hey all you on the other side of the planet! this week was another pretty normal week for irigoyen and i. we achieved a lot of lessons this week, and we were able to find 6 new people to teach!
i went on divisions with tilghman this week again and it was awesome! we were able to get 6 lessons in one day, and we were able see some super sick miracles. we were in a lesson with a less active and she kind of just broke down crying in the middle of the lesson. she told us that her dad was dying here soon due to a tumor in his brain. we kind of stopped the lesson, and talked it out with her. i remembered a scripture in alma 5, where it talks about how god knows each and everyone of us individually. it really helped her out with the struggles that she is facing, and we were able to see a change in heart in her. she said she is going to go back to church! YAY!
one of the things that irigoyen and i are trying to work on is unity while we teach. one of the things that is really important while we teach as missionaries is trying to have one voice while we explain the doctrine to people. it gets really weird when two people are throwing in a whole bunch of ideas and scriptures being thrown out and stuff. we were able to see some people change their minds when we applied the principles that we learned and practiced! i am only on week 3 with him, so hopefully that it is going to get better with my bb boy here in the field.
one thing that i have noticed while being here on the mission is the amount of love that one person can get while they serve the lord. believe me, i used to LOVE being with people and talking to them and sharing ideas and philosophies and all that mess. ive noticed that while i have been on the mission, i have been able to develop a more profound love for the people i teach. like, just being able to use the message of the restored gospel and expressing the love that the savior has for all of us, makes me literally so happy! it makes me want the salvation of the people here in los castaños!
this week is the purge down here in chile. basically, there are two days in the year (tomorrow, and September 13th) where the teenagers literally go full angst/grunge and set fires and cut electricity wires and all that, so we have to stay inside on thrusday so we dont get burned or shot and stuff. wish me luck!
love you all to the moon and back!
PS-Shout out to my parents for sending my a new camera (don't worry mom, i will guard it with my life)...sick pics coming your way! These pics are some old ones and a few new ones...but all just random ones
hey all! how are you guys doing?? this week in los castanos was filled with some miracles! as usual, let me explain.
trying to teach a new missionary is definitely harder than it looks! irigoyen loves, loves, loves to ask questions about how to do the work. "hey elder what should i do in this situation when this person says this" or "what am i supposed to do when they give me this answer". we have been talking a lot about depending on the spirit and how a lot of the times, we arent going to know what to say to our investigators. he got kind of salty when i said that hahaha.
this past week with my new little kid (my companion) has been pretty good actually. we have been focusing a lot on finding new people and just trying to find the people that just want to listen to us. it has been a lot of antiguos that we have been passing by for and we have seen some miracles! we were able to find some Haitians that the other elders had passed by for in the past. their names are Donique and Daphne and oh my goodness. if you can imagine the most sassiest women in the whole world, that is daphney. she is the funniest gal i have ever met. we were in a lesson with her and she was like,"you know i am kind of scared for when christ comes because i dont know if i am going to be ready." HELLO WE CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT! we have found some other people that have some potential. just find, find, find so far!
one cool thing that happened this week was when i went on divisions with elder villacreces again. he came into my sector, and we were trying to find a reference that some other elders sent us. we ended up contacting this lady that lived across the street from this guy, and we started talking to her about the book of mormon a little bit and about the doubts that she had. it was literally so powerful to talk about how christ was in the americas and how he taught the people that lived here! we were able to get a return cita with her, but just being able to see the change in thought process when she realized that god loves everybody, and he truly wants everybody to get back to him! i dont know, i just love the book of mormon!
well i gotta go, but i hope all of you have a sick as frick week!
the gangs all here.
shout out to isaac for sending me a little package all the way up from washington!
one of the members has a fricken rabbit farm (happy easter) in their backyard and i cried.
me and the new baby
hey all you wonderful people out there!! so sorry for the delayed update....the mission email servers have been down for a couple days. the good news is now you don’t have to wait another full week to hear from me again ;)
so, how are all you doing!! this week was a rollercoaster of emotions for me, BECAUSE NOW I AM A FATHER. but first, let me explain.
this week in los castaños, we were able to do a lot of contacting and a lot of finding for new people to teach. we just had a purge of investigators, and so we are going around and trying to find the people that are interested in the message that we have to share. as usual, we always see super weird stuff that happens. we were out contacting this house, when we saw two cars chasing each other down the street. they both stopped at the same time, one guy got out with a baseball bat and started to hit the other car maliciously. he then gets back into the car, and then they both start chasing after each other again. #justchilethings
this past saturday, we got the dreaded call from the zone leaders that rigby and i were going to have changes. we were expecting to be assigned new companions, but when it really happened, i cried (not really, i was like really sad about it though). the scary thing about getting a call before changes from the zone leaders is, it follows with a call from mission president. when you get a call from president, you get a special assignment for the upcoming change. when rigby and i got the call from president, we about peed ourselves.
