hey all you peeps on the other side of the world!! literally so sorry that i couldn't write last week...but here i am in the flesh!
to give you guys of a little bit of an update:
1)amaro died and now i am with torres, who is also dying this change
2)they combined the two sectors of las americas, and now my sector is literally humungous.
3)there are more missionaries living in our house and it is still a party
4)i got put as a district leader over 8 missionaries (which is a lot lol)
5)we are going to see a lot of progress here with the amount of fechas and investigators that we have!
one of the things that was a spiritual experience this week was when we were able to teach the restoration to rocita and cesia! they are two Peruvians that are super interested in the church, but have had a whole bunch of doubts about the church. we were passed by them the other day and had the impression to talk about the first vision with them, and explain to them that we are always going to have doubts that are bigger than what we can answer. we watched the video with her and cesia, and they were able to feel the spirit so strong. we invited them to be baptized, and they accepted it! it is going to be so good to see them progress. the only annoying thing is that their mom is literally so anti mormon, and she literally hates us. elder torres and i are going to make brownies for their mom so that she likes us a little bit more lol.
i have to scram though. here are just a couple pics from this week...
lvoe you all so much!
sorry to all of you who have been wondering if i fell off the earth. free time as a missionary is so sort. so much to do. this week i am just sending you all some pictures. i am happy and healthy and doing great. talk to you all next week!
ps- thank you to everyone who emailed me this past few weeks! i promise i read every single one of them. i will try and get back to all of you soon!
hey all you cool cats! this change is slowly coming to an end, and i have to say goodbye to amaro because he is going home this next monday....literally so depressed. (i mean not really, but im going to miss the heck out of him!) The blessing is, is that i can stay for 11 more months and serve the lord!
not a lot of things happened this week...but i will share a spiritual experience with the lot of you!
so we were walking down a street in our sector, just knocking doors and trying to see who was interested in listening to us. we received a reference a little while back to pass by a less active that lived on the outer most part of our sector. we thought that we would stop by this alleged Jean. there is a bad stereotype for the less actives here in the mission because the elders pass by to visit them, and they let them in, and and tell them that they are going to come back to church and that they are going to go back to being active, but never do. we had a really strong prompting to go and visit this guy and see how he was doing. we knocked on his door, and out comes this 23 year old guy , with a huge smile on his face. it was jean!
we walked inside his house and sat down and talked to him for a little bit about what he has been doing for the past couple years of his life. he told us that he went inactive when he was 13, and he went through a lot of trials and a lot of rough patches with his girlfriend and his parents. he said that two days before we showed up, he decided to pray to God and ask him what the heck he should be doing to feel happy. then we showed up knocking on his door. he said that he wants to come back to church, and that he is over the sadness that he feels. we picked him up for church, and when we went to the chapel, there were so many members that came up to him and started to hug jean crying! it was such a tender experience to see what happens when we turn our hearts to the lord and LISTEN to the spirit and the promptings we are given! we are meeting with jean to teach him the lessons again so he can remember a little better on the doctrine side of things, but we are literally so excited for the decisions that he is making in his life to come back to the presence of god!
i challenge you guys to find one way to turn your heart to christ this week and try it out! maybe that means going to mutual, maybe that means lengthening your scripture study, maybe just try saying a quick prayer before bed...who knows???
i love all of you so much! hope that you guys have a fun week this week!!
hermana knight and me at the one year lunch last week
literally peed myself cause i had legit Peruvian food
see you later amaro! (he's been a great companion!)
oh my goodness gracious literally so many things happened this week here in las americas! also, happy late 4th of july to all my USA peeps (sorry this is a day late, I was celebrating my ONE YEAR mark with the pres yesterday)
1) i had a baptism in one o my other wards, los raulies! ayline got baptized after being taught for like 7 moths, and she literally couldnt have been happier!! i also got to see my other converts, pato and fernanda! it was really awesome to see the progression that ayline made from when i left that ward to now! it really made me see the importance of helping your investigators through everything so they can get baptized in the end. people are not going to progress and then get baptized in two weeks. it doesnt work like that!
2) our investigator, Judith, got baptized this past Sunday and is going to get confirmed this next sunday! she finally received an answer that the church is true, and we had the opportunity to baptize her with a lot of support from the ward! now we have to work with ehr even more so that there is a good handoff from us to the ward, and so that she gets more involved in things like seminary and the young womens program.
3) i hit a year on the mission! holla! for pday yesterday, we had the opportunity to go to our mission presidents house (in the santiago east mission boundries) to hang out with him and have a little lunch with the people from my group that all came at the same time as me! i went with elder williams, hermana knight/matos/alvarez on the way there, and then met up with all my peeps in presidents house. we played minute to win it and volleyball! i stole some avocados form their 30 foot tree in their backyard, so i am going to be eating really good for the next couple of days.
4) i got a lot of letters from you guys this week, and i am going to respond to all of you here soon! literally thank you so much for all the support that you guys give me! i can feel your love all the way down here in the arctic circle, i mean santiago.
as i hit a year, i am getting literally so excited for this next year of adventures and things to do! i know i am only half way through this huge mission, but i am excited to see where the lord is going to put me....where i am needed!
literally love all of you so much! i hope that you guys have an amazing week, and that you guys have some spiritual experiences !
one year and sushi celebration dinner!
ayline (from my old area) and her baptism!
us and judith!
just your typical one year old missionary
me picking from that huge avocado tree
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile