Week 23 – Doñihue, Chile

Good Morning, America!

This past week has been pretty dope.  The coolest thing that we did was we gave service to a member.  It was so fun.  He lives literally way out in the middle of nowhere.  We had to take an hour and a half bus, then a 30-minute taxi ride, but somehow he’s still in our branch, lol.  He’s a farmer, and we helped him clear out some of his land.  During the project, he pulled out one of his little carriages and a horse!  Then he let us all borrow one of his many chupallas (or cowboy hats) and we got to drive around the carriage.  It was so cool!

Also, after the service and everything, he gave us fresh milk and cheese to take home.  It was so much!  It was really good.

We also had stake conference this past week.  It was pretty good.  We were able to see all the missionaries that are serving in the stake.  Also, the talks that were given were good, as well.

As for the missionary work, Elder Bernal and I are going as hard as we can.  We are working hard, but something that is hard for us right now is finding people that are ready to change.  We have some people that like to listen to our message, but we are still looking for the person that wants to experience the gospel.

More than all, this mission has really increased my knowledge on what faith is.  Everyone knows that faith is a belief in what you can’t see, but I’ve seen that it’s more.  Not only is it a belief, but also it’s an effort to put your trust and all your action into it.  It’s a hope that is seen through what you do.  What I’m trying to do right now is to help people exercise this faith.  I definitely do not have a perfect knowledge, and I don’t know what’s right for everyone.  But I like to think that my time and effort here is helping people gain a testimony in God, and strengthening their trust in Him.

These past few weeks have helped me understand that I shouldn’t just help these people to be baptized, rather for them to understand that there is a Father in Heaven who loves them, and they can focus everything on Him.

Anyway, overall, it was a great week.  Enjoy your week, people!

Love,

Elder Halverson

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