ill have you know, while on the mission, sometimes we get SO TIRED. we get up, we do exercises, we study, go out and walk for like 8 hours on end every day. sometimes, i get SUPER loopy. i see like a broken shard of glass on the ground and i LOSE it. i laugh hysterically. when we were walking down the street, our cita fell and there was absolutely no body out and about because it gets so hot that people dont even leave their houses. longhurst and i saw a pigeon and i was like," what if pigeons evolved into something greater than they already are." my comp promptly responded with, "what if they grew gorilla arms and started running at you on all fours." not going to lie, i was on the ground crying from laughter, hence the title of this blog post. now yall are in on the inside joke! about every day its like that. longhurst and i are practically best friends and we go out and work so hard and laugh even harder!
this week was absolutely filled with miracles for the two of us. in this sector, its a little harder to find new people to teach and its a little harder for us to keep the people that we teach. for example, we find some one and then they completely disappear from the face of the planet. we call and text and go to their house and never again will we see Jared or Nancy or anyone. its a little hard, but its ok.
we were out contacting one day and literally 9 a clock at night. we were trying to find a reference that we received from the other part of the mission saying that there was a nice hatian girl looking for for an answer to her prayers. so when we were contacting, we found another hatian family in that same house this girl lived in. our reference wasnt there, but we were able to contact them and talk to them about our beliefs! we talked about the restoration on their doorstep, and they invited us in. fun fact they were all protestants but they were all soooo willing to listen. we got a return cita and when we came back, they all read their homework and prayed to find out if this is the true church! its going to be a fun ride with this family.
this week as well, we were able to put a baptismal fecha with one of our friends named Fabre. he is going to shoot to get baptized for the 27th of march, but the only thing that he is struggling with is getting to church and his work.....its a work in progress but igual.
another PSYCHO experience we had was when a member took us over to his friends house in our sector. he was feeling a little down and wanted to know how he could overcome his tribulations in this life. so, we went over and he told us a story about how his dad had passed away and he felt no remorse nor sadness when he left. he knew that he was somewhere waiting for something, but he didnt know for what reason...he also told us that when he got out of bed at like 2 in the morning, he saw his dad dressed in white laying next to him...when he described to us what he was wearing, he literally almost WORD FOR WORD described the sacred clothes that we use in the temples!! its was a CRAZY experience for longhurst and i, and it was amazing to know that the plan of salvation is SO true. when we left that cita, we were shook out of our minds. sadly, we had to send the reference to some elders in another mission because our members friend lives SUPER far away. we have hopes for him!
other than that, not much has happened....we got a reference to go and visit a crack house. that was fun. hope you guys have a good week though!!!! stay healthy and warm!! down here we are healthy and completely changing ethnicity with how tan we are getting!
i mean cmon guys give e a break i literally am running out of ideas to put as my subject titles. anyway.
so this was the first official week with elder longhurst and it has literally just been a blast!! we have been trying to find new people as of right now and its been eeehhhhh a challenge??? its freakishly hot here in santiago so everyone is either in their houses and dont want to open their doors OR there are out of santiago doing something or another. so its been a little difficult getting people to listen, but we work every single day!
one cool thing that happened this past week is that we put a fecha with Francia and we ar eliterally so excited!! we had the most AMAZING lesson with her about the book of mormon and it went SO GOOD. she was locked and loaded with a bunch of questions for us and was trying to process the resteration in her head and how it all connects. she understood everything, her only problem is that she isnt "a fast reader" and she is "affraid that she isnt going to finisht eh book of mormon before her baptsim". WHAT A GAL.
also one of our recent converts, at the end of our lesson with him, was like "hey dudes. so uh, what time do you guys normally leave for visists with people?"
"well we normally go out and start teaching at around 2 ish like 3 ish why."
"can i leave with you guys from 3 to 10:30"
i am not even kidding this recent convert of like 3 weeks went out and proselyted with us for the WHOLE DAY. he taught diezmo with us and taught el evangelio de jesucristo and everything. he used some scripture referances and wow! hes only 13 and is literally so amazing!
well i have to go now thouhg. my comp and i had a smol photo shoot in our room adn then the next day we went bowling with the zone. sop much fun! i am not good at all!!
ok i dont have a lot of time writing today but here are some of the things that had happened this past week here in departemental!
so carolina got baptized!!!!!!!! we had been teaching her for a moth straight and she progressed literally so fast that she got baptized this last week! the baptisms went super good too because there was a lot of support from the ward and a lot of her family came by and supported her in her baptism! now all we got to do is teach her all the lessons again so that she can be a full on recent convert!!
so i was on divs with elder curisinche this past week and it was super late at night. we went into this guys house who we though was sober but turns out he was literally in the most drunk state a man can even be without passing out. so what we did was teach him like half of lesson one cause he wasnt all there, and then we left the house. we went across the street to buy some food before we went home and this guy comes running out FULL SPEED and is like,"OYE. you guys gave me jesus christ, so i have to give you junk food" so this guy literally offers us about 6 mil (which is like 9 bucks) worth of food and we told him no cause he was drunk and we had money. he responds with "NO YOU GAVE ME JESUS AND NOW I MUST FEED YOU. KIND SIR GIVE THESE ANGELS WHATEVER THEY WANT" and the guy in the food truck just looked at us and so we bought like smol things so that wouldnt make too much of a dent in his wallet. we then got our food and he gave us both sloppy face kisses, which left alcohol ridden spit on our cheeks. then we came home and promptly boiled our faces to try and get rid of the acid saliva on our face. the food was tasty to say the least.
