Hey guys! so This week was pretty crazy... Tuesday we had to travel to puerto aysen for our district meeting and it was way beautiful there and the district meeting went great, Lots of waterfalls and mountains, and rivers, and rain. it took about an hour to get there. Then when we got back from district meeting. We went to puerto cisnes ( a small pueblo 4 hours away from coyhaique) for 3 days to go on splits with them there as well as they are taking elders out of there and putting hermanas so we made sure the house was ready for sisters. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen on the way, Just pure green mountains with a huge river in the middle of a canyon on the way, as well hundreds of waterfalls in all parts of the mountains it was way sweet. We got there and it was so small!!! ha its a small place where basically only fishers live. I got down the sector after looking at a map for 5 minutes haha the splits went well everyone knows the missionaries there but we taught and had good excitement, elder spriggs was there 8 months ago so we visited some people that he taught it was way sweet, one family that had had so many miracles with the missionaries a long time ago (one of them being elder Gomez... yo visite claudia y jose elder gomez!!!! ja tan loco que hace 4 meces a tras estabamos hablando de ellos) but it was way sweet, we brought the spirit so strong in that room to the point where everyone was crying, they knew they had to return and stay strong, enduring to the end sure isnt easy, especially when you have to wait to get married til you can get baptized and recieive the companionship of the spirit. It rained a ton there though, in the morning we ran to a ship grave yard about 2 miles away, ha I cant believe I was able to ran so far, I died though, we are starting to run thought a lot in the morning, but it was funny I got to know the small city like 10 times during the intercambio cause its so small. But good stuff.
We got back thursday and we were dead from waking up at 5 to leave towards coyhaique, that morning we had to bring supplies and open up the church for president and the missionaries who had their interviews. president came for 3 days to do the interviews and other business.
Friday we had to buy supplies for all the sectors (like mattresses and pillows) they have a nice store here called sodimac I was impressed how nice it was. That took all the morning but then we were able to have a good work day after that. We watched the restoration with an investigator and a member family at the church. The spirit was super strong and we were excited, it was the same guy that came with his son the other day. After it ended he said he thought it was a good movie, and then started saying he didnt believe in god and hated religions, and said he respects our church but thinks having restrictions on man are dumb, so it didnt go as well as we wanted but he said he was down to keep sharing with us as well we are doing a service for him, but kindve a bummer we thought he was more believing in god and religion. tried to explain it like a son and his parents, rules and guidance from parents is healthy, and our heavenly father does it to help us know the path, but always letting us choose and see our own mistakes.
We had some other awesome work days as well continuing to find people, one guy we found was so cool, we enter his house and he just starts talking to us, he only let us in because we had good animo and were loving. He then just started asking SOOOO MANY QUESTIONS. just about our family, where we are from, why we are here, for about 40 minutes just asking us stuff. we tried to ask him something or talk about God and he wouldnt let us, I am all about getting to know people but this was too much for my patience. We were about to give up but we just kept using how to begin teaching and talked about our missions and what we want to do with life and an hour later next thing you know we are teaching the restoration and he tells us all about his family and life, and he let us read from the scriptures. (usually we never stay so long in a house but there are rare occasions. It was so cool how big of a change we saw in this man. He told us there is no doubt that God is with us at the end, ending with a prayer he siad he would read the pamphlet we left behind.
Had another interview with president it went well,
as well Sunday we had an awesome awesome activity where everyone from our district invited all the return missionarys to the church and we had them present themselves and then we separated in 3 groups and did brainstorms of how we could improve 1 conversion 2 retention, and 3 reactivation IT went very well, all ages of the people were so stoked to talk about their missions and their success stories and it gave so many great ideas for the district and us to improve our mission plan. Things go so much better and the the excitement from the wards and branches is so much stronger when the ideas come from them.
As well today we went on a sweet sweet trip to this huge hill by coyaique, its in a small national park, and it only took 15 min in car to get at the entrance, it took 1 hour and 30 min to climb it, and it was so beautiful, it was soooo green and their were so many amazing scenary, I am so blessed to serve in such an amazing place, ha im sure it looks sometimes that Im just going on a ton of trips right ;)
Well lots of things right haha it was an awesome week, for cambios me and my comp are staying here, and half of the zone will be new, so we are excited to get this cambio started with good animo.
Love you a ton take care!
A couple fotos from our paseo today, as well as a picture from cisnes (boat garveyard)