Week 10 – Doñihue, Chile

Well, I am now ONE MONTH into Chile!  Holy cow, I can’t believe it.  It’s awesome.  I love Chile!  It’s so great.

This week has been great, as well.  On Tuesday, our zone went with the other Rancagua zone to an old folk’s home.  We sang songs to them and talked with all of them.  It was really fun.  There was also a little Christmas program at our branch.  There weren’t many people there, so we just sang carols and watched a Christmas video.  But someone painted this great mural of the nativity and it looked so cool!

Also, with the branch, every Tuesday we play soccer.  It’s nuts how good they all are.  Even the 50-year-old men are juking people out and stuff.  Soccer is life here, ha ha!  I’m getting better.  I usually just play goalie, and they shoot the ball.  But I can now kinda block, lol.  It’s all good.  It’s a lot of fun.

We had a lot of activities this week, too.  We went to the mission home for a class with all the guys who have been out a month in the mission.  It was so great because I was able to see all my friends from the MTC.  We also learned a lot, too.  President Harris is so awesome.  He talked a lot about strengthening yourself through your lessons and attitude.  He is so good at making it personal, but for the whole group.  He is a great teacher.

My favorite part of this week though was contacting.  One of the church buildings in our zone was having an “Open Church” where you could go learn more about the church and our beliefs.  Our job was to be assigned to a street and try to contact people to come.  The only thing was, the district leaders had to be in the church to guide, so I was with the other district leader’s comp.  He only has one change more than me, so both of our Spanish was pretty jank.  But it was great because it was a lot of practice.  We talked to a lot of people.  It was kinda awkward in the beginning, but the more we did it, the more confidence we gained.  We even handed out a few Books of Mormon, as well.  I think we both took away a lot from it.  I know I did.  He was a gringo, so we were able to relate to each other and talk about our experiences.  Overall, it was an awesome experience.

Love you all and have a great week!

Love,

Elder Halverson

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