Makarena is baptized!

Hola Todos!!

It’s been another great week!!!!!!!!!! Yesterday, Makarena got baptized!!!!!!!! It was very exciting for her and it was a great experience. I remember my first week here in Santiago, Elder Wortham told me before we went to visit Makarena that she was the girlfriend of a less active member. They really have come a long way since then, especially Makarena. She gave up smoking and has changed a lot. The baptism was funny because her husband Isaias baptized her and he had to dunk her three times because Makarena’s dress kept floating up. It was the first time that Isaias had ever baptized someone and that same day he blessed the sacrament for the first time in his life. He is 24 years old and when he was 14 he went super inactive until Elder Wortham found him a few months ago. Now he has a calling in the Young Mens and is super active.

Chile is very sad because they got booted out of the Soccer World Cup. I was pretty bummed too because it sounded like they had a good chance to beat Brazil. Oh, I should also give you the rest of the “RUN DOWN” of the week. In short, I had the “RUNS” and also couldn’t keep anything DOWN. Ha! I got the flu but this time it was the full on flu. On Tuesday, I started feeling tired. Then I woke up on Wednesday with diarrhea and I was really tired. Then at about 2 pm, I laid down and couldn’t get back out of bed because I ached and felt really, really sick. Then at about 11 pm I threw up and felt better afterwards. Then I woke up the next day and still was really sick so we went to the doctor and then I slept the remainder of the day. Then Friday, I went out to work for a little then we had to go back home because I was still very tired and I needed to rest. Then I felt fine on the weekend. So the week passed by really fast because basically the whole week I was sleeping. I lost weight but that is a good thing because now I am back to my normal weight. All of the missionaries talk about doing diets and working out 6 months before going home but the real trick is to just live it up and eat all of the good food you want and then get sick a few weeks before going home.

I had another funny experience this week because I contacted a group of “rockers.” They literally offered me every bad thing possible like weed, cigarettes, beer, pornography and more! I was so grateful to be a missionary and to have a testimony of the gospel and to be able to say no easily. These guys were pretty funny though. Not many other things to report this week because we were basically in the house the whole week.

Elder Neser


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