Hey friends and family in America or wherever you are. I hope you are all safe and enjoying the Christmas season.
I’m jealous because in Chile it is summer time and 80 to 90 degrees…there is nothing like a hot Christmas. People don´t really go all out here like they do in the U.S. The majority of the people have a tiny tree in their house and that is about it. My companion and I are in the process of getting a few decorations and we are in the Christmas spirit as much as a person can possibly be. I´m hype for all the things we have planned.
This week I had a few neat experiences…
In the position I am in right now, we have lots of meetings with the leaders of the stake. We had one yesterday about our zone. It makes me feel weird having the responsibility to think about how I can help other missionaries instead of myself. It is a challenge but I know it is going to make me a better dad in the future. The stake president and the stake mission leader wanted my companion and I to animate the zone. They want us to look for ways to hype the missionaries up and make them feel excited to go out and talk to as many people as possible and teach good lessons. I don´t really know how to put it into words. We are up for the task, but it is going to be hard. We plan to do special divisions and put the more motivated missionaries with the lower energy ones during activities, we want to teach better classes in the zone meetings. I need all of the help I can get. If you guys know any good strategy to motivate groups of people, please shoot me an email. I need advice.
I also had the chance to do an interesting baptismal interview yesterday night in another ward. The hermanas were worried about a few things their investigator had said, so they wanted President Gwilliam to conduct the interview. When they called him, he told them that we would do the interview. My companion Elder Neddo and I talked a lot about it, and we decided that I would do it because I had done a few more interviews then he has. I felt super nervous. It is a crazy feeling to be the one that decides if a person is ready to be baptized. I had to rely on the Spirit so much during the whole experience. I said about a million prayers. It was crazy to see how the Lord took me, a 19 year old gringo, and helped me through the spirit to conduct the interview. I shared a ton of scriptures, we talked a lot, and I testified, and after about an hour and thirty minutes with the investigator, we finished. It was for sure one of the most crazy interviews I have ever done, and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to do it. It is good to feel the spirit work through me.
I also had divisions with a new elder that is really struggling with self esteem. It was hard for me to help him. I am trying to learn how to correct and to teach more from the heart and with love. I felt like I was helping him because I shared a bunch of personal examples and scriptures and I testified about a million times about his potential but he didn´t really listen to me and he only improved a little. I want to try harder to correct, teach, and love more like Jesus would. It is hard, but I am trying my best to improve.
We are putting the petal to the metal with the Iluminar el Mundo and we are trying to invite as many people as possible to go see the video and apply it to their lives. IF YOU HAVEN´T SEEN THE VIDEO, GO SEE IT AND SHARE IT WITH SOMEONE BECAUSE IT WILL HELP THEM. I know so because I have seen it happen about a million times already this week..
I love you all. Take care of yourselves for me!