OH MY GOSH. i feel like all yoiu guys ar kid of sick about the fact that i keep saying that there are so many miracles that are happening in the sector, but i am not even kidding, they are just fludding in this sector as of right now and i am literlaly so sad that i am going to be gone to not see all these people get baptised down here! UGH. here let me explain.
so a little while ago, we got a reference from some missionaries in the mission above us, saying that there was a girl that wanted to listen to us. on the little message they sent us, they said that it was urgent. so, we got a cita with her in the chapel and i kid you not, this girl was like trotting over to us. her name is patricia and she is about 40 years old. she shakes our hands VIOLENTLY and we let her inside the church. we sit her down and im not even kidding, she UNLOADS to us about how she wants to get baptized. oldham and i were shook! we asked her why she had so many deseos to get baptized and she said that,"I have knocked too many doors to churches and every time i have gone in them, i hate the doctrine, but when i learned more about this church, i was able to really feel that this is the place that i need to be. i really feel like i can learn and have an eternal family here." so now she is going to get baptized the 22 of june!!
also to let you guys know, rodrigo is going to get baptized here on the 15th of june, two days before i go home!! its going to be a wild next couple of weeks here kids, but i am utterly so thankful for these blessings that this sector has been getting for these last couple of weeks. (like literally couple cause i leave in like 2.5 weeks oops).
love all of you guys so much! please send me some prayers cause im terrified to go home hhaaha!
hey all you guys on the other side of the world!!!
this week was kind of hectic with us. i had to go to a meeting at the mission office that talked about how we are supposed to finish our missions as strong as we can. the coolest quote that i could get from that slideshow pres made us was "you started a mission to finish it. keep going until to the end". the time is coming up here soon, but we are trying so bad to get as many amigos as we can to teach! HOWEVER A HUGE MIRACLE HAPPENED WHILE WE WERE IN LUNCH.
so get this. we are sitting down in a lunch with a member. i got a call from some random number on our phone. i went outside to answer it and i hear the voice of some random dude. he is like "are these the elders of departemental?" i answered yes and he said that he was an amigo from the santiago north mission. he moved to our sector like a week ago and he wanted us to pass by THAT day. we told him we couldnt because we had literally every spot on our agendas filled to the brim with stuff to do. he responded with "ah ya the thing is that i want to get baptized in a couple weeks. can you make that happen?"
we passed by his house literally at 9:45 at night, like 20 minutes before we are supposed to be home and everything. he IS LITERALLY A GOLDEN INVESTIGATOR. his name is rodrigo and he is a totally hipster nurse. he loves indie music and he literally stopped drinking coffee and smoking and alcohol 6 months ago. he accepted a bap date for the 15th of june!!!! HE IS SO COOL. his girlfriend is helping us so much with teaching him and bearing her testimony and its amazing!
a lot of the members are down my throat about how much little time i have left and its stressing me out!! "so tell us the colors of the wedding. tell us WHAT COLOR YOUR PHONE IS GOING TO BE. WHAT IS THE FIRST FOOD YOU ARE GOING TO EAT WHEN YOU GET THERE OH MY LANTA" its awful. im surviving though. 3.5 more weeks to go!
love all of you guys so much!
hey guys! this week we had the largest miracle we have ever seen here in departemental! cachen...
so oldham and i had literally everything fall all at once. we had a cita with one of our friends named Horacio and his family at 8, so we thought that we would do some contacting before the cita. no one even looked at us nor wanted to talk to us, rip. so we went to the cita with horacio and get this. we get there at 7 ish. he tells us, in english, that he wanted us to eat DINNER WITH HIM. DINNER DOESNT EXISTS HERE IN CHILE MIND YOU. he said,"ah ya we are going to make some stake tacos and i am going to have my venezuelan friends cook us the meat and make the tacos" OOOHH MY GOSH. IT WAS PROBABLY THE BEST FOOD I THINK I HAVE HAD IN MY TIME HERE IN CHILE. while in the kitchen, horacio had to go to the hospital to pick up his fiance because she got her finger smashed and they needed to operate on it (or something like that). so, while he left to grab his wife, we talked to his venezuelan friends whose names are Walter, Franmier, and Alejandra. they all live in Horacios house and they only had about 3 days in chile when we talked to them. Horacio was literally trying to find his wife in the hospital for like an hour and a half, so we got to know his friends super good! (i was really anxious because being in a house for more than an hour is kind of a no no, but we couldnt let this opportunity slip). we found out that they literally left everything they had in venezuela and sold their house/cars/food/clothes/phones to try and come to chile so they could have a better life. we invited them to sit on the lesson that we were going to be teachign horacio and his fiance, so they all came in and we taught about 6 people all at once the restoration. I FELT LIKE AN APOSTLE TEACHING SO MANY PEOPLE ALL AT ONCE. but everyone absolutely loved the restoration and horacio actually helped us teach it to his family members!! it was so cool! they said that they are all going to come to church this next week, and we are literally so so so so excited for them!!! ahh!!
a lot of you have been asking me how i am feeling while i am finishing the mission and i can honestly say that im scared and sad and excited and happy and anxious and literally every single emotion that you can think of. i LOVE the mission with all my heart and i love being able to pass by for all of my friends and help them understand the power of the gospel, but i also am literally so exhausted and almost cant move my legs anymore lol. to give you a concrete response, i am sad that i am going to end this chapter in my life but excited to see what the future has in store for me!
lvoe you guys so much!
countdown: 4.5 weeks
this past week we saw a stupid psycho miracle!!! so get this. its about 8 at night, its starting to get death cold, and i woke up kind of sick. we went out and tried to get to all the citas that we had, but all of them fell. my comp and i though that it would be a good idea to try and contact some more around the block before we went to the last cita at 9 (which by the way, also fell). we had a future named Horacio that was contacted around a year ago, and we thought that we would try it for a hot second. so we went to this house and we knocked like twice. i was annoyed a little, so i grabbed a rock and started pounding the metal gate to make a super loud clanging noise, and out came a Venezuelan lady. we asked her for horacio, and out from the back came the man himself! he started "speaking to us in english" and i was kind of doubtful in the beginning just because every chilean tries to show off there mad english skills to only mess with us, but after caving into the bait he threw us, he then started speaking perfect english. I WAS SHOOK. apparently, he lived in the states for like 9 years and canada for like 5. he has a company selling wifi routers in his house and he imports them from china. he also makes houses for the venezuelan immigrants that come here to chile so they can have a place to stay while they are looking for jobs. hes literally the coolest guy ever!! and hes a member!! his wife isnt and none of the people in his houses arent. he says he gives out books of mormons to the people that help him build houses, and he says that he wants to come back to church and baptize his wife!!! AAH!!! sad that i might not be here for when his wife get baptized, but i am so grateful that we found these people! other than that, we are super excited to skype our moms this mothers day!
i have to scram right now though....we got this though guys! 5.5 more weeks for me to live in the the coolest city in Chile and be with the coolest people in santiago. so sad to be going here soon, but so fricken gratful that im here still!
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