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.
Whats up family and friends from all around the world. I love you all so
much and want to let you know i am thinking and praying about you all
the time. Also when i got an email today from my friend Elder Overstreet
reminded me of all the elders and sisters that we have out and about in
the world today. I love thinking about how many lives will be changed
just today and how many will be changed during this two years its so
This week was really fun we had zone conference and said
goodbye to our zone leader and the other district leader they are both
great guys and hope the best for them. Also we had a ton of fun with all
the games cause we got to watch the game against spain wich was
awesome, and the game against netherlands wich sucked but its ok we
advance. Also we watche the end of the US game wich was fetching
depressing the last like 5 seconds. Anyway world cup back home is
nothing like it is here oh man i love it and hate it down here because
we hardly get any work done.
Anyway for the important stuff. This week we had a
hard week because everybody was watching the games for world cup and
didnt want to listen. We are also having some troubles trying to get
some new investigators because this little town has been tracted so many
times its really rough but we are really working hard with members to
get refrences ready to hear the gospel. Although we did get permission
from our president that we can go ahead and put a date for this boy
named camillo who is the definition of a gold investigator. He has a lot
of problems but truly wants to change in fact he called us last night
and said he just wanted to talk because he was really tempted to smoke
and he overcame it and said it was great feeling. We have to give him
alot of time before baptism but we are so excited for him and are doing
everything we can to bring him to the first door of salvation.
I love you all so much and hope you feel my prayers for you guys each and everyday.
con mucho amor
the first one is of one of our good Friend enoch (eternal investigator
(his time will come)) making an asado for us for painting his house.
second is a picture of one of the sweetest ladys who had the most faith
ever who passed away and we had to set up the funeral it was so sad
the third is of the netherlands game today and i made pizza it turned out preety good but not the game =(
one word will describe this week completley MUNDIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (world
cup) this week was so awesome really juicy! because we could not get
into like any houses at all because they all dont want to miss a single a
game so its hard to just say hi. But it also means it is really fun
because everybody makes a gameday like superbowl times 10 its CRAZY!
there was a kid who got killed because people got crazy that night. It
was really sad but i have been told that tends to happen because people
get alot of alchol and drugs and of course things get bad but we did
preety good to prevent it i think because we invited probably every
person in town to come and watch the game at the chapel so we could stop
some people from drinking and we got a good show of like 20 people it
was 10 more than we thought would show so that was good. It was really
fun and crazy i have never heard everyone in a town scream so lound from
all different parts and it just boom.
That was my crazy experience this week but really it was a
hard week for lessons because we traveled twice to chañaral for zone
meeting and a conference with president those were great but it really
takes so much time from la obra misional because its 2 hours there and 2
back and we have left at like 6 gotten there at 8 helped set up the
chapel for the next day, slept over, went to the conference and travel
at about 6 get there at 8 and lost one whole day and that happened TWICE
this week oh well one thing happened that was really awesome we got a
Yeah we had a baptism this week and it was really
fun it went really good except for the beginning because we didnt have a
witness with the priethood show up for like a half an hour but all that
matters is that she got baptized and i was able to give her the holy
ghost on sunday
that was really cool.I love the power of the priesthood and the
oppurtunity to exercise my priesthood and what was really funny is at
the end of sunday
i got to teach the elders qourum about how to excercise your priesthood
it was really fun learning how to excercise my priesthood.
Now for one other spiritual thought my mom was
telling that she was studying the 6 chapter in preach my gospel which is
"Christ like attributes" it so great that whole chapter is really great
and has helped me realize what i am lacking in and how i can better
myself. Especially the last page about the attribute activity that helps
so much and would challenge you guys too look that up, pray, and answer
the questions with a sincere heart and the spirit and i know the lord
will help you realize what you need to work on like its helped me.
i love you all so much and how hope you feel my prayers for you all each and every day.
con mucho amor
this picture is of the people driving up and down main street going crazy honking and freaking out after they won
WOW i feel so freakin old i cannot believe i am now 19 i still feel like
17 and act like im 12. Thanks to all of you who emailed me this week
and wished me a happy birthday. This week has been so great and its
really nice and it just puts the icing on the cake to come talk with you
So to start off i want to tell you all the random stuff
that has happened cause that is allways fun, we have the coolest
nastiest things growing in our house we have (quoting lord of the rings)
MUSHROOMS! growing by our patio. It is really funny we are probably the
only place in all of taltal who had a mushroom. You would think that is
bad but its actually good because we have like somewhat grass so its
preety great in the driest desert in the world. Also we after finishing
all of the finnance stuff got ORDERED not told. To burn all of the extra
worthless paperwork with the churches name on it. It was preety great
we got a preety big fire going and for lunch cooked hot dogs and made
Now for the really good stuff, the spiritual stuff.
This week was really hard for lessons and dont think the next week will
be much better because we are traveling to chañaral all week for a zone
meeting. but it is great because we got almost every less active we met
with to come to church which is a huge miracle in and of itself. Also
something really great we thought we would only be having 1 baptism the coming saturday
but on wendsday we were talking with one of our eternal investigators
and he said he really wants to be baptized and has asked us when the
next one was and we said this saturday
and he said perfect. We were really skeptical at first and wanted to
make sure it wasnt just a fase so we had him interviewed by the branch
president, then we taught him everything again and a small interview and
now will be having his interview by the zone leaders today and now i am
positive he is ready and willing it is so great.
Now i am just going to quickly answer some of these
questions i keep forgetting to answer. I have not recieved the package
from my parents. Where i am at i do get alot of fish it is really great
we actually get alot of swordfish it is really common here and so tasty.
I do do my own laundry and have to hang it up to dry, its actually
really nice though cause i can take care of my own stuff and not worry
any of it will get lost.
I think thats it but i love you all and need to get
going but, I hope you all have a great week and know that this elder
down here is allways praying for you.
- Elder Adams
the first pic is of my birthday cake and a small gift the sisters in our district made me. They are so great.
the second one is of me and my comp chilling enjoying pre-pday
the third is of the MUSHROOMS so little but so great
This week was so crazy! We did so much this week it seemed like almost two weeks. I cant believe it!
this week was crazy because of a couple of reasons, 1 we had to go back
to copiapo on wednesday night for my visa and tramites stuff it really
sucked because we lost basically all of wednesday night and then slept
over with the zone leaders down there then took care of all that crap in
the morning (and when i say crap i mean it because it is basically like
the dmv with a whole bunch of crazy chilenos, peruvians, argentinians,
and colombians needing visa stuff to stay in the country). Then after
that we had to take care of some odd buys that we have been needing for
the penchant like a colifont (water heater), emergency kit supplies
(because our president has told us we all have to put an emegency kit
together in case another big earthquake happens), and fetching CHAIRS
(in taltal it is so expensive to buy chairs that we havent had any for
the past few weeks and have been studying and planning on our beds).Then
once we got all that we spent almost all of thursday night traveling
back so lost all of thursday ugh.
2 we had to spent all of friday doing work but not
getting anywhere because everyone was either with there whole family
waiting and partying before the game or watching the Chile vs Egypt game
so eventually after trying for like 4 hours we stopped at a members
house and just watched the game with them. It was really a cool comeback
for chile and everyone was freaking out even though it was just a
friendly match (which kind of worries and excites me about the world
Then 3 we got a call on saturday night and told that an
auditor was coming to check on the church funds and everything the next
morning and thinking we were all great because it is like only my second
week as branch secretary i didnt worry about it. But then the next
morning before sacrament president and this auditor rip into me
wondering where a whole bunch of paperwork was and that i needed to find
it today! So after sacrament i spent all of chruch and the rest of the
day organizing and finishing the finnances it was probably one of the
longest days i have had in my mission so far but its just really nice to
think it is all taken care of.
After all of the crazieness this last
week i spent almost all of p-day just napping and reading my scriptures
it was a really nice relaxed day and am just really excited to go really
start doing missionary work again.
Also i have some really fun stuff coming up we are
having a baptism this next coming saturday with a lady named angelina i
think i mentioned her last week but she is just totally gold and we are
trying to push to get her son baptized with her because he knows
everything she does but he just hasnt accepted the fecha because he is
scared about going back to his old ways. And we might have another
person whos name is sergio he knows everything but the same thing with
angelinas son isnt sure he can keep being a good person and endure to
the end. But our goals this week are to get them to commit. Also in a
couple weeks when chile plays against australia we are having an
activity with the branch to all come and watch the game in the chapel
and we even got the go ahead from president so we are super excited
So from what it sounds like it was a preety busy
week...NOT your all parting down in st george. Haha jk i really want
some pics and want to let ken know that dad told me about his hole in
one and how fetching sweet that is. I have been wanting to play frisbee
golf so bad and have almost asked this member who has a scrap metal
place to make me a chain so me and my comp can play around on p-day. But
really I want all the details from you guys this next week. And dad
thought i would be so upset or something about not being there but its
the opposite i am really happy and wanting to know what happens this
next week and on all the trips you guys have no matter what you guys
think i will think of them i want to know what you guys are doing in
your lives that is why i get on every week.
So things are hard but i am having so much fun. Haha
that doenst make any sense but its how i feel. I love you all so much
and truly feel your prayers everyday. Thank you all for being great
This week was really funny and stressful. Well i mentioned last week
that i got put into a different area and it is called Taltal it is
basically just a preety little fishing city. It is really preety and my
penchant is like a 5 minute walk to the beach. It is so preety but there
are alot of problems with this little slice of paradise.
First off we are about 2 hours each way to any big city,
it is just us and the hermanas over here so we are just are own
district, and we cant do anything with them on p-days because president
is worried about elders and hermanas being too isolated together so its
like there not even there. Also my companion is the second counselor in
the branch presidency and i am the executive secretary and the first
counselor is allways traveling so its like he isnt here so we have to
hold up almost all parts of the stick but, the president is really great
he served a mission so he knows how things go. Its really crazy he has
been the branch president for 14 years because there is literally no one
who could take his spot because there is a total of 5 people who have
the melchizedek priesthood including us. Dont worry though its not as
bad as i am making it out to be. I am excited for the oppurtunity to be
here and change this branch the best i can.
All in all though we have been teaching ALOT of
people who have been members for a couple years but dont want to go to
church because of one true reason and that is because they are just
lazy. They say that it is hard to get up, they allways give talks
because the branch is so small, and they just try to find very little
things to question there faith and we answer it and then just flat out
say, no! So this branch as been a very interesting change because we
have to give talks almost every sunday, do the tithing, and do the
activitys for the young men, elders quorom, and mission activitys. So
there is alot more to it now then just teaching the gospel. I cannot
deny it is a little overwhelming at times but we do our best to not get
stressed out about it.
We have been teaching a few people though who are
just gold. We have a lady named angelina. She has come to church the
last few sundays. Has a baptism date for the 14th so we are super
excited about that and so is she. Also we have a 15 year old kid named
camillo who had only been taught the restoration and asked when can i be
baptized but, the only problem is our mission president has set a rule
that we cant baptize anyone under the age of 16 unless they have been
born into a family who is active, which obviously he hasnt. So we have
emailed our president asking if we can slip by this rule for him but we
will see what he says its probably a no but hope for the best. Also we
have just been trying to work with his mom but she is almost impossible
to talk or get in touch with because she is allways working.
We also have this guy named sergio who used to live in california
and knows english almost perfectly and as asked us to only talk to him
in english so he doesnt lose his it. It is super weird teaching in
english but fun too. It is very hard with him though because he is stuck
on like only two things he wants everyone to be the perfect christian
and especially himself and he says in genesis that on the seventh day he
rested but here everyone thinks that the week starts on sunday so he
wants to know why we dont go to church on saturday instead of sunday and
we have given him so many answers but he just wont budge.
Also one other question you guys have asked is about
my companion Elder Preston. He is 20, from california, Santa rosa
(shout out to hayden) He went to school at UCLA before he came out here.
At UCLA he was on the rowing team there. He has 8 months in the mission
and can speak almost fluent. He is preety cool, quiet so i do alot of
the talking but when he does say something it is really funny.
But today was so great we asked some of the members
if we could borrow there bikes and we went and rode on the coast and
climbed to the top of this rock and got some great pics of taltal but my
comp has them and he cant get his computer to send them to me so maybe
next week i will send them but i will definitly send the ones that i
So that is preety much everything and just want to
let you all know i am great, and even though this area will be a big
change but i know it will help me understand alot of the other areas of
the church wich is really exciting. And even though my spanish is coming
along slowly but surely. I can definitly comunicate and understand
almost everything they say but of course i still have to work on it
alot. Anyway i have a challenge for you all this week that you all pic a
topic to study and prepare a talk like you were going to give it but
then just save it and know you allways have it and i know you will know
so much more on that topic and if you continue to do it you will grow so
big in the gospel but its ok if you only do this week and would be
excited to here your feedback and what you learned. Love you all so much
and am allways praying for you.
con mucho amor
the first is of the beautiful area of taltal.
The second one is of this giant plant thing our investigator angelina has
in her back yard and there are little fruit things that come from it
called tuna. Not a joke they are called tunas according to angelina.
the third one is of me at this cool rock area that has like a million shells and i got quite a few good ones.
the fourth is of me cooking some dang good pasta. Haha and i know what
your all thinking elder adams making pasta what has the world come too.
But all i can say is the mission has changed me and that i have to do my
own food and pasta is really cheap and you get alot of it.
Wow this week was so fun we had cambios on Saturday
and I got transfered! I am now in a city called Taltal it is really
small, preety, and by the coast. I actually havent seen it yet because
right when i got of the bus we came here to write but everyone says the
same thing. I am really excited and scared about it because my new
companion elder preston has told me the ward has a very low attendance
and basically we are the sunday school teacher, the ward secretary, and
the seminary teacher. So it is going to be interesting and alot of
pressure put on me very quickly, but i know the lord will help me.
So for my week it was kind of rough because i had been really
sick at the beginning of the week so I just slept, coughed, sneezed, the
whole nine yards when your sick. And my comp just studyed and worked on
a song we had to sing on sunday for the ward conference (that i had to
sing while i was sick) it was preety bad there was three ladys who were
preety much tone deaf and one of the men kept forgetting the words. So
that sucked and then to make it worse when the stake president started
speaking a man named juan passed out he is really old and has a problem
breathing as it is so being in that stuffy room and no one had the fans
on so no air was circulating anyway it was allaround bad but its ok juan
is fine he went to the hospital and went home late that night but got
put on bed rest.
Anyway this week was really fun and exciting but, i got to go
meet all the people waiting for me in Taltal. I hope you all have a
great week and remember to look for the lord in your life at all times.