Wednesday, June 21, 2017

the one with the new missionary in the rain and learning to cook

hola everybody!!! reporting to yall once again from santiago Chile we are alive and well and even though we're freazing our butts off writing this email we are doing great and having the time of our lives here in Chile. this week really flew by with everything that we had going on. time is flying as ive passed the year mark and going on year 2. wow how it flies. 

so this week we had the opportunity to spend a couple hours with some brand new missionaries who are still in the MTC learning spanish and how to be a missionary(its not as easy as it looks). so yeah Elder Andrade and i had the opportunity to spend 3 hours with Elder Fitch was Seattle. great guy and just wants to work and bring people to Christ. i loved it. we had some weird lessons with haitians that didnt understand a thing (still working on the french) and spent the majority of it in the pouring rain, pour Elder Fitch in his brand new suit. he was a good sport about it.  

another event took place so besides church in which i was asked to speak about 5 minutes before it ws my turn to speak i quickly grabbed my scriptures and figured out what i would say about priesthood, believe it or not i actually had to be told by Bishop to wrap it up because i was going over on time, i thought i wouldnt have anything to say but the words just came, thank you Spirit. 
then we had our Capillas Abiertas and it was a bit complicated with it being Fathers Day (OH HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL YOU DAD OUT THERE) and The Chile national team was playing and when they play even the flies stop buzzing. so yeah not much success bit i had a great time all the same. so yeah definitely making a lot of memories over here and loving every day. 

this week we will be having a baptism so stand by for photos its gunna be great!!!
I love you guys very much and i wish you all an awesome week!
Elder Carlos Cabrera

facts of the week.
1. to heat up a shower you have this thing caled a califactor which has to be lit by flame or the water to get warm and when its not working properly, you cant imagine the shower frustrations that might arise
2. a bottle top cut of works realy well as a funnel, innovation on a budget
3. you can take any bus in Santiago for free with one simple word "Permiso" obviously its not ideal but hey it happens

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

the one with good ol papa Johns

Hola Everybody!!!! I hope all is well and that youre all enjoying your summer!! im on the otherend as we are entering full force winter here i know pretty weird but i actually dont mind it that much, everywhere i go people offer me hot chocolate o "cafe" as they call it so life could be worse. but yeah this week flew by actually it was a faster week with everything going on. so ill give ya'll the updates:

well the biggest news is that our investigators Patricia and walter who were planning on getting baptized on the 15th of July we changed that the 24th of June so thats way sooner, they dont need to wait and we sure dont want to either haha. they are so prepared its ridiculous ive never seen people so ready for the gospel before they just want to get baptized and do everything right and get on their way to the temple to become an eternal family. yesterday walter asked me why everytime he prays he ends the prayer crying and it was so sweet i just softly replied "because youre full of the spirit" i really touched my heart. i can see that Satan is working really hard against them so that they dont go through with this decision to follow Christ but im confident that we're gunna win this battle. 

Another thing, we started antoher round of puertas abiertas or "Open Chapel" activities where we show strangers what we do in the church and it was a solid success we found this family walking on the street that were so ready and happy to come in with us. and then afterwards we got PAPA JOHNS so that gave me my litle slice of the USA. it was great. but yeah besides that all is well!!!

I wish you all a great week and i love ya'll very much, the Church is true and prayer is powerful!!! 

Elder Carlos Cabrera

fun facts of the week:

1. Papa Johns makes a killinggg here in Chile, the Chileans cant deny the american pizza experience either
2. soccer can cause people to get baptized
3. the nba finals was never once discussed here in Chile, at least in my sad

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

the one with barbershop take two and i think im Messi

Hola Everybody!!!! Here i am again which means i have lived another week in beautiful Santiago Chile. Man im not too sure what to say about this week, as far as special events go, ive got nothing and no dogs were hit by cars as far as im aware of so i guess you could say it was a successful week. No but seriously it was a good week, i dont remember all too well what we did all week but i know it was good for the most part haha.ill try to highlight a few things:

well i got to play barber again because my zone leaders Elder Murillo from Peru and Elder MacKay from Layton, Utah were way past due for a haircut and they didnt have the money or the time to go get one done and my last client must have suggested me because they came to me for a sick cut. i pulled out the works, nothing too fancy but i got the job done. i might have left an unintentional line that is a bit shorter than the rest of his hair on Elder Murillo but i just didnt bring it to his attention, its best he doesnt know and he hasnt gotten any bad remarks so alls well that ends well right? haha  catch me at your local supercuts after the mission. probably not.

but yeah the work is great we had 9 investigators in church and thats a serious accomplishment here, you have no idea how stressful it is to teach all 9 people how to work the hymn books, youd think its rocket science haha. Patricia and Walter and doing great, keep bringing new friends to church with them, quite the missionaries themselves. im pretty sure Patricia preaches more than i do haha. 

but yup thats about it hope you guys like the videos! have a great week and i love ya very much. until next time!

Elder Carlos Cabrera

fun facts: 
1. it is a lot harder to bend it like beckham than one might think
2. stationary scissors actually do a great job on missionary hair
3. if you speak solid spanish and your last name is Cabrera, people start thinking youre chilean hahaha