Week 17 – Doñihue, Chile

Hey guys!

So this past week has been pretty solid.  On Wednesday, we had a worldwide missionary broadcast.  It was pretty good.  The first part was more about how we can improve our lessons and what we can do better.  But the second part was a schedule change.

Basically, what’s going on is we have a ton more freedom to choose the things we do in our day.  We still have to do personal study every morning, but for the rest of our studies, we can choose when to do it.  It’s also crazy, we now sleep in until 7:30 a.m., but we stay out a half hour more.  We return home between 10 and 10:30 p.m.  It’s interesting how the idea of this schedule change is to give us more freedom to choose how we spend our time.  It’s actually pretty good because it makes planning a lot more effective, and most important, it gives us more time to go out and work.  Overall, I’m a fan of it.

Also, this past week, my companion has been making me start off the lessons and study to see where it goes.  He’s trying to teach me a lot more, as well.  Before, I would sit there and follow his lead, just giving a part of the lesson here and there.  I’ve been nervous because I don’t want to mess up a lesson, but it’s teaching me so much.  It’s improving my teaching skills, as well as Spanish.  He’s really awesome.  He’s helping me a ton and giving me lots of opportunities.  Transfers are next week.  He will probably be transferred and I’ll get a new comp.  He’s a great guy.  He’s a lot of fun, as well as a good missionary.

The wild fires are still burning here in Chile.  The smoke is ridiculous.  It’s crazy.  They are not too close to us, so we are all safe.

My favorite thing this week has been realizing how much more comfortable I am than I was two months ago.  I was so sad at that time, and homesick, but now this is my life and I love it.  I could not imagine myself anywhere else.  It’s awesome.

Well, that’s it.  Love you guys!

Elder Halverson

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