So just another crazy week in Chile! It is starting to heat up here. In fact, it is getting hot! Supposedly it will get to about 35 degrees Celsius. I have no idea what that means but it is hot!!
I keep getting better and better at Spanish every week. It is mainly just a confidence thing. If I have the confidence to talk to someone then I can hold a pretty good conversation. I still have times where I look at Elder Evans and just copy his facial expressions and try to look like I know what I am doing. It is so fun!
The days fly by when we are working hard. I have been here in Chile for a month! How crazy is that? And three months now in the mission! So, here is a little about my week. We went to McDonalds last P-day. It was just like McDonalds in the USA. I never liked McDonalds before but it was so good to eat a hamburger and fries. It was amazing! I had a funny experience ordering the food though. They have all of the American names for the food so I ordered an Angus Deluxe burger. I said Angus Deluxe and the lady was so confused and said she did not understand what I was saying. So I had to try and say it with an accent. So in the end I figured out that you pronounce it (on-goose day-loox-ey). Super funny! So you have to pronounce it with a Spanish accent for people to understand what you are ordering. Another good meal I had this week was pizza! Real American like pizza! We had it at a member’s house for lunch. The member bought two large pizzas and I ate like 8 slices of pizza. The American style pizza is really expensive here though. For two large pizzas here it was 20 mil (or 40 bucks). We were so grateful and full afterwards!
There was a solar eclipse last Tuesday that my companion and me watched for a couple of minutes. Some people in the street stopped us and gave us special sunglasses so we could look at the sun and see it! It was super cool! Did you guys see it in the USA?
I have to tell you about a few other crazy experiences. When we were walking on this busy street the other day, there was this man walking in front of us. He then stopped and relieved himself, right there on the sidewalk next to the busy street. When he was finished he zipped his pants up and kept walking! It was so disgusting! Also, we taught some hippies who lived in this apartment in the block. They had nothing except some vegetables, a flute, some books, cigarettes, and paintbrushes. We sat cross-legged on the floor with them. It was really weird. One was smoking and looking out their window the whole time and the other guy was really interested but he was super “hippy”!
So here is a really cool story about miracles and how God blesses those who obey his commandments. A couple days ago we weren’t having any thing go our way. Then at 9 o’clock at night my companion was like “let’s go down to the blocks”. I said, “no way! They are far away and we have to be home by 10:30 at the latest.” It was also freezing and we would have to walk a long ways. But we went anyway. We went to try and see an investigator but they weren’t home. So then we decided to knock on a couple doors. We knocked on one with no success. The second door we knocked on a lady answered and let us in. We went into the living room and the whole family was there: 2 sisters, the husband, son and daughter. We started teaching them and they were so prepared and loved listening to our message. The lesson ended so great and they all want to get baptized! They were all super funny and had a strong family, which is very rare. It was such a miracle that we found this family. We were guided to meet them. So we got out of the lesson and it was 10:20. We were freaking out so we ran to the nearest bus stop. There was a bus but it was completely full so we couldn’t get on. Then as we were waiting, this taxi pulls up and the driver was yelling at us to get in. My comp and I looked at each other and said what the heck. We got in and the driver started driving. We talked to him and it turns out that he is a member of the church. He took us to our apartment. We got out and were about to pay him but he said no and that it was a service for the missionaries. Then he drove away. We made it into the house just in time! We would have been really late if we had to walk. We just experienced miracle after miracle that evening. I know that God will prepare the way for us if we follow what he asks us to do. We may think that things are impossible in the moment but the Lord always has a plan to help us complete what he asks us to do.
A really big thing that I have noticed since being here is the importance of reading the scriptures. We meet with so many inactive people and people who were recently baptized that are inactive. In every case, we find that they have not been reading the Book of Mormon and the scriptures for a while. The scriptures are the words of God that give us light and strength. The Book of Mormon is the light that separates the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from all other churches. The Book of Mormon contains the plain and precious truths lost during the apostasy. Through reading the Book of Mormon our eyes and hearts become open. We are no longer blinded by the evils of Satan. It frees us from the captivity and blindness of the world. Christ said “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The Book of Mormon is the truest of all the books on the earth. It will set us free and bring us so much happiness if we will just read it and ponder it and pray about it.
I miss you all so much! Chile is awesome. Being a missionary is awesome because you learn so much. Chow until next week!