My experiences sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Concepcion Chile from September 2015 through September 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

The last of everything...

Today marks the first day of my last cambio and I don't know how to feel about it. Thinking that I am one of the oldest missionaries in the mission is uncomfortable. I am going to soon begin to count how every different day will be the last of something. Honestly I'm not too excited for it but there's nothing that you can do. 

And about me, I'm fine. I'm really sad that this is my last of everything basically. It isn't fair and I don't want it to end even though I know it has to. I just have to end this cambio on a good note. If I can have a great last cambio I will go home happy, or at least try to do it. With my transfers, I am staying here in Andalien and I'm happy about it. I will be with Elder Couto, an elder Brazile├▒o that I have already lived with before in the mission. Hes super fun so I'm happy. It will be a good cambio. And baptismal dates we weren't able to put this last week because of vacations but this week we are going to be able to put more people with dates and have a lot more good visits so we are pretty excited. And yeah lets fast that day then. And yeah the day that I get home I don't have any requests specifically. I want to see star wars though. That would be nice. And I would love to drive home from the airport. And yeah I'm not feeling a whole lot better. I truly think its just the desire to not let it end. But I know it has to. I am going to ask my president for a blessing this week in our zone conference. But just know mom that I love you and I want to thank you for everything that you have done for me during these TWENTY THREE months haha not twenty four yet. 


So this week I had the best, most spiritual experience of my mission and of my life I think and I wanted to share it with you guys. If you want to you can share it with other people but I didn't want to send it to the usual group email.

Last Sunday, we were working at about 8:30 at night when we found ourselves with a member who told us that he had received a prompting to go and share the message of the home teachers with an inactive member named Samuel. There were a bunch of roadblocks placed in his way but in the end he was able to visit the less active and share the message from Elder Eyring. Its something like "the blessing of carrying your burdens well" I don't know how you say it in English but its super good. He felt prompted to share that message with him and as he did it he found out that Samuel's daughter was recently diagnosed with lupus, a disease where the body's immune system attacks a part of the body. Sebastian, the member, offered to call us to give her a blessing but he said no not wanting to rush it. He said that another day with a little bit of preparation would be better. 

We called him and set up a day to go by. On Friday, we passed by and started to talk with them about what was happening. We met the little girl. Tiare, is 8 years old and is an angel. Honestly, my companion and I both said that when we looked at her we saw pure innocence. It was something that glowed around her. The mom, a non member, explained to us that this disease in two out of three kids is life threatening. She also explained how she knows that God can heal her daughter but that sometimes it isn't his will to do it. I actually shared my experience about my Grandma Liljenquist and how I prayed every day that she would be healed and how it never happened. But how in the end it has helped all of us to have a more perfect faith. At this moment the spirit was already incredibly strong. We began to give the blessing to Tiare. I did the anointing, my companion gave the blessing. As we put our hands on her head to do the blessing and as my companion began to speak he started with the words like, "I bless you Tiare to be healed." And in this moment I felt the spirit stronger than I ever have before in my life. It came all at once and was stronger than any other thing that I have felt in my entire life. I had felt the spirit before but nothing as real as this was and still is to me. It was the most incredible experience of my entire mission and my entire life I believe. I have no doubts that Tiare will be healed completely. After finishing, We gave a blessing to Samuel to help him to find his faith again after it has been diminishing with the problems with her daughter. The spirit continued with the force that it had arrived. We then gave a blessing to Carola, the mom, who asked for one as well. We testified of what we had done in that moment and left them with a prayer. That same spirit stayed with me for half an hour after having left the house and gone walking in the street. My companion and I talked about what had just happened and especially about what we had both felt. As my companion opened his planner to see that same Friday, he saw a phrase that he had written a few days earlier after having read about the history of the church. It talked about the 22nd of July, or the day after, as being a day titled by the church as a day, "When the power of God would be manifest." I know what I felt that day. It was real. I know that we have the Priesthood of God on earth today. I was able to experience it in that moment. I know that God is a god of Miracles. He lives and loves us. I will never forget what I felt that day.

This week though was good. We have a ton of really good investigators at the moment and now we just have to figure out how to get them with a baptismal date. There are two people specifically. One is named victor who is the son in law of a member who doesn't actually live here in the sector and doesn't even live in the mission so we asked permission to baptize him and got it so now we are just going to have to find some way to have lessons constantly with him. The other is a girl named Jordana. She has gone to church a few times but shes hard to meet with constantly but the next time we visit her she is going to have a baptismal date. Hope all of you are doing super well this week though! Have a good one.

Elder Parker

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

weekly email

So this week was really rainy and for the first time in almost two years I heard thunder. I dont know why but here it doesnt usually happen when it rains. So yeah we were walking beneath the water for like 3 or 4 of the seven days but it was still a good week. One of the best things that happened was on Tuesday I went to do an exchange with an Elder in another sector. We went specifically with the purpose of putting two people with a baptismal date. One of them, an older lady who is kind of nuts who simply doesnt see the need to be baptized again even though she knows that her baptism isnt valid. We had to try everything to get her to just to accept a day as a type of goal for her but in the end we did it. I honestly dont think that she will be baptized that day but it is progress that she accepted that day as a goal. The other, was the dad of a family that had never been baptized before but recently went to church for the first time and liked it. We also put him with Fecha for the 5th of August and I think that he probably will be baptized that day. It was awesome. Our investigators are doing alright still. They are all super great with a huge potencial but there is always something that keeps them from accepting a baptismal date or from accepting the invitation to go to church. So there we are. In one more week we have cambios so I am hoping that they dont change me from Andalien. I dont think they will because I have only one left but we will see. Hope you all have a good week!

Elder Parker

Monday, July 10, 2017

Confidence in Christ!

So this week I don't know what to write about. It was a good week though. We are still working with the same people generally speaking.  We had the family again in church and this time Lorena and Carlos took one of the daughters, Daniela. We had those two and another girl that had gone before That I mentioned to you. Her name is Jordana and shes super super good. She went to all three hours yesterday and they were talking about family history in one of the classes and now she has signed herself up for a class to do family history. Shes pretty great and we are going to try and get her a baptismal date this week. We also talked with Lorena about marriage because she isn't married to Carlos and she said that they both were thinking about it and then she said that she will invite us to the wedding haha. So yeah we are just going to have to make sure that we get things solid with them and they could be active members within a few months. Patricia, the mom with a rebellious son is doing well and they really understand why we are there to visit them now. They were busy this last Sunday but we are going to try and get them in church this Sunday. They are super good actually and we are really excited for them.  I also did quite a few companion exchanges this week and actually wasn't with my companion working for 3 days straight haha it was entertaining. But yeah besides that I don't know what else I want to write about. One thing that I have been thinking about recently is the confidence that I have in the gospel. My companion as well. Its impressive to be able to go into whatever situation there is, family problems, depression, another faith, problems with addictions or anything else, and know that what you have can help another person. This week especially I was able to see that happen in the lives of other people. Really I know that this gospel helps people to be happier. I'm grateful to have that confidence in Christ. Have a good week!

Elder Parker

Monday, July 3, 2017

Strangers in church and the beach in the rain

So this week was super good. We are having a bunch of success with really good people that we are finding but they have the problem of not going to church. Its like they want everything we have to offer up until we tell them that they have to go to church and then they kind of lose interest and desire. Its kind of frustrating actually but its alright. The families are still progressing but its slow. They have to hurry up so that I can get them baptized before I go home which comes way too soon. But the newest family that we have is the best one with the mom, her two daughters and her son. She has problems with her son because he just doesnt want to obey.  Basically all of our investigators told us that they weren't going to go to church this week which killed us because we have a ton of good investigators that could be baptized easily if they would just go to church. So we fasted and prayed and had to simply start inviting strangers to church. We invited a ton of people and with one of the ladies that we invited, named Ana, told us that she would go. We didn't really believe her but we made plans with her to pass by her house and pick her up before and when we went we were pleased to find her outside of her house waiting for us haha. We went together and she liked it a lot so now we are going to see if she becomes a good investigator.

Today in the morning it was raining pretty hard again with a bunch of wind so we decided that it would be a perfect day for the beach. So we got together a group of 8 missionaries and went. After a pretty cool hike we made it to Ramuntcho,a hidden beach that I guess is usually super cool and calm with water that is like green but today it wasn't like that. We finished super soaked but it was still fun. The first picture is seconds before I get my feet soaking wet from a big wave which is the second picture haha.

But yeah hope that you all have a good week. Have a good 4th of July!



Elder Parker

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The storm continues...

Hey everyone, this week was pretty good, but what I thought was the end of the storm from last week wasn't the end actually and it just kept raining and raining and never seemed to stop. Wednesday we were working and it started to rain so hard while we were walking that it was like whiteout conditions where we couldn't see 100 feet in front of us because of the rain. My supposed waterproof clothing didn't work and I ended up soaked from head to toe with my rain boots completely filled with water. That was at about 5 in the afternoon and we still had 5 more hours to work. The worst part though is that my scriptures got wet. Luckily they dried. But the damage done to my hymn book was too much. So that day we just worked soaking wet. It was a rough day and easily not one of my favorites. 

In good news we have a bunch of people progressing.   People here are doing well and we actually had Lorena and Carlos in church yesterday and it was a super good meeting so we were super happy about that. Their daughters though, Daniela and Katalina were sick though so they didn't go. But without even telling them they committed themselves to go again this next week which will be super awesome. So hopefully we can get the whole family. We found another family too this week which is really good. They are a family of four. A mom and her three kids and they are pretty good because they have some family communication issues and we are going to try and help them out. Jana was busy all week so we didn't get to visit her which stunk but its alright. And yeah the other family that we had is a mom and her two daughters who this week were showing way more interest so we are pretty excited for that! I really hope that they start to progress way more because I would love to have all of those people baptized before I leave. That will be the trick. But yeah that's about it for this week. Hope that you all have a good one!

Elder Parker

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rain and Wind

So this week we basically had a hurricane pass through Concepcion. Its rained super hard with super strong wind for like 3 days straight and there was no possible way to not get absolutely soaked from head to toe. It was a miserable experience but in the end I know that Ill miss it someday. But this week was pretty busy, we had transfers, zone conference, and two training meetings so we didn't work like half of the week. But even with not working too much we found a single mom who is super good. Shes good friends of a member and already accepted baptism and the invitation to go to church. Her name is Jana and she has gone through a bunch of trials in her life and more than anything wants to be with her son forever. Her husband is in a rehab center for drugs right now and she is having to raise her one year old son alone. Her life has been super hard. Shes pretty dang awesome. The family that we have too is committed to go to church this week too so we are hoping to have a bunch of people there.

Other than that, while I was in exchanges, we visited a member that has a bunch of new puppies and played with them for a good while. And the best part was that one of them pooped on my companion!






Monday, June 12, 2017

Zone Attacks and Cambios

Hows it going everyone? This weeks was super good and actually way fun. We had the goal as a mission to have every area get 20 lessons with a member present in the week. It was a pretty high goal and we have quite a few sectors that get about 5-10 in a week. So in the end we had to go over to other sectors and start to help them get their own goals. At the end of the week we weren't even working in our own sector but were getting members to go over to other sectors and to help them get lessons. We kept track and in the end, my companion and I got 33 lessons in the week. 20 of our own and the rest to help other sectors.  We had to basically run everywhere and take a whole bunch of buses but we were able to do it and as a zone we got the goal. I honestly feel like it was the hardest week of work that I have had in the mission haha but it was super awesome. We also found out today that I am going to stay with my companion for a third cambio so we are going to be together for a super long time but hes cool and we are working well together so in the end I'm fine with it. That does mean though that I will most likely be staying here in Andalien until I finish the mission in three months. But hope you all have a good week! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

what's up everyone?

Whats up everyone? Hows it going? So this week was pretty good. We were able to keep the contact with our families and they are all progressing. This week we are hoping to be able to get them all in church which would be super awesome. And yeah the families that we have are super good. We are super pumped for them. We are actually going to have two family nights today. One with each of them. We have figured out that honestly the most effective way to work as a missionary is through family home evenings. But yeah they are all doing well. We don't have any baptismal dates yet for them but we are going to try and put it today. Honestly though, this week wasn't very exciting at all. Its the last week of the cambios so we will see if I stay with Elder Baquerizo another one or no. I hope I do because that would mean that I would get the chance to baptize the families if they were to get to that point. But we have already been together 3 months and its not very normal to be together longer than that. But we will just have to hope for the best. Other than that, Today marks the 3 month mark for when I go home and that seems incredible and it has gone by way too fast. But yeah that's about it for this week. Hope you all have a good one! And everyone be praying that the Warriors win! Haha

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

the ground is shaking...

So I hope you know that as I am writing this email the ground is shaking and everyone here is still pretty calm haha. Its pretty interesting. Earthquakes are like nothing here. Its awesome. But Yeah so this week was pretty dang good. With Jordana, we had a little bit of trouble visiting her because she left on vacations and stuff and in the end we just werent able to do it. But we were able to find two families! One is a less active lady, her boyfriend, and her two daughters and the other one is a mom and her two daughters. And the less active ladys family is golden.  It was so awesome. One of them has lost a bunch of loved ones in the past 3 years and the most recent was the dads dad about a month ago. When we shared about the eternal families the two parents started to cry and said that they want us to keep coming by to teach them. The spirit was super strong and we are super excited to go back on Tuesday. But yeah that was definitely the highlight of the week. Also, something that I want to share is that "The Living Christ" article thing that the church released quite a few years ago is super awesome. We had one of our high council members quote it to us in church yesterday and it was super awesome. Also, the apostles talked about it a ton in General conference so I would like to invite you all to read it. And I personally think that its better in Spanish. A member this week gave me his tie clip thing this week which was cool. It looks super fancy but I would imagine that its not haha. Besides that, I would like to say Happy birthday to my mom. But have a good week everyone! Love you all!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Another week bites the dust...

