I'll be serving an LDS Mission in Antafagasta, Chile from January 2014 through January 2016. My purpose as a missionary is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.
Monday, April 7, 2014
April 7 2014
This week was really funny to read everyones emails and concerns about the
earthquake and just to expalin i am in copiapo a little over an hour from the coast and where it was the worst iquique is about 14 hour drive and arica is a 22 hour drive. Remember my mission is one of the biggest in the world haha but thank you for all the emails. Now for my week and for my info about the earthquakes here. The first earthquake happened while we were meeting with one of our investigators at her appartment at the kitchen table it started at first a small shake so we thought it would be just another small one but then we felt the table move more and more until my cup of water almost tipped over so we picked up our stuff and started walking out the door but then it stopped. It was preety intense but then we just went back to our lesson about you guessed it Castidad (chastity). The second one happened while we were asleep i am such a heavy sleeper i didnt even feel it but apparently jimenez did and he said he woke up to the bed moving back and forth for about 10 seconds and then stopped. Overall for everyone near the coast especially in the north it has been hard the lines for the super market in iquique and arica are like you would see on black friday so its preety nuts and there is alot of water in the streets for them but they have been pumping it out everyday i think its done but not sure. Then for the week in my last email i said i thought that in these new transfers i wouldnt be going anywhere and that was true but jimenez is leaving for iquique ahahah YES. I am going to meet my new comp. this afternoon his name is elder butler he has been in the mission for about a year and was comps in the mtc with elder paxman a good bud of mine and he says he is really spazy but fun so i will update about that. Also we got two other elders added to the penchant Elder sherman we just picked him up he is super cool he is from AF and a total hipster but he is super awesome and said he is going to teach me to play the guitar wahoo. and Elder Gavian he is apparently latino but we are picking him up at the same time as my comp but apparently he is latino but has the worst latino accent and he is from florida so it is going to be bad we have a gringo penchant its going to be so much fun! Also because we have two new elders we are taking our huge sector and spliting it i am mad and happy about it because it was hard to give all of our investigators the time they deserved but also i am going to miss teaching that side of the sector but, we will still see them at church. Also i have had alot of questions about general conference and just to start off it was So AWESOME! every single talk i really enjoyed and we got to watch all of the sessions in english so i actually understood everything it was really fun we had every english elder brought together into the stake meeting room and watched it with tons of snacks and cookies the hermanas made it was super fun. I dont really have a favorite one but i do have a few things to say about it. They all spoke about the same topics and used the same scriptures mainly to Discipleship (bringing others of another faith and of no faith and teaching them about the gospel), pornograph, technology, and the lords life. My favorite word they had used a tonwas ROCK i had been studying in the scriptures and finding where they used that word at different times before the conference and when alot of them spoke about that i got excited. I also took so many notes and am excited about studying different topics they brought up and incourage you all to do the same. i have some pics to send you guys but totally forgot my camera at the penchant so next week i will send them. Anyway everything has changed alot and i am really excited to see the difference between teaching with another gringo. i hope that i included everyones questions if i didnt just ask them again. i love you all so much and hope you all have a great week.
This picture is the blast radius for the earthquake and remington is in copiapo (in the bottom of the picture).