FRIENDS AND FAMILY! THIS WEEK HAS BEEN A CRAZY WEEK!
This saturday is when everything went bad. After we had gotten home at night, it started to rain, and rained a bit into the night time. We all went to bed like normal, and at 3 in the morning, we get a call from a hermana from the ward and she tells us that they are going to cut the water. We go back to bed, and when we woke up, we filled up a few bottles of water and showered and sure enough, like she had told us, at 9 in the morning on sunday, they cut the water for all of Southern Santiago. Being blessed to come from a good country that doesn´t usually have problems like this, it was super weird for me. You turn on the tap, nothing comes out. The shower doesn´t work. The toliet doesn´t flush. Only when it is gone do you realize how important water is. We went 3 days without having any running water. Yes 3 days. Nobody could shower or wash plates or wash their hands or nothing. It was insane. Ginormous trucks came to San Ramon filled with water and the people lined up in huge lines more than 3 blocks long to fill up water bottles, trash cans, you name it. After they turned it back on again, holy cow it felt so good to shower and was the dishes and my hands and all that nice stuff that water does. People be thankful you have water because trust me 3 days without it was terrible.
So I also got bit by a dog and my finger nail where it bit me has turned black and I cannot feel it. So that is fun.
I ALSO FINALLY HAD CHANGES. I have been on my mission for more than 8 months, and I just now left my first ward. It was great in Las Americas, but I am so glad to meet new people. Now I am with Elder Anguita from Buenos Aires Argentina! We live in an apartment in the ward Las Avenidas! I am super excited to get to work with him and learn a bunch of stuff. I will keep you all updated.
Love you all so much!
¨Do a good turn daily¨ - a quote I like. You all should follow it
HAPPY THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN ELDER SCOTT´S LIFE THIS WEEK
1. I started reading Doctrine and Convents in Spanish for my personal study and it is a super good group of scripture. All of you should read it.
2. We had a ward activity and 60 people came! For this sector that is huge and we are super happy!
3. We got a new and updated list of the ward to use to look for people and it has been working out super great! We have been able to find lots of menos activos!
4. I was able to talk to the wife of our mission president (Hermana Gwilliam) for a good 20 minutes after a conference and she gave me lots of advice about what to do in college.
5. I completed 8 months as a missionary.
Love all you guys a whole lot!
This week one of the goals I set in my interview session was to change my schedule during emailing time. I am now emailing Pres. first, then you guys and then who ever comes next. We will see how it goes. I am going to try and send you guys a really good email.
I wrote down a few things from my journal this week that I am going to try and summarize them. I made a huge recording with a tiny summary of all of the people I teach, and it ended up being like 30 minutes long, so I can´t send it over email. I am going to put it in my google drive and that is where you guys will be able to find it.
This week we did pendones. Rach probably knows what that is. I am not sure if dad would have done them, but anywaysss. Pendones are where you put up a sign and you contact people in a high traffic area with some other missionaries. This week the distrito and I decided to try something super crazy and contact the people with cookies. If the people talked to us, we would invite them to come eat a cookie and grab a folleto. It actually worked super super well with the families! All of the kids wanted cookies and they would pull their parents over to the stand or they would stop and talk to us while they ate the cookie. It was really special to be able to talk to a few families. Also, I got rejected by a whole ton of diabetics. Well, with some of them it worked and some not. Some had low blood sugar and needed cookies and took like 6 and then some people just rejected it. Super funny, but forreals fam. Don´t have diabetes it ain´t cool.
Someone was shot and killed in our street this week! fun stuff! We are all good though.
This week we did a lot of planning on the ball. Right now in Chile, we are in the middle of summer time, so everyone is gone on vacaciones, and the citas fall through a lot of the time, so we have to work on the ball. A few crazy things happened this week with that. We teach someone named Maria Isabel. I have told you guys about her before. She is a eternal investigator, and has had like 4 fechas to be baptized. We went to her house, and started talking to her about how she was doing, and she broke out in tears and told us that she was sick of the problems and that she didn´t want to live sad anymore, and Elder Marcum and I had to change the lesson on the spot. We talked about the purpose of life and repentance. For the first time in forever, she read the Book of Mormon when we came back for the return cita! We are super happy that we were able to help her feel happy through Christ. I also learned how to sing mariachi music! Elder Marcum and I were out contacting and we ran into a member, Carlos Arce, and he invited us to go visit a friend, Jose, with him. We get to the house, and out comes this dude, not wearing a shirt, probably 70 years old. He invites us in, pulls out a gutiar and microphone, and passed us some music and told us to sing. After we taught them and it was great. I am going to come home the best singer ever
We also went and visited Elder Leles in the morning on his birthday and brought him a cake. he is a super cool misionary. I will include fotos
Here are my goals that I set
1. Escribir en diario cada dia (haven´t missed a day yet)
2. Cambiar mi horario de escribir
3. Hacer alguien sonrier cada día
4. Andar siempre con un LDM para regalar
5. Levantarme a las 7 cada dia
6. Invitacion bautismal en la primera o segunda leccion
We had a miracle happen to us too, so that was pretty special. We had four appointments set for the day, and a lot of them fell through, so we had to contact people in the street, and nobody was listening to us, so we decided to buy a popsicle and take a thinking break. We went into the store, picked out our ice cream, and went to the counter to pay for it, and the woman told us ¨Chiquillos, sáquenlos no mahhhs. Para Ustedes son gratis.¨ which means, boys, take them. For you guys they are free. I love old people. I also love 3 leche popsicles. It was something really small, but still. God really does watch over us even in tiny, tiny ways. I know that he put that friendly old lady in our path.
Everyone should try and do something like that. Be nice to someone. Give someone the bigger half. Smile. Be nice to people in secret and I promise it will change your week.
Life is great down here in Chile. Love you all so so very much
Love u all!
Stay firm in the faith!
This week our mission was visited by Elder Packer. (The son of Boyd K Packer the apostle)
Myself and about 10 other missionaries were randomly selected to be interviewed by him. My interview was not what I expected. When I got into the room we sat down and chit chatted about how we were doing. He asked me about how I felt in a general sense in the mission, how I felt about speaking the Spanish language, and then he told me that he was asking all of the missionaries things he could talk about in the meeting to improve the mission. I gave him my suggestions, and then he asked if there was anything on my mind that I wanted to talk about with him, and then we talked a little about his mission and ended it. He really has a really special spirit about him. He shared a couple things with me and our mission that I think you all will like.
Right after he started the meeting he told us that we were going to take an eight minute break. During the break he wanted us to focus on if our behavior contributed towards a setting where you could feel the Spirit. During the break, all of the missionaries were super reverent and the people that were joking and being loud stuck out like a sore thumb. It really make me think about how I carry myself and behave every single day. Is what I do reverent? Do I act in a way that I can feel the Spirit´s still small voice when I need to? It was a really interesting exercise that I learned a lot from.
Before we started the second part of the meeting, one of the missionaries stood up to start the meeting, and Elder Packer told them to sit down and wait another few minutes because we ¨were not ready and the Spirit was not there¨. That exercise also made me think a lot about being ready to do things. I don´t really know how to put it. Just always be reverent and asking yourself if you can feel the Spirit.
Other than all that, I loved this week. I think the highlight was teaching a class for the district. Elder Marcum and I taught about adapting to changes and everyone told us they liked it and it made me feel happy to know that we had taught with the Spirit.
Here are some random pictures from this week!
Love you all!
I might just start making these ideas lists of things I did during the week and straight pictures because I don´t even know what to write anymore guys. I´ll try it out this week
COOL THINGS THAT HAPPENED
1. They changed the schedule of the mission so now we plan in the morning and we can study when it makes the most sense in our teaching schedule. It makes things so much easier for us and I feel like I am getting a lot more out of my studies.
2. I ate the most spicy pepper of my whole entire mission because I am trying to make myself like hot food by force and I threw up because it was that hot. I am crazy!
3. I weighed myself and I have only gained 5 pounds since I started my mission (yes people that is an exciting thing for a missionary)
4. I had divisions with Elder Leles from Brazil and he taught me a few things in Portugese and I figured out I can understand Portugese if they talk super super super slow and clear! (Spanish and Portugese are very similar)
5. I split my head open (I am fine now people don´t freak out)
6. I have an interview with Elder Packer (the son of Boyd K Packer) this Saturday and I have no idea why!
7. I went to a sweet birthday party yesterday with a family of investigators!
LOVE YOU ALL A WHOLE BUNCH!
They use some funny figures of speech in Chile. This is one I actually heard someone say the other day. Gotta love Chile right?
¨Mas fe que una guatóna en una clase de Zumba¨ = ¨more faith then a fat woman in Zumba class¨
This week was special for me because I had the chance to do a baptismal interview with a man named Alexis. I was worried that I would mess up and it would go horrible, but it was actually an amazing experience. I know for sure that Heavenly Father helped me. I spoke Spanish really well and went over all the questions and felt the Spirit really strong. I wasn´t able to take a picture with him, but he got baptized this past Saturday! It makes me happy that I got to be part of helping him get there.
Happy Moments this week:
I completed seven months in the mission and Elder Marcum and I made cheese sandwiches to celebrate.
Today we went to a birthday party with one of the Hermanas from my group, and we had cake and empanadas. it was super fun.
I have been reading the Old Testament in Spanish and finding incredible parables to share with our investigators.
This week I have been thinking a lot about comparing ourselves to others. It is something that everyone does so much that it becomes natural sometimes. It is not good and can bring you down and hurt your self esteem. It is really important to always think good about yourself even if others are beating you up or you feel like nothing is going your way. If you can’t even think positive about yourself, then who will? Everyone is special and has things that make us unique that God has given us to help other people be happy! We should ALWAYS be looking for ways to spread our talents to make help others.
This week was amazing.
Love you all!
Family and friends,
This week Elder Castillo and I have been trying really hard to get to the house on time every single night (we have to be in the house at 10:30pm). For real this past week we have been in lessons till 10:25pm and have had to sprint back to the house so we can make it in time. My feet are dead. Don't ever ever run in church shoes. Trust me!
This week was really happy for me because of a spiritual experience that I had. I will try and make it as short as I can.
For the first time in my whole life, I read the Book of Mormon in Spanish. It was such an accomplishment for me to finish an almost 700 page book in a different language, and I love the Book of Mormon so much, so it was just super happy for me. At the end of the Book of Mormon, there is a scripture (Moroni 10:3-5) that asks you, upon finishing, to offer a pray asking Heavenly Father if it is true. I did that, and in my prayer, I asked for Heavenly Father to help me have an even stronger testimony and to help me see miracles through my hard work.
A few days later, in the church, we had an investigator named Miguel come to church for the very first time in his whole life after 6 full months of teaching him and his family. After that, one of the members we teach (Esteben Pena), that was just reactivated, bore his testimony in front of the congregation and said that his life had changed and he was a happy man. Not even lying I cried. Two miracles within the space of 5 minutes.
I know God answers prayers. I know it with all my heart. He is always there for us.
Life is amazing here. We got to go to the temple today!
Also, today a Haitiano (person from Haiti) asked Elder Castillo and I the question, ¨How do you Mormons just win at everything in life? It made me crack up and think about how blessed I really am. God is great.
Love you all! Hope you have an amazing week!
This week was pretty dope, sick, off the chain, hype, lit, fire, and one hunna. (I am trying to trying to practice all my American slang words. What words do the people even use now?)
I started out this week with my Visa run. I am not an illegal immigrant so this week I had to go to downtown Santiago to do some paperwork and get my Visa and all. There are all these different steps that you have to take, and places you have to go. It was really cool to get out of the routine for a bit and meet some different people in the immigration centers. In the last step, we had to wait like two and a half hours so we could talk to a woman and so that she could take my picture for my card. After a solid 8 hours of running all over downtown and stressing about papers and all, they took the ugliest picture of me in the whole entire world. I was not ready at all and in the picture. I look like I just saw a ghost. Life is great.
Another thing I really liked about this week was doing homework. People ask us to help them with their English homework a lot here. Usually, they are little kids that need help with really simple stuff like how to use different verb tenses, or pronunciation. This week, we were walking in the street, and a older guy (like 35ish older) came up to us and started talking to us. He asked me if I spoke English, and obviously I said yes, and after he asked if I could help him with a little assignment that he had. The next day or so, we went to his house, expecting that we were going to help him do something easy for his kids, but as soon as he opened the door, he had us sit down and he brought me his computer with his thesis. This guy (his name is Jose) is a PHD in electrical engineering and wanted me to correct his mistakes in his paper titled ¨Nanoparticles with Hermatian Codes in Cancer Theranostics¨. This guy is writing a paper about how to cure cancer with nanoparticles. It was super super crazy the level of English that this dude had and how amazingly smart he is. He literally speaks
English better that 60 percent of the people from America that I know and he has never even been to America or lived in a country with English is the first language. I asked him how he was able to learn it so well, and he told me he talks to his cats a ton. He is a really sweet dude and we are teaching him and helping him with his homework too!
New Years Eve was a blast! I remember last new years eve like it was yesterday. I remember I was sitting on my driveway with my dog, we watched fireworks for a few minutes and we went inside. Crazy how fast this year has passed. I think this year has seriously been one of the most insane of my entire life. Something tells me that this one coming up just might beat it. I am going to try and work on being more patient and humble. I think those are two things that I have trouble with sometimes. Let me know what you guys think I should do. Our President gave us permission to stay out till 11 if we had someone to visit, and a family invited us over for dinner so that is what we did! This familia Fransico have a sweet house and are really cool people. We ate barbecue with them in their patio which was really sweet. I had a blast
Yeah. This week was great. I really don´t know what much to say. Every week is great.
Oh and shoutout to Sister Carpenter´s seminary class for sending me the package! You guys are my favorites.
Love you all!
So my family is in Peru right now so I have no idea when you guys will see this email.
There are like 50 million Haitian people that live in Chile (not really, but it feels like it). A lot of them don´t speak Spanish but they do speak French and Creol, and some even speak a little of English. I set myself a goal to always try and say something in English. "Hi, What´s up, have a good day." Stuff like that. Sometimes they reply in English and it is super cool to talk to them. This past week we have had the chance to get to know not one but two of them that speaks English! They are named Berubus and Wally! It is super cool to be able to teach them in English even if they might not understand everything I say. All the Haitian people are super cool because they have really strong faith and they always looking out for other people.
Christmas in the mission was so so so much fun. I thought it was going to be super sad and homesick, but it really wasn´t. The mission did a good job of making it really enjoyable.
The first thing we did was have our mission conferencia. Every single missionary in the mission got together (like 200 or so) and we did a bunch of cool things. We had a talent show where people danced and sang songs and did a whole bunch of crazy stuff like jump rope and juggle. It got so hype. Whenever the people danced, all the missionaries would go crazy and stand up and everything. It was ridiculous. After that we had a gift exchange and I gave someone a really nice Matero (look them up they are cool) and in return I received a mechanical pencil. After we had a really cool devotional and read the Christmas story from the scriptures along with a few special musical numbers. My zone got to sing in front of everyone which was a really cool even though we aren´t the best singers. To put the cherry on the cake, after we had dinner and we had asado (BBQ) so I got a ginormous plate of meat.
Christmas Eve and Christmas were my favorite days though. It was really hard to get appointments with anyone, so we just caroled the whole day to all of the people that we teach and also random people in the street. I ended the day not being able to talk at all, but we made a bunch of grandmas cry and a whole bunch of people smile so it was all worth it. In the night we got invited to a special dinner with some members and we ate even more meat. In Chile all the people open their presents on Christmas Eve, so when we got back to the house we opened all of our gifts. My favorite part of the holiday was calling home. You have no idea how special it was to see my family and talk to them in real time. I love them so so much. Families are my favorite thing in the whole world.
I love all you guys so much and hope you have a great new year!
I feel a ton of pressure to write a good email because Christmas is this Sunday, and I just happened to complete six months in my mission today. Crazy right? I remember the first day very clearly. It was super, super hard to take those first steps away from my family. I remember after getting finished with security, looking back and seeing all my family watching me and then turning to start walking toward my gate and just breaking down crying. Stepping into things we aren't sure of is really scary. Doing things that we aren't used to is really scary. Looking back though, those first steps I took, even though they were absolutely terrible back then, are the biggest blessing in my whole life. The best thing I have ever decided to do.
Love you all so much! Have a great week!