Week 21 – Christmas and New Years (and Josh’s birthday!)

Well I haven’t updated in a very long time… Not much has happened I guess!

My new comp (it’s been three weeks woops) Is Elder Kemp, a tall skinny gringo from Utah. He’s really cool, has 15 months in the mission, but isn’t the greatest at Spanish. Yet, he’s teaching me a lot and we’re working hard in the sector of CUUUURANILAHUE 2.
For Christmas eve, we went to a member’s house and had a big dinner there, and then we went home at midnight and slept. For Christmas, we didn’t really do anything. We were able to skype with our families, so we spent 40 minutes on skype with them which was aweeeeeesome.
For New Years eve, we went to another member’s house, had a huuuuge dinner with them and her family, and went home at 11. We stayed up and watched the fireworks, which weren’t that big but still great! The next day, we played baby futbal in the morning, then a member picked us up to go to his house in the country, so we spent some time in the countryside. It was suuper relaxing. Got home at 8 and just relaxed for the rest of the day.
It’s weird to think I’m 20 years old now! My first and only full year in my mission started.
I don’t have much else to say, nor do I have much time!

Hope you are doing well,
Love,
Elder Lee
Photos:

week 17 & 18

Hey guys!

Sorry, I totally forgot to send an email last week. But to be totally honest, not much has happened!

Last week, we found out that one of our investigators (second lesson) was about to get baptised two years ago, but didn’t like the font.  She already knew the things were true, so we put a baptismal date for the 10th of january, in 2015 (whaaaat, 2015) and shes almost ready! She just needs to go to the church a few times. Hopefully she does.

Tomorrow, we have Transfers. I pretty much knew I was staying, but I thought my companion was gonna become a zone leader, but turns out, hes going to a zone called Angol to train again! Well to finish someones training. So he´ll have 3 kids, and Ill have another brother! wuut. And Im staying here in Curanilahue for another 6 weeks at least!!! Love it. Theres so much work to be done, and Im glad i get to do it.

On Wednesday of this week,  we had a Christmas Meeting with the northern half of our zone. We heard a few leaders and the Assistants speak and give us advice on the mission, etc. President gave PALOOOS meaning he went hard and just gave it straight up. He said we need to be more obedient, etc, all the obedience talk but wow it was strong. Other than that, each zone had an opportunity to do a special presentation. Our zone leader chose to do a nativity scene. 3 times. in 3 different eras. Normal, 80s, and modern. I didn´t like it, and the mission didnt like it. We almost got in trouble for it…. oh boy.

Other than that,  not too much to say! Christmas is coming up which is SO WEIRD AHH its already christmas. I completed 4 months on the mission on saturday, and Im going to complete 3 months here in Curanliahue on the 24th. Thats insane. Time is really flying guys. But YEAH CHRISTMAS doesnt really feel like christmas though.. oh well.

PICTURES: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z0p9u4m9xkchn7t/AACPpATc3VOH-oiiadu1lTGfa?dl=0

Hope you are all doing well!

Love,

Elder Lee

week 16

Hello hello!

What an odd week it’s been. I had a split with a zone leader in His sector because the other zone leader came to Curanilahue to interview Yaryxa for the interview, and we did a lot of work there on Tuesday. Then, on Saturday, Yaryxa got baptised!!! Photos included in the dropbox link. Finally. We’ve been working with her for so long and its so amazing to finally see her baptised. Her, her husband, her mother in law are all members now! After the baptism, we had a BBQ at their house, and photos are included as well. It was deliiiiiiciiiouuus. But because of that we couldn’t really do any work.

On Sunday, I gave a talk!  It was about gaining confidence and faith in fellow brethren, and that went really well. 3 of us missionaries talked. First was Elder Castillo about Service, then was me, then was my companion Elder Wallace talking about Magnifying Your Call, using the talk “Push where you are”. It was a great sacrament meeting i guess! Didn’t slip up in my Spanish and people got what I meant.

Then after lunch,  in the evening, we had a Fireside, and the missionaries were doing a special musical number. Thats the third performance I’ve done in the Branch, and 4 songs, in the last month. Geez. Never knew I’d be doing it so much! But because of that too, we couldn’t do much work either. So all in all, it was a week of little time and little work, but a week of much success because of the baptism.

Today, we went to the beach for a zone activity!  It was pretty sweet actually. We went climbing around a whole bunch of rocks, up and down and around, and I went adventuring a bit. It was only for a few hours, but we still had fun as a zone!

That’s it for this week. his next week is Week 5 of the Cambio, so this week and another week until transfers. We’ll see what happens! Hopefully we can do a lot these last two weeks.

Love you all,

Elder Lee

dropbox link below for pictures:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ubzwd8cqsi10m5m/AABan9o7RPrYs9N12XbI7vata?dl=0

week 14 & 15

note from sister: So sorry for the delay in uploading these posts. It’s been super super busy! Here are his posts — 

Sup!!

The only really big thing this week is that Yaryxa, one of our main investigators, is getting baptised!! Her husband,  Claudio, is a convert of my companion, and we’ve been working with her for a while. She’s progressed so much. She used to be a timid 20 year old who never peeped a word, but now she’s a 21 year old who’s laughing with other members, singing in the choir, etc. its amazing. And her husband (a recent convert) is gonna baptise her! woo hoo!!

Speaking of choir. . Our ward mission leader asked us 4 missionaries like a month or two ago to sing a special musical number, so us 4 sang it, and the branch loved it. A few people asked to sing with us for our branch conference, so we sang two songs a few weeks ago at that, and the branch president gave us permission to continue as a branch choir! For the first performance, I played guitar, and for the second one, I suddenly became the choir pianist… and I’m really bad at piano. But in the few weeks I’ve been practicing I’v ecome a long way! The thing is that most people here don’t know much about music, music theory, and how to read music (let alone how to sing properly :/ ) So the brnach mission leader who is conducting the choir asked me to hold a few music classes now and then. So we’ll see how that close! Talents are coming to use finally 🙂

Other than that….  Not much. One of our investigators has a 4 year old kid whos a real troublemaker, swearing, throwing food, etc. The other day, he farted some big farts. Like BIIIG. Said he needed to crap. and pee. So he pulled down his pants, and starts wiggling. o.o so uncomfortable.

Last week, my companion got his plantar’s wart (on the bottom of his feet) frozen… so that was fun for him.

That’s about it this week though. I’ll let you all know how the baptism goes!

Love,

Elder Lee

Week 13 – gods

Another week has gone by!!! Wow. Nothing too special happened this week. Thus, not many photos. But, we did go to Plegarias! Its part of our sector, but about a 30 minute walk out from the edge of the sector. We started walking, put up the thumb, and got a truck to take us! The first house we went into was an Incomplete Family, so miracles right there!

We got a new missionary in our Zone, Hermana Jolley. Her mom served in Korea, so thats super cool. That means I’m not the newest kid in our zone! woohoo. We got a few new missionaries from other sectors, woohoo! Unforunately, one kid who was born with me was sent home. :/

BUT. I want to write what I’ve learned, deep doctrine wise. If you don’t really want to read this, thats all for this week. Short, uneventful week!

First of all, we all know what the Comforter is. The Holy Ghost. He guides you, helps you, all in whipsers and whatnot. In John 14, we are introduced very clearly to another Comforter, which is the Second Comforter. If you look up Comforter in the Topical Guide or Consolador in the Guia for the Spanish Scriptures, it references you to John, and it tells you that the Second Comforter is Jesus Christ. In John, it says that those who are faithful, etc, He will send another comforter, HE will come to us, and HE will stay with us. In D&C, we read that those who rest in the Celestial Kingdom with have The Testimony of Jesus Christ. Not just A testimony, but THE testimony. A pure knowledge of Christ. IT’s super cool, some members told us about another Elder they knew in their missions (They’re less than 10 years older than us), who said he had a pure knowledge of Christ, and how the Temple President in Santiago told the people during one session that He heard the Lord’s voice. It’s super sweet. And in the part where it talks about the Priesthood (D&C), it says that following through the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood, we will receive Him. WOW.

Now,  I want to ask about the Time of the Earth. D&C77 states that the temporal existance of the Earth, which starts when Adam was human (whether that means when he was created, or when he was cast out of the Garden, i dont know), is 7000 years. Every 1000 years is a 1 seal on the Book that St. John saw in the Book of Revelations. We passed the sixth seal, which is when Elias appeared to Joseph Smith, so we’re on the 1000 years for the 6th seal. It also says that when the opening of the 7th seal occurs, Christ will come, and thus starts the Millenium, also stated in the book of revelations. Now, whether that means literally 1000 years, i don’t know, as we know that God’s time is not perceivable to us, like the 7 days of creation (well 6 and 1 of rest) were probably not exactly 7 days as we know it. But we have passed 6/7 seals, so we’re close. CLOSE. CLOOOOOSE. AHH. But if any of you have insight onto the Time of the Earth, let me know! Also, this book thats sealed. I bet you its the book that contains the knowledge that God has. When its opened, those worthy who will live in the celestial kingdom will read and understand it, and that’s how we become Gods. HEED MY WORDS but its not doctrine so don’t really heed them!

On that topic of becoming gods… Our Father in Heaven has commanded Christ to do all these things, like Create, Atone, Die, Resurrect, etc. We have a pretty good idea that God can’t command Christ to do things that He hasn’t done or doesn’t know how to do. We also have many hints that God was a Christ before in a different world. Who was he in relation to His God? Son of God, right? Every God there is has been a human at one time or another. Christ is the Son of God, the Only Begotten, the Firstborn, no matter what universe. So do we follow that geneology? Like in World Earth no 1, Our God was that earth’s Christ. His Father was God. That means the Son became God, he sat on the throne, with the sign that says King of Kings, Lord of Lords (As says in Revelations), and become God, so His literal son became Christ. Does that mean that happens to us? That if we are worthy enough to become a God, that our Firstborn will become our Christ? And some of you might think that there was only one Christ, true, but only one Christ for the one God we have. And we know that God has many many other worlds, but there are different Gods that have different worlds. HMMMMMMMM CONFUSIONNNNNNNN. And who is Adam/Michael, in this big relationship? He is the prince, but does he have any blood/spiritual connection with Jehovah and his Dad? Will Michael become a Christ for Jesus?

Anyway,

Thats all my deep doctrine thoughts. LOTS OF QUESTIONS. AHHH I LOVE DOCTRINE SO INTERESTING. But if any of you have any thoughts or insights, please email me, I’d love to hear. My knowledge is only but a grain of sand.

Love you all,
Elder Lee

Week 12 – Apostasy

Okay guys. Don’t have too much time but I want to talk about a few things. Mainly the Apostasy that has been occurring in my sector.

First of all, years ago, there was this dude in our branch. He was Branch president and all, a bit prideful. One day, he said he received a vision, left the Church, and started his own. 32 people followed him. It died down, and he´s doing something random in Santiago.

Right now, there’s a guy (i won´t be specific at all about who it is). Prideful, and he has a ´higher up´ position. He uses it to his advantage, commanding people around. He always wants to make his presence known. For example, entering in one of our Sunday classes (priesthood), he comes in late, and out loud just says Permiso! Buenas tardes! He also thinks he has ultimate power and authority, and like just as many keys and much authority as the prophet. Anyway. He’s being a little over the board that a lot of our members are scared, and its killing us a bit. Obviously he´s not the only reason, our leaders need to step up too, but its not good. Some people are scared that he´s going to go and make his own church. He also thinks he can sell Honey in the US for 15 thousand pesos per kilo or something. Chilean pesos. That’s like 30 bucks. Wow. And he told us that we don´t need to say a prayer to bless our food, we can just sing a hymn. Apostasy.

So that’s within our branch. There’s also a lot of contention, and it´s not the healthiest, but we´re trying to work on strengthening the branch.

Yesterday, we were at an investigator´s house. She has a daughter and a niece who live with her, and they are Super evangelica. Bible bashing, but still listening to us, but very very hard hearts. These are the evangelists that get filled with the spirit and start dancing during their church meetings. So we had our brochures of the Restoration out, and like a few minutes in the lesson, the niece, who’s maybe 12 years old, said ¨Hey are these brochures anointed?¨ We said well they´re written by prophets… and she interrupts ¨Aunt. We have to anoint these brochures. Do you want to do it?¨So the aunt puts her hands on the folletos, and says some random prayer and I tell you these Evanglists and their prayers are a bit loco but its pretty cool how fervently they pray. But yeah, so our brochures have been anointed. THAT’S what we were missing. WE had no success here because we didn´t anoint our brochures, books, pencils, etc…

Oh gosh. Thats Curanilahue. Evangelicas, lazy people, and apostasy.

But other than that, our week was meh. On monday, Elder wAllace and I went to Concepcion, the big city near us where the mission office is because he had a doctor’s appointment. I bought a jersey for LA Roja, the Chile Seleccion team. We also had some burgers from Pedro Juan y Diego, and iut was SOOOO GOOD AHHH. I hope he gets hurt again so we can go back to the mall in Conce. Then during District meeting, it was our last one together. Why? Because every six weeks, we have transfers, and that means a missionary can stay or go. We had three dying this week (aka finishing their mission), and we never know whos goin to leave or stay until the day before transfers (which is tomorrow, so we got a fall and w’ere informed today). So just in case, we always take pictures on the last conference. You can see all my zone in there!

Anyway, that’s all this week. Hope you guys are all doin well. Love you!

PS: Here are some pictures:

week 10 – intercambios

Sup!
Don’t have too much time to write, and frankly I don’t have too much to write. We’ve been having less success this week with our investigators, but we do have a few news and a few futures we do want to get to in the coming weeks. We’re changing around a few things (my companion and I), and we’re focusing on contacts this week! A few days ago we were able to get 40 in one hour… BUT yeah so we’re striving for 200 this week. Our standard of excelency for the mission is 120, so we’re going to be working hard! Then some of them will become new investigators in the next week, then hopefully more baptisms can follow in December before I leave.
On Wednesday, we had our Great Exchange! As a zone, we all met up, and we were split from our normal companion and sent somewhere else within our zone. They never tell you whos leaving until like the day of when we all meet up, then they announce it, and we only do exchanges for 24 hours. My companion, Elder Wallace, stayed. Me? I went to a place called Cañete, and one of the Elders there stayed. Elder Watkins. He was born at the same time as me. So we had just finished 3 weeks of the mission together and they paired us together. WHAT? Dude I was freaking out… Especially because his Spanish wasn’t so great, and neither is mine. I was ready to take the challenege, I really thought I could use this opportunity to become a leader of some sort and learn a lot. BUT what happened was two APs, or Assistant to the Presidents came to our sector, Cañete 2, and split us up. So I was able to work with one of the APs, Elder Paris, who is 19 months old in the mission, and has been an AP for a long time. And as two missionaries who were working in a place neither of us originally were, with no plans, we decided to contact for the three hours we had together. We got 51 contacts in 3 hours. Just to put things into perspective, we usually get 80-100 a week, Elder Wallace and I. Our goal this week was 120. wow. So in the sector we worked at, there were two pairs of missionaries working, so together, we got 92 contacts, about 6 new investigators, and a few more references for other zones. It was so great working with someone as experienced and hard working as Elder Paris. I learned a lot in only 3 hours, and guess what? The next day when I returned to my own sector pretty late, and Elder Wallace and I only had about an hour and a half to work because we had to catch a late bus to go to up to Concepcion, where our mission office is, to go to a conference the next day. In that hour and a half, we got 40 contacts. WOOO and I think a few of them will be great investigators. Doing work!
The conference we had to go was the Return and Report thing that all missionaries do in their first transfer. I was able to see my buddies Elder Kirk and Elder Yamada again! I was able to see everyone else who was born with me, and we did some more practices, and had more wise words from the President. It was a great time, and I learned a lot.
No baptisms yet, but we’re looking at about 5 baptismal dates in the month of November! So we’re working super hard to make sure they don’t fall. Also, My first transfer ends Novebmer 2… Two weeks! Thats insane. In three days, I’ll have been in Curanilahue for a month, and on October 13th, I passed my two month mark since I left. Time really does NOT make sense on the mission. Each week it gets faster and faster…
Thank you for all your emails and prayers, I love you all!
Love,
Elder Lee
(PS – For those of you who were as confused as me when I first read this, when he says “he was born at the same time as me,” he doesn’t mean his literal birth. It’s mission lingo – not sure exactly but… it means either when they started the mission or started the mission post-MTC. So, that means they entered the field [e.g. concepcion] at around the same time.)