My last week being less than a year old in the mish! Ahh!
It was a pretty relaxing week here in Rancagua, Chile.
Lets see. Last week in church an hermano from the ward had a heart attack and like all the men from the ward left. It was pretty weird because the meeting kept going on like normal, but like half the people left to go see what was going on! The hermano was fine, and everything worked out, but it was pretty dramatic in the moment!
This change has been pretty crazy. In the first 4 weeks (out of 6) We had to have special changes 5 times now. Which means that 22 people were affected to make everything work with companions and what not! Thats why you gotta be obedient and not be a bad missionary! Being in the office, Ive learned a lot more of the administrative things of the church and the mission rather than what most missionaries are called to do with ministering the church.
On Mondays we always have a meeting with all the office elders, the finance elder and the senior couple in charge of the houses as well as President and his wife. This Monday, my companion and Elder Harding's companion went to Santiago to do some visa work, so out of the 12 people that are usually in the meeting, we were only 10. Then the comisarios (who are in charge of the houses) left too. So usually we have this meeting in Spanish, and there are only 2 Latins in the office. So when they left, there were no Latinos, and we all just finished the meeting in English. It was just kinda funny!
Tuesday we took another senior couple up to santiago to help them finish their visa process. Something we usually send the missionaries up to do by themselves, but with the senior couples, we usually help them out. It was a fun day, and we cut through all the lines because they are senior citizens. We finished the process early, and headed over to a... SUBWAY! I haven't eaten a nice sub with sweet onion and mayo for a year now! Wow. nice. huh?
The zone meetings are going on right now (Where president and the assistants travel to every zone and teach how to be better missionaries.) We went to one on Wednesday which was here in Rancagua, and then yesterday we went down to Talca which is the farthest point south in our mission. Chile is a country where you can really only travel north and south. So that's interesting!
We had one house in an area here close get hit by a car. The hermanas weren't home at the time, so everything was good. But that resulted in the hermanas needing a house while their house is being repaired. So that turned into them moving into the house where the other office elders live. We live in an apartment with 15 stories, and 4 apartments in each level. Its like the 5th tallest building here in Rancagua. Anyways now there are 6 elders living in one house. As well as 4 hermanas living on level 5, and another 4 living on level 13. There is a senior couple that lives on level 11, and we live on level 9. So in total, there are 16 missionaries living here!
Today we wanted to go exploring so we went to a nearby city called Doñihue because its located very close to the mountains. We just kinda went and found a sweet mountain and climbed all the way to the top. It took all morning. It was super fun! After, we went to what the call the Safari. Its like a little cool zoo, and they have a thing where you can get into a little cage jeep and go into a field where lions jump on the car and eat meat and what not! Cool stuff. Check out the pictures (:
Anywho. That was my week.
Its interesting. One year ago, wearing a shirt and a tie with slacks was the worst thing and it needed to come off as soon as church was over. Now its the opposite. Its so nice just slipping back into some nice slacks, and a freshly ironed shirt. (:
I think one of the greatest things Ive learned here in the mission is just to love everything that God has given us. The ability to breath each day. The opportunities we have to be with our families, to learn how to communicate, and love. I think this video really explains the idea of just being thankful for what we have:http://www.mormonchannel.org/
I was reading an old talk this week and found a quote I really liked:
"A man and a woman can come together and bring forth life, but a missionary can come forth a bring eternal life."
Prepare for missions. Be a missionary. Share your feelings. What we have can change others lives forever, and bring eternal life!
Love you all.