hello beautiful people of the other hemisphere! this week wasnt all that crazy unfortuneatley....let me explain.
i went to the temple for p day today! it is always so awesome to go to the temple. the temple over here is like an hour and half away from where my mission is. (unless you have a car, then it's only like 20 min) basically, you take a bus to the train station, then you go all the way north of santiago to go to the main city (basically the same as new york up there). the temple up here is itty bitty, but its still so fun to go and visit.
when you become a missionary, you go through this process called twelve weeks. basically, its a program that the church has where you get a trainer and they teach you certain aspects of being a missionary, as well as how to teach the doctrine in an effective manner to investigators and menos activos. week 11 is the most brijido (sketchy) because in week 11, the missionary that is being trained takes the initiative with all lessons and planning sessions/meetings. needless to say, the first two days of this week havent been all that bad with me in charge! we contacted this guy that recently broke up with his girlfriend, and then resulted to doing drugs and drinking A TON. we taught him a little bit about the gospel of jesus chirst and how that these feelings of sadness that he has can be lifted with the atonement of jesus christ. he was so receptive! we have a cita with him this coming firday and im so excited to go back and teach him!
down here in santiago, it has been getting freekishly hot, and then freekeshly cold all on the same day. you go out with a light sweater, feeling perfect in the temp department, then it escalates to literally dying from heat stroke, then around mid day and you contemplate wether or not that walking in the dreaded sun and heat is worth the energy. then you get to the night, and the light sweater that you have on doesn't help you, because you are now suffering from hypothermic shock, and wondering if you may have to amputate some of your toes. its seriously so bipolar!! its so funny though. to try and beat the heat, elder scott and i got some industrial sized trash bags and filled them up with hose water and then climbed in them. now im not saying i am a do it yourself king or anything, but i would listen to me if i had a channel on the DIY home network.
love all of you to the moon and back!
the train station in the city
santiago temple today with the house babes
a little drawing i did the other day. i used to draw all the time, and kinda just got too busy to make time for it. its nice getting back at it a little
hello all you beautiful people out in the world! this week was literally so awesome! i dont have that much time to write out a big email this week, but some literal miracles happened this week. listen up....let me explain.
as missionaries, we have thirty minutes or so every morning to plan out our day. you make a plan A, and a plan B, just in case one of the citas that you made previously fall through or something like that. elder scott and i were out, and all of the citas had fallen through for the hour that we filled out. normally, we would have just went and done some contacting or something like that. no big deal (it happens all the time). instead, we said a little prayer to try and figure out what to do and where to go. after our prayer, we walked around the street for a little bit, and found some lady that was about to leaver her house. we took the opportunity to go up and talk to her and ask her for a direction to an antiguo that we had. turns out, her parents were baptized in the church, she took some of the lessons, and saw their baptisms. she said that she wants to pick up where she left off and take the lessons with us! PEOPLE! PRAYERS DO WORK.
i had splits with my zone leaders this week, and they went awesome! we taught so many people that day (4 lessons, and two new investigators). one of the things that i learned from going to the divisions, was that some people may never let you talk during the lessons....some people get so amped up on what they believe, that they dont really let you talk in the lesson! that when you have to get "chorro" (basically means confident) and step in the convo and try and speak some gospel truths to them. def something that i need to be working on in these next couple of months haha!
one of the things that i have realized while being down here is that satan is definitely real with twisting your thoughts. i have a little book of thoughts that i have on me when i start to feel down or when i start to get negative thoughts. usually at night, i write things down in my little book. my fav this week was.....
"satan is going to try and bring you down as much as he can, and tell you that you cant do anything.
but actually, I CAN. YOU CAN. EVERYONE CAN.
actually, I CAN because the lord has a plan for me.
actually, I CAN because the lord has blessed me with talents to magnify my calling and serve him. actually, I CAN because the savior was already on the cross for all the sad emotions, feelings of discouragement, and thoughts that bring me down."
i challenge all of you this week to remember the savior during your times of need, because actually, YOU CAN! you can get through anything with the help of the savior. its just one (or more) prayer(s) away!
love all of you to the moon and back. chao for now!
a smoll audio of me and elder scott. he is talking during the first 1/2, then me, then he talks at the very end. we made this for mi momma
this is what heaven looks like
me and bae chillin
a member gave me a plant child!!
