I´m in Chile and it has already been so amazing!!
Sorry I wasn´t able to call after landing in Chile, my international card didn´t work. Anyways, so when we landed in Santiago and went through customs I got robbed! First day!! This man came up to me and took my bags away from and started to talk to me in Spanish (Spanish in Chile is not like Spanish in the MTC) so I didn´t really catch anything he was saying until I went to get my bags back from him but he wouldn´t give them to me. The only English he knew was give me 20 bucks or I´ll keep your bags so I had to give him 20 bucks, it sucked. So after that we flew to Concepción and met President Chavez and went to the mission home for lunch. We had a testimony meeting super fast and then he assigned us trainers. I was assigned Elder Morgan as my trainer and he is awesome. Also, of all the missionaries in my district I am the farthest away from the mission home so after I met Elder Morgan we got on a bus and traveled 4 hours to our area which is Cauquenes. It´s a huge sector and I´ve been working really hard to try and understand what the people are saying. I have so much to learn but I have already seen an improvement in my Spanish. The Lord really is blessing me so much I can´t even explain to you how much I rely on him and how blessed I´ve been.
I´m sure you´ve guessed my P-days are Mondays and this is my first. Things the missionaries like to do here is play futból and ping pong, luckily I´m pretty good at ping pong and I´ve already beaten my comp. As far as letters go we only get them twice a cambió so please write a lot. Also, please send me Beef Top Ramen. alot of it and any other food that is microwaveble, please!
Let me tell you about how amazing Sunday was...We have over 200 members in the Branch but only about 65 are active and they are amazing people! Elder Morgan told me that I would be expected to share my testimony before the sacrament and I was confident that I could do that. But after the Sacrament the Branch President stood and said I would be giving a talk as well! and this is where the Lord came in. I got up and gave a 15 minute talk about having a desire to obey the commandments and how the desires of our hearts translate to our understanding of the atonement and the importance of showing our testimonies not just sharing them...all in Spanish! I am so grateful for the Lord´s hand in my life and I know I am nothing without him. Also, the best part of Sunday, my first Sunday, was that Beatriz Escarlethe Yañas Canales asked me to baptize her and so I had the great privilege of helping her perform that ordinance. It happened so quickly but it will always be engrained in my mind. This gospel is true, we have the saving ordinances that allow us to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father and live with our families after this life. Remember how great a blessing this is, and as soon as all of us become truly converted, myself included, we will have the desire to shout our knowledge from the rooftops, share with every soul we come in contact with the message of the restoration and plan of salvation, and redevote our lives to becoming more Christlike. I have the desire to shout from the rooftops...This is everything. Always share your testimonies, all those who will receive the Terrestial Kingdom are those who are good people that never acted but ¨woulda¨. The difference between living Celestial lives and Terrestial lives is how many ¨what could have been¨ stories that we accumulate. As members we don´t say what could have happened, we make things happen. That way we can look back on our lives and have no regrets. I love you all, remember as soon as Lehi partook of the tree of life he desired his family to partake of it, we are all children of god we are all family. What do you desire?