Week 49 – Peor es Nada, Chile

Hey Everyone!

So this week has been an insane week!!  Last week I said that I was going to stay in Teno again for another change with Elder Buxton and a new comp, Elder Everett, in a trio.  That was the plan.  But then Tuesday comes, which is day of changes, and it all starts off normal.  We get up, get ready to leave and go pick up Elder Everett at the bus station.  But then, on the way to the bus station, I get a call from Elder Covey, the assistant.  The tells me that I have to get to Rancagua, the mission office, as fast as possible!  He then says that I am going to go train a new missionary and go to Buin, the zone most north of the mission.

I started flipping out!!  I didn’t have anything packed!  I wasn’t even wearing a suit!  All I had with me was my Book of Mormon, ha ha.  So then I get up to Rancagua as fast as I can (by myself) and I’m in the mission office waiting.  I then try to figure out what the heck is going on!  I talked with the assistants and they tell me that they had planned on only receiving 13 new missionaries, and all of them were coming from the Santiago MTC.

But there was another missionary who couldn’t get his passport from Mexico who was at the Mexico MTC.  When he landed in the Santiago airport, no one was there waiting for him!!  Luckily, he was smart enough to realize no one was there, so he took a taxi to the Santiago MTC, and then met up with the other missionaries.  And our mission only had 13 trainers, so that’s why they had to call me with such short notice!  Pretty crazy, right??  Well, it gets even more crazy!

So, Elder Covey is telling me all this, but then he tells me that I’m not going to Buin.  He says that I am going to go serve in an area called Peor es Nada.  In the mission, this is known as one of the smallest branches in all the mission, with an average attendance of less than 10 people at church.  Also, that branch hasn’t had missionaries in that sector for over 30 years!  What had  always happened is missionaries in the neighboring sector would go over once a week to go work there, but really no progress was made.  So that’s where I’m at right now!  My companion, Elder Garcia is awesome!!  He is actually the same missionary from the Mexico MTC who was by himself!  He is from Mexico City.  We get along great and this is going to be a great change!!

So to describe Peor es Nada, it’s maybe the most campo sector in all the mission.  Campo means countryside.  The town itself of Peor as Nada is tiny, but we have a bunch of tiny towns scattered in our sector.  And we have bikes, so we are always just biking around.  We don’t have a house yet in our sector, so we are living with the elders in the next sector over until they can get us one – hopefully in a month or so.  It takes us 45 minutes to bike to our sector, and then we bike all over and work!  It’s crazy.

But it’s awesome.  I love it here.

Have a great week!

Elder Halverson

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