Monday, October 15, 2012

We`re doing good down here.  Starting to warm up a bit, which is nice.  We`ve had a great week. 4 of our investigators have baptismal dates for the end of this month or the beginning of the next.  We have been so busy.  I don`t know if I told you last week but we`re visiting 62 families (Investigators, Less Actives and Converts).  We just don`t have time to visit everyone every week.  But we`re working on finding a rhythm.

A lot of people came to church yesterday.  Two investigators came for the first time, which is always a blessing. They changed the Relief Society Presidency a few weeks ago.  The new President is a doll.  Her name is Sandra and she is the sweetest thing.  So we`ve been working pretty closely with them and the Elders Quroum Presidency.  Its really important to work with the ward leaders and try and help the ward be involved in the missionary work.  

On a totally non-related topic. Chile is really big on fads.  And the newest fad is this nasty Tibetan Fungus or Mold.  They swear it does everything, cures cancer, helps your vision, improves circulation, helps you loose weight, the whole bit.  And we`ve been hearing about it for months now. Well, Hermana Chamberlain and I finally jumped on the bandwagon and we`re taking the fungus.  We have noticed any changes yet.  But its only been 4 days.

Well, I think that's about it for this week.  We have Elder Bednar this Saturday, so say a prayer for me that I`ll be able to play the piano piece well. 

More Pictures From Apoquindo:

Wasn`t Conference amazing?!  I loved it.  I don`t know if Conference is just different as a missionary or if this Conference was even better than normal.  I think its probably a little bit of both.  But, I felt like one of the underlying themes of the Conference was a focus on us becoming better members of the church.  I loved Elder Bednar`s talk about the difference between having a testimony and being a convert.  He`s actually coming to our mission in two weeks.  I`ve been asked to play the piano for a musical about pressure.

What did you think about the change in ages for the missions?!  So cool right?  Caroline are you thinking about going?  It is seriously the best.  You should totally seriously consider it.  I remember praying when I was 19 that the age limit would be changed so I could go on a mission early...

This week with Hermana Chamberlain has been great.  She is so fun.  We have the same sense of humor and she's just such a great person.  But what's really nice is that she's willing and knows how to work.  She totally carries her weight and really makes the work fun.  I love being with her.  

All our investigators are doing well.  We're preparing for Bastian's baptism on the 28th and we have 3 other baptismal dates for the end of this month and the beginning of the next.  Hopefully we`ll be able to get them all ready and baptized before I have to leave. Luis is still trying to quit working on Sunday but he's ready and just waiting to be baptized.
Things are going well.  It's still pretty cold here.  It's been rainy lately.  It's so weird to think I'll be coming home soon.  It doesn`t feel real.  I feel like it will be just another transfer and I`ll be staying here in Apoquindo and be able to continue working as a missionary.  5 more weeks...sooooo weird...