Things here are going well. Yeah we did find Romina but we haven't found her since. But we found another girl this week that's super good. Her name is Jordana and she has a boyfriend who is a returned missionary. She is super receptiva and cool and shes already been to church a few times so she could be super easy to baptize. We Hope at least. Juan and Pancho are doing well. Pancho actually accompanied us this week to go visit people so that was pretty cool. Juan is doing well too. And the family isn't doing well actually. We can never find them in their house is the problem. They never commit to citas or anything so up until we can get them committing themselves better they aren't going to progress. We had two investigators in church yesterday but they aren't progressing. One is a little girl whose parents wont let her get baptized and the other is a guy that a member invited but we are gonna try and visit him this week. And yeah my companion and I are doing super well together. I honestly hope that I stay with him another cambio. Hes super cool and we get along really well.

This week really the only thing super interesting this week is that we were invited to an evangelical church and we went. It was super uncomfortable but the people were nice to us and everything. I had fun with it singing and stuff. It was strange though. We were there for like almost an hour and during that hour we did nothing besides pray and sing. It was actually kind of annoying because we had been walking all day long and got there and had to keep standing to sing or kneeled down to pray. But it was an experience. We left right when they started telling everyone to go to the front so that they could be healed by the laying on of hands. That part was the most uncomfortable of all. We really just wanted to hear the pastor preach but He didn't say anything the entire time we were there. But yeah it was nice and the best part is that we committed the lady who invited us to go to church with us this coming Sunday haha. It will be awesome if she goes. Next we said that we are going to go to the catholic church but the problem is that all of them are on Sunday at 10... But yeah besides that it was a good average week! Have a good one!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bautismos!!

First off, Happy mothers day to all the moms out there. This week was pretty good. It rained a lot and it was pretty hard to get into houses but in the end the best part was the double baptism that we had of Juan and Pancho. it was a really small service but it was pretty good! One of the only members that showed up gave a super strong testimony and it was really nice. In the end everything worked out alright! I got to baptize and confirm Pancho (the younger one with long hair) and my companion baptized and confirmed Juan. Pancho had been working with missionaries for a really long time but was never able to get baptized because he couldn't quit smoking and Juan after 40 years of not getting baptized with the Jehovah's witnesses got baptized in like 4 months with us. The Church is true haha. Now, we are just going to struggle a little bit because we don't have very many people truly progressing towards baptism so we will just have to go out and find them. But yeah besides that it was a very normal week. Not too much happened. But yeah I figured out yesterday that my family is super trunky haha and that they are already counting down the days until I go home. I hope that I don't get to that point haha. but hope you all have a good week!

Monday, May 8, 2017

weekly email

This week was super busy and we had a ton to do with meetings and stuff but it was really fun. We are still working with Pancho and Juan. They are both going to get baptized this Saturday we hope. We also had the wife of the stake president invite a neighbor girl to church this week and she actually went. We are going to have a family night with her today and we are hoping that she is super good! Her name is Romina and she is studying Anthropology. I kind of forgot what that is but Im pretty sure that its something like Archaeology so we are going to talk about the Book of Mormon with her and hope that it stirrs a little bit more interest into her. Here is the photo of Me and My companion with Juan and a member lady at the temple from when we went two weeks ago! Have a good week!







Friday, May 5, 2017

weekly email

Hey everyone hows it going? So I'm writing today because we had a whole bunch of stuff to do during the first part of the week. But things here are going well. We still have Juan and Pancho progressing towards baptism but their baptismal dates had to be moved to the 13th instead of the 6th. But they are still doing well. We went with Juan last week to the temple construction site which was super good. I was going to send a picture but forgot the thing I need to send it. After the conference last week with Elder Nelson, Juan was super impacted with how normally Elder Nelson talked about how there are people on the other side of the veil who are helping with the construction of that building and so we decided to take him there. He liked it a lot. Now he has a bunch of super good questions that are like way deep doctrine and stuff so every time that we go to teach him we all get to learn a little bit. Its been super cool to teach him. He understands everything super well. He for 40 years was studying with the Jehovah's witnesses but never got baptized because he saw that there were some flaws in what they said. But now he is going to do it with us after only like 3 or 4 months. We are super excited for him. But yeah other than that we are doing super well here. Hope you all have a good week! Love you!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Elder Russell M Nelson!

So this week was super good. The highlight of the week was definitely the visit of Elder Nelson to our mission and to the stake where I am. We had a meeting with him and with the other mission as well and it was super awesome. That guy understands things and does basically whatever he wants haha. In the stake meeting on Sunday, he told all of the primary kids to stand up and sing I am a child of God to him and his wife. She is also super awesome. He talked a ton about the book of Mormon and the importance that it has in our lives. We had 4 investigators there in the reunion so hopefully they were able to feel the spirit. I got to shake elder nelsons hand too in the meeting with the mission. It was pretty neat.

The other highlight of the week was Wednesday. We had the national census and there is a law that you cant leave your house until they pass by and do the survey thing. So me and my companion prepared ourselves and we bought things to make brownies and cakes and stuff. It was nice. But that's all for this week. Hope you all have a good one!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter!

Easter was pretty lame for us haha. We did have to baptism of a little kid though, Victor, so that was fun. He doesn't count as a convert though because his family are less active members and hes only 8 but still it was fun to teach him. My comp forgot a white tie when he did it though haha.

Also, A member made me a cake for my birthday and then shoved it in my face:)
The week went super well though. We do have quite a few investigators that are progressing super well and going to church. We are hoping to be able to get more of them in church this coming week though. A lot of them left on vacation this week. Juan is doing super well too. He seriously is super super smart. Its so fun to teach him because he understands everything so well.This week was super awesome though because we had an investigator that we called and he was reading the Book of Mormon. He told us that he had dropped the drugs and was ready to be baptized. He's a blessing from the heavens. He put his own baptismal date actually!. His name is Pancho or Francisco and hes going to get baptized on the 6th of May! He went to church and now is doing super well. He simply got to the point where he was ready for a permanent solution to his problems and told us to call him. Its super awesome.

Hope that you all had a good week though! Happy Easter!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Easter!

This week was super good. We were able to find a family of three that are super awesome. They are in laws of an active family who is super good. The dad of the family died almost a year ago and always said that the day that he overcame his smoking addiction that he would get baptized. He always said that he wanted to have his kids be baptized as well. They are all super sick and we are just going to have to help them do it. We are super excited about them though and hope to be able to get them baptized super soon. Other than that, we got rained on pretty hard Friday which kind of sucked. But yeah it was a pretty average week. I don't know if there is a whole lot more to say about it. Juan is doing well, but he had a problem with the word of wisdom so he can't get baptized yet and his date fell through. He's still super good though and is progressing a ton. Other than that, not much happened. Hope you all have a good week and remember the real reason that we are going to celebrate Easter!

Elder Parker

Monday, April 3, 2017

Happy Conference Sunday!

Hi everyone. How are you all doing? I watched all of the sessions of conference and it was super great. I love conference now, which is something that I couldn't say before the mission haha. But now yeah its my favorite. I don't really remember which talk was my favorite but yeah I did like that one to the investigators a lot and there was one that was super good by President Eyring in Priesthood I think that was also super awesome even though I don't remember what he said haha.
     The work this week was tough but good. Juan is doing super well. He does have a baptismal date for the 15th of April but its not super solid I would say. Hes a super smart guy so he thinks a lot about everything we say and sometimes confuses himself and has a lot of doubts. We will see though and keep working hard with him. Elder Baquerizo and I get along super well yeah. He is super relaxed but is a machine. His parents are mission presidents in Colombia right now so he has a ton of experience with the mission but is still way fun and everything. My companion actually speaks English almost fluently haha but we still do talk in Spanish all the time. Hes super sick though. Monica and Sebastian were active up until a few years ago bu then they stopped going to church. I don't know how it happened. They might have been confirmed but they weren't put in the records of the church so they have to do it again. But they are doing okay. They are both pretty young, like 20 and 16 so its hard to get them to take things seriously, like the 70 said in the conference yesterday. Being ZL is a lot of work but its super fun and busy. I feel like what I do has a lot more importance for the work which is cool. I like it over all.
    

Monday, March 27, 2017

Andalien

So this first week was pretty nuts. I basically didn't work in my sector for like 3 days straight right at the beginning of the week because we had a Zone conference right away, a training for some of the missionaries and after the mission council. So that was pretty crazy. At the end of all of that I was super sick of sitting down and wanted to do anything else. But yeah this sector is super awesome. Its actually super close to my old sector kind of. Like 15 minutes in busHonestly I feel kind of useless because this ward works super well and I don't feel like it would fall apart without us. This is one of the biggest wards in the mission with like 150 people every week as an average and everything here like works.It's kind of nice. I'm with Elder Baquerizo from Ecuador. Hes just really relaxed and laid back with everything, but he does his job really well. I feel like I'm going to be able to learn a lot from him. my companion is kind of new to the area though. He has one cambio there so we are kind of getting to know the people and the sector at the same time haha. We should have a super good cambio as well.He is going to complete a year in the mission this week too so I think that we are going to have to find a way to celebrate. I already feel like I have learned a ton about organization and planning and managing people in just this one week that I have been Zone leader. Its super fun.  There are 18 other missionaries in the zone.We have 10 companionships in the zone and like half are sisters actually haha so it should be fun. Something interesting though is that we have like sister assistants to the president and the assistants of the president in our zone and they are just ridiculously good so we don't have to worry too much about them.
We have a few people here that are good investigators. We have a few people with the potential to be baptized so that is going to be awesome. One of them is Juan. Hes super smart and knows the bible super well but he likes the church a ton and has gone twice now. We are going to try and put him with a baptismal date this week. Other ones are Monica and Sebastian that were baptized actually but never confirmed so they have to do it again. Its kind of an awkward subject to bring up so we are looking for the right moment to break the news to them.
But yeah things are super great here. Hope you all have a good week!

Elder Parker



 The new zone leaders


 The Andalien zone
 Leadership Council








Monday, March 20, 2017

On to Andalien!

So this week was super good and we were able to find a few really good investigators but in the end I found out that I am leaving and going to another sector called Andalien. Im going to be a zone leader and Im already sick of hearing people Joke around about it actually. Ill be with and Elder From Ecuador that I dont know really well but it should be pretty fun.

We also had a conference with one of the 70 this week that was super awesome. he talked a ton about the Love that we have for the people that we serve and for everything about the mission. Elder Texeira is super cool. He talked about how if we love more towards the people, the language, the sector or whatever that we are going to be more willing and anxious to serve them and take the gospel to them so that they have better lives. I know that is true. All this week we have been asking in Prayer to love more and I really was able to see a difference in the attitude that I had towards the people and the attidtude that they had towards us. It was super awesome and I want to invite all of you to try and do the same. Ask for more love and for oportunities to serve others and I promise that you will be able to feel more of the saviors love for each one of you. Hope you all have a good week!

Jake

Monday, March 13, 2017

The sexy 6!

This week I passed 18 months in the mission and officially started my "Sexy 6" month mark. Its where I have to get somewhat into shape again, so that should be kind of difficult. And yeah the mission has passed by super fast. I'm not ready for it to end. Its been the best. But its a good thing I don't have to talk about it yet. This week was pretty good though. I think that the highlight was probably yesterday in church a guy showed up by himself. He had told us like 3 weeks ago that he was going to go in the street when we passed him but that isn't too uncommon so we didn't really believe him. He was also drunk in the moment so there was even less of a reason to believe him. His name is Gabriel and yesterday he showed up to church, really drunk, but he showed up. On top of that, last week we had stake conference so this week was testimony meeting. Gabriel was the first one to stand up and bear his testimony when the bishop turned the time over hahaha. It was pretty dang funny but you know what, his testimony wasn't too bad. He told us that he was a member though and committed himself to go next week too. Haha we hadn't even invited him but he is reactivating himself! That was pretty funny and cool. We also had a super good activity where we watched ·The Testaments". Like half the ward showed up and like half of those people were crying at the end of it. Its a super great movie. I invite you all to watch it. But yeah this week was pretty good. Hope it went well for all of you guys as well. Have a good one!

Elder Parker

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

weekly email

So this week was pretty normal. Elba is just right there still. Not saying no but not saying yes either. Its frustrating. Manuel kind of disappeared a lot like all of our other investigators but we are still pretty sure that if we can get him to commit a little more then he could definitely be baptized. We did have the opportunity a few times during the week to teach groups of teenagers and kids and it was actually pretty awesome because they are way more receptive than any of the people who we teach normally. So yeah we are just hoping that we can find some of them again and leave them a real commitment to find a really good investigator.

The highlight of the week though was definitely Thursday this week when me and my companion got sick from fried fish that we ate and were up all night suffering. My companion asked for blessing and in the middle of the blessing I had to cut it short to run to the bathroom and throw up haha. It was awesome. Friday, we stayed in the house for the majority of the day but we left to go to a ward family night and found one of the groups of teenagers and invited them. We ended up having 8 investigators in that Family night and it was awesome. 

Besides that, we still have a bunch of people that are just alright that still wont commit to be baptized so we are just focused on finding new ones. But that really isnt working to well either haha. But hope that you all have a good week! 

Elder Parker

Monday, February 27, 2017

weekly email... and ugly sweaters

Hows it going everyone? Hope you all had a good week. Here it went well. We had quite a few difficulties with the investigators this week but its all good. Elba tells us now that she forgot her dream and that she still doesnt know if she should be baptized. That was really frustrating. We did do a service for her though and it was actually pretty cool. We moved a wood stove that she has in her house to another room and we had to cut holes in the roof and a bunch of stuff. We werent exactly sure what we were doing but she had no one else to do it so we offered. In the process, the member that was with us hit me in the head with a wood beam and it left a pretty solid bruise that I still have. Later that day, a dog decided to pee on my shoe. That was lovely. So yeah that day was pretty rough for me but in the end it was kind of funny how much garbage had happened to me in one day haha.

