Monday, June 30, 2014

Awesome Week

Another awesome week in the work, I think its so cool how when we work hard and pray for miracles as missionaries you see them. This sector has been in a drought for a good time now of investigators that progress. And this week has been incredible. Remember that family I got into the house by talking about the world cup? We have taught them 2 times now, the second time we had an awesome family night with them, teaching them about the 3 pilars of the church of christ (apostles prophets and christ as the base) We did a fun ejemplo with nails, where they had to balance 5 nails over one, They had a friend over and ALL of them participated, they dont have much of a background of religion but they feel something. THey all loved it and we have another planned for tomorrow. As well during the night we made arepas with them, which is a bread that you make out of corn flour. Liketo make tortillas but thicker, it is a food that they make in colombia so my comp taught me how and they loved it. As well we are continuing having some of the best moments of my mission doing family nights with Members Less actives and investigators, The revelation we recieved at the beginning of this cambio is working, We are seeing more unity in the branch and all are coming together, as well members are now calling us telling us to come to there house to have a family night with their friends that arent members, tonight we have one as well.

As well.... In one family night last week we had one member gave us the reference of like 6 people!!! one of which was her brother who is member and his girlfriend, she said she didnt want anythign to do with the church but when we went to visit her brother she was super nice with us, we watched a mormon message with them both and you could tell she felt something special, we gave her a book of mormon and we heard from her boyfriend that she is reading it and she loves it, and wants to start coming to church and family nights, her brother has been inactive for years but is reactivating because of the spirit he remembers from having family nights. So lots of things are falling into place, its incredible.

We are way excited to continue working getting this branch excited. Thats such a cool calling you guys have! You guys are going to do amazing!!! Just another amazing week in the mission. I love this work and I just want to continue serving these people here in chile, I love them, I love them so much. Tomorrow I am going to meet the new President and at the end of the week we have lider council so once again ill meet him, that will be fun. Love you guys so much take care this week.

Elder Carter

Monday, June 23, 2014

Awesome week, CHILE SIGA GANANDO!!!

Sounds like you guys had a awesome week at the river!.... well blake and dad! thats awesome! you went fishing as well? everyone here in the south of chile love fishing but more the tourists, ha I guess its one of the best places in the world for fishing.
Awesome pictures though, as well of Dalan and Kristy and su familia. Sounds like everything is going good.

This week has been one to remember, We are working hard, and finding some amazingly prepared people. I want this last cambio to be one to remember. Remember that family I told you about that let us in for talking about the game!?! We taught them this week and they were way awesome! They have a couple more kids that we didnt know about and we watched a mormon message and they all watched in silence and liked it, they are more hesitant with religion but after we watched there was no doubt that they felt the spirit the dad after watching asked... and what time does your church start? he was impressed by the feelings he felt. We will be having a family night with them this week so I will tell you how it goes.

As well we were looking for some menos activos using the program we have ElRescate. And as we knocked this door this man answered and smiled imediately and said "come in come in!!! " he only has 3 months here but has talked before with missionarys as we taught the restoration he began to understand the things we said but naturally he didnt seem to be that convinced that there could be a prophet, but he understood that it would be important. We showed him the way to pray and asked him to offer a prayer, it was one of the simplest prayers i heard, something like "Dios, thanks for my family, I ask you to bless them, en the name of jesucristo amen." And as he raised his head his eyes were filled with shock, this man felt the spirit, he couldnt explain it ni didnt say much after but said wow, prayer is something real good to do. We testified telling him it definately is, this thursday we will be passing to see him.

We had some other amazing experiences this week but I am loving every minute, its such a blessing to serve the lord and be able to talk to people and share these things we know.

This cambio we are really focussing on noche de hogares with members and their friends. We really want to help the unity there is here, and make this branch strong.

Mom this pueblo is super tiny and I dont think they have someone to measure me for blakes wedding, but Ill keep lookin.

Chile is playing today as well! and tomorrow we are going to be going to valdivia to say goodbye to president rappleye, president obeso comes 28th crazy crazy.

Take care this week
Love you guys a ton.

Elder Carter

Monday, June 16, 2014

CHI!!! CHI!!! LE!! LE!!! VIVE CHILE!!!

Well first off we had permission to watch the game of chile, if we
were with an investigator or as a activity. So we did just that and
did an activity at a members house with all the elders quorum and with
an investigator. Im glad we got permission cause in that moment there
wasnt one person who wasnt watching the game, it was pretty awesome to
watch the game and gain more confidence with the members, me and my
companion put on our chile jersys over our shirts to get the spirit
going. as well...
Watching the game of Chile helped us in the work! A couple days after
the game we were knocking doors and started talking to this one women,
we saw her husband was eating lunch and she gave us a face that said
they were busy. We began to speak about the game to her knowing her
husband would be listening, it was awesome you could see the husbands
face with so much excitement to talk about the game with us. He then
came over to the door and began to talk more and more, then invited us
in to talk more and more, as we were talking their kids (ages 21 and
17 walked in and began to talk with us as well. The game of italy was
about to start and we were able to get the topic to change to the
gospel.we found out that they shared before with missionarys and
before the game started we were able to give them a folleto and spark
their attention with a short summary of the restauration. We were able
to end with a prayer in which without even asking they turned off the
TV (even while the game was on) and we offered the prayer, As we left
them at peace watching the game together they said, you gotta stay and
watch the game with us!!! or to have once with us, you dont have to
leave! With that we said dont worry we will come back to see how you
are and we can see how the reading went. They agreed with excitement.
Its cool how God will always find a way to hasten the work.

As well for Fathers Day, ha didnt even remember it was fathers day
until the morning of, some members of the relief society made some
pillows as gifts to men that live in a retired home facility in back
of the hospital here. They asked if we could accompany them and it was
a sweet way to spend a part of Fathers Day. We  visited the houses and
I was moved by some of their expressions as we came to visit, one man
was 87 and got excited and started showing us all his test results to
show us how healthy he was haha We sang to them and they told us they
felt something real good in their heart as we sang. It was cool to
visit some fathers, well most grandfathers, I put one picture of the
experience this is hermano raul, we read the book of mormon with him
almost every week, he still reads super well if he didnt have trouble
walking he would be one of the most faithful members to go to church.
But he loved the visit.

But yeah well its cambios week again, and my companion is heading for
his house.  This Wednesday we will be heading early in the morning to
osorno. My companion got permission to go to one of his old sectors
before he has to meet in the house of the mission so I will be going
with him to a place called Frutillar for the morning there, then in
the night I will be pickin up my new companion, he is from Colombia.
his names Elder Sanchez. Its funny cause when I was Coyhaique Elder Da
Silva and Elder Sanchez were some of the district leaders in our zone
so before being their companions I have already been in intercambios
with them and gotten to know them. Im stoked to end with a latino so I
can end my mission speaking spanish the whole time. I have had 7
latino companions and 5 gringo companions. But stoked to give it my
all this cambio. We had 4 investigators at church this week, 2 are
eternals and the other 2 are progressing well. We actually had a noche
de hogar with one of them saturday at the church. Its cool because
some members here are awesome and always invite their friend to share,
the 2 investigators that are progressing are friends of the members.
Its so much easier the work when the members help.

But hey take care this week, Once Again Happy fathers Day DAD! love you a ton.

I love the new sandals mom super stylish hahha,

Elder Carter

Monday, June 9, 2014

Busses and Mission Work

wow I had some awesome experiences this week, this week we had to do a
lot of traveling and it took a lot out of our time to work in our
sector, but I was dying to have spiritual moments. I was suprised at
how many experiences I had this week being able to share the gospel
with people on buses. Here is one experience I had:
 As we were waiting to get on the bus to head to osorno for the lider
council I saw a man and felt impressed to start a conversation with
him, the bus came and all we had chance to talk about was that he had
talked to missionarys before and had a book of mormon but loaned it
someone , so we handed him a pamphlet of the restauration. We had to
get on the bus so our conversation had to end, as we were looking for
our seats I look up and the man pointed at the seat next to him and I
decided to sit there and continue talking. The man took out the
pamphlet and got excited he said you gotta pass by so we can talk more
about your church, I found out he was from panguipuilli and I wrote
down his number and said the missionaries from panguipuilli would be
in contact with him, as we talked more he told me earlier in his life
he was preparing to be a catholic priest and knew a ton about the
bible but now he doesnt believe to much in the catholic church. I
talked about the restoration of the gospel and something he loved
about the bible was the stories of the pueblo de israel, I talked
about the importance of prophets in the old times as well as in the
time of jesucristo and talked about how now its of the same
importance. He understood completely and had the doubt about the many
false prophets, I love that doubt because I told him the elders from
panguipulli will be giving him another book of mormon which is the
convincing evidence that there is a prophet of God here today. He was
filled with excitement and thanked me for being able to talk with him,
the elders in panguipuilli have an appointment with him next week, I
think its so cool how ALWAYS God puts people in our way.

We decided in lider council that we are allowed to watch the first 3
games of chile of the world cup! President wants us to take advantage
of the situation to have activities in the church, watch with
investigators, and after the games end leave immediately to the
streets talking with the people about the games as a tool to gain
confidence. It will sure be interesting this next month because there
will constantly be games and everyone will be glued to their tvs but
we just gotta be creative and us it to our advantage:)

President Rappleye is still here he leaves the 29th of this month,
actually we had a district conference (like stake conference but for a
district) I was touched by the testimony president rapplye gave in the
session of the conference of his experience with an experience he had
with accompanying the missionaries, he didnt mention the names of the
experience but told with details. I soon realized he was talking about
the experienced with Denny and us. He said when Denny stood up after
the lesson and with tears in his eyes shaking the hand of president
rappleye and said "thank you for sending these angels of God to my
house" , that was one of the most precious moments of his mission
here. As for me as well Im so greatful to have had such a memorable
experience. Im so greatful for the experiences the mission has given
me, my testiomny of the gospel has boomed on the mission, its truly a
blessing to be part of the restoration.

Amo Jesucristo y este gran obra de salvacion:)

Elder Carter

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sigo sonriendo:)

Some things that happened this week is we had found some amazing
people and during the lessons I had felt the spirit super powerfully.
Now the hard part sometimes is asking the people during the lesson
questions to see if they understand, and when we asked they said they
didnt understand anything haha I left the lessons kindve frustrated in
my mind thinking "Why cant they understand!" But then it hit me, these
people said they felt peace and joy when we shared these things and
they want us to pass by again but they dont understand anything?" I
pondered why and it was clear these people felt the spirit. I have
taught people on my mission who cant read, or have a no level of
education. And I can testify that the lord loves them as well and
wants them to feel the truth of this message. Now Im not saying that
we can baptize them next week for feeling the spirit, obviously these
people at one point need to understand what we share. But what I
learned from this experience is the only way to gain a testimony our
message is through the spirit. Feeling the spirit can come in many
ways, one of the most common is listening and pondering the doctrine
we teach in our minds, other ways could be simply trying to listen and
understand, others can be prayer, others singing. The lord loves each
and every one of his children and God knows the way to touch the
hearts of his children and testify to them of the truth, and when they
feel it in the way they can understand, they will have the chance to
choose if they want to continue learning more. I have heard
testimonies of people that didnt understand anything before they got
baptized but with years of trying to learn they now understand. I have
a lot of faith for people like these, sometimes i lack patience but I
know their are gods children that can go from illiterate to
comprending the doctrine found in the book of mormon. Its all part of
the plan ;) Alma 34:32

I dont have much to say this week but Im just greatful to continue
serving the lord. Its rained almost every day and I love it:) I dont
love it because it gets me wet and its cold, but I love it because its
a trial, and trials make us stronger, We have met some very loving
people this week, they told us very clearly they dont want anything
but we lovingly got to know them and shared part of our message with
them to help them be able to feel the spirit and have the opportunity
to choose, I know without a doubt that when we do our part and not
have the fear to share, even with people that appear to be happy in
their lives and have everything together the message of the
restoration of the gospel will touch their hearts, and they will be
left with the question or doubt if this could be true, if they choose
to investigate it more they will realize there is something in their
lives they dont have, and will feel the joy of the true restored
gospel of christ. I love the lord, and testify of his healing
atonement. Im so greatful for his love for me and for the people here
in chile and all over the world. Hope you have a great week
haha I loved the photo dad your beard is good ;) some things have
changed in these past 2 years hahaha

Love you a ton
Elder Carter

this is a picture of a sea lion... we went to valdivia and there
theres a river where theres tons of sea lions just chillin wherever
they want. kindve scary not gonna lie

and a completo from a fast food place we tried while we were there