hello my beautiful people in the world! this week was absolutely crazy, and let me explain a little why....
elder scott and i were walking back from one of the citas that we had late at night. we noticed that some of the evangelicals were having a service a little ways away in a tennis court that was near our house. out of curiosity, we went and watched the service from a distance, just to see what was up. we are literally 500 feet away, behind some trees, and the pastor sees us and yells at us through his microphone to go into the tennis court and take part of the service.
what i thought to do.........lets dip cause im tired
what my trainer thought........LETS GO AND SIT WITH THEM!
we walked into this little tennis court and sat down with these evangelicals, and the pastor told us to go up to the little platform he was standing on and started to literally yell a prayer in our faces and told us that our sins were forgiven. it was definitely something different.
Yesterday was transfer day in the mission. I have another 6 weeks with my fav companion ever to finish up my training. its going to be literally devastating when I have to get a new companion! also, everyone else in our house is staying the same, so thats great...I literally love these guys. theyre great!
elder scott and i set another baptismal date this week! woot! it is with one of our investigators named felipe. he's a 15 year old kid and he's literally the coolest guy ever. he is super receptive to the gospel and loves to joke around with us when the lessons are over.
one of the funniest things that have happened this week was when we were with one of our investigators named Eddy. he moved here about a week ago and speaks pretty good english. he sat me and elder scott down during one of our citas and had some burning question that he wanted to tell us.........
"so like, do mormons have both reproductive organs to make more kids?"
after a short "G" rated answer, we all laughed so much! i was literally on a stretcher i was laughing so hard... it was literally the funniest thing in the whole world.
well i have to skidaddle, and im sorry there wasn't that much beef to this email, but hopefully next week will be ever more grand! I'm just out here in chile working hard, loving the work (most days) and learning and growing...poco a poco!
love all of you!
me out tracting on a bridge
we out here with no #ragrets
the mission dog!! his name is dude and hes such a cutie. sometimes he goes to church with us...sometimes he follows us around. at the end of the day he ALWAYS ends up back at the mission home. hes been known to protect missionaries from the other ravage dogs of chile..what a guy!
hello beautiful people! its been pretty crazy down here on this side of the world. let me explain.
this past week was the 18th of september, basically the independence day of chile. it was a huge ordeal for the peeps down here in chile to have literally so much meat. basically, everybody does this stuff called asados, which are huge bbqs. they fly these little kites everywhere, and it is really just a huge party for a day. we were walking down the street on this day, and these random people invited us into their home to have meat and empenadas and food! turns out, these people we ate with were less actives that werent in the ward directory! the mom in the house is like super old, and has had problems walking and getting to church. we gave her a priesthood blessing and made plans with her and her family to help them come back to church......blessings!
one of the coolest things that happened this week was that we set two baptismal dates! one is with Alexander, this super energetic thirteen year old kid that loves the gospel and the people of the ward. he is progressing super fast. we put another date with hermana Inastrosa, an investigator that had been investigating the church for SO LONG. it was a tender experience, because they are going to come unto christ! THIS! this is why i am here!
i got freakishly sick during the week. it was really bad. i slept for 11 hours one day and i couldn't even move. it was baaaddd. we ended up not leaving the house at all that day. i felt so bad for my companion, what a boring day for him. its not like he can just netflix binge all day to pass the time. honestly it was prob from eating a small cows worth of meat on independence day .
funny thing that happened this week was when we were approached by a drunk guy right outside our house. we were sitting there, waiting for our other house mates to come back from a cita, and this smashed drunk guy comes up and starts telling my companion to go back home and visit his mom. he kept trying to tell me i was chilean? "why are you talking like a white guy, speak chilean!" it was really good. after about thirty minutes of pure nonsense and tom foolery, he walked away and turned the corner. while we were trying to process on what just happened, the dude starts heading back our way. my comp and i literally sprint the other direction, so we didn't have listen to him talk to us about how im not the ethnicity he wants me to be, and our families back in the states.
loev you all!
the entire Santiago south mission. thats a lot of missionaries considering we are in the smallest mission (geographically) in the church (besides temple square in SLC) the mission is about 5 miles wide and 10 miles long
blessed because I got a pic of the drunk guy that was creeping on us
love love love
missionarydelivery.com is a really cool missionary delivery service down here that my mom orders from (shipping packages from the states is expensive) she picks stuff from the website, then they box it up all cute, and then hunt me down to deliver it. literally the best. thanks mom!
hello beautiful people! this week was one heck of a ride and i only have so much time to write, so ill def make it as short as possible, and make you entertained while i do it.
one awesome experience that I had this week was while we were contacting. we were walking around to a cita we had planned and we saw a man on a bench. elder scott and i got the same feeling to go and talk to him. turns out, he was a baptized less active and he was homeless. he turned to drugs and alcohol. we talked to him for a little bit and shared some scriptures to help him through his problem. we walked back to our house with him, and he later told us that he was going to commit suicide in the upcoming week, and that we were the ones to come over and help him through. the cool thing is, is that he started coming back to church, and he has been doing a lot better. UGH THE GOSPEL IS SO TRUE, STAB ME.
you may have already heard, but there are two days in the year where the missionaries call,"the purge". basically, its two days out of the year down here in chile where the police turn the other cheek and people kind of do whatever. well, turns out, it was very over hyped and nothing really happened. i was expecting us to barricade the doors and use books of mormon to huck at people when they pass by (you know, scripture power keeps me safe from homocidal maniacs), but we kind of just went home early and then did some language study. we heard a couple gun shots, but it wasn't anything fantastically psycho.
one funny story for the week; we were walking to a cita we had with one of our recent converts. we saw some keys on the ground in front of a house, and we decided to try and return them. we knocked on the door, returned the keys to this sweet old lady, and out comes a blazing high guy. hes not high, hes like higher than a space ship when he comes out. he starts yelling "OH PRAISE BE OH PRASIE THE MIGHTY GOD. ELDERS COME INSIDE AND LETS PRAY" we kind of looked at each other and kind of just went along with it. we walk into this guys house, and he feeds us coke and cream puffs. we try and talk to him about God, but he kept shushing us and told us to enjoy our offerings in silence. at the end of this visit, hes literally yelling a prayer to the heavens. stuff like"OH LORD LET YOUR SACRED DROPS OF BLOOD FALL ON THESE TWO YOUNG MEN AND BLES THEM TO ONLY PREACH OF JESUS". he then proceeds to put his hands on our heads, and then yells at us to raise our hands up and is like "AMEN TO THE MIGHTY GOD AMEN" it was pretty grand.
well, i must shove, but i loove all of you to pieces! keep sending me pics of all the stuff yáll are doing!
que le vaya bien!
me and the perrito in a big world
we found a thrift store during our p day today and i found this treasure. i was crying from laughter
me and the tio while i sew patches on my jean jacket
house selfie! featuring banana bread!
cuties...still having so much fun
Ok ok ok ok ok let me explain chill out. elder scott and i went to a future investigators house to come in and say hi and ask her if she needed anything because she was moving. she invited us into her house and gave us a little once (basically a little night tie snack here in chile). they served us some bread, "queso de pensamiento " (which i later found out was thinking cheese. basically, its ground up pig brain. its like really gross. 0 out of 10) and mate. you could prolly look it up, but mate is this rank tea they have down here. i wanted they less gross version , called agua de yeurba. they threw a tea bag at me, and i delightfully drank it, despite on how dirt tasting it was. my comp pulls me aside after the cita and was like,"dude you just broke the word of wisdom. that was straight green tea" fun times, fun times.
i went on divisions again this week! that was hard because i had to stay in my own sector and take another elder with me to our citas. i was paired with elder vargas, an elder from el salvador. he ltierally had no idea what i was trying to say to him the whole time, so i kind of just kept quiet and tried to explain to him about all of our citas. it was pretty hard. we got lost in out sector about 60 times, trying to find out where these citas were. it was definitely a learning experience.
we got a new house mate this week! his name is elder martinez, and hes from the philipines. he is like the nicest guy you will ever meet. his visa got delayed a whole bunch before coming here, and so he had to wait before he could come to chile. hes only been here for like three days, and he has cleaned the whole huse, and made a whole bunch of philipino dishes for us.
"I just want to be the nice elder , you know. whatever you guys need, ill help you in any way i can!" UGH JUST LITERALLY GOALS THOUGH.
one of the cool things that i have seen while being down here in chile is how receptive people have been to our message. we contacted this women who was selling diapers on the street. her name is caty, and she is evangelic. we talked to her about the restoration and talked a little bit about how we believe that heavenly father, the holy ghost, and jesus are three separate beings. she seems to really like what we were saying, and she invited us to come back. once we came back to the return cita, we got to meet her boyfriend and her sister, who both loved our message too. it was awesome!
i love this gospel so much. it fills me with such great joy to have the knowledge of this humongous truth. joseph smith was a true prophet on the earth. the priesthood was restored. i challenge all of you to pray to your heavenly father and ask him if these things are true!
love all of you!
me and elder scott being thug
new kicks, and killing it (thanks mom)
the trains here are pretty cool
got letters from the young women! love you guys literally so much!
elder scott and i being edgy
pic of my hand...you know, important pics
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile