Familia y amigos!
Muy pero muy buenas tardes! (Very good afternoon!) It’s great to write you guys! This week was definitely a ride getting organized with the two new wards and planning out with them. Meeting with the Bishops and helping the members that have already strayed. But at the same time, we have been able to find some new people to teach and actually put some baptismal dates!
Sadly, it was raining like crazy and Chile had a game just when we had church, so nobody could come, but on to the next week! I’ve learned that sometimes we are planters and other times we are harvesters, and even though I won’t be here to see all of the people here getting baptized, I know that I have been able to make a difference in their lives and have contributed to their conversion! But, we have some dates coming up for the end of July, so we will see how everything shakes out!
Thanks for the love and prayers that abound here from you guys! I’ll be able to thank you better in person in a couple weeks more;) Have a great week!
Elder Miller goofing off with his new companion, Elder Pan, from Spain.
Familia y amigos!
It’s been great to hear all about your summer vacations that you’ve been going on already, and I can’t wait to join you guys after I finish this vacation here in Chile;) But this week has sure been a crazy one to start off my last change here as a missionary! So, we had changes and now I’m officially here with Elder Pan! He’s from Spain and he’s such a homie! We haven’t stopped laughing since he’s gotten here and we really get along well! So, I’m hoping that my Spanish will be decent, at least, when I get back! On Friday, I had my last leadership conference, and it was pretty weird to say goodbye to all the good friends that I have been able to make here, but I know that they will continue bringing more sheep to the fold before they finish as well! Then, after we will be able to talk about all the great memories that we had here:)
It was a pretty spiritual experience and I know that I have really been able to become a true missionary and disciple of Jesus Christ. So, Sunday came around, and we had ward conference! We received some crazy news from the stake president that they were going to split the ward in two, because it was really big!! Everybody was pretty shocked, including us, but now we really can’t slack off this last change;) So, we are going to have to be working with these two wards and helping them both to be able to bring forth fruits. But apart from that, we saw many miracles this past week, in the work. For the past couple weeks, we were really struggling to find good people to teach and investigators that continued with the desire to be baptized, but this week we found FOUR families that accepted to be baptized, so now we just have to see which one of them will be able to progress so that they can be baptized before I go! So, we got some good work to do and I’m excited to see what is in store this week! I love and miss you guys and I’ll see ya real soon!
With my gringo boys and our going home paperwork
Eating lunch in the middle of peacefulness
Hola familia y amigos!
Hey guys! Well I have officially completed all but one of my changes here in the mission, and words just can’t describe the feelings that I have right now! It’s weird to know that I will have to be going home soon, but I just want to keep on baptizing, so we will see if we can do the two in a month and a half:) But this week was a battle, not gonna lie, but I learned a lot about looking at things from an eternal perspective. We literally contacted like 80 people in two days, and we wrote down like 2 directions, but I know that sometimes the Lord puts us to the test, after pleading with him for a worthy reward, to see if we will fulfill all things that He has commanded us to do! I love the promise from the Lord that says, He that asketh, receiveth, but it never says the time period. Some things come rapidly, and others will take time, but that is why the plan is ETERNAL, and not TEMPORAL!
Something that called my attention while reading the general conference talks is that they talked a ton about the Plan of Salvation, and how important it is to see everybody with our spiritual eyes and that they have a potential much larger than just this life. And ONLY this Gospel can offer them this!!!!!! But we did have several baptisms here in the zone which was great and we were able to take some of our investigators to see them!
Something funny that happened this week was that I went to Olmue, a city like an hour and a half from our sector, to do a baptismal interview, and for some reason I was the only person that thought I was going to go back to my sector after, so when I found that out, I didn’t have any clothes or anything, and my comp is pretty small, so I just went back to the house freezing, and there in the house, I found a HUGE PURPLE SWEATER to wear, so I just looked like Barney the whole night with the sweater….The mission really humbles people! But I love and miss you all, and we will be seeing each other soon! Don’t forget to pray!!!!!!!!!!
Hola familia y amigos!
Great week here in good, cold Chile! We have a huge sector here that takes us like 2 hours to walk from one side of the sector to the other, so we really don’t feel too cold running to every appointment! The US missionaries have it good;) But what a great week of teaching!
I’ve been working really hard to recognize revelation, and act in accordance with the spiritual promptings that I receive and it’s been such a learning experience! I was wondering if I was really able to recognize all the revelation that the Lord was giving me, and when Elder Packer arrived and started to teach us, it was as if I had already heard like half of what he said, but through the Holy Ghost! I felt so humbled and I knew that I was on the right path!
Nothing better than just going to church with a car full of less actives and investigators, and to pass by a road and see a whole other family that was waiting for a bus to come by and take them to church as well! Such tender mercies from the Lord! I’m just living up these last few weeks that I have here in Chile, and I know that the Lord will do with me what he esteems convenient! Love and miss you all and we will be talking soon! Thanks for the good letters and emails, as well:)
On Exchanges with Elder Schoonmaker
We love getting our monthly income!
The soccer squad
Good solid Chorillana with my boy!
Hola familia y amigos!
Well we had a pretty good week over here in good ole Villa Alemana! It’s getting pretty dang cold, so we have had to really button up down here! We found a great big family of 7 that are just so cool! They came to a ward activity that we did, and they loved it! They couldn’t make it out to church, but this week we are just going to go all out so that every one of our investigators can make it out to church!
I know that its hard with the world the way it is, but when our testimonies are founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the sacred writings that He gave to Joseph Smith, the world will not drag us off our podium of values to a trench of sorrows. We must always strengthen our spirits so that we can really be happy! I love you all and pray for you guys every day! I’ll be seeing y’all soon!
Elder Miller and Elder Ortellado on their P-Day
A view of Villa Alemana center
Christian with a guy he met on the street in Pena Blanca
Familia y amigos!
Hey guys, it’s great to hear from each of you every once in a while, and to see how much growth and progress you have all had in these past two years! I’ve been pondering a lot about the mission and how much of an impact it can have, not only on the missionary and the people he teaches, but also the people back home and those that are all around us!
It’s a great work, and it’s comforting to know that, even though sometimes you do everything you can, but the results aren’t what you are wanting to see, that the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ have everything planned out. If we continue to strive to do our part, he will reward us in what we want! I have seen that in the work here, lately, and I know that the Lord has big plans for the people here in Peña Blanca. We just need to put a couple more things in order, before the Lord will bless us with these precious souls!
We’ve got a lot of appointments set up for this week, so we are really excited to see what goes down! VAMOS VIÑA! Love you guys keep choosing the right and you will be blessed!
Amigos y familia!
What a great day we had yesterday to be able to see the fam and to also be able to celebrate a grand day of the importance of Mothers and to thank them for all the sacrifices that they have made on our part! I am especially grateful for my mother and for all that she has done for me, for the example that she has given me during the course of my whole life of how to work hard, love everybody, and to be a real follower of Christ! And also to those great Chilean moms that serve us as missionaries, even though they have their own families and jobs, you guys rock!
We had a great week of miracles, as always, and we were able to find some more people to teach and are just preparing the others that we have already found for baptism! We have a girl named Ayleen who is so great! She comes to church every Sunday, but she just hasn’t made the decision to be baptized! So, we’ve just got to keep thinking about what we can do to help her, but please remember her in your prayers!
Also, we found a DREAM family who we contacted at like 9:30 at night, and we were able to go in for a bit, share a little about the Book of Mormom and they invited us back on Sunday for lunch! They have found that the other churches don’t practice what they preach, and that there is a real need for a modern-day prophet to guide us! They are great, so we are going to pass by this Wednesday!
The Mission has been such a blessing to me, and I know I say this a lot, but it’s the best decision that anybody could make in their youth! Thanks for all the emails and love that you guys send my way! Oh, and on a lighter note, I stopped writing for like 5 minutes because I totally just broke this little Chilean chair that they have here in their public computer servers (haha)! Everybody just laughed so hard! MISSION IS LIFE! Love you all!
With the convert Byron!
The mission squad
With my dad here in the mish (Elder Gould)
Hey momacita! (And friends too, because I have no time, because I went to get my other identity card..;(
But yes, we had a fantastic week! We have the goal to baptize six people this change, and we were able to see four of them in church this week! We had a family come, Esteban, Angelina and their two kids, and it was really cool! The Bishop showed them a lot of love, but the only bummer is that they could only stay for the first hour.
But for the next week, we are in good shape! We had changes, and we now have four new missionaries in our zone, so that’s going to be a blast with all this good motivation and energy to work!
So, talking about our goal for 6, we have been fasting and praying just for that number and with the names of the people who it could be, and it’s been amazing! Right after we started the fast, we received a call from a girl that we helped for like 3 hours one day finding a rental, and she calls us back, two weeks later, saying that she found a house here in Peña Blanca and that she wants us to pass by so that she can be baptized! I LOVE THE LORD! When we have a specific goal, and we strive with all our might to achieve it, the Lord really does grant us what we wish!
We also had Leadership council, and it was great because we were able to get a lot of good ideas from the other zones, as to what we can put into practice, so that we can see a miracle in at least one of these souls! Sometimes we just need to humble ourselves and receive the help and suggestions of things that are really working for other missionaries. Crazy that that was my second to last council! Time is just going by way too fast! But I’m excited to be able to see the family this weekend, on Skype, and the rest of you in just a short time more! Love and miss you all have the best week!
Some random snapshots
So, this week was just a great last week of work in this change! We were able to have some good lessons with some investigators and we put two, Diana and Marilyn, on date for baptism on the 27th of May, so we are just going to get focused on them and helping them to go to church! Our sector is pretty darn big, so sometimes it’s tough for some people to make it to church, but with faith and desires, all things are possible!
Also, there was an EARTHQUAKE like 7.1 here on Monday, and that was crazy. COOL STORY! So, I was testifying and everything with a stubborn man about the authority of God and who has it, and I said, “My friend, I know that the church we represent has the holy power of God”, and right then the earthquake started, so that was pretty good timing! But after, we have had like 5-6 ripples every week, so all of Chile basically has just been moving all week hah! Makes you think how powerful God is and how small we really are!
We have seen many miracles, and even though we get denied, more than Donald Trump here in South America, we know that the work of Salvation will go forward and that God prepares people for us to teach EVERY DAY! Read 1 Corinthians 9 because it’s a beautiful testimony about why we preach the gospel!
Just so you know, we had a ward soccer game this morning on a huge turf field, and I felt pretty good because I had 4 goals. So, it is possible for gringos to play soccer decently! But I love you all and I’m thankful for all the nice notes and prayers that you all send down here to the end of the world for me:) Have the greatest week!
Elder Miller & Elder Ortellado
The Villa Alemana Zone