art! (and me of corse)
we have one day a week to screw around and get some other stuff done. its called p day! this p day, a couple people from my district went to this hill. thats at least what they said it was. it was literally a mountain. we climbed a literal mountain for p day today. it as pretty cool though. the incline was almost a 90 degree angle, but it was fun i swear :)))))).
down here in Santiago, there are a lot of haitians that are moving here from hati to try and find a better life. we have a hatian investigator that doesnt know a lot of spanish. its a little hard to teach her, but she has a neice who speak basically fluent spanish. to try and teach our hatian investigator, the little niece has been teaching us french!! guys, im learning french in south america!! its literally so cool. i know a couple basic phrases and how to pronounce some things from the little pamphlets that we use. its so awesome!!
one of the blessings that i have seen this week was when we contacted this women in her doorstep. her name is anna-maria, and she has scoliosis. her husband died two months ago and her mother died a couple years ago. we taught her a little snipet from the plan of salvation and set a return cita to go back. we gave her a little plan of salvation, thinking that she wasnt going to read any of it. then when we cane back, she had a buttload of question, and her flipping grandson read the pamphlet and had questions too!! she and him her were literally so interested. excited to see where we take them.
i had the chance to have an interview with my mission president this week. he gave me some awesome counsel to follow. recently, i have been struggling with anxiety and controlling it before going into lessons. the thing that he told me to do is to forget about the anxiety, and just let the spirit guide you during the lesson. i can definitely say, that it worked! you guys, it totally worked!! the holy ghost can do amazing things for us as children of god! i can promise all of you that the holy ghost has helped me so much in my life, and can testify that this huge gift that we have been given on this earth can bless your lives as well! We just need to USE it!!
chao for now!
this means im legit right?
hello my beautiful people of the world! i hope you are all having a fantastic week, and hope that you all enjoyed this past week of conference! i had the opportunity to go to a stake center near where i lived and watch conference! it was so awesome. being able to write down questions and having them ALL answered during general conference is the best feeling in the whole world. literally. i got to watch it in english because im #fetus and cant understand a lick of spanish still, (kidding.....kind of..) but i think im getting there poco a poco.
a blessing that had happened this week really boosted my testimony. during one of the intermissions for general conf, a lady came into the church building and walked up to my Zone leader and asked is we could help her out with her house. she found out that the missionaries can do service, and wanted to know if we could help her build a new roof for her house. what we didnt know, was that her entire house had burned down, except for the concrete frame that held up the drywall. we walked through this house heartbroken. she was in tears while she was walking us through. we agreed to help her in this upcoming week! when we went back into the chapel, she walked in with a bag of food for all the missionaries, and told us what a blessing we were to help her. that made me literally cry. in the face of her opposition, she wanted to serve us and show us her appreciation. this girl wasnt even a member, and yet the love she had for a couple 19 year old kids was monumental! seriously people, she is goals.
one funny thing that had happened this week was another drunk guy story. we went to go and visit a less active members house to see what the heck was up and why he wasnt going to church. when he opened the door, he saluted us with a kiss on the cheek, which freaked me out like a lot. we walked into his home, and he gave us two liters of apple juice to drink. any time we tried to talk to him, he kept shushing us and telling us that he was baptized. then his mom came in and was like"oh you! *studio audience laughter* ill go get you some more food and booze sweetie." and then left. it was so good.
one of the things that i try and do during the lessons i have, is to use the things i love and express it with investigators and members. i like to use the example of taking pictures with polaroids. on a polaroid camera, you have to pick the right aperture in order for the camera to use the right amount of light, and then develop on the sheet of film. sometimes, we choose the wrong aperture setting, which then makes the picture pitch black, where you literally cant see anything. i try to relate this with repentance! sometimes, we pick the wrong setting and suffer the consequences, but with adjustments to the right setting, you can develop a beautiful picture. (at this point of the lesson, i show them a picture of my little sister or of the beach that was close to my house.) i challenge you to fix your aperture, and let the light of christ into your life! it was said in conference,"heavenly father and jesus christ have confidence in us. we need to have confidence in them that we can be healed through the atonement"
love all of you to pieces!
little babies during conference
a physical representation of how scott and i look every day. #confuzed
i can still be edgy on the mission right??.....its fine
me! peace out till next week peeps!
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile