Monday, December 22, 2014

Week 75: I'm Dreaming of a WHITE Christmas

Well shoot.... Week 75?? Like does that mean I am 3/4 of the way through my Mission or what?!?! Wow... I dunno what to even think about that. A Crazier thought?? How many days I have left... But we'll get to that a little later on!! :)

How are all you guys?? Trunky for Christmas?? I sure wasn´t.... Until Friday!! but yes, you can now say that I am SUPER stoked to talk with all of you guys on Thursday!! All though, it STILL doesn't feel like Christmas... Even if it is my second one out here, there still is no snow... Man...

Anyways with calling on Christmas, What do you guys think about calling like around... hmmmm like 9 oclock?? That is about 1 here, and my companion wants to talk to his family at the same time there in Cali!! 

Anyways now to talk about our Crazy week of Singing??

Yeah lets see, every single day we were singing! It was super fun! I Loved it, but we sure didn't feel like Missionaries!! If you want to hear one of my songs, you can go search for Bruce or Jill Beecroft on Facebook, they are one of the couple missionaries and they filmed my song last night with 7 other people, so that was lots of fun!! 

Before all of that, it was super scary last Monday night, when we got a call from the AP's saying, "Hey we are gonna have an Intercambio on Wednesday..." Crap... was all that went through my mind, that has never happened my entire mission!! But when they came it was awesome!! We had an Awesome intercambio for like 3 hours to work a tun in our sector and try and find some new people, without much success... But it was awesome!! I was with Elder Kevesdy!! Awesome Elder!! Sings like a Boss!! 

Then on Friday before our concert, we had a Christmas Devo with Pres. Obeso the Missionaires from Rahue and Osorno!! It was super awesome, and we got a dinner as well!! super Yummy, and super Spiritual!! He told us that we should go sing to less actives on Christmas, so I think we will be doing that!! :)

We performed on Friday night, in the plaza de Osorno!! So that was lots of fun!! We sang all of our songs, one of my favorites?? Carol of the Bells, oh man that one was SO much fun! Then we did this crazy song called "Hallelujah" which was part of the Messiah... Yeah it was crazy for a choir of a bunch of people who haven't sung before, but last night it turned out AMAZING!! 

Then we were told that on Saturday last week we would have to not go to our ward Christmas parties, since like every single ward had theirs that day, and to be going to Rio Negro to go sing!! I was super stoked!! Then I was told I wouldn't be able to go.. I was super bummed, so I asked the APs when we were with them, and they said sure, and so the ZLs called me and said that I could go, and so I was super stoked, then they called me like an hour later on Thursday night saying that I couldn't go... Which was a bummer, so I didn't end up going.... I had to stay with an office elder that didn't sing, and we worked in the office which was fun, but I now know I REALLY don't want to be an office elder hahahaha unless I am called to be one, but yeah, much better to be out roaming around!! 

Then yesterday since we didn't got to the ward place on Saturday the 4 of us in Ovejeria had to have a Special number in sacrament "Oh darn..." I wasn't too upset, we sang "Angels we have heard on high" it was super good as well! :) then we had our last concert there in our Stake Devo! It was super awesome and super spiritual!! We sang more songs than on Friday and it was awesome!! That's where if you go look up the Beecrofts you will find our songs!!

Tomorrow we have our last concert!! With like 20 Evangelicos who live next to us, our 1st councilor signed us up!! So we will see how that has to go down!! Ha!! 

SO yeah, like really?? "Sing Sing Sing" like I said last week, but we won't have a total normal week, until the week after New Years ha! So we'll see how things go down!! 

Anyways, I Love you guys all so much!! Please thank Grandpa and Uncle Mike and Aunt Cathy for the Money!! It helped me today!! :) I can't wait to see you guys on Thursday!! You guys should also record their talks and the talk of Spence!! That would be super cool!! 

Thank you for everything that you do, and all your prayers!! 

Trying to make you proud, 

Elder Connor Holt

Oh yeah and thought you would like this... 
190 days left.... 
I am starting Senior year here in 10 days and I will be getting out for summer next June! Crazy.... Looks like Mrs. Sorenson is gonna have to deal with me for another 180 days!! ;)

 Elder Lillo and I in Entre Lagos

Solo tengo 4 mas...

Our kitty friend

#ShareTheGift that God has given you as well

 last week after emailing we found this "steal man" So I paid him 200 pesos and he came to life and moved and then took a picture!! It was lots of fun!! :)

Obviously I've gained some sort of weight here on the Mission if two hermanas can't pull me up!! ;)

The other Picture of the competition for last week


Look the Chileans have grown in a year! ;)

Elder Kevesdy and I in front of the only Christmas house here!

Teeter-Totter fun with the Missionaries of Ovejeria!! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Week 74: Sing Sing Sing (Can't wait to hear that song...)

Hey todos!! Como Estan??
This week has been pretty crazy!! Well, yes and no. Ha! Like hmmmm where to start??
On Tuesday I had the chance to go to on an intercambio with Elder Lillo de Santiago in Entre Lagos!! So that was lots of fun, I had the chance to show him around, and to give him a bunch of people to pass by and now they are having cualquier Exito!! It was lots of fun, because it was like a party for me at the same time!! Everyone who saw me was super excited and were like "ITS BEEN SO LONG!!!" hahah okay.... 6 days.... ha but hey I was Happy to see them all again!! It felt like I had never left!! So that was lots of fun!!
Ummm on Friday we had a Mission Doctor come to the mission. He is in Santiago I think, but it was kinda a surprise Mission Conference, and so it was lots of fun! There were only 3 zones here in Osorno with him and Pres. Obeso, but all the others got to watch by Skype! Ha so that was a whole bunch of fun!! We got some good things from the talk he gave us!!
Really shoot... I dunno, its been a long week of walking... Ha we have contacted a bunch of people this week, and with every cita we set up, every single one fell through... We figured it was "Murphys law" last night, because the Members here are AMAZING! Since we have awesome members, no podemos tener Investigadores.... Where as in other sectores if we have investigators, the members don't really want to help... Ha so yeah its fun.
This week, we  found out during our estudios de compañerismo that we have a little friend! The Neighbors had a kitty, and when i tried to scare it by hitting the window it just wanted to come and say hi, so as I opened the window it jumped in and ran in our house, and it has come in like 5 times now, so we have to keep throwing it out hahaha but its fun!
Then we have had 2 three hour choir practices for our songs this past weekend. Wow, I thought I ended Madrigals in 2013, but looks like I am in Madrigals for Christmas of 2014 here in Chile, we are in 3 Choirs... We are gonna be singing at a park with a few members here on Fridayat 3 in the afternoon and the Misioneras, and then we are gonna be singing on Friday at 8 at night, downtown in Osorno in front of everyone! Then on Saturday we should be going to the Ward Christmas Devo, but last night the ZLs told us Presidente Obeso wants us to go with our Zone and Rahue to go sing in Rio Negro, and then on Sunday night we are going to be singing at the Stake Christmas Devo.... Yeah, we are going to be practicing everyday, when we are done here we are going to go practice our song with the hermanas, because now that we aren't singing in the ward Devo, we are going to be doing a special number in sacrament I think on Sunday!
Really though, that is the week, and next weeks email will probably be shorter, with how much singing we are gonna be doing this week...
Oh yeah! And our photo competition?? Well the hermanas cheated, they somehow took our idea, hahah like we practically took the exact same photo, I will send their foto next week, because they didn't send it to me today... :/ So yeah!! It was fun though, so we have another week to see who is gonna win!!! 

Although, I forgot to mention Elder Jeppson and I have gone Christmas Caroling! So that has been fun, because we have gotten some weird looks!! But those who have let us sing have been super awesome! But we haven't had the chance to go back to any of them yet, we'll see if it was truly successful this week, as we try and go back for our citas!!
But that is about it here in Osorno, do you guys have plans yet for Skyping?? We will find somewhere to do it this week, but you guys gotta give me the time you want to do it! Since last year for number 1 it was super early, and for number 2 it was late, so you guys tell me what when where why how and all that fun stuff!!
I Love you guys so much and I pray for you every single day!! See you in 10!
trying to make you proud,

Elder Connor Holt

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Week 73: #ShareTheMessage

Hey All Ya'lls who are reading this right now!! 

Wow, what a crazy week!! Its a lot to talk about! I can tell you that!! 

Where to start?? First off, Shoot! You guys are gonna actually change the Basement?!? Holy shoot... Crazy!! Didn't ever think that was gonna happen! ;) The toilet isn't gonna move anymore either?? Hmmm  didn't remember it moving... But shoota, you guys are changing the whole house there! Watch out, you are gonna be changing the kitchen again, and soon your Bedroom again! ;) 

Now lets see, I know exactly how you guys felt when you said goodbye to me and watched me leave the airport... I had to say goodbye to my Amazing Companion Elder Rich, that was super hard... I can't Lie. I Love the kid! We are definitely gonna be the Best of Friends when we both get home!! Its funny, because it was just like what happened exactly a year ago, when I watched not my "Son" go but when I watched my "Papa" go on the bus from Osorno hahaha! 

Presidente Obeso called us on Tuesday before he went to answer my question. I asked him in my email last week "Why are we both being transferred out if we both just got here?" He called us to answer that, my biggest fear was he thought we had done something wrong... But he answered my fear and said we weren't chuecos and that I was being change to Ovejeria with my new Companion, because my new companion can play the violin really well, and because he heard that I could sing really well, and that they are gonna have a Christmas Choir that performs here real soon!! We got to practice last night, and oh man how good it felt to be singing again! I have missed it SOOOOOOOOOOO Much!! 

Before we said goodbye, we said goodbye to all the members of Entre Lagos, which was very hard, because we became really good friends with them in just 5 weeks, and its hard to see that, because I felt like no one would really care that we were leaving, but there were quite a few people there that weren't happy we both left after such a short time... :/ Members and non members. Oh well, I am lucky to be the District Leader (Yes, Mom. Once you are called to the position of a Leader in the Mission, you will always be at least at that level, unless you are a rule breaker, then you will be dropped) and so I will be going on a Intercambio tomorrow with the elders from Entre Lagos to go help them out there, and Elder Hettinger will come back to Ovejeria to help my companion here!! 

Oh yeah, I have a new companion! Elder Jeppson is super cool! He is from California! Somewhere close to San Fransico! Mas que Eso??? No se. But he is super cool! Super quiet as well! But you guys will have the chance to talk with him on Christmas!! He is pretty new here in the Mission, he has about 6 months, and this is only his second sector, but his spanish is super good!! 

Its been so awesome to come here to Ovejeria, because we have had so many members welcome us so warmly here! It is such a nice ward! Yeah, you heard it right! A Ward!! I haven't been in a ward since Camino Real!! Speaking of Camino Real, they are just on the other side of the River!! So maybe for one of these next Pdays we will go visit up there!! Since we don't have to take a bus to central, (You have no idea how excited I am to live close to central, we just walk into central its AWESOME!! I have taken buses since Los Muermos, so like for 6 months, but now we can just WALK!!!)

Something that was super cool?? Saturday night we were out contacting!! We stopped by a mom and a son who had walked passed us as we were contacting someone else, and they knew we were looking for a street, and so they told us where it was, then started to ask questions!! Well, to make a long story short?? It was super awesome to talk with them, why? Well near the end of teaching and answering questions, the mom told us that she was thinking about preparing her son for Baptism ... "Light Bulb..." Yeah that sure came to my head, as I got the impression to tell them our purpose, and invite her son who has 11 years to be baptized right there in the street!! She was super excited and they both said yes!! So we have 3 days in the sector and already have someone with fetcha! Now we will have to see if we can catch them this week, to start teaching them everything! 

Oh yeah, and ummm that Christmas Devotional last night?! So Super Awesome No?? I got super trunkie seeing the Conference Center all Decked out Christmasy and what not, but the Spirit was SOOOO Strong!!! Wow I am just so excited for Christmas!! I Love it so much!!! :) See you in just 17 days!!! :) Everyone of my friends have been talking about this new Christmas video as well, but we are working with a new Christmas Program here in the Mission, there is a new Christmas video that is out, and you all should look it up!! Super Amazing!!! Then you all should print out the Paper as well, and send me the picture that you are gonna take!! Since my companion and I are in a competion with the sisters who are also here in Ovejeria on who can take the best picture before this next Sunday, than our Bishop is gonna Judge it!! :) #ShareTheMessage

Oh yeah, and the member who added you, Lorena?? She is our Mamita, and told me yesterday she is just gonna be throwin pictures on Facebook, so watch out! ;) 

I Love you all so much! Thankyou so much for your Love and Prayers and everything that you all do for me!! It means so much!! Really though, go #ShareTheMessage

Trying to Make you Proud,

Elder Connor Holt

Veronica and her Brother these are the guys that we did lots of service for here in Entre Lagos

The "Big and Scary" Gustavo

Presidente y Mamita Martinez 
 Marcelo (Menas Activo super Awesome)

Familia Santana!! The Parents of a family in Camino Real

Anita! She is the member we lived with! 

Elder Rich and I part Ways...

Elder Juaregui and Elder Vargas go home :((


Elder Walker came and stayed the night at our new house! :)

Barbique with Papito Delgado


Monday, December 1, 2014

Week 72: I AM wait... WAS gonna be Famous!

Hola Familia, 

Como estan todos?! Espero que todo esta bien allá en Utah! Solo hay 24 días hasta la Navidad y yo puedo verles! Yo se que Mamá esta super animada! No se pre culpe mamá, yo tambien! 

How are all of you guys?!? Me? I am just great thank you very much!! Life is just dandy here in Osorno this fine afternoon, no hay lluvia (Rain) and so life is just great!! Maybe if we are lucky this week, it will stop raining and we can start summer, since December should be like June there in Utah! 

Wow, well lets see, what has happened this past week?? 

We can start with my intercambio with Elder Keetch! I am actually sitting next to him right this second as I am writing this! We had an Intercambio there in Entre Lagos which was super sweet!! It was lots of fun! We taught a bunch and did a bunch of service (Like Always) we went and served Veronica, and no worries, I have a picture of how much wood we have cut and stacked there!! Then we had the chance to go to this place where the hermanas were being filmed on TV! They were being interviewed and then tonight they are going to be teaching on thier own television show! If you guys want to watch it, you have to look up "de todo en poco en puyehue" on youtube and its episode 17 and they talked about us elderes behind the cameras a little!! It was gonna be super sweet!! Elder Rich and I were asked to be interviewed this week!! So we were gonna do that, but we will get on to that a little later here in the email.

On Thanksgiving Elder Rich made me some quite wonderful German Pancakes! Oh my gosh did we eat them so fast, because they were just so dang yummy!!! Then the day after he made a super good Kuchen!! Its a good thing he likes to cook, because while I am doing my DL stuff, he can cook, then I can eat! Oh man, I Love it! The kid is super awesome!! :)

Then this past week we had a competition with our district, on contacting!! During the week, Elder Rich and I were losing on Wednesday, in 3rd on Friday, and then last night we won by 2 contacts!! That is because on Saturday night we went and played some basketball and contacted a bunch of people, but there was the coolest thing that happened!! When we got to the gym I saw this kid with a purple shirt, and I noticed a picture on the back that looked VERY familiar!! So I looked and investigated a little closer, and then I realized what it was and was like "No way................." So I ran up to him and was like "Espere Espere Espere Necesito ver su camisa!!" And so he stopped so I could look at his shirt, and he had a shirt of the Salt Lake Temple!! IT was so cool, so I definitely got like 10 contacts with this guy, because later on I asked for a picture, then they all asked what it was, so I showed them the picture I took of it Last year before I left!! It was soooo cool!! :) I mean here all the way in Entre Lagos... He bought this shirt! The best part?? It was for the Stake Girls camp, so when we told him that all of his friends started to laugh, it was super funny!!! 

Now here is the reason that I WAS gonna be famous... Well, this morning I had to call the ZLs again for some number stuff from last night, and then asked if we wanted Cambio info. Elder Rich and I figured we were gonna be companions here for another cambio because we just barley, got here, and we were super excited!! But were we wrong. Both of us are being transferred... Elder Rich is going to Puerto Varas which is a "Rich" part of our Mission! Hahaha funny I know. Then I am just being transferred to Ovejeria which is in my District. But here is the bad part. The kid who was there is coming here to Entre Lagos with a new comp and so they will be White Washing it again, and then I will be with a new comp there in Ovejeria! I am gonna be there with Elder Jepson. So I am gonna be White Washing again... (Both of us are new to the sector, so we start with nothing...) Oh well its just a new challenge I guess, right?

I cannot even begin to describe where the past 12 weeks have gone... I mean, I remember vividly when Presidente Obeso me llamo para decir que I was gonna be a trainer!! It was super sweet and I was so dang happy!! It was gonna be so dang cool!! Then Elder Rich came, and I realized my new companion was so dang cool!! We had so many good times there in Río Negro, then we had a Sober Cambio here to Entre Lagos, and we have to become so close! Definitely is my Favorite Comp. here in the Mission, from how close we are!! We are definitely Best Friends, and this Friendship is going to last LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG after the Mission as well!! :) seriously. Love the Kid! 

Anyways, that is the news really from this week, so I will be writing you this next week from Ovejeria!! Which is gonna be super sweet!! Its just on the other side of the River from Camino Real, so maybe I will have the chance to go visit on a Pday now that I won't have to take a bus to get to my sector! (Few... What a relief, I have had to do that for the past 6 months)

Anyways, thank you for all of the prayers, and emails, and Love you guys give me!! I am so dang happy out here! I Love you guys so much, and I pray for you so much, I hope you can see the blessings!! 

Trying to make you Proud,

Elder Connor Holt
The TV show, (They talked about us behind the Camera, it was funny)

This is the wood we have cut for Veronica Delgado, this is 5 metros de leña and last night we even did more!! So we killed it!! It was super fun!! 

Thanksgiving German Pancakes

The Hermanas made cake for the relief society and the presidentes wife is our Mamita, and so she gave some to us, and it was super Rico! She gave me more than the presidente and he wasn't to happy! ;)

The Temple Shirt! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 71: I slept through an Earthquake...

Hey all!!

Holy crap, so yeah, sorry about last weeks email... We were out all day getting prepared with our Christmas presents to send to you guys this week!! So we got our packages sent off today as well! Boy am I glad that I don't have to send anything else, because I feel like you just put money into my account... So yeah... All that money is in a package coming back to Utah and will be there in a couple weeks!! :)

Wow, so I don't even know where to start!! 

How about with the conference of Elder Nelson a week and a half ago?? Wow was it Amazing!! I Loved it!! We had so much Spirit there!! He told us everything that we needed to hear!!! For Example,

"Just Smile, if you Missionaries will Smile More, you will get more people to talk to." **One of my Favorites**

"To Follow with exact Obedience to Presidente Obeso and his Wife, and we will be bless HERE and HEREAFTER."

Him and his wife Both talked about Marriage, his wife had a whole story on it that was just super cool, that I wll have to tell you all when I get home, and have longer than an hour to talk. But the one point that Elder Nelson said I really liked!! "When you try and find your future spouse, look to the example of your Mission President here. Look for someone that Loves God first." That's kinda a new requirement for my Future Wife! 

What else... There was lots!! Ummmmmm My companion had some sick experiences you will have to go check out his blog. But really, the biggest thing that hit me was the whole marriage thing. And it was funny because he said "I know you aren't suppose to think about this right now, but think about it" and so we were all laughing!! It really just hit me super hard!! 

But yeah, that was last week in a really short couple of paragraphs... Can I just have you guys start writing down questions of what you want to know about and when I get home in 7 months we can just write a book together about my Mission? (Oh wait, Mom is already doing that...) But I mean I dunno it is just so hard to answer everything in just such a short amount of time... 

Anyways this past week here was super sweet!! Lets start with the Earthquake!! Yeah, so I woke up in the morning, and Anita (the hermana we live with) came and asked me if I woke up around 330 in the morning to the Earthquake, she said it was around a 4 or a 5! And I said.... mmmm Nope!! Then I went and asked Elder Rich if he had felt it, and played right along and fooled me! Then agreed with me, and said nope, I slept through it too, but the Mom of Anita (Gladdis) also told us there was an Earthquake, but Javier (The dad of Anita) said he slept through it too hahahaha so its just lots of fun stuff! I dunno if it really happened or not, or if the family just felt the earth shake from the cries of the baby Iñaky!

