Week 84 – Curico, Chile

Happy mothers day!!!

It was really great. Got to talk to the fam and whatnot. Really great experience. No tears! :). I do love my fam and I am grateful for all my mom has done throughout my life. She has had an amazing impact. I love you, mom.

Update on changes. I am staying in Bombero Garrido another change. I’m gonna be with Elder Perry! We were already together in a trio, but now Elder Theiss is leaving, so its just me and him. That is gonna be a lot of fun. Elder Perry has one more change than me. He is from Draper Utah.

Everything else is great. Sorry, kinda a short letter, but I gotta head out.

Have a great week. Chao!!!

Elder Halverson

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Week 81 – Curico, Chile

We had a good week this past week.

So to start off, we had zone conference. It was pretty great. We talked about the doctrine of Christ, as well as helping investigators vencer adicciones. It was really great. I realized that I wasn’t being as direct as I should be with investigators.  Almost all of the investigators have some sort of addiction.  There are a lot of people who want to stop their addiction, but they just don’t know how, so as missionaries, we can’t just be general and talk about the atonement or repentance, because they still won’t have a specific plan of how to leave the addiction. It was great.

Also, I made a Book of Mormon case out of an oatmeal box this past week, which is pretty cool. I’m in the process of putting cool pics on it, so it doesn’t look like I’m just walking around with an oatmeal box with scriptures inside, haha.

Elder Theiss and I are going great. We almost got our bikes stolen the other day, haha. Chained them to a pole in the wrong neighborhood, and we went to go contact like a block away, and then, like 20 mins later, some kids ran over to tell us that some flaites (or gangstas) were sawing through the chain!!  We booked it over and they ran away.  It was like 3 in the afternoon, too. Its my first flaite (sketchy) sector, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  It’s a lot more crazy.  I’m definitely more of a tranquilo campo kind of guy, but it’s fun.

Anyways, have a great week guys!

Elder Halverson

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Week 80 – Curico, Chile

Hey ya’ll-

We had a pretty dope week.

Honestly, I do loving being here in ward Bombero Garrido. There are a good amount of members who are willing to work with us.  We had two noches de hogar (family home evening) this past week at 2 different member’s houses, so it feels really relieving to have support from the unity.  I feel like my whole mission, I have been fighting to try to get the branches to help in the obra as well as in the branch, but being in the ward is just great because there are people who actually care about us and who put the lord and their callings first.  It’s awesome.

With the work, we are doing good. Contacting and talking to lots of peeps in the streets. We’re seeing some pretty good fruits, too. Got some pretty dope new investigators.

I freaking love Elder Theiss.  He’s from Curitiba in Brazil, and he’s just a funny guy.  He contacts really well, and it’s as if he’s just talking to people naturally like they are his friends. I’m learning a lot from him.

This week, we have zone conference, so that will be dope.

I love ya’ll. Have a great week.

Elder Halverson

Week 78 – Almendroza, Chile

This has been a dope week!!!

The highlight of the week was General Conference! For those who don’t know what that is, it’s basically when we get to hear talks and messages from men and women who have been called by God to lead us.  It was very inspiring.  We got to hear from our recently called prophet, President Russel M. Nelson.  I absolutely loved it!  It has been my favorite general conference that I have ever seen.  I felt the spirit during every talk, and I received a lot of answers to prayers during the conference.

We were also able to sustain our prophets in a solemn assembly.  This basically means covenant or commit to God that we will obey and follow their teachings.  I am very happy and grateful for a prophet who guides us in our days, as we listen to his counsel.  I am a changed person after this conference.  I know that there are many things that I am going to do differently.

The rest of the week was pretty dope, too!  On Saturday, we received changes, and I’m leaving.  I’m going to go back to CURICO!  WOOOO!!!!!  I love Curico.  I’m going to be in the ward Bambero Garrido, so that will be fun.  My companion will be Elder Theiss.  He’s dope.  He’s from Brazil, he’s got like two more months in the mission than me.  Also, Teno is going to be in my zone, so I’ll be able to do intercambios there.

Anyway, I know that we have prophets on the earth, and I love to be able to share it with all those here in Chile!

Love,

Elder Halverson

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Week 77 – Almendroza, Chile

Hey guys,

This was a great week.

So on Wednesday, we had zone conference! It was fantastic.  President Harris gave us a capacitacion about the plan of salvation!  It was dope.  Basically, the entire time we asked questions about the plan of salvation (like personal questions, and a lot of deep doctrine) and then Pres Harris answered them using the scriptures.  I was basically taking notes the entire time!  I didn’t understand some of it, but I wrote it all down for the future. There were a lot of things that I didn’t really think about with the great plan of god, but like it says in Alma 42, I’m just gonna worry about my own sins, and repent.

My comp and I had to give a part in the zone conference, too.  I was nervous, but it went well.  I love Elder Chavez.  I like teaching with him a lot.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton of progress in the sector or the branch right now, but we are working hard and the Lord is giving us some tender mercies.

Yesterday was district conference of Santa Cruz. It was honestly pretty great. President Harris gave some fantastic messages. The bad thing is they shut down one of the branches of the district, and combined with our branch. We get changes this Saturday, so who knows what will happen with the elders there.

But this week is going to be great. We get changes and general conference, so I’m super pumped. Have a great week ya’ll.

Elder Halverson

Week 76 – Almendroza, Chile

This week was great.  At the feria this week (which is basically like an open market) I bought 4 fish for the equivalent of like 3 bucks, haha. It was sketch!! Then we went back to the house and I tried to make them but they were all jank and nasty!!!! I cooked them and everything but they just ended up terrible haha, like they were all rotten and what not! But it’s all good, I didn’t lose that much for it, haha.

I really love my comp. Elder Chavez is such a stud. We are working very hard, and finding a lot of people to teach! We’re just working on helping them progressing now.

I hit my last 6 months in the mish, and in our mission when that happens, they call it the “sexy seis!!!” because it’s like the time to get fit and strong for when you go home, so I’m starting that now! I am going super hard in workouts now, and I’m gonna start eating healthier. So hopefully I’ll have a little bit of muscle to come back with (…dad;)…)

Also, P-day was fun today. We climbed a big hill that was in Apalta, a neighboring town of Santa Cruz. It was insane. We basically trail blazed the whole thing!! We got destroyed by a lot of thorns and bushes, but it was a fun experience!

I read a talk from President Nelson from one of his conference talks where he says that we should study the words of Christ that are found in the scriptures, and as we do that, we will love Jesus Christ and his laws more. It really impacted me (fantastic talk by the way), so I am committing myself to that. For the rest of my mission, I want to study more about Jesus Christ, in all scriptures (The Bible, the Book of Mormon,etc.) There is like over 2200 references to Him in the scriptures, so I’m pretty sure it’ll be a big project, but I’m super excited. I love studying the scriptures.

So, in total, life is great! The mission is dope! Have a great week!

Elder Halverson

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Week 75 – Almendroza, Chile

Hey everyone!

This week has been pretty dope!  On Monday, we had p-day, pretty chill.  We cleaned the house and just hung out.  I have started a binder where I print off my favorite general conference talks, things from the mission, etc.  If you guys have any suggestions, email them to me and I will check them out.

On Tuesday, we had district class.  It was so dope!  On Wednesday, we had interviews with President Harris.  He is so great!  We talked about how the zone is doing, etc.  He gave me a lot of great advice.

Thursday and Friday were all work days.  We talked to a lot of people and were able to see miracles from the Lord.

On Saturday, we had a little leadership meeting with the zone.  We just kind of talked about the plans and goals, and how the zone is doing.  Then we cleaned the church and went out and worked.

Overall, it was a great week.  The mission is so great and I am super happy!

Love,

Elder Halverson

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