Week 40 – Teno, Chile

Hey Everyone!

This past week has been seriously amazing!

Elder Smith and I have been working like animals to get this “Special Sunday” planned out, and we had it yesterday.  The idea was that we would have a really well-planned out sacrament meeting and classes so that we could tell everyone and they could invite others.  This past week, Elder Smith and I visited people – a lot of less actives and part-member families, and we invited them to come.  Also on Saturday, the missionaries from our zone came to Teno and we left and did divisions with some members to remind all the less actives to come.  It was a lot of work, but it was all worth it!

Ever since I’ve been here in Teno, we’ve had an average of 33 people coming to church more or less.  But yesterday, we had 53 people!!!  It was absolutely, incredibly awesome!!  Also, we got a member of the stake presidency to come and speak.  And I directed a choir of the youth!!!

It was also great – after the sacrament meeting, we went to go talk with the less actives who came and we could see the spirit touch them and the love of the Lord be felt in their hearts.  A lot of people were affected yesterday, including me.  The Lord gave a tender mercy to us yesterday.  He softened the hearts of a lot of people so that they could come and participate in His beautiful gospel.  I learned a lot.

If we have faith in the Lord, and we do all we can, God will show us miracles in our lives.  We actually had a really great zone conference that talked about this.  Through our faith, our devotion, our diligence to serve the Lord, we are “opening the heavens,” so to speak, and inviting the Lord to bless us.

I know that if any of us have goals or ideals of things that we want to accomplish, the way that we can do those is through Him, and only Him.  I also know now that Jesus Christ really recognizes and has felt any sacrifice that we give.  He literally knows what it’s like to go through the hard times.  When we feel discouraged or alone, we can remember that our Savior knows us.  He’s already suffered it.  And through Him, we can receive comfort.

I love the mission!  I am grateful for everything that has happened.  There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than right here in Teno, Chile.  It’s hard, and sometimes there’s moments that just really suck, but this is the most rewarding experience I’ve ever been able to be a part of.  The most happy, joyous moments that I’ve had so far in my life have been here on the mish.  Call it basic, but it really is the best two years.

Love you all so much.  I miss you guys.  Hope that you are enjoying your summer!  Have a great week.  Hasta la vista, baby.

Love,

Elder Halverson

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