Week 102 – Curico, Chile

So this is my last p-day in the mission. This week is going to be pretty nuts.

On Wednesday, two area seventies are going to come to give us our zone conference. Then this Friday, we go to the mission office in the morning to weigh the suitcases, and then in the evening we will have a couple of trainings about autosuffiency and a scripture study with the mission president.

The next day, on Saturday, I have my final interview with President Harris and then we go to the templo!!! That’s going to be so great. I’m way excited for that.

Then on Sunday, we can pick one of the churches in the city of Rancagua to go to. I didn’t serve in any of the churches listed so I’m just going to a random one that one of my mission friends was in, and also I’m going to call a couple of members (Hermano Willie and Hermana Ingris!!!) to see if they will be able to come to that ward!!! Then in the evening we have a fireside with president and hermana Harris about marriage and adjusting to home life.

Then on Monday, we are going to the mission office to pick up our suitcases and go to the mission home to have the final lunch. Then we have a little testimony meeting, and then we take off at like 4 to go to the airport, and then our plane leaves at 9:30.

In reality, I’m excited to go home and all, but I’m really leaving a part of me in Chile. This place has become my second home. I love this place and the people with all my all my heart. I passed through the hardest times of my life here, but more importantly I’ve experienced the joy of being a missionary and sharing the gospel. I testify that the things I have been able to share these last 2 years are true, because I have been able to get to know them, share them with others, and apply them in a way that I never have before. I testify that the key to happiness is obedience and hard work. I have learned to love the concept of goals/plans.

I have grown to have a relationship with Heavenly Father. Through sincere prayer, we can narrow the distance between us and Him. Before the mission, I never thought this was possible, but I’ve seen it here. As we repent for our mistakes(big and small), we will feel more satisfaction in EVERYTHING we do.

I hope to be able continue putting these things in practice after the mission. I don’t want the mission to be my spiritual high, and then crash after, rather to keep building on these lessons that I’ve learned. I love the mission, I love Chile, and I love this gospel.

And I share these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Week 101 – Curico, Chile

Hey guys,

So this has been a pretty solid week. My companion and I are really working hard to work with members. We’ve been trying to invite the members to accompany us during visits so that the investigators can have an immediate support. Because of this, we had a lot of people come to church yesterday! We are teaching this old couple who in the beginning was just listening to us no mas with out doing anything, but now we are going to lessons with an hermana who is her age, and then yesterday they came to church!!!! So that’s dope.

Also, I’m trying to learn a new language! Theres an elder in my district, Elder Nuarte, and he’s from Paraguay. So there they speak two languages, Spanish and then this language called GuaranĂ­!!! It’s the language of the Indians of Paraguay. It’s super fun. I’ve learned some phrases, but now I’m trying to learn the grammar, because Nuarte and I talk in GuaranĂ­ and no one understands us, ha ha. It’s pretty fun.

We also went to Licanten this past week to have a Book of Mormon activity. Basically, we have a big sign that has questions like what happens after death, etc. And then we talk about the Book of Mormon. It was pretty fun. We talked to a lot of people.

This is my second to last p-day, so next week I’ll send you guys a big reflection letter.

Anyways have a great week.

Elder Halverson

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Week 100 – Curico, Chile

Well, this week was rough.

So my comp went home. Last p-day, we came back to the house and I was just hanging out in the living room, and my comp went to the study room. So when it was getting close to leaving time, I go in to go change, and he’s packing! I was just like what the heck, and we talked. He said he wrote president a letter saying that he was done with the mission/everything and he was just waiting for pres to call him.

I was kinda freaking out, so I called President Harris, and he asked to talk to my comp, so they talked for a while, and then he came out, saying that they were gonna have an interview together on Thursday. So they had it on Thurs, and then they came out, and pres said that he was going home the next day (Friday). So we went back (we had to go to San Fernando) and then he packed and left on Friday.

It was rough. I am pretty sad about everything. I really feel like I did do everything I could try to help him, but he chose to go. I have learned a lot this change. To be honest, it was really hard. I can’t wait to talk to you guys in detail about all of the things that happened (there were some crazy stuff), but I think I understand a tiny bit better of how to be a parent, and how to balance having patience as well as knowing how to correct.

But now I am with another new guy, Elder Perdue. He got here at the same time as Elder Zapata, but his trainer has some leg problems (he can’t walk) so they sent him to the office to finish the mish (he goes home with me) and now his trainee is with me. He’s a cool guy. He’s from Washington state, from a town called Pasco, tri-cities area.

My goal with him is basically help him to be able to run the sector when I leave (in three weeks) so not a lot of time, but at least the basics of how to get to the church, members house, etc.

We had lunch with a member on Sunday, and he made an ASADO (barbeque). It was super good.

Anyways, that’s about it with me.

Anyways, I love ya’ll. Have a great week!!

Elder Halverson

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Week 99 – Curico, Chile

Hey guys,

This has been a pretty good week. Me and Elder Zapata are really going hard. I really just want to finish the mission strong. We have been focusing on contacting and talking with everyone.

It’s funny. I feel less trunky this change than I have in a while. It’s helping that I get to die training, but in general, I don’t feel lazy or anxious or anything. (Even though my mom loves telling me how many days I have left, lol)

We had interviews with President this past week, and I got my recommend for the temple renewed!!! At the end of the mission, we get to go to the TEMPLO!!!!! I’m so pumped. One of my good friends, Elder Nuarte, also got his recommend so we’re both excited. I don’t know, honestly, I think I’m more excited for that than anything else.

We’ve worked really hard, but had a lot of rejection. But we had a miracle. We found a family who wants to learn more!!!! They are super great. A dad, mom, and three cute daughters. They are super receptive, so we’re gonna be working with them.

I also got a sweet leather scripture cover. It’s cool, they make it by hand and burn the pictures on it. On the front, I got the Salt Lake City Temple, and on the back, Jesus leaving the tomb.

Anyways, that’s about it. I’m doing great. I hope you guys have a great week.

Elder Halverson

PS Sorry I forgot to send pics these last couple weeks, so here’s some pics of Rodrigo’s baptism and some other things.

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Week 95 – Curico, Chile

This was a pretty great week.

So the coolest thing that happened this week was Rodrigo is progressing really well. He is super excited to get baptized this Saturday. Then next week he is going to the TEMPLO TOO!!!! It’s so awesome. His mom, Vitalia, is super happy for him. We actually had lunch at their house yesterday, and we got to meet the extended family of her. None of them are members, and Vitalia was worried that they weren’t going to accept her for her decision, but they were so nice about it!!! They were really supportive and they are actually all going to come for the baptism of Rodrigo too!!! So everything worked out in the end, and God really prepares people, not just the people who get baptized, but even their family members, too.

This week we get changes!!!! It will be my last change this change, so I’m hoping that I stay here to die. We find out this Saturday so that’s exciting. Whatever happens, we’re finishing off the change with a baptism, so I’m happy regardless.

Anyways, love you guys. Have a great week!

Elder Halverson

Week 94 – Curico, Chile

Hey guys. This week was pretty great.

So to start off, we had zone conference. That was pretty dope. We talked about the Restoration and how we can teach it better, and also why Jesus Christ’s church was restored at the precise time. It was great. Also Elder Haar, who was my comp when I was in Almendrosa, gave his final testimony there!!! I can’t believe that all those guys from that group are going home this change.

This week we also helped out with a stake activity for the youth. It was mini mtc. It was cool. They all got assigned a “mission” and then a companion and then we had like a “zone conference” where me and Ramos gave a little training about how to contact, and then we divided up and went to go work outside!! It was so fun. I got assigned to work with 2 diaconos. We just went out and contacted and talked to people in the street. The jovenes were definitely pretty nervous, but they got used to it and we all ended up having a great night.

Also, we had these things called expositions of the Book of Mormon in two sectors of our zone, Molina y Licanten. Basically, we got these giant banners that have a bunch of questions about life, like “what is the purpose of life?” and “how can I have a family happy?” And we contact people so that they come to participate and pick a question, and then we answer the question using the Book of Mormon. It was good. I love sharing the Book of Mormon, because I really had no clue before the mish what was in the book, but now I have grown to have such a love for it.

Today was also a great day! We went to this national park called siete tazas (seven cups). It’s basically like this river that creates a bunch of waterfalls. Super cool. We went as part of a zone, and we had a good time. It’s funny, in the USA in the wild theres a bunch of squirrels and deer, but here it’s just dogs, lol, so we found a wild dog who was guiding us.

Also big miracle!! Rodrigo, the son of Vitalia (our conversa reciente) wants to get baptized now!!!!! He saw the blessings from his mom, and we put a fecha for him for the 4 of agosto.

Love ya’ll!

Elder Halverson

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Week 93 – Curico, Chile

Well, this week was pretty awesome.

So to start off we had intercambios with the assistants. It was good. Me and Ramos went with Elder Rogers and we worked in his sector. It was fun. We basically just contacted all day and talked to people in the street. It was cool, he learned Creole, which is the language of the people of Haiti. So he’s basically fluent. Theres a lot of Haitians in Chile that are immigrated so he did a couple contacts to Haitians in Creole. That was pretty cool.

Our sector is doing okay. We realized this week that, like most sectors in our mish, there’s a lot of people that got baptized then altiro (or immediately) went inactive. So this week we’ve been working a lot with those people. We had a noche de hogar with a family, and a couple of the inactive recent converts went, so that was cool.

Me and Ramos are getting along great. He is such a hard worker. He’s also teaching me a little bit of tagalog (hey Taylor, you are a BAKLA!!!!!! lol). He’s a little bit shy, but we’re really good friends now and we always make jokes with each other! He’s a crazy little guy.

This week we’re actually going to be doing a stake activity with the youth and it’s going to be mini MTC and then we’re going to go contact with them and all that. It’s going to be a great experience!!!

Anyway, still loving the mish. I now have just 2 months left. Kinda freaking out. This has been the fastest change so far (we are already half way through!!!) But still working hard and goin to the end!!

Love ya’ll. Have a great week.

Elder Halverson

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