Like I have said in my other emails, we eat a ton of bread here. It is a huge part of everyone’s diet. Elder Gularte and I realized that if we keep eating bread at this rate, we will not be able to walk, so a few weeks ago we started running in the mornings. It feels so nice to get out and run and see the city. There is always a ton of people out in the morning, lots of cars and just a lot happening. We run from our house to a street that is pretty far away and back. In the beginning it was crazy hard, but as we have kept doing it, it gets easier and easier. We average around 2.5 miles a day. I know all the runners are laughing at me right now, but I stink at running so hey it is an accomplishment in my book.
We teach an investigator named Maria Isabel. She lives with her two daughters, and the other day one of her daughters had a birthday party and because we are friends, they invited us over. The funniest thing happened when they brought out the cake. People love gringos here. They always yell at me in the street and say things in incorrect English. (The other day no lie I actually heard, ¨Hello what name you do) So there were about 20 people at this birthday party, and they wanted to have me (funny gringo) sing the birthday song. So I did it. I sang a solo of happy birthday for 20 people. It was so funny because they loved it so much.
Sometimes we switch districts for the day and visit the people that live in another part of Santiago with another missionary. In the past I have traveled and Elder Gularte has stayed in our sector. This week was the first time that I stayed. It was hard but it was such a good experience to guide the sector and show the other missionaries who we visit and follow our planning. The attached picture is the Elder Esquivel, the missionary that I did divisions with.
Our investigators are all super sweet and I love them all. Of course, there are frustrating things, but I expect that will happen throughout my mission. Many of the people that we teach right now are having a hard time taking steps of faith. They are afraid to make commitments. The thing is you never learn unless you try something, or step outside your comfort zone. That is what we are trying to help them realize. We have investigators progressing that are close to baptism, but slllllllllowwwwwwly. I understand it is scary to act in faith and make big commitments, but I just wish they would do it and see how happy it will make them.
In our church two times a year our church has general conference. The prophet and apostles give talks about how we can live the gospel, be happy and have a good life. Elder Yamashita spoke about "Being Ambitious for Christ", it meant a lot to me. He talked about our need to accept trials and difficulties in life with faith and confidence. I thought about that a lot this week. While thinking about it, a scripture in the Book of Mormon came to mind that says God will give us no challenge that we cannot complete. We all have trials in life. We all have moments where we feel alone, but we need to remember that God will ALWAYS ALWAYS help. You are never out of reach of his help, EVER. He gives us trials and difficulties to make us stronger. I know that is true.
Les amo mucho! Tengan una buena semana! Que les vaya bien!
- Elder Scott