Wednesday, July 8, 2015

7.8.2015 More Santiago News

This week has been so interesting! First, fourth of july, i actually forgot all day it was the fourth of july, until another missionary from the south of chile stood infront of me and saluted me and then started to sing amazing grace. I just laughed, but i asked why are you doing this. He looked at me and then it just clicked. Its fourth of july! how stange!! My companion and I just looked at each other and just were stunned. haha But that day was crazy because we got special premission to watch the soccer game of Chile vs Argentina for world champs. It was the final game, if Chile won we were world champs!! We watched the game with some members, who are a great family and extremely funny and with two other elders, who are in my same area. We watched the game and we were just yelling, jumping, and just filled with energy watching. And we had to leave and return to the house before the game ended for safety, because if CHile won or lost the streets would be crazy. So we left running to the house, and all the houses, every building had the television on and full blast, so running we could hear the game still. We ran for a long time, since our house is actually out of our sector. Running i felt like i was playing, haha. Hearing the speaker and running made me feel i was in the game. When we got home, we just were waiting to hear if we lost or won. Then the city roared and we know we won. Fireworks all over the place. So i got to see fireworks for the fourth of July. haha 
What an intense day. Okay now for the spiritual, i dont have a lot of time today. so here something short. we are teaching this less active member, she is an old lady. She is having laser surgery done to her eyes almost everyweek. So she can barely see and is almost completely blind. But we returned to her house yesterday and she told us she read. We were so amazed. She had read one verse in the book of mormon. She said, she felt better reading it and she even said the opening prayer to the lesson. , it had been more than ten years from the last time she read and  went to church. wow! Many times, well almost always no one keeps their promises to read or pray. And she did to read, and she is nearly blind and could only read one verse, because then her vision blurred to much to read more. Mircle, i love it when i can see that desire grow and the spirit work in their hearts. Also like Keri i have seen young adults are very open to the gospel. In this ward i am in, there are no young men, no boys at all. So one of my goals is to reactivate the young men in this ward, and God has blessed us to find many amazing less active families and teach the young men in this ward. We play lots of soccer games on pdays, so we can invite them to play. They are fantastic young kids, they just need support and good... shoot im forgeting words in english. Good influence ( there i remembered) because there are so many negative oulets out here, we have to be able to supply good ones. The more im out here the more i see how important family really is and how much the gospel is centered in families. 
Yesterday i hosted my first mondy family things, here its called noche de hogar, i cant remember what it is in english. It was fun, i got the activity from the liahona. good practice for my future family. I really enjoyed it and felt it helped a lot with feeling more unified as a family and honestly for in tune with each other and the spirit. I invite you all to do the little things in the gospel, because the effect our lives more than we think. And we always must pray, read the scriptures and go to church. And no matter what, if we do those three things our testimony will be able to withstand all things. I love you all! 
Love Daniel

Oh ps, everyone here says Chau, not adios. Also women here catcall! so strange, so strange. haha also please excuse any grammer mistakes. Also the swear word for butt, here is a sandwich, found in all fast food restraunts. its hilirious when the people say it, because they will say, i want a grande BLEEP, Or they will say, wow que rica BLEEP. i just look at them like, what! hahaha I know childish, but its the small things in laugh that truely bring joy. Winky face! 

6.24.2015 Santiago News

Dear Everyone, 

Hi! I love you all. This week has been filled with some many events i dont know where to start. First this week, its been filled with a lot of struggles. But as i have said before my companion and i have gone through similar things and he has been able to share things that helped him. He gave me a scripture to read and study. I studied it and in the end i found where i was lacking faith, and ever since that day i have been working to grow my faith to an unwavering faith in all things and in all aspects of the gospel. ITs been very helpful, it was like a lightswtich went off and it was very humbling but it felt it helped me find the peace i needed and desired. Its amazing to think that man can still receive revelation. I am very grateful for Christ and His infinite atonement. As i have been testifying and teaching more and more each day, its grown my own faith and testimony in the things i am teaching. 
After the first weeks of lots of miracles and sucess, we have truly felt opposition this week. From all aspects, its amazing how hard satan tries stop the work of God. But we have been working and giving are all each day, so I know more miracles and blessings are up ahead. I found out this week that one out of every thirty people in Chile are Mormons. But many, many, many are inactive. So we do a lot of activaction work, and as the days go by my partichal blessings and personal study has helped me a lot to see how i can help them. Its been amazing to see the blessings that come from the personal study that we do each morning. Oh i want to share a spiritual experence of peserving to the end. 

This last few days, we didnt have much people to teach. And one day we were walking all day, all our appointments fell and in contacts no one wanted to even talk to us. At night, we were heading to another appointment and were in a hurry. We walked quickly through a street and I said hi to someone, like we always do. We say hi to everyone, i mean everyone. And this man was there smoking, infront of his garage. I said, Hi. When i said, Hi, i looked at his face. Something just told me, ¨Talk to him.¨ I felt and heard the impression so strong, it was quiet, but it striked my heart. I immeditaily just stopped and said the first words that came to my head. I just asked him a random question. From there my companion noticed i had stayed behind. He walked back to me and we started to talk to the man. We found out he is a mechanic, lives with his wife, two kids. He invited us inside, we met the family, the wife was at work. We talked for a bit, they were really nice and kind. The first thing i noticed was the pictures on the wall of the family. Then the wife came from work, incredibily nice as well. We made an appointment to return and we left. We just left there smiling!!! We were so happy! They have so much potential and already are such a unified family. I really do enjoy teaching families, it brings much joy to my heart. Well, i just wanted to talk about the lesson. All day felt like a failure, nothing good was happening, but we kept on working, being diligent and following Christ. And Christ lead us through all that failure, to one family, that was just super ready, it was a huge miracle. 

I know life at times it can seem really tough, and looks like there is no end but i know if you keep pushing foward and trust in Christ and in God, you will receive and see so many miracles you never thought were possible. I know this from my own personal life and finding The restored Gospel, and to the miracles i have seen other peoples life and know from the miracles and blessings i see in my mission. I love it here, and each day i found a least one reason why i am suppossed to be here. I LOVE the mission. I love the people of Chile. 
Funny story,  i said a word in spanish for empty, during bearing my testimony apparently here in Chile it a slang word for gay. So the whole time i am saying ¨{i felt really gay. hahahahaha Not only did i say it once, but i said it three times during my testimony. And the first two times the people didnt laught, but the third they just busted out laughing. man, i was so so embarrased. well thats Chilean spanish here, there are so many words that only exist here. Working on my columbian accent. 

I love you all i got to go! bye!