Week 44 – Teno, Chile

Hola!  Cómo estás!!

This week has been a good week.  On Tuesday, we went on interchanges with the zone leaders.  I went with Elder Johnson to his sector in Bombero Garrido.  It was honestly super fun.  We basically just did contacting the entire day, but I loved it.  We don’t really have too much time in Teno to go and contact, so it was a blast.  Something that we focused on that day was just having some fun while doing it because it can be boring.  We gave out some church movies and pictures and pamphlets that we usually don’t have too many chances to hand out.  But we figured that we have all our materials for a reason.

We also tried to be more bold, so I invited someone to be baptized in the street and Elder Johnson recited the First Vision in a contact!  We didn’t really teach any lessons or anything, but we set a goal that we would talk with everyone and it was great to complete it.  Just a great interchange!

On Saturday, there was a baptism being held in Curico, so we decided to take Maralino and his family all there because his daughter, Paz, is going to be baptized on the 19th of August!!!  It was a great experience.  Ava Maria, Paz’s mom, was pretty much crying the entire time.  The spirit was there so strong!  Paz is super excited and super ready.  It was neat that they were able to see how the ordinance of baptism will be carried out.

Also, I don’t know if I had mentioned it before, but we do the weekly mutual for the youth, and this last mutual, we cleaned the church building.  It was so dope.  The church isn’t cleaned on a regular basis, and it was a while since it had been cleaned.  It was really gross and stuff, but with the help of the youth and their friends, it went by pretty fast.  And then we made completos afterwards.  It was sick!

And then the cleaning paid off, too.  At church yesterday, we had 56 people in total!!  It was great.  There was a baby blessing and a new deacon who received the priesthood.  And it was a great fast and testimony meeting!  It was just a really powerful Sabbath day!  Everyone loved the meetings and the classes.  People came up and said how clean the church looked!  I just started a trend!

God really cares for all his children and really strengthens our testimonies, but only after the trial of our faith.  I hope that you all have a great week.

Love,

Elder Halverson

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Week 43 – Teno, Chile

Hey Everyone,

This week has been pretty awesome.  We had changes, and I am still in Teno, but now I am with Elder Buxton.  He’s pretty cool.  He’s from California and he’s got about a year and 2 months in the mission.  I think it’s going to be a pretty good change together.

We’ve been pretty busy.  Right now, we are working with a family who is super good!  It’s actually Marceliano, the guy we contacted in the street, who was drunk, a little while ago.  They are progressing really well.  We actually just got a baptism date with his daughter!!!  It’s so amazing to see the gospel changing their lives.  When we first met and visited them, their house was just a little bit messy, and it wasn’t a good environment.  But now it is really clean, and all three of the family look so good.  Plus, they are reading scriptures, and having family prayer, and coming to church!  They have changed so much and I am so grateful that we have had the opportunity to teach them.  I know for sure that the Lord prepares the people he wants us to teach.  But we will find them on HIS time, not on our time.  So it’s important that we have the hope necessary to be able to always be looking for people and always be praying to know who is ready.

It’s super crazy – I’ve been in the mission for almost a year now, and I am still only in my second sector.  A lot of my friends from my group, the people who came to Chile with me, are going on their third or fourth sector.  But one thing is for sure, everyone is called to a sector for a reason.  Sometimes, I kind of wish that I could go to different sectors to get to know Chile more, or know more missionaries.  But then I am looking back right now, and I feel so grateful for every experience that I have had, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without each sector, companion, etc.

My old comp, Elder Bernal, actually just went home.  He just finished his mission!  That is honestly insane for me.  But it’s like this one hymn, “I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord, I’ll say what you want me to say…I’ll be what you want me to be.”  As missionaries, we are only called to do the will of our Father, of God.  So whatever situation comes our way, whatever trial, test — we trust in God that He has a plan.  I love being a missionary so much.  Hope you have a great week.

Love,

Elder Halverson

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