hey you folks on the other side of the world! i hope you all ate a ton for thanksgiving! this week down here in chile was pretty good! allow me to explain.
a couple of weeks ago, we were walking around the sector just contacting people because our citas fell through. we were walking on the very edge of our sector, and we saw this woman. she had about 20 piercings in her face, was wearing a iron maiden shirt, with a huge chain on her belt, and with a bag of bread. i was kind of afraid to try and talk to her, but my companion went in for it. turns out, she got baptized when she was 8, and now has six kids alone. she wants her kids to learn about jesus christ and his teachings, and she was wondering how on earth she could go and find some missionaries to help her. we set a return cita with her, and her family is the cutest little family ever! her name is Daniela, and she is the nicest woman i have met here in chile. her kids are so respectful, and loved the lesson about the restoration. it was awesome! real testimony builder for just opening your mouth and talking to everyone!
update with fernando and pato: they accepted our baptismal invitation! they are going to get baptized in january, and they are literally so excited!! they are dating and live together, but they are finding a new place for pato so he can ive there for a while before they get married! they are the coolest people ever. i am so excited to see where they go with the gospel in the future!
we also have been teaching this other single mom named kata. she lives with her parents and has a daughter. she is 26 years old, and loves to listen and learn our messages. we were teaching her about faith and repentance when she was like,"ya ok but like when can i get baptized thought because i feel like this is the right thing for me." my comp and i got thrown back and got whiplash by her statement. she will get baptized soon too!!
miracles people. thats all we need. some miracles, faith, and some elbow grease.
if any of you havent seen the light the world video, LITERALLY GO AND WATCH IT RIGHT NOW.....AND DO THE CALENDAR! i cried when i saw the video because i just love christmas and service. i challenge all of you to try and spice up your christmas season with some service for your neighbors!
love you all to the moon and back!
chao for now.
we went to go and explore an abandoned train station with come cool graffiti (me and my comp elder whitaker)
the train station. there was a whole bunch of hobos
no caption, just a cool pic
disney attire for life
ok ok ok let me explain.
we were having a little lesson with one of the less actives in the ward yesterday. we were talking about how the area was pretty nice that they were living in and that the area was pretty "tranquilo". we heard some gun shots in the distance, and we all laughed for a second, cause you know, the irony of our current conversation. a couple minutes later, we heard 8 or 9 gun shots right down the street from the house we were at. the hermana of the family we were visiting walked outside, and told us it was her nephew who had been shot, and he ended up dying down the street from getting shot in the stomach....we ran into their house and watched over the kids while they went to the hospital. we ended up staying inside for an hour or so until all the cars stopped racing by and the police cars stopped racing by....it was pretty scary.
other than that momnet, it was a pretty hard week. the majority of our citas fell through, so we were just doing contacts and door knocking. we did teach our investigators pato and fernanda though!! they are a young couple that loves anime and manga and drawing. fernanda is studying to be a vetrenarian and pato is studying to be a computer specialist. they are literally so awesome. we taught them the significance of the comandments and how they are meant to liberate us, rather than tie us down. it was such an awesome lesson! they are getting baptized in january because they have to get married beofre they can get baptized.
i had my interviews with my president this week and they were awesome! all of yall should cruise to helaman 14 and read the last couple of verses. they talk about how there has to be an opposition in all things. if adam and eve didnt take the fruit and fall away from the presence of god, there would have been no way for us to know the difference between good and evil. there would have been no way for us to know the sweet from the salty. there would have been no way for us to choose gods path over the other paths. ill let all yall chew on that for a while until next week.
also, happy thanksgiving this week! we had turkey for p day, but we ate turkey necks because they didnt have any other parts of the turkey at this meat place near our house. its pretty good....yep
i love all of you from the moon and back! (sorry for the lack of pics, this computers I am on it literal trash, and not uploading my pictures...next week my friends!)
thanksgiving feast...it's lit
HELLO ALL OF YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. THIS WEEK WAS PRETTY INSANE. LET ME EXPLAIN......
so the ward i was working in previously had 4 missionaries attached to it. me and the three others. once i got switched though, they took out two missionaries and combined the sector to make one massive sector. me and elder whitaker have been SWAMPED with people to teach. its been a huge blessing! the only downside is that we walk so much in one day. i have a step counter on my belt for when we go out, and the average distance covered in one day is around 7-8 miles....ya. a lot. i am going to be as bout as thin as a sheet of paper when i come back home, not even joking.
one of the miracles that had happened this week was being able to contact a mother who was watching one of her kids playing in a little soccer field. we told her about the restoration of the gospel and she gave us her address to come back. when we went into the cita, her entire family welcomed us into the door with open arms and smiles! it was so awesome! they were so excited to see what we had to share. the husband had already taken some of the lessons in the past, but then he moved from the south to santiago, so he didnt know where he could get the elders back. he was saying that he had read basically all of the book of mormon and wanted to continue taking the lessons. literally a tender mercy!
one of the funny things that happened to me this week was when the cousin of the hermanas giving us lunch told me i had really pretty lips. i told her thank you, and she just kept staring at them and told me that she wishes that she had my lips. the whole family got angry at her and was like "ARE YOU KIDDING ME BETHANY YOU ARE COMMENTING ON AN ELDERS LIPS THATS SO SCANDALOUS EW". i was on the floor laughing it was so good.
these next couple weeks are going to be intense!! we have three baptismal dates set, and we are working our butts off! keep praying for them elder dudes, cause we really need it.
love all of you!
SUPER excited for Christmas. my package made it with plenty of time mom
i bought women's pants because its literally so hot and these are so comfortable . you know you all wish you had a pair
rate my set up.cardboard box book shelf, and a Chilean plate for incense ash..it's lit
hello people on the other side of the world! this past week has been a rollercoaster of emotions! let me explain.
in my sector of the mission (los raulies, el bosque) there are a lot of people that shut the doors in our faces. no one really wants to seem to take us in and listen to the message of the restored church. the conversations at the door normally go something like," hi hows a going neighbor! we just wanted to get to know our neighbors and see how you were doing!"
"OOOHHH YA PO I ALREADY HAVE MY RELIGION I AM (insert religion here) AND I DONT BELIEVE IN ANYTHING YOU HAVE TO SAY"
"oh..um but are you doing good, anything that you need?"
then they promptly shut the door in our face. when people say that the rejection of a mission is hard, they truly mean it. the only thing that you have to do is keep your head high because you know god is on your side.
one of the lessons that elder scott and i were trying to put into play this week was to compare the gospel to like building a fire. you can light a match and have it burn for a little bit, but once you thrown that into a fire, you have to keep adding wood to your fire to keep the wood burning. we have to keep our testimony lit with the things of the gospel, like reading the scriptures and going to church! if any of you want to get your match lit, go and talk to the missionaries ;).
we also had the chance to go out of the mission and go to maipú, a city in the santiago chile west mission to hear from one of the 70, and our mission presidents! it was such an awesome conference. my mission president talked about one of the verses in moses 4, after the prophet felt this HUGE spiritual experience, and then satan came by to tempt him. basically, he responded with,"who the heck are you? i know i am a son of god, so why are you here". like, the biggest sass reply in the whole world. it was such an awesome talk!
sadly, this week was changes. i had to say goodbye to elder scott as my trainer....im staying here in el bosque for another change, but my new companion is awesome! elder whittaker is from tennessee and loves sports to death. hes not a stranger to me, because he lived in my house with another companion for the past few months. he wants to be a psychologist after the mission and go into the military after college! im literally so excited to see how he and i take on the sector and baptize people! elder scott says change is good in the mission, even though im really going to miss having him around!
love you all to the moon and back!
bye elder scott...literally the best trainer ever!
we saved this dog from getting attacked from huge dogs and she came with us and proselyted with us for the whole day
me an whitaker (my new comp) We are are going to kill it this change! this is the only pic we have together so far. we weren't ready for the picture...oh well, more to come (look at how awkward we look!) also, mom, my suit is literally falling off me...maybe a new smaller one for Christmas??
we cleaned the chapel and this cat came and hung out with me the entire time
hello beautiful! this week was a ride. let me explain.
elder scott and i had an amazing lesson with this investigator that we found! well, an investigators mom. basically, we found this one guy who had some serious problems with drugs and with alcohol. we set a return cita with him a couple days in the future. when we came to the door, his mom answered and said that we moved to a rehabilitation center where he could get some help. we told the mom that we prepared a lesson for him, and asker her if she wanted to hear it. we taught her and the spirit was so strong in the room! the message of the restoration of the gospel is literally such an amazing thing. she started crying during the middle of the lesson and was thinking about how the spirit was testifying to her that the message that we were sharing was true. we invited her to be baptized, and she said yes! such an awesome experience to be able to help her out.
ok now let me explain the subject of the email. we have this investigator, right? his name is gaido (hi-do). he is ten years old and is in a rock climbing club. he told us that he has dreams to be just like whiz khalifa minus the drugs and the alcohol). my companion told me that i knew how to rap, and he threw a beat at me. under the pressure of the moment, i went straight to "anaconda" by nicki manaj. needless to say, he was very impressed and asked me what the lyrics meant. i had to tell him to look them up later because A) i dont know how to translate any of that stuff yet and B) they are raunchy.
down here, sometimes you are just literally exhausted from working so much. for example, my companion and i passed out in the chapel while we were planning........then woke up 15 minutes later and continued planning. the exhaustion is all worth it though! do not get me wrong sometimes missions are H A R D. but every effort that you put into the work is worth it!
i have to skidaddle though. love all of you!
beyond eternally grateful for this kid...transfers are next week, and im literally crushed
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Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile