Well, I’m finally here in Chile and I love it!! I can’t even believe it’s already been a week. It’s so great here. I am living in Doñihue right now. It is pretty okay. There’s like a million stray dogs here. Every time we go by one, it barks, then like ten more start. It’s so annoying, lol!
Also, I can barely understand anyone! I can kind of understand the younger people, but most of the older people don’t have a lot of their teeth, so I have no clue what they are saying. It’s also weird because they don’t pronounce their “s” in words, and they add “-po” at the end of a lot of words! It’s way different than CCM Spanish, that’s for sure.
The houses, though, are tiny! Most of them don’t really have floors, and the doors are pretty junky as well. It’s built together so poorly, but the people hardly even care. They are very polite and humble. The food is also pretty good, as well. I had my first completo this week, and it was amazing. It’s pretty much a hot dog with tomatoes, guacamole, mayo, and ketchup, but it is so delicious. We get fed lunch by members. Usually, meals are some sort of chicken but they also have “ensalada” with it, which is just chopped up tomatoes and onions. Sometimes there is a soup or potatoes, but it’s usually a feast, depending on the member. The other two meals are always oatmeal, lol. That’s kind of all we eat in our casa, ha ha.
It’s beautiful here! Our house is in the town, but for part of our sector we go into the countryside, and it is stunning! There are a lot of farms and also mountains. It’s so pretty. It’s also cool that we have bikes in our sector. It makes getting around a lot easier, but it is so hot, lol! I am definitely not looking forward to summertime.
They also have this drink here called “mate.” I tried it at our casa, and it was disgusting. I can’t even describe the flavor, but it is nasty.
My companion is great, too. His name is Elder Llavilla. He’s from Peru. He is a great teacher and companion, but he literally only speaks Español! He doesn’t know any English. It’s good though because I am learning a lot from him. Teaching wise, it is very hard. There are a lot of members here, but a ton of them are inactive. Most of our day is spent trying to contact them. In other words, riding around all day on our bikes, knocking on doors. We talk to a lot of people, but we don’t teach a ton of lessons. Yesterday, though, was my first real lesson and it was great. It was with this guy named Frederica and it was awesome. He had talked with missionaries before, so he knows about the church, but we asked him to get baptized and he said yes. I don’t think I have felt the spirit as strong as that in my whole life.
Well, thank you everyone for your support and prayers. I love you all so much!