hey all you cool cats! dont have a lot of time to write this week, but here is an amazing story of what happened to elder balcazar and i!
so we got a reference from the hermanas about some less active guy they found sitting in his car all alone on the side of the road (why they contacted a guy in his car, i literally have no idea why, but it was a blessing!) he left the church around 6 years ago and didnt think that he was ever going to come back. he had a stroke and a heart attack at the same time, fell off a cliff and broke his femur, and survived somehow. he lost his ability to speak, and now cant even read because of the stroke he had. then he lived with his eldest son, turned alcoholic, and his son turned alcoholic from the stress of school. his eldest son then begin to be abusive to him, and almost threw him out into the street. he goes out to his car every day for a couple hours on end to just sit and try and run away from the pain...he said that he wants to come back to church because he knows that the trials that he has been facing have all been sent from god. he knows that god loves him, and he knows that he wants him to come back to church! he wants to come back to church so bad and take the santa cena, (sacrament)but he said that the feels like he cant for all the stuff that he has done in his life. we had an A W E S O M E lesson with him about the atonement and how coming to church is going to improve his lifestyle so much. he has came to church last week!!!! he cried while he listened to the talks and wow we are literally so excited to be working with him to bring him back to church! his name is manuel, and i can say that i love him so much.
now i have to scram though....i feel like these emails are getting shorter and shorter every week lololol. i have less than 5 months back until i get home...excited and sad and overwhelmed and all the feels.
see you guys in a hot second!
love you to the moon and back!
a smol hike this morning
a ward baptism this past week
thrift store shopping in the city
such a good vinyl find, and it's in english
hello you people on the other side of the world!! how are you guys doing???
this week i had the opportunity to go through changes and get the heck out of the office! woo!! blessed that i got to go through the office but also blessed that im never going back again lol. going into change meeting, i got put with elder balcazar from spain! he is 20 years old an just hit his little year mark on the mission. he is such a cool dude! a member from our ward showed up to come and grab my luggage while balcazar and i took the bus to get to our new sector. where i am now is the most north part of the mission, so its a cool little change from being in the south for so long! so we went to the house had a little planning and off to the sector. i have found that its majority bigger houses and like 4 or 5 apartment complexes, so its not the whole "mansion" idea that i had going on in my head. when i showed up though, balcazar told me that he was in a trio working two sectors at once due to special changes that happened in the mission, so he never really got to work in our sector that much before i showed up...we had like 3 investigators when i showed up, and one baptismal date to work with...looks like we have to do a little bit of reviving. through our efforts uring this week though, we found a super cool family that is super interested in what we teach! Nacho, nancy and caesar, a mom and dad with a son of 12 years! we havent put a fecha with them just yet just because we have only taught them once, but we have high hoped for these guys (the mom like has a tea addiction, but we think that we can fix that ;))
the ward that i am in as well, i share with hermanas. hermana warner and pulsipher are the coolest cats around! the ward is SUCH a strong ward too. when we went to church, there were 104 people that attended and you wanna know what they had to do? THEY HAD TO OPEN THE OVERFLOW IN THE CHAPEL FOR PEOPLE TO SIT. ARE YOU SERIOUS RIGHT NOW. OVERFLOW IN CHILE?????????? i was shocked completely. it was so cool! the members love teaching with the missionaries too, so they come to us and ask us when they can leave for visits with us! CRAZY.
i do have to go though....we are drowning in citas today haha. i love you all and hope that you guys have an amazing week!!! here are some pictures of my new area and house!
apartments behind my house
we have grapes in our back yard, which is cool!
my very luscious garden in the front yard
out back where we eat sometimes
apparently when we did our hike today there was an armed military dude ready to shoot anyone that touched the tower. turns out it was a cat
bye Hermana Knight, see you in a hot second. all of the sister missionaries who have been with me since the MTC we home this last transfer (girls only serve 18 months)
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile