans swear more than anyone ive ever met, even sailors would be appauled
2. Haitains own dress shirts of all colors of the rainbow, in church i felt like i was in the 80s
3. when girls here think your cute, instead of doing a cat call or that classic whistle they just make a kissy noise with their lips, pretty sure a 80 year old woman did it to us yesterday

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

the one with the haitian futbol

Hola Everybody!!! Man im sorry to disappoint ya'll but this week wasnt all that noteworthy and all but we worked hard i saw miracles, its been good stuff. We did do an activity to invite the haitians to get to know the church by invited them to a soccery tournament that we were doing. there wasnt as much as we wouldve liked but those that show up put in work, those hatiains know how to play, soccer is a universal language and people of all walks of life can be friends in a good game of futbol. but other than that we've just been working, riding a lot of bike and getting some swoll thighs. call me Lance. 

i love you guys so much i wish you all a great week and im sorry this email wasnt one of my bests but im great no worries, living the dream!!!

Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. for a cultural that loves to play soccer, its actually kind of difficult to find someone that has a soccer ball, like how can that be?
2. the cheetos here in the chile are not even close to the same thing as the US stuff. dont try it, youve been warned.
3. even chilean girls are obsessed with the same 3 movies that all girls i know are, the proposal, the notebook and anything that stars Zac Efron, some thigns never change

the week with water ballons fights

Hola Everybody!!!
so this week has been great kinda short with meetings and all but a good one nevertheless. gosh its crazy when i get down to writing ya'll i go blak on what even happened this week. well this past wednesday we ahd an amazing zone conference with our awesome President Meservy and his wife and even his sons participated. we learned a lot and grew in faith that day. we left from that conference just ready to work hard and teach everybnody we saw about the restored gospel of jesus christ. its been great and then yesterday we did an activity in the branch called "the best 13 hours" where youth from the branch and future missionaries came out and worked as a missionary for the day. they studied in the morning planned their days they worked and taught and contacted just as any missionary would. i got the opportunity to leave with a couple great youth and i felt really cool to be a missionary with them and teach them what the life is like in the mission. it made me prod of what i do each and everyday. and today we realxed a bit and played fútbol (3 goals for Cabrera) and then we ended with a water balloon fight and i got way too wet, they all teamed up on my and trapped me in the corner, i felt so vulnerable and im mildly wet as i still write you guys. but as you can tell its been a great week. im great, the mission is great and i couldnt ask for more.

I send you my best and i wish you all a great week!!!

Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. haitains have the coolest names, im currently teaching 3 people named Wonder, Brucelee, and Franz.
2. haitains looks a lot like nba players, without being racist theyre tall and this one guy i know looks just like Kevin Durant (stand by for photos)
3. You say 2 words in creole and all the haitain people think youre a brother to them

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

the one with conferencia genial

Hola everybody! so for those of you that speak spanish youll think my title was super clever and for those of you that dont speak spanish, you always have google translate but you wont get it the same way sorry guys. Well here we are another week later of this short time that is the mission. I have officially finished my third general conference in the mission and that means that theres only one more, how crazy to think. IM 2/3 rds done with my mission and its flying by way too fast. but lets not get ahead of ourselves im still here pumped and workign hard. but the conference was amazing and for those of you that dont know what general conference is, its the opportunity that we have twice a year to hear from our prophet (yes theres a prophet today just like Moses in his day) and his 12 apostles (yes just like Jesus Christ had 12 apostles). They talk with us and offer us guidance and counsel for these latter days. i cant be more grateful to have that help in my life. It is such a blessing to have someone on the earth that can say "Thus saith the Lord, because i speak with Him." If we didnt have that access, we would truly be lost. I promise you that the Heavans are not closed, that the Lord speaks, he didnt just speak. Im doing great as you all can tell and i send my best to all of you and the victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. I send my prayers out to them and their families. I wish your safety and well being.

Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. i know appreciate lawn mowers on a whole new level due to the fact that days ago i cut an entire lawn with a pair of hand scissors, service is service no matter how much it sucks
2.if you look just a tad gringo with lighter brunette hair youre automatically bound to be called Ken doll everywhere you go, it could be worse
3. here in Chile they sell salads in these little platic bags that looks like those little bags they give you at carnivals when you win goldfish, trips me up everytime

Friday, September 29, 2017

The one with the baptismal earthquake

Hola Everybody!!! So at the end of the transfers that took place.....we stay together Elder Guiñazú and I and we're stoked we've got some good things going on here and we pass it way too well. stand by for a music video or something. but yeah so this week went fast since last wednesday and just a update, i got sick with a fever for like a night and i was a bit week the following day but dont freak out guys because im better now. so this past Saturday there was another baptism in the ward and we had a part to play in it so we were there and right after the woman was baptized there was an earthquake here that was actually one of the more powerful ones ive felt since being here. it was so dope we all took it as a heavenly manisfestation hahaha kinda kidding. but yeah so the duo is together for 6 weeks more and im loko forward to some great things soon. stand by for more baptismal photos. i love the mission guys, i know for a fact that the church is true and that its the only church on the face of the earth that has the priesthood power of God, and the only authorized Church of Jesus Christ. i promise you with all my heart that its true and i invite you all to pray to know the same. He'll answer, he always does. maybe not right away but He answers.

I wish you all a great week and i love ya'll very much.

Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera

alright here we are:

Fun Facts:
1. so according to medicine Cabrera if you overdose on vitamin C it breaks your fever, i have helped sever missionaries that way but in the end i found out, thats completely not true...maybe it should be?
2. dont ask chileans how to spell their name because they  get offended, its the one thing in spanish that doesnt make sense how its spelled
3. when you go buy groceries, you have to tip the bag boy at the end here, its a real inconvenience...i just give whatever change i get back, if its 50 pesos...tough luck kid

Love ya'll!!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

the one with my last 18th of september

Hola Hola everybody! sorry this is coming to you all a day late but neverthe less here i am after another week in whats felt like a smoke of barbecue, folkloric dancing and coca cola. So this past monday was the famous 18 of september the chilean independence day and it has came and gone and its sad to say its my last one. It ended well though we ate A LOT  of food celebrated like classic chileans would. we had an activity with the ward and we played classic games and just had a ball. 

Its sad to think this is my last one but it made me make the most of it. the work has been a little slow since everyone was traveling and doing their own family thing. but that didnt get us down. this is probably my last week with my beloved companion Elder Guiñazu so im enjoying my last days together having fun while helping people getting to know Jesus and how we cvan be happy forever. No complaints here, except and accidental broken window, dont freak out fam. everythings fine. 

anyways thats where im at so this is Elder Carlos Cabrera signing off once again, until next week!!!
Have a good one!

facts of the week:
1. dont try to push against a door when the wind is pushing back, you will end up with a broken glass door.
2. dont even think about buying a snack on 18th of september, not a single person has their store open
3. dont try to make touchdown runs i the middle of a feld, youl end up with your ripped pants right down the line, didnt happen to me but i learned that lesson from others mistakes

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

the one with the hitchhiking

Hola Everybody!!! Elder Cabrera reporting to ya'll once again. man it was a fast week again!!! this week wasnt all that eventful other than the awesome interchange i had with one of my best buddies Elder Payton Dolenar, we killed it, its fun working with your friends, it makes it not seem like work. 

But the big thing was today i suppose, we had a barbecue with the zone today and it was great, we ate well, we played futbol, basketball, pingpong, the whole nine yards haha. but to get there...i definitely walked more than 9 yards. so what happened was we were traveling to the activity but we were running super late, on top of that we were in major traffic. my comp wanted to walk the rest of the way but he left it up to me to make the final decision. so i looked at the situation, doesnt seem to be moving anytime soon, the bus is full of people hot and gross, we seemed close so i was like yeah sure. so we get off and in less than a minute i kid you not the traffic clears up and the bus goes on its merry way. i was furious. we ended up walked maybe 15  miles and at a certain point i was trying to hitchhike and i was even waving money at passing cars, to no success. but in the end we got there, like an hour and a half late but we got there. alls well that ends well i suppose. 

i love you guys so much have a great week!

Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. the only english things the basic chilean knows is "hello, how are you, open the door, open the window" not very helpful in most cases...
2. never get off the bus even if youre suffering, youll regret it
3. patience is a Christ-like attribute that we all need to develop, one way or another i suppose...

Saturday, September 9, 2017

the one where we go almost to Argentina

Hola Everybody here i am again writing and man it has been a crazy week full of experiences and awesome memories, i know ive probably said that a lot in my emails but its the truth everytime i say it, thats the mission for ya. 

This week there was a baptism but not from our side but a soul saved makes me happy all the same. His name is Kendy and hes haitian and i gave him his baptism interview. it was a little more difficult since he doesnt speak much spanish but i relied a lot on the gift of tongues and drawings here and there to make sure we were on the same page hahaha.

But this week we had the opportunity to serve a lot in various ways, whether it be english classes, math classes, putting stuco on house or chopping logs, im your guy. its been awesome learning how to do so many different things, if you asked me a year ago how do you put stucco on a house i wouldve said, "no idea". 

thats the mission for ya. today we went to this beautiful site called Portillo where Chile meets with Argentina and theres snow and it was a great time we had a snowball fight and played football (american style), it was a great time.

As you can see im very happy and content with life. i wish you the same happiness. 

Lots of love, Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. here where im at everytone goes to bed at like 8:30, it wouldve been my moms dream city when we were little kids
2. when people are cold here they decide the best course of action is to just go to bed, the answer to most problems
3. dogs chase bicyclists like crazy here, ive had to kick my fair share of K-9s

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

the one with the Benjamin baptism

Hola Everybody its me once again from beautiful Los Andes, Chile. well another week come and gone and it was an eventful one on top of that. obviously biggest highlight of the week is that our awesome investigator Benjamin got baptized and it was so special and he feel so great and clean. we ran into him the morning before his baptism and he said he couldnt sleep all night because he was so excited, it doesnt get much better than that. moments like that make all the rough parts of the mission worth it. we get rejected a lot, we get yelled at, a whole bunch of hard stuff, but in the end i dont remember that stuff. the good moments the happiness that i feel and see the miracles that happen, the changes in peoples lives for the better, thats what sticks with me when all is said and done. 

Llay Llay is beautiful and im still getting to know it but it has a lot of great potential and a lot of great people, not much more to ask for. The church is true guys. i cant stress that enough. some of you that read this arent "mormon" or members of the church of Jesus Christ but i invite you to think "why not?" this is true just take the time to find out for yourself and stop just hearing me talk about what i know. find out for yourself because its right in front of your face. take hold because itll be the best decision you'll ever make in your life. i love you guys and thats why i say what i say.

I wish you all a great week and i send you my best from down here. catch ya later guys.

Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. my companion makes broken underwear super delicious, haha okay thats a translation theres this dessert here called calzones rotos which translates to brokern underwear, its some good stuff never thought id say that.
2. never have your back facing a latino, its a sign of disrespect and you risk offending someone..better to just always have your back against a wall
3. here in chile they call kids and young people cabros or cabras which literaly just translates to goats, every young person is a goat according to a chilean

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

the one with the riptide and the general authority

Hola Everybody!!!! man what a week it has been i cant believe we're already abck at tuesday feels like i was just here but time flies when youre soo busy.

theres so much thats been going on but ill try to give ya'll some good highlights at least alright where do i begin?

Well this àst thursday we had the awesome oppotunity to recieve a class from a General Authority Elder Texiera who is in charge of the south america south area. lots of responsibility. let me tell you guys hes a stud, he speaks 5 langages, he teaches better than anyone ive ever met and the spirit just hits you straight in the face when he talks. I had the opportunity to talk with him a bit and participate and it was great, plus i got to hang out with all my buddies (see photo at bottom).
But on top of that im loving it out here in the country LLay LLay. We had the opportunity to participate in a ward talent show and i sang with the other sister missionaries in the ward while my companion played the guitar (hes a shredder). it turned out really well we sang Riptide by Vance Joy good jam. so now im best friends with all the members so thats cool. and this week we're gunna have a baptism!! so stand by for photos!! things are cooking up here in Llay Llay, im excited. but yeah as you can see all is well and i wish you all a great week at school, work and in life in general!!!
Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera
facts of the week:
1. batteries here are ridiculously expensive
2. theres this place where you can get american soda, i bought my self a 12 pack of mountain dew, time i treat myself
3. latins love hearing english lyrics, they say our tone of voice when we sing is very pleasing to the ears, im happy to be of service

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

the one where i go to Andes

Hola everybody!!! so here i am reporting to you live from my new area in Los Andes!!! talk about different we are sure not in santiago anymore!! my area is called LLay LLay a little town in the mountains and its really pretty!! ill make sure to send photos the next couple weeks!!! My companion is Elder Guiñazù from Concepcion, Chile. hes so chill and nice hes young in the the mission has about 3 months so im leading things here its a new experience and im excited for it. i miss santiago but this is a once in a lifetime experience, dont know too many people whove been to the andes mountains but im one of them now. 

it was hard saying goodbye to people in my old area, i grw to love them a lot but thats the mission for ya, the goodbyes are hard but thats when you know you actually love what youre doing. i hope to see them again one day.

Thats about it so ill attach a few goodbye photos and i hope you all have a greatt week!!!!

Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:

1. taxis dont exist in los andes
2. the people in los andes consider those that live in santiago a different type of chilean
3. it takes two hours for me to get from where i live to central santiago in bus

sorry these facts werent that good this week...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

the one with the nasty pancakes

Hola Everybody!!! so lets get down to it, Im Elder Cabrera im in quinta normal, santiago chile and another week has came and gone on this 2 year adventure that im on preaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

This week was a little rough but i saw some miracles in just a few 7 days. its crazy the things i see on the daily, drunk dudes, old super friendly woman, people trying to speak english and haitians that dont speak a language that i know. still working on the french, its hard. but this week was good i had the opportunity to interview a young guy named Brian for baptism and during the interview i could feel how strong his testimony is and ity even got to the point that he cried, he was so ready and it just bore further testimony that what we are doing here, despite the rough parts, is totally worth it. what we have to offer is happiness, call it what you may but in the end it just makes people happy, thats good enough for me. its happiness because its the truth. 

im sorry i dont have more to say this week but sometimes the things that happen to me, words just cant do them justice. but dont worry when i get home ill give ya'll the rundown about it all. you might have to tell me to be quiet after a certain point haha. 

I love this Gospel, i love the truth and i will defend until i take my last breath on this earth. i love you all so please, reach out to your local missionary and let him or her teach you a thing or too, its made lives around the world better, no better reason to listen.
Have a great week!
Love, Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. even in malls here that seem as if youre in the US just arent the same, major downfall: there are no directories to tell you where the heck anything is you just walk around until you find what youre looking frustrating
2. there is a hot setting on the shower and there is a cold setting but an in between does not exist, you pick your battle burning or freezing but you just cant win
3. nesquik powder, when put in pancake mix does not make the affect that one hopes for, i thought i stumbled upon a goldmine but in reality it just makes it taste like nothing,...learned my lesson