Week 69 – Almendroza, Chile

Hey ya’ll!

Things are super good!

We have been working with our investigator, David.  He is sooooo awesome. In Chile right now, there are tons of Haitianos that come for work and a better opportunity.  They usually come to live in the big cities, which is why I haven’t really met many of them because I’ve been in just the campo no mas.  But here in Santa Cruz, there is a lot. We’ve been teaching him, and usually the problem with teaching Haitianos is that they don’t speak a lot of Spanish, they just speak Creole. But David was a language professor in Haiti antes, so he speaks perfect English and Spanish.  He’s progressing really well. This past week we taught him the plan of salvation, and it was so awesome. It is one of my favorite lessons to teach because it really gives us hope in this life in Jesus Christ.  We can be with our families forever.  He has a baptismal date for the 9th of February and it looks like he will be baptized!!!!

Also this week, we had interviews with President Harris. Just another fantastic experience. We talked about Peor es Nada, my last sector, a little bit, and then about the mission. He is an amazing mission president. I love him a lot.

This week we also had intercambios in Pichilemu, which was super fun. Pichilemu is one of three beach sectors in the mission. It was great. We basically just contacted the centro all day. We met a ton of tourists and we were able to talk to people from everywhere, even the USA!  Apparently, the beach is world famous for surfing, so tons of people always go there for the summer.

Things are going great. Anyways, I love ya’ll.  Have a great week.

Elder Halverson

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Week 68 – Almendroza, Chile

Hey!  I don’t have a lot of time.  But GUESS WHAT?!  Elder D. Todd Christofferson is coming to Chile.  He is coming to the speak to the Rancagua Mission and the Santiago South Mission.  We are going to have a conference together.  He’s going to give us a training.  The best part:  I’m going to get to see Matthew Hendrix!!!!!  I’m so excited!

The night before, we are going to have a giant mission conference with the whole mission to prepare for it.  We will then stay with members in Rancagua, and then take buses by zone to the conference with Elder Christofferson at the stake center in Santiago.

This week, I had a really amazing experience.  We watched the conference of President Nelson calling Elder Oaks and Elder Eyring to be counselors in the first presidency.  I really felt that they were prophets of God.  It was a great experience.

I’m honestly so happy.  I love it here.  I’m seriously doing so good.

Love you guys!

Elder Halverson

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Week 67 – Almendroza, Chile

Hey Guys,

I just finished my first week in the new sector.  It’s pretty good.  It’s called Almendroza.  I like it a lot.  Honestly, I haven’t had much time to get to know it because we’ve had a lot of meetings, but it’s cool.  It’s definitely the most city sector I have had so far, but it’s still kind of campo.  I do like being in the city.  For P-Day activities and zone meetings, it’s all right in my sector.  No bus tickets to buy or travel time, so that’s nice.

My comp right now is Elder Haar.  He is a good guy.  He has one change more than me right now.  He is a nice guy, and I think this is going to be a good change.

These last couple of weeks, I have been working on my prayers.  Instead of a routine where I say the same things, I am trying to have a conversation with God, and tell Him my frustrations, problems, fears, and my genuine feelings.  He really is our Father.  I have noticed that as I do that, I really am receiving revelation and help for things that I need to do better.  I invite you all to do the same.  It does make a difference in prayers, and as we are more sincere and honest with our prayers, feelings and answers to questions will come more stronger than otherwise.

I love you guys.  Have a great week!

Elder Halverson

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Week 66 – Peor es Nada, Chile

Hey guys!

So big news for this week.  We have transfers, and I am leaving.  I am going to Almendrosa in the Santa Cruz district.  I will be heading out tomorrow.  The truth is, I am sad to be leaving Peor es Nada.  It definitely was a bit shock for me that I was leaving.  Elder Smith and I thought that we were going to be together for another change.  When we got the change, I was honestly pretty frustrated.  These past couple weeks have been absolutely fantastic for me.  I was learning a ton, and some of the problems and difficulties I was having were getting better.  I was mad that I would have to leave, just right when stuff was getting all figured out.

Then Elder Smith and I had a long talk, and I did some praying.  I realized that this is not about what I want.  Elder Smith shared 2 Nephi 10:20, 23-24 with me.  I read those scriptures and knew in that moment that I needed to “reconcile myself to the will of God.”  Even though these changes weren’t what I wanted, I have the choice to act in my agency, and make the most of this situation now, as well as the changes to come in my life later on.  I know that we can really ask God what it is that He wants us to do.  He wants us to ask Him, talk to Him – he is our dad.  If we ask for His help, and have a genuine desire to do whatever He asks of us, He will give us the spiritual strength we need.

That’s my attitude right now in the mission.  That is one of the things I am trying to apply to my life.  That is why I love my mission.  There is so much that can be learned and applied, and this is the best opportunity for me to do that.

I love you guys.  Have a great week!

Elder Halverson

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