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 for...so 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




Saturday, August 5, 2017

the one with conference with President

Hola everybody man its been a busy week this past 7 days and theres no way i remember everything that happened but it had to be one the most fun weeks of my mission. im doing super well down here we're teaching so many people its hard to get to everybody and we're just having a blast. 

so yesterday we had a zone conference with our new but awesome President Meservy. it was so spiritually uplifting and i learned a lot, i can tell i have a lot to learn still in the mission and from our inspired mission president. plus his kids are awesome Micah and Jayden. But theres not much to say about this week, Elder Mackay and I are just having the time of our lives being companions and he continues to rip his pants in hilarious ways, ripped them yesterday right before President showed up, had to staple his pants together so not everyone could see his underweart hahaha 

but other than that the work is coming along a lot of potential in the making. and im loving being a missionary and seeing the happiness that i could bring to families. they just light up when they see our faces at the door. i have a firm testimony that this is the best thing i could be doing with my life these 2 years ive dedicated to the Lord. the Lord has a plan for me and im slowly being molded by the experiences and opportunities i have here, not a better 2 years for my life than this. 

i love you all and i wish you a great week,
Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:
1. buying in bulk doesnt exist here like costco or sams club, its a shame
2. there has to be a million ways to cook rice because peruvians know everyway to do it
3. haitian babies have to be the cutest babies on the planet, i cant tell if theyre speaking creole or baby jibberish, but i love it either way







Monday, July 31, 2017

the week as zone leader #3

Hola everybody i know its been a little while sorry for the absence but dont worry here i am alive and well no worries haha. this week has been absolutely crazy with everything going on. before anything else ya'll are probably wondering about my subject title. so my comp had to go home to get some medical treatment so for now im rolling with the zone leaders Elder MacKay from Layton Utah and Elder White from San Antonio Texas. its a party amongst us the days pass by so fast and especially cause we are so busy its unreal we are just teaching people left and right its great sometimes we can afford to take a moment to rest because somebody else needs are help.

thats the thing i love so much about the mission the days go by fast when youre not thinking about yourself. you can try and plan what youre going to do everyday but in the end you never know whats gunna happen. i have made bread, carried a giant refrigerador down the street and have taught drug addicts all in the same day its just insane but thats my life and i love it. 

i just wanted to let you guys know that i know the priesthood is real i know that Jesus Christ lives and that He knows me personally. i know that He has a plan for me and that He knows my potential and i know its the same for each and every one of you. He loves you and He wants whats best for you. 

i leave all these things and i wish you all the best week, with much love,
Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week:

1. chileans can put mayonase on anything and theyll think it tastes better. 
2. every street dog rocks a stylish sweater, as if it actually makes the difference in this weather
3. when people say "go home yankee" is suppose to be offense, jokes on them i would love to be a yankee, id make so much money and id rock those pinstripes






Wednesday, July 12, 2017

the one with the double date



Hola Everybody!!! another week has passed and youre all probably wondering the same thing i am, where does the time go? seriously it blows my mind. i swear weeks werent his fast a year ago haha. but anyways here we are once again after one heck of a week in the life of the chilean serving missionary. Man what a life it is. ill break down the week a bit...

alright so probably highlight of the week i wold say was actually saturday like everyday is great but saturday we had what a missionary version of a double date. that means we had 2 appointments planned at the same time in different ends of the sector. i tried to cancel one but turns out a lot o people had been invited to this family Home Evening we were gunna have so i was shoot what can we do. then i get my good buddies Elder MacKay and Elder White that are in the same ward and pull them out of their sector and ask them to help us pull this off. so Elder White went with my comp Elder Andrade and Elder MacKay came with me. it was a blast we taught about 15 people the restoration and the spirit was so strong i could look everyone in the eyes and they were so intrigued and i know they could feel the truthfulness of the message. it was a party and then they gave us these giant hamburgers to eat and i nearly couldnt finish and then i remembered im american so i manned up and went to town. what a night. everyday i never know whats gunna happen but thank goodness for improv and the Spirit to guide us. id sure be lost without it. 

anyways thats the highlight of the week and today i took my kid to go hike a mountain, im a little out of shape but it was a good time all in all so enjoy the pics the sun was killer.

I love you all very much and i know the Savior loves you all even more. the Church is true and has been restored back on the earth once again. God still speaks to us today if we are willing to listen.

with so much love have a great week,
Elder Carlos Cabrera


facts of the week: 
1. chileans put smeared avocado on their burgers, what are they doing...
2. apparently fresno state football is known here, if only they were good...
3. there are still people who believe in Marxism, what does that even mean? i had it explained to me and that sounds nothing like religion...