Pres: “hey is it ok if i talk to elder wattles?"
(at this point i was literally having an aneurysm from how scared is was.)
“well elder wattle we want you to train this change in los castaños."
I SCREAMED. i was going to be training for the next three months to a missionary fresh off the presses! they refer to us trainers fathers because we try to teach the fresh missionaries like a father would teach his son. so on tuesday rigby got all his stuff packed, (he got transferred to the rich part of the mission) and we went to the change meeting. i got put with elder irigoyen!! hes from buenos aires, argentina, and he is super nice! he loves to ask questions, and really loves being able to invite the spirit into the lessons that we have. he is 19, and wants to work in finances after the mission. he will be going to byu too, so i will be able to see him up there in provo after the mission !!!!
a little spiritual thought today, credits to my mission president. i have been reading a lot about the atonement in my personal studies and have been trying to have a more profound understanding of how it works and what it does for us. there's a scripture in 2 nefi 25:23, that says that we will be saved by his grace, after all we can do. if you go to the bible dictionary and look up the word grace, you might think it would mean that we are going to have all the bad from our lives taken from us so that we can be happy during this life. it actually says that with the help of god, and with the action that WE PUT FORTH, we will be able to withstand the trials that are put in front of us, and that we will be able to endure with the trials that we have. i think that its awesome!! god isn't going to take away the things that enable us to learn, rather he is going to help us through them and allow us to apply what we learned through out our life. super grateful for that! we can always pray and ask for the help that we need to ENDURE through the trials, and ask "why is this trial specific to me" instead of "why me?"
i love all of you so much and hope that you guys have an awesome week this week!! sorry no pictures this week, i didn’t bring my SIM card....i am all off since it’s not our usual Pday. good news is there will be double the pics next week!
hey all you beautiful people on the other side of the world! how are all of you doing? i hope you all have had an awesome week! i just hit 8 months this past week, and wow, i cannot even begin to tell you how fast the time has gone by down here. i remember it like it was yesterday that i was hopping on my first bus in chile, and then having all my suitcases flying over my head, and me tripping and eating it when the bus stopped in the middle of the road. fun times, fun times.
one of the things that was awesome for rigby and i was one of our investigators named carlos.... he has been investigating for EVER. the only thing that is stopping him from getting baptized is the famous law of chastity wall that inhibits the majority of chilenos from getting baptized. he lives with his girlfriend, but feels like he cant get married for the sole purpose that his son (who does a lot of drugs and is really just annoying all the time in the house) is letting too many bad vibes into the house. we visit him every once and a while, and when we went over this last time, he said that we were his saving angels. he said that we were the things that were stopping him from drinking his mind away, and almost leaving his house. he told us that every time that we come into his house, we always leave a good spirit in there for him to dwell in with his girlfriend. rigby and i really needed that pick me up this week. #blessings. it was kind of a testimony builder to me that even the small things that we as missionaries do make an impact on other peoples lives. so i mean if any of you are in a funk or something, invite the elders over and let them invite the spirit into your home!
i went on a divisions with my zone leader tilghman and it was literally so much fun. there wasnt any set plans made, so we kind of just contacted our brains out, but we were able to get some future citas with him!
i dont have that much time left to write for this week, but i challenge all of you to go and read from mosiah 4!!! i was able to do a personal study on it this week. it talks about how we can find happiness in this life, and how we can apply to atonement in our lives in order to receive it!
shoot, transfers are here in like 5 days. YIKES. anxious to see what happens! will i stay where i am, or move to a new area in the mission? rigby and i are pretty sure our time as companions is coming to an end with this transfer. sad because it's been so great.
love you all to the moon and back! chao for now!
us when someone curses at us, and then shuts the door in our faces
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile