hey all you! i gotta make this email a little short cause i am going to run out of time!
1) so i have been making a lot more home cooked food lately, which is super cool! the office elders are notorious for eating out a whole bunch and just eating trash food. i got a couple of recipes from friends in the mission, and i legit love it! one day, i was making some Ecuadorian food, and i wanted to pack some heat in it ( I LOVE SPICY FOODS ). my comp wanted to come in and help me do a little bit of cooking, so i told him to go and cut some of these peppers that i bought. after he cut them up and i put them in the frying pan.......
and then he fetching touched his face and eyes with his unwashed pepper fingers!!!!
oh my lanta this kid was literally screaming from how much it hurt him. there was a meeting going on in the office with some elders from around the area, and he was just straight yelling in the kitchen. i had to go in to doctor mode, and try and wash him with some alcohol wipes, and the screaming and crying continued even more. i was rushing around the office to try and figure out what the heck he needed to do to chill out this pepper acid he just put on his face. i found some cream that you use for bug bights, and it helped him A TON. he began to scream less, and then chilled out in the end. after this whole fiasco, he was like, "ok i am going to go and use the restroom." i almost throat punched him and told him to go and wash his hands FIRST!!!! *tisk* this kid. if any o y'all have some sick recipes that dont involve us almost losing our vision, that would be superb!
fun fact, i am learning how to play the piano right now! its a process, but elder payne is teaching me when we go on our little breaks and stuff. i am trying to learn "how great thou art" and "i know that my redeemer lives". they are works in progress, but i hope to be able to finish these songs so i can play in sacrament!! also i asked president to buy some french grammar books, so i am going to try and get better at teaching the Haitians that are down here. my goal is to learn the first vision and a couple other scriptures! its going to be fun.
we are trying to put goals as the office to go out and teach families in the ward so that we can help out the ward a little bit more. we cant really have investigators out here because its hard to keep them down when we are always busy and stuff...but hey its going to be an adventure for when we go to members houses!
gotta scram, but i love all of you so much !
adventures at the santiago embassy
excuse me...wig shop you aint that slick! i see you stealin' the lululemon logo and putting it on your window....smh
lunch with the fam
hey all you peeps on the other side of the planet! this week was SO much more psycho than the last. let me explain.
heiner left me to go and be a zone leader in gran avenida, and then i got to be comps with silvaggio! right as he left, literally everything that could be stressful came into my job and i thought that i was going to drown in the amount of work that i had. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. if you guys didnt know, i literally love having something to do all the time when i am working. if i am just sitting around, i get anxious. there were elders coming in from bike accidents, i was cooking for missionaries that didnt have lunch, buying plane tickets, LITERALLY ALL AT ONCE. just imaging me running around a church building for like 5 hours straight, and thats basically how my days were this past week. im thankful that i have been able to just do stuff and not sit behind a computer all day!
one of the things that has been awesome, is that i have been helping with the missionaries that have baptisms in our chapel. I help set up all the little stuff (projector for videos after the baptisms/lights/table placements/etc) BUT...... there was a huge wrench thrown in the baptism this past saturday. i went to go and fill up the font and put a little water stopper. well, three hours later, it wasnt even halfway full from how slow the water fills in the fonts. the hermanas thought it would be a good idea to throw a fire hose in there and turn it on to try and fill the font faster. i was literally crying it was so funny to turn on a fire hose during the opening in the baptism. i was running back and forth while talks were being said, making sure that everything was going ok HAHAH.
during this week, the independence day parties were going on! like 4th of july happens in the states! september 18th is the official holiday, but basically the whole country shuts down for like three days during these parties. the whole office got super hungry during the 18, and we basically had rice and cereal in the cupboards to eat. elder payne and i went out and about to go and look for somewhere to eat and THERE WAS LITERALLY NOTHING OPEN. we walked for a half an hour going around san bernardo in hopes to find a completo stand open, but alas, we couldn't find anything. we literally pulled the most ghetto move, and went to a shell gas station and bought some sandwiches and drinks and ate them for a little 18 party that we had in the office. ha! it was fun though. we all made it fun through our tribulations. we made up for it though during pday. today,we had a little bbq with our district and we watched star wars and princess and the frog. SO GOOD.
i gotta scram right now though...love all of you to the moon and back! hope that you all have a sick semana!
chao for now!
my 18 meal
i cant even....a fire hose in a baptismal font...
little bit of showers...and yep, that's the back of my new ride
just nature..spring is here
well i mean they arent technically changes on my end of everything. heiner is leaving me and is done training me in the office! its going to be so sad to see him go. i am getting another companion though! his name is elder silvaggio, and he is from argentina. he speaks like freak good ingles, and he has about 10 or so months in the mission. we are going to do a little welcome thing for him when he comes in, because he is going to need to have a nice adjustment to the new office life HA.
so some of you have been asking me about the living conditions here in the mission. so like where i live right now, i live in an apartment with three other elders. we live in a little two bedroom apartment, and literally the only thing that we do there is sleep and shower. we only have food and stuff in the office because we literally do everything else in the office. we DO get hot water and an oven and a fridge and all that stuff, the only thing that we dont get is air conditioning. its not the worst thing in the whole world in the winter, but when you get to the summer, its literally like the sahara dessert. sometimes its cool cause then you get to were shorts for p day, but then the rest of the days, you are just a ball of sweat. its awful!
some of you have been asking a little bit about the food that is down here too! the thing is that some people think that if you go to a south american country, the foods are going to be like death hot. here, ITS NOT THE CASE. the food here is actually super bland and not that hard to eat. they dont get super crazy with their food here either. the craziest thing that i have eaten here was cow stomach, and i literally almost threw up. its was prolly the grossest thing i have ever eaten here. my fav thing to eat are these things called churrascos, which are sandwiches with sliced stake, tomatos, avocado, and mayo and oh dearest me they are so good.
also we survived the 11 of september!! down here it's a holiday where everyone goes crazy, and the police basically turn blind eye to all the crimes. we had to sleep in the office because pres didnt want us to get shot while we were walking home. BUT we had a super good bbq with the hermanaas that are part of our ward. we made hamburgers with homemade macaroni and oh my lanta it was soooo good. i didnt receive any bullet holes nor stab wounds, but! i am still alive!
if you guys have more questions, hit me up! i would love to respond to whatever you guys have! spiritual or funny questions!
love all of you to the moon and back !
my little chapel
food we bbq'd on sept 11th
a little something...watching the sun rise in santiago
my little casa
Hey all you people out there! This was the first official week in the office and it has been way different from what I am used to. Not even going to lie, its literally the opposite of what people normally think missionary work is. What the office is, in a nut shell, is you are the help for the mission. In my job in particular, I just make sure that people don’t get deported for whatever reason. I book flights, I make sure that visa applications are ok at the end of the day, and a couple other things. When I have free time, I go with some other people in the office to help them with some of the tasks or emergencies that there are in the mission. its totally different, but its cool because this is going to be my calling for the next little while!
one of the things that i dont miss from back home is driving with awful drivers on the road. surprise though, because i'm driving all over santiago, and i kid you not, Chilean drivers are THE WORST. any of you who have ever driven with me know that when i drive i get the most awful road rage in the whole world. heiner always has to calm me down when i am driving, going around and doing errands because ooooohhhhh mmmmyyyy. i get so heated. AND NAVIGATION. OH MY WORD. so in our little car, we have a garmin navigation system. some elders needed us to take them a volleyball to one of their activities in the southern most part of the mission. elder payne and i went, plugged in the address to go to the chapel. we made it in like 20 minutes. we plugged in the address again to get back to the office, and the gps took us a completely different and awful way. we ended up going off roading for like 15 minutes in the middle of nowhere trying out figure out how to get back on the freeway, and the thing ended up taking us to an industrial plant that was outside of the mission. payne and i were literally laughing our butts off, and we were also literally so tired that we couldn't even think straight. we pulled up to this yard and a guy walked out and was like,"ummm are you kids lost or something?" payne and i literally burst out laughing because the situation was so ridiculous to try and explain to this guard. he ended up directing us back to the freeway where we could get back home, but UGH. i dont want to drive anywhere until this worldwide gps problem is fixed que fetch.
one of the things that i have started while i have been in the office was that i have started reading doctrine and covenants a little bit more in depth, because ive only read it just to read it. going through dc 1 and verse 30 was really awesome!
D&C 1:30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually
now, this scripture has a reference to the restoration, where god gave his authority to his prophets so that they could restore the gospel, but i like the little reference that it makes for the members of the church. it says to all those whom these commandments were given, might have the power to lay the foundation of this church and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness. we as members have the huge responsibility to build the kingdom of god and help his children come back to him. god has given us the ability to be a light to his children, and we should show that light so that we can help others leave the darkness that encircles their lives and bring them into the warm presence of our heavenly father. even though you may be 10, or if you are 60, we have the power to change the course of a human life with the gospel, and edify the kingdom of god!
i have to scram now though....but i will see you guys this next week! hopefully i dont get shot because its going to be the "dia de los jovenes combatientes" (september 11th) where we basically just stay inside the whole day because the peopel down here go cray cray, and the police basically turn a blind eye on this day.... so we will see how that goes!
love all of you!
abandoned station abandoned office kids
they spelled ¨karson¨ wrong (close though?)
fellow office peeps (payne/atkinson/heiner)
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile