I only have like 10 minutes to write
because I have to drive down to the south and back today.
Thanks for all the birthday
wishes/reminders! I almost forgot I have a birthday. I got to the office and
the assistants, senior missionaries and president made a big breakfast with
cake so I can say it was well celebrated.
Earlier this week we did a big travel
through the whole mission fixing up the houses. I was very surprised how
beautiful Chile is. I have always been in cities near the coast but we had to go up in
the mountains and it was amazing.
After traveling we had to scramble to
get everything ready for the new president. It was a sad moment but we said our
goodbyes to President Martinez. I also got to be there when President Bluth and
his wife arrived at the airport. I am really excited to work with them. And even
more excited that his last name is Bluth.
Like Rachel said, South America is going
crazy because of Mundial. For example, there are some people painting the
kitchen in the office today and at the same time they are watching the Chile
game on their phone. Good thing they aren't hourly.
This week our office trainers are going
back to the field so we will be doing this alone. I imagine it will get pretty
I Said goodbye to my sector which was
difficult but a lot easier considering I was only there for 4 weeks then
started the 6 hour bus ride to Concepcion. When I got there, the office was
crazy. There were so many people coming and going, a lot of stuff getting lost,
a lot of people getting lost, and over all, lots of problems. Apparently
transfer day is always like this. So we just barely got everyone to their
sectors with there comps. For the rest of the day I did something on the
computer, making a list or something. I´m not sure. That night we got to
the house and it is amazing. It has carpet, painted walls, 2 bathrooms, enough
beds, and a washing machine. It is for sure the nicest house in the mission. We
also live in a rich part of town so the city keeps dogs out of the streets.
That means we can finally go running without being eaten.
So far, I love being here but it can get
pretty stressful. We are asked to do things by president a bunch so it is hard
to strive for less than perfect. So while I am far from that, I have a lot of
improving to do. I think the best part is the craziness of everything. Everyday
is different and you never know what you are going to have to do. I think next
week we get to road trip around the mission fixing the houses so I am more than
excited for that.
Another advantage is being able to cook.
I have come to realize this week that I can´t cook. But we made a plan to at
least attempt and maybe we´ll get better. The other option is buying
pizza, hamburgers, subway, or other things you find in a big city.
I also have my own cubicle.
Right now there are 8 office
missionaries. 4 assistants to the president, us, and our office trainers. But
our trainers leave next Saturday and 2 of the assistants go home. So in a week
it will just be my comp and I managing everything with the two assistants doing
their stuff around the mission. It´s a lot of responsibility and a lot of
All in all, this is going to be an
adventure… An extremely hard but rewarding adventure… Like the mission.
Too much happened this week. So sorry if
my thoughts are a little scattered.
First, I started to study some of the
stuff that Rachel was studying and wow. The only thing I can say is how
thankful I am to be here on earth. The more deeply I learn about god and my
relationship with him, the more I realize how many things I have to be thankful
This week we also continued with the
constant struggle with Aurora and Samantha. But in the end they got baptized on
Saturday! Woo! They were so incredibly happy, and so incredibly nervous. But
they did it and it was worth every minute of studying, visiting, planning, and
teaching. When we were filling up the font, we realized that there were
thousands of ants on the walls and in the water. It was a very slow process to
clean it all out but we did it in the end. Also, one of our investigator
families came to the baptism and they loved it. They also asked a lot of
questions about how Aurora came to this point of baptism. I´m pretty sure they
On Friday we had a giant conference of
all the 250 missionaries in this mission to say goodbye to president Martinez.
It´s pretty sad to see him go but it will be interesting to see how things
change. It was also really cool to see all of my friends that I haven't seen in
a while So in the end, it was a good day. Also Chile won the soccer game
against Australia in the Mundiál the same day!
This morning I was about to make
pancakes to celebrate the week and the baptism but I got a call from the mission
office. It looks like I was chosen a while ago to work in the mission office
during the transfer of the new mission President. So basically my whole life
has changed. I have to be in Concepción tomorrow at lunch time. From then on,
If someone in the mission has a problem with their house, with legal stuff,
with money, with visas, or other things, they call me or my companion and we
have to fix it. I hear it is pretty stressful but I am super excited. I am
going to have to learn how to do a ton of stuff and have to learn a ton of Spanish.
I will also get to travel the mission. In a car!
So next week I imagine I´ll have some
cool stories to tell.