Also, Wednesday we had a Zone conference and our President blew our minds once again. He taught us how to be prophets, seers and revelators in our own minds and basically know the future like Christ did. It was nuts. I'

m still working on getting it down. But yeah that was awesome and we were in the chapel all day long. Like 13 hours in total. Hope you all had a good week though! 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quirihue and Dreams


Whats up everyone? How are you all doing this week? This week was pretty great for me. We went one day to a super small town to work in the morning for what we call a zone attack. The entire Zone of 25 missionaries went there to work to help those missionaries there. Its called Quirihue and its super sweet. We were able to enter in houses by simply knocking which basically never happens. We found two investigators that morning that committed to baptism and church. And this is in the morning. Thats the biggest miracle. We also were able to take a solid nap on a super nice bus for 2 and a half hours.

Second, Elba this week had a dream that her mom was telling her that this was the true church and that she needed to follow what we said. I was totally in her dream. But yeah that was awesome and has never happened to me before. But even with that dream she isnt accepting a baptismal date yet. but yeah we are going to see what happens.

But yeah that was my week. Hope that you are all doing well this week! Love you!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy Valentines

Hows it going everyone? This week has been good though! There aren't like any more fires at all basically that I know of so that has been nice. Things are completely back to normal.  Yeah the fires here aren't really a problem anymore. We haven't been affected at least and haven't really heard anything else. But yeah we did do a service where we unloaded a bunch of clothing, water, and food for people that had lost their houses from the fires. It was pretty cool and fun to do. There was so much stuff.

 The investigators are doing well too. This week we were able to find a bunch of people to teach too and some of them are pretty good so we have basically been able to replace the people that weren't that great with people who are a lot better. We now have Elba, Mauricio, Jose and Maria and Marcelo and Sebastian and Luis. So far none of them have baptismal dates but we are hoping to put Elba with a fecha this week when we visit. She is such a funny old lady haha. The highlight of the week was Elba though. She went to church again and liked it again. It was really awesome this week though. She told us after we passed by to visit her that she wanted to learn about baptism more and that if she feels like she should, she will get baptized again. This is huge because she is super evangelical and super old. Usually she doesn't want to do anything but God works miracles so we are gonna see if anything happens with her!

Other than that, not too much happened. We found a guy that has depression. He is like really good and I know that he could be super happy but he refuses to go to church because he is self conscious. Its kind of sad to see but we are just gonna keep praying for a miracle there too. Honestly that is basically all that happened that is worth talking about. Have a good week!

Monday, February 6, 2017

cambios!

Yeah so basically nothing happened with the cambios this time around. Elder Ritchie and I are staying together one more time and at the end of this cambio we are both going to have like 6 months in this sector and we will have to see whats going to happen next time. I'm pretty pleased because it means I don't have to pack a suitcase. Also, Elder Ritchie is super awesome so that will be pretty fun. 

This week was good. We only got evacuated once this week and it was for a lame reason of smoke that really didn't appear to be present. But besides that it was a normal week. There are still quite a few fires yeah but for the most part, with the planes that they have received from other countries, it has been a lot easier for them now. We did do one service this week which was unloading a bunch of supplies from a truck that came from the north of Chile to help people that lost their houses and stuff. It was pretty cool and fun. We were unloading and sorting a bunch of water, clothes, food and just like everyday supplies to help. It was really fun actually. There were a few houses that got burned down in Penco but for the most part all of it was safe and they were able to stop the fires. But we did have other missionaries in our house a few days during the week because they were evacuated. That was fun. Its a lot more fun to have 4 missionaries in a house than just 2.

Marcelo is awesome but its super hard to have lessons with him so we have been struggling to get him to truly progress. We are working with him, a kid named sebastian, and another guy named Cesar, and a lady named Elba. We had Elba at Church yesterday. Shes a super nice old lady and she said she liked it. I'm not sure though if shes gonna keep going though just because she cant really walk super well and I think that the ward would stop going to pick her up in a car as soon as I left. We are gonna have to see though. But that's about it. Have a good week!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This mission is on fire!

This week was actually way different and super fun at the same time. You might already know about it, but here in Chile there are fires going on right now, which put together are the biggest wildfire in World history. It started close to us on Wednesday after we came out of a worldwide training broadcast that was really good. But we came out and there was a huge cloud of smoke pretty close to the stake center but it wasnt too close to our sector so we just went back and started to work but we kind of realized how crazy it was when we saw that there were three fires close by and it was seriously raining ashes. Thursday morning, they called us and said that they were going to evacuate us because the smoke wasnt safe. They told us to go to the office so we packed a few days worth of clothes and left. We were there with our assistants to the president and other missionaries living there for like three whole days almost. We received some statistics Friday night after being there all day. In total, there were 142 wildfires burning, about ten of them were under control. More than half of those fires had been started my humans on purpose as well. They had put parts of the country under marshall law. Our president couldnt come to the office because he was stuck in another city and the freeway was burning and closed. It was a real serious situation. In those three days, I got really good at ping pong again, taught myself a little more of how to play piano, and re learned guitar a little bit. It was fun but kind of boring as well. We had to sleep there both nights and that really sucked. My back hurt so bad each morning. So yeah it was pretty exciting for a while but im glad to be back in my sector working.

