Week 45 – Teno, Chile

So this week was pretty solid.

On Tuesday, we had interchanges again.  This time, I stayed in Teno with Elder Hulse.  He’s new in the mission, he only has three weeks, but he’s an absolute stud!  We made a goal that we were going to talk to as many people as possible, and he was just on fire!  We literally talked with everyone we saw on the street.  And even though he was new and doesn’t speak Spanish that well, he just went all out.  We managed to get a couple of phone numbers and addresses, so we’ll see how they turn out.  It was really interesting.

In my interview last week with President Harris, he talked about how this is a work of faith and not just grinding and working hard.  Last change, we lost 27 missionaries because they finished their missions, and we received 22 newbies.  My old comp, Bernal, was part of that group.  They were great missionaries.  But week one of the new change, we almost doubled our new investigator average of the mission!  Then Pres. Harris explained this faith really was more power than skill or talent.  Because these new missionaries might not speak or understand Spanish, or know Chile, or anything, but they just have desires to go out and work super hard with the faith that they’re going to find new people and baptize, etc.  And we see the fruits, too!  More people to teach.

I really love that concept.  It’s something that I’m trying to apply.  That we don’t need to be the best in everything or have all the experience or whatever it is.  All you really need to do is put your trust in God!  Because He is the one who puts the success in our path.  It’s not us.  So when we exercise our faith in Him, He will bless us.  I love mission work!!  I love Chile!!!  I love the Gospel so much!  If you happen to be in a sad mood or feel disappointed in something, go talk to a missionary and ask him/her about their mission.  You’ll be cheered right up!

Have a great week!

Elder Halverson

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