Santiago Chile

Santiago Chile

Sunday, February 14, 2016

February 1. 2016 - Baptism by Fire!!

Hola familia y amigos,

I'm sure that everyone at home is pumped to be seeing Melanie Williams again! On Thursday I got permission from President to go and see her at the temple. It was a very special experience even though we hardly could recognize each other. We have both changed a lot but we are still best friends. Love you Meli and I'm proud of you for being such a great missionary.

Okay, on Tuesday we got to eat lunch with Pilar and her son, Leo. Leo and Jorge are her two sons and they both went to her baptism. They left really interested in hearing the gospel, so we taught Leo after lunch and we are planning on visiting Jorge this week.

That night we visited Hector. He is a new investigator that we found last week. We were teaching him about prayer again, and his wife came in, and when we invited her to join us for a prayer she came in and yelled at Hector saying "what are you, drunk? Don't you know these guys are a cult and that some man started their church and we are Catholic? Why did you let them in?!!!! It looked like she was a little stressed. She still let us say the prayer and then politely threw us out of her house...gotta love Chile!

On Wednesday, we visited a lot of people that we had appointments with and none of them were there or they just hid inside. We did get to teach Hugo and Lorena again. Hugo just got back from the north, and he and his family committed to going to church this Sunday.

On Thursday, we got to teach Reinaldo. It's been about 2 months since we've been able to teach him.  He is one of the recent converts here. He said that he doesn't go to church because he still is mourning his wife and his children prefer to go on trips. I testify that the best thing you can do to help your family and combat depression is the renewal of the presence of the Holy Spirit that comes into our lives when we take the Sacrament.

On Friday, I had to go to the office to register my classes for BYU. Elder Adams was there so we could do it together. It had been 3 months since I had seen my taina (brother in Rapanui). He said everyone is doing fine on the Island and that Fran and Claudio are getting baptized this month.

On Saturday, we got to go on the temple tour with Pilar, her son Leo, and Leo´s girlfriend Jaquelín. Jaquelín is actually less active. Pilar and Jaquelín ended up crying at the end of the tour. Leo was impressed, but on Friday when we saw him he had been researching the church on the internet. He found a ton of anti-Mormon material, so we had to combat against that with him, but the temple helped so he could see what the Church is really all about.

That night we had a lesson with the Alberto family. They didn't accept a baptismal date but they are resolving and committing to reading the Book of Mormon and praying and going to church.

On Sunday, Enrique, the dad of the Alberto family came to church. Also Miguel Angel, a less active young man we have been teaching and his nonmember girlfriend, Daniela came to church. They liked it. Hugo and Lorena didn't make it. We still aren't sure what happened.

Also, Pilar was confirmed. She cried at the end of it and gave the Bishop a big hug

The third hour in church was given to us, the missionaries. It was the fifth Sunday, and we got to teach how to do missionary work and practice with all of the members of the ward. We have them with goals, and they have to report key indicators to us every week about their individual efforts to share the gospel. We are excited to see what happens with that.

That's it for this week. I'm glad that I still get to share the gospel as a missionary because that is a blessing that doesn't last forever (right Meli?) (: I know that this is Christ´s true church and that this gospel has changed my life!


Elder Williams

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