Week 56 – Peor es Nada, Chile

Hey guys.

This week has been seriously amazing!!!

So to start off, WE LIVE IN OUR HOUSE!!!! WOOOOO!!! We are so pumped! It definitely isn’t the nicest house by any means, but it means we don’t have to bike an extra 2 hours round trip every day, so we’re pretty pumped. We moved in on Saturday. One of the missionary couples came with their truck to come pick up all of our stuff and then we drove there and unpacked.  Then they went back to make a few trips to grab all the appliances. We are very happy. The only bad thing though is that every morning at like 5:30, all the roosters start to crow!!! And also, its pretty jank construction, so it’s really cold, and there are lots of bugs, but other than that it’s pretty solid!

We also had our zone conference this last week. Elder Mark Bragg, from the seventy, came with his wife and they gave the training. It was awesome. I really learned a ton. He gave a lot of training on how we can really talk and share the gospel with everyone, as well as how we can work with members better. Overall, it was just awesome!

Also, church was great yesterday!!! We had 20 people in church!!!! For Peor es Nada, that is insane!!! Also, 4 of them were INVESTIGATORS!!!! They are a family that we are teaching now who are really awesome!! When I saw them, I seriously almost cried. It was so cool to see God answering our prayers. Also the district president came and set us apart. I am the first counselor of the presidency of the branch, and my comp, Elder Garcia, is the branch secretary. So it’s basically going to be like when I was in Teno. Our first calling is still being missionaries, but now we just have other responsibilities. It will be good.

I was thinking about it yesterday, really I am just so grateful to see the hand of God in my life. My dad wrote me an email and talked about this. There are many times when we don’t see God’s influence in our lives, but there are also many instances when we do. And those times are really hard when we can’t see him. But it’s moments like now, with many blessings, when I am just so grateful for God’s mercy and grace in my life. I am so grateful and happy to be a part of his work.

Have a great week.

Love,

Elder Halverson

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Week 55 – Peor es Nada, Chile

Hey guys!
These last weeks have been good.
So we found out about changes and I am staying in Peor es Nada another change to finish Elder Garcia’s training. I love it here. It’s hard and it’s a lot of work, but we’re still going strong. Elder Garcia, my comp, is an animal. He is a really good missionary. I am glad that we get to stay together another change.
The sector is going okay. Basically, these last few weeks, we have been working on our house. We live about an hour outside of Peor es Nada, on bike, so we gotta bike every day to get over there. It’s pretty tiring, ha ha, but we’re excited to be getting into the house. The builders built the frame of the house and everything, and put the walls in, but Elder Garcia and I have been doing the rest, ha ha. We’ve been painting, putting in tile, doing the landscaping, etc.  But it’s paying off — they are going to do the contract this Thursday, so hopefully that means we will pass inspection, and then we will be able to move in. There are a few little details that we need to finish, but we should be good to go.
It’s really hard finding people here. Like most of Chile, everyone is Catholic or Evangelico, but here the people are pretty stubborn; we’re not really teaching that many lessons. The key though is service!! Peor es Nada is one of the sectors with the most campo, so everyone is always working. It’s kind of funny, my comp and I were talking about it.  We feel like we are serving in the same sector as Kolipoki from the movie, “The Other Side of Heaven!” Everyone there is all related to each other, and the only opportunities we have to teach are when we are chopping wood or doing farm work, ha ha. Its awesome!!! My dream is to live out in the country, so I am definitely having a good time.
Today was a really cool P-day. This morning we got up at 5:30 to go run to a lake!!! I know right?  Running and me don’t go well together, ha ha, but it was cool. We couldn’t get too close to the lake, because there was a bunch of angry horses, but it was pretty and a cool adventure.
Anyways I am loving the mission. So freaking awesome. Have a great week
Love,
Elder Halverson
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Week 53 – Peor es Nada, Chile

Hey Everybody!

These past couple weeks have been super awesome.

We had general conference last week.  It was incredible.  As a missionary, that is like the best weekend ever!  Especially this past weekend, it was so great.  My two favorite talks were the ones from Sister Oscarson and Elder Nelson.  They both really inspired me a lot.  But in all reality, all the talks were great.  I learned a ton from each one.  I got to watch conference in English this time, so that was cool.  In Spanish, they do like a voiceover of a guy talking in Spanish, but I love hearing the actual voices of the speakers.  I feel like there is a difference, that the mere power in their words is so strong.  Overall, a great experience.

Also, we still don’t have a house here in Peor es Nada, but the owner is working on it, and he said that it would be done hopefully this week!  Elder Garcia and I have been doing a lot to help.  The other day, we pained the inside, and then we did some landscaping on the outside.  It’s coming together!

Yesterday, we also had the funnest p-day ever.  As a zone, we all went over to our sector, Peor es Nada, and played soccer there in a grass field.  It was seriously so fun!  I had only played soccer in courts of cement before, but playing on grass is seriously the best way to go!  I love soccer so much, ha ha!  I never thought I would become so obsessed, but I definitely will continue to play after the mish.

Anyway, it was just a great week.  I love the mish.  It’s the best thing I could be doing now.  Have a great week.

Love,

Elder Halverson

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Week 51 – Peor es Nada, Chile

Hey Guys!

So this week has been pretty good.  On Tuesday, we had interviews with President Harris.  It was great.  We mostly just talked about the sector and things that we should do to find more people and help the branch.  He is such a great guy.  He gave me a lot of good ideas of things to start doing, so we’re going hard with that.  He also showed a ton of support for us, and he is really willing to help us.  It’s awesome.

We’ve also been kicking it up a notch on the service, as well as talking with everyone.  We have decided that every person we see working, we’re just going to go and help without asking.  It’s working well!  We have chopped firewood, cut grass, trimmed bushes, etc.  It’s giving us a lot of opportunities to introduce ourselves to the people, and also so that they can see us as nice people instead of just annoying people knocking on doors.

Overall, though, we are doing really good.  It’s tough work, the people are pretty hard and not really receptive (at least the ones we have met) but we’re going to keep going and trust that the Lord is preparing his children.

Have a great week!

Elder Halverson

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