elder balcazar got a call from president that he had changes!!! so when we went to the change meeting, i was literally freaking out who was going to be my next comp. then when my name was announced, i got put with elder longhurst!! he is a little youngin in the mission (from kentucky) with about a year and he is the exact same person as me! he likes indie music and collecting records and polaroids and the whole shibang. its going to be a fun change this change i can totally feel it!
i gotta scram though. i love all of you guys so much!! just to let yall know, the postal service is kind of whack down here in chile, so if you guys want to send me letters youre going to have to do it now! or within this next month so i can get them before i go home!
love you all to bits!
hey all you people on the other side of the world!! this week was SO much better for elder balcazar and i. lemme explain.
so we had the chance to fast this week. when i started my fast, i really wanted to focus in on finding new people to teach in our area because these past weeks, we havent found a lot of people to teach....so i started, went through the whole day SUFFERING THE DEATH RAYS OF THE SUN, and then i ended the fast. THAT SAME DAY I ENDED THE FAST, we found three new people to teach! and it was the coolest thing in the whole world! they were all hatians sure, but they all speak incredible spanish and they all have such large desires to find the truth! their names are robinson, Francia and Caesar. they all live in different houses, but they are the coolest people. they all were like," ok i want to find the truth. i am going to read all my homeworks, i am going to come to church, and i am going to pray my brains out so that i can see if this is the true church or not!" we are literally so excited to work with them!
one of the funny things that happened this week was with the hermanas in our ward, we went to a blind guys house to help him clean a little around. he had blood in his fingers and his clothes were all stained and stuff, so he just didnt look that great an we wanted to help him a little. so we showed up to his house and we cut come trees in his front yard, we picked up all the trash that was around and then we were like "hey do you by chance have a broom and pan so we can sweep your front lawn?"
"ya sure come on in and look for it i dont know where i left it! haha!"
im not even kidding you it was a murder house in there. there were dead cats all over the floor, there was a mass of organic matter in the back room and it had maggots and flies and larva all in it, there were dead dogs and trash and fecal matter and oh my goodness. the hermanas ran out screaming, and i threw up outside on the side of the street. he was like "ya it smells kind of bad but thats why you are hear to clean! hahaha!" we told him straight up we were like,"um there is no way IN THIS LIFE we are cleaning that house of yours because if we do we are seriously going to get ebola or something" he got all mad at us because we said that we were going to clean for him and then rejected him but we told him again "we cant be breathing the black plague while we clean your house, so instead, we are going to call some people that are going to professionally clean this mess, and take care of you!" then we and the hermanas ran away as fast as we could. we felt bad afterwards, but i dont want to be breathing dead cat and fecal matter air, no sir!
well i have to go though. this next week, i will have four more months until i go home! thats literally so psycho i cant breathe!! so close until i come home! june 10th people...ill be flying in to John Wayne airport!
love all of you so much!
then hey yall! last week was a very large and crazy pday, but now i actually have time to write to you guys!
so what has happened in the past week??
NACHO GOT BAPTIZED WOOO!! he passed his interview a couple days prior, and he was so so so excited to be able to get baptized! im not even kidding this kid comes with us on lessons and because of him, we are teaching like 4 of his cousins. he is such a cool dude. the day of his baptism came along, and it was supposed to start at 6, right? we got a call from his grandma and she was like "hey we are having trouble getting the food all ready for the baptism...can we move it to 7?" we call bishop, he said it was ok, so we moved it to 7. people started showing up, it was 7:30 and nacho wasnt even there. we called the grandma: "um so where are you guys?"
"oh sorry, running late cause we are trying to get the food still. we are running!"
these honeys didnt show up until 8:30. the members were LIVID. imagine sitting in a non air conditioned chapel, 100 degrees outside for 2 hours. it was grand ill tell you what! he got confirmed that same day as, and when he went up to give his testimony, he started crying and you could really feel the spirit present in the room. it was so perfect!
other than the baptism, it has been a hard two weeks for us....we have been pimp slapped by our sector...our numbers weren't the greatest this week, and so we have been trying hard to figure out how we could better the numbers. our awesome zone leaders gave us a lesson on the power of prayer, and how you need to ask specific blessings in order to get them throughout the day. so, right before we left one morning, we said almost a 10 minute prayer, asking for all of our investigators to be in there houses, and for us to find the people that were ready to hear the restoration of the gospel. we went out, and EVERY single person was in there house! WHAT??!! we found three new friends to teach in one day! it was insane! if i can say anything, it is that the power of prayer is true. oh so so true! its our job to ask specifically for the things that need, and then, work towards the goals and meet god halfway in order to get those blessings.
other news thats happening, another one of our investigators is going to get baptized here in two weeks! pray for her please!!!! she is 9 years old and is the coolest little girl in the world. shes kind of scared tog et baptized, but her parents and us are trying our hardest to comfort her and get her all ready for the big day!
fetch i have to go though. i hope all of you have a good week this week! i hit 19 months recently too....YIKES QUE SCARY. my parents, and sis will be down here to pick me up in just about 4 months!
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile