Week 39 – Teno, Chile

Hey guys!

This past week has been pretty good.  Last P-Day, we tried to go to this placed called Siete Tazas, which means “Seven Cups.”  From what I’ve heard, it’s this really cool waterfall that’s pretty famous in Chile.  We went with our branch president, President Rojas, and his son, Seba.  It was about an hour away or so, and it was like a road trip.  It was fun.  It had been raining like the whole week, and also that day, but we weren’t worried.  It was so pretty as we were driving up – just out in the middle of nowhere with nature and trees and rivers.  It was cool!

When we were driving, we stopped by this cool waterfall that was called Cascada del Velo de la Novia, which translates to Bridal Veil Falls!  Just like the one in Utah!  Matthew Hendrix and I have good memories there, ha ha.  But it was so pretty.  Just a ton of water gushing down.

Then we kept going, and when we got to the entrance to go to Siete Tazas, they were closed.  That was kinda lame.  But it was cool.  We explored around the entrance and walked around.  There was a river pretty close to us with some dope rapids, so we explored that some.  Then we decided to head back.

The awesome thing is that on the way there, we saw like a ton of places to stop and get food.  So we stopped at one of these places.  We were pretty hungry, and we ordered some empanadas de pino!!!!  It was cool.  The place we went to had all these records hanging on the wall and they were playing the Beatles.  It was awesome.  Overall, a great P-Day!

Then the craziest thing happened.  One of the members here who we visit sometimes served his mission here in the Chile Conception mission.  And he always shows us photos of his mission, which is cool.  The other day, he was showing us his Christmas mission book, which has all the pictures of all the missionaries who were serving at the time.  I looked and there was my bishop from home, Bishop Bujnowski!!!!  It turns out they were serving at the same time, and even more crazy is that the member, David Jara, trained my bishop!  It was insane.  We were freaking out!

Also crazy is that a family we are working with lives outside of Teno, about 20 minutes, and lives in the campo. They are awesome.  They have like a ton of animals like goats, and sheep, and cows, and even some hedge hogs.  We went over there and we played with the animals a bit.  The husband is like a hard core Chileno cowboy.  He is a really good rodeo guy, so he has a ton of photos and books and medals for all the rodeos.  He even gave Elder Smith and I a rodeo book and one of his 1st place medals for each of us.  It was so awesome!  This family is so great.  Only the mom is a member, and we’re working with the rest of the family to have them come to church and get baptized.  I love them so much.

Overall, great things are happening in Teno.  I love it here!  I hope you guys enjoy the 4th of July!

Love,

Elder Halverson

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