hey all you people on the other side of the world !! this is the last week of the change, and we are coming to a close here in Departemental to start a new change here soon ! President already told me that i am goin to be staying here and finishing my mission in departemental, and i could not be any more excited to finish my mission in such an amazing ward! literally i could have gone to some struggling ward in some corner of the mission and be forgotten, but i am tremendously blessed to be here in this part of the lords viñard. what happened this week was kind of psycho to be honest.
so we being district leaders are always in charge of doing some small services for the people that are in our district. if they need a blessing, we go to their house and give them a little health blessing or a blessing of comfort. we have to answer harder questions from the people in our district and we have to be constantly running from our sector to other parts of the zone (in other missions, that is like a three and a half hour drive, but in my mission its like a 15 minute bus ride to hop clear across the zone lol). this week, we went to our districts and helped contact people so that we could have more new people to be teaching. we had to do inspections of houses, we had to go to the stake center and teach a class, and oldham and i have been feeling like we have been out of our sector a little more time than we have been in our sector ! at least we are helping our peeps out lol.
in the time that we have been in our sector though, we are teaching a guy named rodrigo right now and he is literally one of the coolest investigators! he i dating the mom of a recent convert we have and he said to us, word for word,"the only reason that i want to become converted to this belief is for the sheer knowledge that i can be with my wife for all time and eternity. where do i sign up?" DOWN. so we taught him about the plan of salvation and he said he fell in love with the idea that we wan be just like our heavenly father and be able to be with him after this life. we are goin to put a fecha with him after here tomorrow afternoon, so if you could send some prayers towards are friend so that he can have an open enough heart to accept this fecha with confidence, that would be awesome !
also i dont know if you guys are aware, but sometimes when you have to stop passing by people, it is literally the saddest thing in the whole world. literally, you love all of the people that you pass by for, you literally can already see them in white and you can already see them progress in such a large level that you know that they are going to understand everything that you teach them ! well, this week we had to stop passing by Acefie because of an ugly lesson we had with her. basically, when we first were teaching her, she was so down to keep learning and to study the book of Mormon. when we passed by her with one of our hatian friends to translate for us, she said that the book of Mormon was just a book written about Christ and that it shouldnt be considered scripture. she got into a HUGE fight with ou hatian convert who was translating for us and it was honestly just an ugly scene. oldham and i were kind of sitting back while they were cursing each other out in creole. i understood a little bit of the conversation just enough to pick out that acefie in reality was not ready to continue listening to us (in this fight she was arguing with out convert that we were trying to brain wash her and trying to take her money from her. she also said that we were the church of the devil and that we should be condemned to hell for our actions...yikers...) so, what we told her was,"welp. if you still wanna know then we can totally pass by when you arent angry and whatever." she told us to get out of her house and that was the end of that. any other normal person would just say,[ya im over it lets keep going[ but i was literally so distraught!! i almost started crying because she was getting closer to getting baptized, then fell off the deep end! i know god prepares his children in his own time. we as missionaries have to be constantly looking out for people to see which people are being prepared for us to teach them. throughout my mission, i have seen people that have been so prepared it hurts almost, and i have seen people begin the process of being prepared. what oldham and i realized after a little comp study in the street after the lesson was that acefie was being slightly prepared in the moment, but that it wasnt exactly her time to be able to come to the right church. we brushed the dust off our pants and got up and went out contacting again (we dont have a lot of people that we are teaching right now tmapoco, so we have been doin that a lot lately lol) so that we can find the people that need our message right now. its been good so far, we have been finding a lot of great new people and our agendas are getting a little more full of futures and citas with some cool jovenes that we found from our soccer nights we have on Saturday, and we are so excited to take this next change by the throat and just go ham!
i gotta scram right now though. we hiked a hill today because it wast he last pday of my comp eldr rigby and so now we gotta go and shower lol. see you guys in a hot second!
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Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile