February 16, 2015
Lots of Changes
Well like the caption says.... this was a week jam packed of changes. I am now in a ward named Chamiza (it is in Achupallas or Miraflores if you want to look it up). I have lost the view of the beach and now am up in the hills and mountains of Viña with the dogs (cerros and perros..... hills and dogs) and I am with Elder Contreras from Argentina. He is almost 1 year into the mission and is a super awesome guy. I feel a little strange being the senior companion when I am with someone who actually knows the area and has more time in the mission. But, it looks like another change to be able to improve my Spanish! I am really trying to be the most fluent in Spanish that I can be. Wednesday morning when I was packing up my things, I got a call from the assistants saying that I was going to be a new District Leader. I was freeeaking out. I have PLENTY of things to learn and improve. Hopefully I can make things happen.
To get to Viña, we didn’t have anyone to take us in their car so we had to take the bus. MISERABLE. I had my 3 suitcases and the bus was packed. We were standing in the back of the bus where people always step off. It was a nice warm day and let’s just say I did my exercises for the day. The bus to Viña from Concon is not always the smoothest ride and I didn’t have hands to hold on to bars because I had to hold my bags. I just love buses.....there were a bunch of grumpy people on their way to work and it was just swell. haha Well, it is possible that I will be dry cleaning my suit VERY soon. haha
Well, I said goodbye to Rita. She was pretty bummed. I really hope that the ward can help her out because she is passing through some rough times. Retaining the people we baptize is a fight here in Chile. In the ward that I am in now, they baptized 7 people last year and only one remains somewhat active. I have a lot of things on my plate now: Learn a new area, be a DL, and try and unite the ward so that we can actually get things done. We have some awesome members, there is just not a lot of unity. There is literally NO time as a district leader. I am trying to help out my district and make things happen. Hopefully, I can fulfill my calling.
Any advice about being a DL? I am trying to be the most obedient that I can and I want to be a good example. If you have any advice I would love to hear it! Also, with the ward it really is going to be a fight here. Elder Contreras is in his 4th change here and has baptized 2 but they are already inactive or moved to a different ward. He baptized 8 in Ovalle in the north of our mission because he had a lot of support. I have realized how hard the work is without the consecration of the members to the church. Even though we have great members, the work just isn’t progressing yet. Yeah, I guess I just need to follow the spirit and everything will work out.
Love you all!!!
|Elder Contreras is from Argentina and is my new comp|
|Getting to know the Chamiza Ward|
|We had a FHE with Cris & Sonia, the Mom of a missionary who is in the ward|
|They aren't members & don't really commit to anything but are super awesome|
|Said goodbye to Adolfo|
|He is a less active member that we are in the process of reactivating|
|"And if you shall bring save it be one soul unto me...."|
|"How great shall be your joy with them in the kingdom of my father."|
|Saying goodbye to Rita|
|She is such a sweetheart!|
|Final view from the pension|
|Elder Garcia taught me to draw... can you guess which is mine? LOL|
|Jorge Rosas was baptized a year ago. He has a lot of problems|
|We pass by once a week to play dominoes & share a message|
|Angelica will probably be getting baptized next Sunday.|
|Too bad I won't be there to see it!|