Also, on Tuesday, we received and investigator from another sector that is super good. His name is Marcelo and he showed up to church in another sector on his own and has now been going there for like two months without knowing that he lived inside of our ward. We are hoping to be able to put him with a baptismal date this week which would be super awesome. We taught him a super good lesson about a testimony and how can can gain his own. That was a pretty awesome miracle. Hope you all have a good week though!

Elder Parker



Monday, January 23, 2017

Oops...Wrong church

This week was alright. With the summer vacations here it has been super difficult to have constant communication with our investigators and help them to progress. This week we had a lesson with Pedro and he told us that he would only accept a sign from God telling him that he needs to be baptized. He said that he did it for Joseph Smith so why not for him. It was a really frustrating lesson. We also had a lesson with a really strange guy who says he believes in the bible but obviously doesn't understand it because he believes in a whole bunch of weird things that it never mentions in the bible. It was entertaining because we were able to basically prove him wrong with like 5 questions during the entire lesson. He got frustrated and didn't like it. Monday though we found a lady who was super good. She accepted baptism and to go to church super easily and understood everything super well (we thought). We called her Saturday night and her husband answered. He told us that she wasn't there, but she was doing what we told her and she had gone to church. The evangelical church. We reactivated an evangelical lady this week. It was awesome.As far as investigators and stuff go, it was pretty lame actually.

We reached that goal of 20 lessons with member almost every week but its with people who really aren't progressing. And it is a goal that president put. Sebastian couldn't have a lesson either so we haven't been able to really see if he is going to progress though. My comp did call him though and he said that he had read and that he was praying actually every night. So we were pretty pumped to hear that.

We also were showering all week long with cold water because our water heater thing broke and we had no time to get anyone to fix it so we just put up with it for the week. It wasnt very fun but now we got it fixed. hope you have a good week!!


We shaved Pablito's head this week!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Miracles

This week was really good. We were able to see a bunch of small miracles throughout the week and I want to share a few of them. First, on Tuesday, we found a 17 year old kid named Sebastian who is atheist but still let us share with him. We taught him the restoration and he understood everything almost perfectly. It was so cool to see how much his faith grew in the short hour that we were with him. I love being able to see people that don't even believe in God get close to him. Hes pretty cool and we are gonna hope that everything goes well with him.

Second, we had our Zone Conference this week which was super good but its always hard to reach our goals because we practically lose a day of work. And we had a really hard beginning of the week. Basically we needed 14 lessons more in three days. It was awesome to see how we were able to find people to share with all thought that time and we were able to eventually get to our goal of 20 lessons with a member present. 

The last lesson that we had to reach our goal was a miracle as well. We went to a part member family and were going to try and get our last lesson there. We went in and the Dad wasn't there so we were going to walk away one short. But, in walked a cousin of the family that isn't member and we could get our goal. It was something simple and not too big but it really was cool to see how God put everything in place to allow us to have success this week if we just tried our hardest.

Hope you all have a good week!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Moving...

This week was pretty fun. We had a ton of lessons with a bunch of different people but up until now they haven't really shown signs of progress so we are going to see what happens with them. For now our best investigator is Pedro. He didn't go to church though so we are going to see what happened there. I'm gonna be honest it was a great week but I'm not really sure why.  New year's was really fun.  New years is bigger than christmas! It was fun and we shot off confetti canons in our house and that was about the only thing that we did at midnight. Besides that, we ate dinner with a member family and it was super fun. 

Another thing is that we moved houses this week because the landlady asked for our house so we switched with her. Now we are in a house that is actually pretty nice. We still don't have any way to be able to cook our food but those are only details and we only really eat cereal and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches anyways. The life of a missionary is super pathetic but its actually way fun. We did borrow a pan from a member this week though and we made rice crispy treats that were super good actually. But other than that I cant think of too many things that were special. Hope you all had a good new year!


Blanca and Pedro are alright. After that super good lesson that I had with Blanca, we followed it up with a really lame lesson and so she fell back a little bit which was really lame. But Pedro is still good. He just wants to be more sure about his baptism before he actually does it so for now we are helping with that. He didn't go to church though so we aren't super sure whats going on. And yeah elder Ritchie is super awesome and we have lived together for a while but we get along super well and now just live the two of us but still its super fun.  Hope you all had a good New Year!