hey all yall! this week, i was able to have some really awesome experiences with some of the investigators that i have in las americas.
so jesus has ben really progressing lately! we were able to have a family home evening with some of the ward members with him and his girlfriend, and the girlfriend is now super interested in eternal families!! we were able to talk to him about the law of chastity a little bit more, and he was pretty receptive to getting married to his girlfriend, which isn't normal down here. he is still kind of struggling with the word of wisdom with his beer, so if you guys can start praying for him so that he can get baptized, that would be awesome!
so we were looking for some antiguos again in our sector and we were able to find two people that were actually looking for us to teach them! one girl was named maria, and she is a single mom who lives with her 3 little girls. we were able to have a little chat with her and she looked at us and was like,"so the missionaries passed by my house millions of times, but i still have one question...does god really exist? i want to know how to start believing because honestly, i am over being in the darkness."
you could imagine how hard amaro and i were flipping through are scriptures to find the answer to her question. we ended up showing her the story of ammon when he was teaching the king about whether or not god existed or not. the thing that struck her was the par tin the chapter when it talked about how you have to repent of your sins, and believe that you are going to receive your answer to really know if god exists. she started crying during the lesson and looked at us and was like,"ok. lets start." we are literally so thankful and excited to help her out!
ALSO SIDE NOTE, JUDITH ONE OF OUR INVESTIGATORS IS GOING TO GET BAPTIZED THIS WEEKEND, AND WE COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!
the other girl that we found recently said that this past week, she was literally thinking about coming back to visit the missionaries and to receive the lessons. we found her, and she was shocked! the spirit is just wonderful !!
i have to go now..can i get some prayers to try and get rid of this GNARLY fever i have goin on?? its literally killing me hahaha. Other than that I am doing so so good!
love all of you to the moon and back!
we went to a catholic cathedral today!!
marias daughter drew amaro and i while we were talking in their doorway..she even drew my hydroflask!
we found a horse next to our chapel
we out and about
hey all you peeps! so this week was literally so much fun! i am in love with the new sector and i am loving all the people here even more!
this week, we were able to put a fecha with one of our investigators named julia. she moved from chile to mexico, and then moved to the states for literally the rest of her life. she is a 60 year old mom and she speaks perfect english. we actually teach her in english and its literally so hard to try and teach the lessons to her in english. BUT. she has been investigating the church for a while, and she really wants to get baptized, but she has refused the baptismal invitations because she really wants her sister from argentina to come down and be with her while she gets baptized. we talked it out with her a little more, and she told us that her sisters visa is going to coming in the mail here soon!! so put a fecha with her literally so fast, and we couldnt not be even more excited for her to get baptized!!
the other miracle that happened this week was that we were able to see 74 people at church and 7 of our investigators showed up as well!!! i literally only have less than a year left, and all the cool stuff is just barely starting to happen...gosh dang it how the time flys by!!
we also found this guy named jesus!! and guess what...hes a carpenter!! AND GUESS WHAT. HES FROM JERUS.......nah jk hes from peru actually lol. we have been teaching him just recently and he has been showing a lot of interest in the church!! he moved here from peru with his girlfriend so that they could have a better life and just get away from all the supposed drama that happened between them and their family. an update on them in the near future!!
well i got to go...i love all of you so much!
kids in my district messing around
just a flower living through this bitter cold weather
my roommate playing guitar on pday
hey all you people on the other side of the world! this week in the new sector has been psycho, but also filled with miracles! let me explain.
what amaro and i have been trying to do is we have been using the antiguos WAY more to try and find the people that want to listen to the message that we have, and it really did work! we have a total of 4 new investigators as of right now, and it has been amazing to be able to find the people that have the interest still to change their lives! its way easier and efficient to talk to somebody that has already heard the gospel than trying to fight with somebody in their doorway for like 2 minutes, and then have no results after.
one cool thing has happened this week. so we were looking through all the old phone numbers and stuff on our iphone x (kidding though, it's a flip phone smh), and we found this girl named rocita! so we called her, and she said that we could come by at like 9:30 in the morning. i was literally about ready to say no because i really wanted to do my morning studies vs leaving the house in literally freezing cold weather and trying to find this girl in her house. amaro talked me into it, and so we went to rocitas house, and she was there! her story was that she listened to the missionaries like waaaayyy long ago, and they stopped passing by because she is studying to be an engineer, and was sooo busy. so we talked a little bit more with her, and turns out that she has a very strong connection with her family. we talked a little bit about eternal families to tried to ring her memory a little bit, and the spirit was so strong. she started to cry, and said that she wants to try and learn a little more. literally am so excited to work with her!
side note...is has been really cold here and im pretty sure i havent felt my toes in like two weeks, but its ok hahaha. we went to the temple today for p day and there was literally snow on the temple grounds. PSYCHO. also, we were at a members house, and I was standing next to their electric stove trying to warm up a little...but oops, i got a little too close, and burnt a hole in my pants! I was freaking out, and the members were like...it's ok mijo, you have other pants, no? Uhhh, i actually have lots of pants, but they are all too big, this was the only pair that fit me. all the hermanas of the house started chatting, and were like...bring us all your pants, and we will take them all in and make them fit for you! small blessings people....that i happened to be at a seamstress house when i burnt a hole in my pants.
we were at this eternal investigators house, right? we were watching the news and how it was going to snow here (fun fact, it didnt, but when we went to the temple, we found some snow in the shave (grass?), so it was fun). we were eating some dinner with them, talking to them about who knows what, and the news caster was in the part of santiago where it actually was snowing a ton. he went up to this little girl and was like,"HEY KID IS IT COLD OR WHAT?!" THIS LITTLE GIRL WAS SO SHOOK AND SCARED OF THIS MAN. SHE LOOKED UP AT THE DUDE AND WAS LIKE,"uh. only a little." AND THEN RUNS AWAY, LITERALLY TRIPS ON SOME ICE, FALLS TO THE GROUND, AND THEN IT CUTS TO ANOTHER PART OF SANTIAGO WITH NO SNOW. (poor little girl, but oh man!) I LITERALLY WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF DRINKING SOME WATER WHEN THIS HAPPENED, AND I SPIT IT ALL ON THE TABLE WHERE MY FOOD WAS. THE INVESTIGATOR WAS ALMOST PEEING HERSELF FROM THE DISASTER THAT HAPPENED, AND MY COMPANION JUST LOOKED AT ME FUNNY WITH A HUGE GRIN ON HIS FACE. literally good times, good times.
well i got to go though....hopefully all you have a good week this week! chao for now!
snow in santiago
some of my disctrict
finally married...jk mom, dont worry...just companions
just me.. in the snow..happy as can be
hello all you beautiful people! not much time to write today, but i will let you in on a little something something.
I GOT CHANGED. OOPS
so i got the call that i was going to get changed this past saturday, and that i was going to leave los castaños for real. i visited all the members in the sector to say goodbye to them and wish them the best. a lot of them were crying, and it was really hard to say goodbye to them...but changes are really good though.
i went to the changes meeting, and i got called to be with elder amaro in las americas, in the la cisterna zone! i moved to the north part of my mission, and i am literally so excited. elder amaro is from peru, and he is dying this upcoming change, (meaning he is finishing his mission and going home) so i will only be with him for like a month and a half ;( but it is going to be fun. he loves to do photography, to draw, and is deathly in love with pineapples for some reason. so uh...LITERALLY ME. he loves to do videos and loves to talk about moves and music. i think we are going to get along really nice this change.
other than that, here are some pics that i took this week. lots and lots of good byes. a bigger update will be coming this next week!
love all of you to the mooon and back!
new companion....amaro and i!
the flores family!
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile