|with Elder Gonzalez at the entrance monument to Yierba Buenas|
Mid-week, we had an intercambio (exchanges) with the zone leaders. I paired with Elder Gonzalez and worked in Linares. He's a really cool dude from Santiago, and as a Chilean, he was able to teach me a lot about how to teach even better. We meandered into the campo for lunch (noodles with a mackerel and kelp salad), then headed into the farming town of Yierbas Buenas (Good Herb) [-insert favorite joke here-]. The town is newly open to missionary work so everyone seemed more receptive to our message.
Fiesta Patrias - El Dieciocho (the 18th)
It is Chilean Independence, folks, so nothing is open. From Saturday until Wednesday, the nation is in lock-down celebration in honor of Chile becoming its own nation. So we celebrated with our ward.
by Bennie6 Haiku Poem
Chile ha sido
llamado la "Tierra de
Lagos y Ríos."
(Chile has been called the "Land of Lakes and Rivers")
Si tú estás en
Chile, y hace fresco,
¡prueba el chile!
(If you are in Chile, and it's chilly, try the chili!)
by Rajat Kanti Chakrabarty
Crooner Bruner loved his schooner 'Billie'
He took a short holiday in Chile
He went to Torres del Paine
Crooned across the terrain
And came back home with a robust chili
It's More Chilean than Beans
I had quite the Chilean lunch: meat kebab, empenada, and mote' con huesillo (a beverage made from wheat and peaches). As they say out here, "It's more Chilean than the beans!"
Let's See Where the Spirit Takes Us
One evening when our appointments began to fall, my comp says, "Let's see where the Spirit takes us." We started heading out, and think at-the-same-time MIRIELA. Miriela was an investigator we dropped a while back. So, we stop by her house and she invited us in. She admitted that whenever she felt bad, she would see us around town (hint, hint, girl, God is trying to get your attention).
We ended up having a great lesson with her. She felt the Spirit, though she has doubts about a living prophet and apostles. Let's hope that upcoming General Conference helps resolve those doubts.
Seba was baptized on Sunday with his whole family present. All are inactive or non-members. He's a great example.
|Elder Sharp, Seba, Roberto Espinosa (Young Men's President), me|
|Elder Sharp, Hermanas Vidal, Wendel (back), Rios, Contreras, me|
Love to Everyone,
Elder Connor Nef