We had an Intercambio with the Elders in our District this past Wednesday as well which was super awesome!! I went with Elder Hettinger who has the same time as Elder Rich here in the Mission!! Elder Rich went with Elder Warren, who was one of my Zone leaders in Coyhaique!! It was super cool!! I got the chance to give a baptism interview to a little girl named Catalina who passed and was Baptized on Saturday night!! Ill talk about that later!! 
But with Elder Hettinger in Ovejeria it was kinda trunky because I was just across the river from Camino Real, oh man it was crazy!!! But It was super awesome and the kid is a stud!! 

So on Saturday we went back to Osorno for the Baptism!! It was super sweet because our District did a Musical Number, we sang the EFY Medley "Army of Helaman/Daughters of Zion" and it was English so that was super fun!! I am gonna try and send a video we took practicing over Dropbox we'll see if it works or not!! Anyways it was super spiritual, and at the end, the hermana who played the piano had to go back to Entre Lagos and so they had me play the last hymn. #71 in Spanish, it was super awesome!! 

The coolest thing that I heard this week?? After the Ïntercambio we had, Elder Warren told something to my companion that meant  a lot to him, AND me!! He told my companion "If I didn't know you, and know that you were in your training, I never would have known" I have just worried so much for the past 3 months training my companion that he wasn't going to be a good elder, because I have never felt like I was the best elder, but that was such a huge relief to hear, and now I know if I happen to have cambios next week, that my "Son" will be okay out here in the Big world of Chile, without his "Dad"! Man I am gonna be super sad if we have cambios I will know exactly how you guys felt when I left for the Mission!! Crazy!! 

That was about it this week!! I am super excited for you guys to get your package we sent today!! Sorry Mom, when we went past to buy the Nativity Set, it was closed... so looks like I will have to buy it tomorrow and send another package! ;)

I Love you all so much, thank you so much for all you guys do for me, the prayers, notes, emails, letters, everything!! It means so much, I Love you all, and you are all in my prayers as well!! Can't wait to see you in a couple weeks!! 

Trying to make you Proud,

Elder Connor Holt

Ps. Tell me how Yorkie does at his Home Coming!! :)

 Cool Bumpersticker in a bus I am gonna get one!

Yeah, I am in Paradise everyday at Lunch!

He is my Father! 

 I know, Chip is jealous of our Cocker here in Entre Lagos, since I have to give him Bum Rubs now and not Chip... ;)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week freakin 70... Where is the Time Flying?!

Hello everyone!! I have so much to say in such little time!!! I have about 10 minutes, because we just came back from Osorno, usually we would write there!! But today we don't have much time, because I want to give my companion time to write as well!! So I am sending pictures by Dropbox!! Elder Russell M. Nelson was freaking Amazing!! The Spirit was so Strong and I received so much inspiration, for not only my Mission, but for my Life!! 

I am sorry this email is even shorter than last week, but just know that I am doing GREAT we are seeing so many miracles here in this "White Washed" area (When we both go into a new area and know NOTHING about it!! Mom, also look up Entre Lagos on the internet! Maybe you will be able to find it and see how BEAUTIFUL it is!!! I Love you all so much! Thank you for everything!! 

I will have to tell you guys all about Elder Nelson next week!! Remind me!! There is just SO Much that happens during the week... I Love you all!! 

Trying to Make you Proud,

Elder Connor G. Holt

See ya in a couple weeks!! :)

Family Generation Pic

The three of us elders were all in Camino Real and we ran into Papito Delgado after the conference!! :D I was soooo happy!!!

 Christmas is starting here.... 

I ate a WHOLE plate of peas mom, and it wasn't that bad!! 

This is where we did service to cut wood, and now we are teaching the family of a Mother and Daughter! Super awesome!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Semana 69: Another Sweet Week of Service!

Hey everyone!! 

I haven't had much chance to read emails still since we were at the Volcano and Saltos de Petroway today!! Oh my gosh the Saltos were so Beautiful!! Some waterfalls in a BLUE river!! It was so Beautiful!! The Volcano was eh... We saw it a couple weeks ago, and it was in clouds and fog when we got up there so we didn't see much, and Elder Rich was feeling sick, so we went back over to the van and just waited till the other elders got back! But we got some SWEET pictures!! :)

So I have realized that Service is just so dang awesome!! We have had a great week serving the people of Entre Lagos (No Mom, you need to put the sticker in Entre Lagos, its close to the border of Argentina) It is super awesome!! :) I have to start with the experience of Helping Carlos! 

Last Monday when we started our Proselyting hours, we were kinda mad, I don't remember why... Not important. Anyways it was like 8:30ish and we were walking past this house where a guy was cutting his wood, and it was a Mountain of wood! Like really though, it was HUGE!! So after walking past him, I got an impression, to go turn around and ask him if we could help! At first he said no, but we started to change the situation on him, like by saying "We are just a little cold tonight, and by chopping wood we can get warm!" Which wasn't a lie, it had rained last week, and was "Chile" outside!! So finally he agreed, and he said, "Just watch out for the dogs" and we got back behind his fence and we started a picando!! It was super awesome! He ended up going inside the store and then came out right when Elder Rich and I were in a routine!! He cut and I threw a new log on/organized, and we were just cutting so fast!! He was impressed, and ran inside and told others to come watch and see what we were doing!!! So in the end there were like 10 people watching us cut wood hahahah and then before we finished, this woman came out and was like "come with me" so we followed her to another house, and she insisted that we entered with her, but there wasn't a man there, so she ended up calling her brother who was the first guy we talked to, to come over, and we had Once with them!! Oh it was super awesome!! We ate food and they just asked questions about the church, and then told us a story of their mom who is super sick right now! So hopefully a chance we can help and go give a blessing!! But after we went home, we told them we would be back the next day to finish!! So we went back the next day, and finished chopping, then we stacked it all, and they gave us free food from the tienda, like sodas, meat, and a guacamole!! Also Cookies!! :) Then we ended up passing by on Saturday as well! At this point, we now have a buen amistad with them! It was so cool!! They had only known us for a couple of days, but they trusted us with everything in the store, as we helped them organize the store, talk with them, and in the end they tried to give us some stuff for free, but we ended up paying for it, because I asked them to change a bill for some smaller bills and as we left, we left 2 mil on the counter!! It was awesome!! We now have a cita set up with them for tomorrow!! Super stoked we are to go and teach them!! Their names are Veronica, Carlos, and Marisol!! So we'll see how that goes!!! 

Now remember that "Big and Scary" guy I talked about last week?? Gustavo is SOO Cool!! His wife's last name is crazy as well!! Huetrutripai (Way-Tru-Tree-Pie) But they are soo cool!! Last night we had a cita with them and we just went over the articles of Faith with them, because he showed us some of his beliefs in his church that he has been a member of for 4 months. And then we taught the Restoration which was super awesome!! Then, here is the part that was super cool!! Before we left we got to cook meat with them and eat it! Yeah we BBQed! it was super sweet!! The food was so good!! Like I almost died it was so good! They asked us to bring Soda, so we did! Then we ate, and oh my Goodness Gracious! It was AMAZING!! I am gonna have more BBQs when I get home!! But the part that is so cool, is the fact that we have known them for what.. A couple of days, and they invite us to come back for lessons and a BBQ. How awesome is that?!?!

So really the theme of my email this week, is we ALL need to be a little more open with our neighbors and friends, and even random people if that! It could be people of our Religion, or people of other religions, because by being friends we can help everyone come to know of the truthfulness of this gospel!! :)

So Mom I got an idea today!!! I was reading "Our Search for Happiness" today on our bus ride! And then I dunno it is just so awesome this book! It explains our Religion so well!! Better than I could since I mean, an Apostle of the Lord did write it and all... But what I was thinking, is it would be SUCH a good idea to give a copy to the Clecklers!! That could help them to know why us Mormons are so persistent to let everyone know about our beliefs!! 

I know this is a short email, but I really don't have that much more time, I still need to write President!! I am throwing my other pictures on Dropbox this week, because it is super slow to download here on the computer in this ciber for some dumb reason... But I Love you all so much, and thank you so much for all the Loving you do for me by your prayers, letters, emails, thoughts, just everything!! It means so much to me!! 

I Love you all!! 

Trying to make you proud,

Elder Connor Holt

 I am a soldier of the Lord out here in Chile

The family of Gustavo last night! (He isn't so Big and Scary without his beard that he shaved this week) but he is just a giant TEDDY BEAR!!! :)

Elder Rich y Yo hoy día at the Saltos!


On top of the Volcan hoy!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week 68: Los Misioneros cantan cuando se caminen... y caminen...

Wow... This past week has been super crazy!! And this is gonna be the longest time its ever been trying to write a letter.... I have got to pee.... Super bad, so I am definitely dancing in my seat right now.... Yeah, anyway.,..

How are all of you?! Definitely had you guys on my mind a lot this week!! I mean I can't tell you how many trunky dreams this week that I have had, puttin up christmas lights with dad, some crazy stuff with Brandon, and last nights was super bad with Mom, that I definitely can't reveal, or you'll take the idea and use it against me!! hahaha But its been a crazy LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG Week!! 

Why you ask?? Well because we have been like them Pioneer children!!! Here... I will sing you the song here real fast! It goes a little like this... (I changed a few words) Los Misioneros sang as they walked, and walked, and walked, and walked even farther, and kept walking... yeah. Get the point?? Hahaha our sector is like 15 minutes walking from our house, but its been awesome!! We have talked with so many people and definitely seen some great MILAGROS this past week!! :)

One of our Miracles??? Well here if you can read Spanish you can have it now! IF not you will have to wait a little and read it in English a little more below! 

Tuvimos un compromiso en nuestro distrito este semana pasada para hacer las cosas que Pdte. Hinckley nos dijo para hacer en PME p. 97 para orar como así y ver los Milagros que siguen. Yo y mi compañero hicimos eso cada día y veamos un buen milagro a noche!! En Sábado estuvimos en el cemetario contactando personas allá por que fue el día de los muertos! Y yo tenia un impresione para hablar con este hombre quien fue "Big and Scary" pero yo no hice por que el fue "Big and Scary" pero cuando estuvimos saliendo el impresione fue mas grande para hablar con el, por que todo vía el estuvo allá!! Entonces yo hice y hablamos con el! Y el ya conoció que nosotros somos elderes! En el fin el nos dejo con su dirección y tuvimos un cita por hoy día pero a noche pasamos en frente de su casa y el salio para invitarnos adentro por que no va estar hoy. Entonces fuimos y el estaba con su familia y hablamos con el y el conoció otro personas que nosotros queremos pasar!! Entonces es super genial!! Vamos a ayudar el para conocer el Evengelio de Jesucristo!! 

Okay and so now for the fun stuff! 

So to start out we had a district meeting and we had a challenge as a district to follow what Pres. Hinckley told us to do on Preach my Gospel on p. 104 I think in English!! There is a quote by him in PMG that is super cool!! So we did it every single morning! Elder Rich and I and we prayed to be miracles for other people!! So here we are just talking with everyone!! Saturday was "The day of the Dead" here in Chile the day after Halloween where everyone goes like on Memorial day in the states!! Except here outside of the cemetery there are lots of people selling things, so its a party here as well!! So we went to the cemetery here in Entre Lagos and it was packed full of people!! So as we went in I saw this "Big and Scary" looking guy and felt an impression to go talk to him! But since he was "Big and Scary" I kinda wiped it off my shoulder! We went and taught the plan of salvation to some guy, and talked to a few others, but in the end as we were walking out, the guy was still there! So because the impression was more strong I went and over to him and just started talking to him!! Then he was like "Elders!! I was wondering when you would come talk to me!" And so he gave us his address and we set up a cita with him!! Then last night we were walking, going to a house that we saw in our area book, and we ended up passing his house, and so he came out and wanted us to come over! So we went over and entered his house and got to know him and his family a little more!! His name is Gustavo!! Whats even cooler?? His wife grew up in Rio Negro and is really good friends with Jose Luis and Eugenia!!! Even cooler?? Is he knows a bunch of the people we were looking for this past week and so we are going to get to know them all now!! Sick!!!! IT was super sweet!!! 

Then we also taught a guy named Jose Luis! His parents are recent converts, but our branch presidente told us that other missionaries haven't had lots of success with him, because of his girlfriend who lives in Concepcion, but we have had feelings to keep going back and help him!! So last night as I was taking numbers from the hermanas here in Entre Lagos they told me that they talked to his girlfriend, and she said that she wants to get baptized too and that she will get baptized when he gets baptized!! So that is going to help us so much with him!!! 

Like really we are having so much success here already!! We are just going to have so much more this next week!! 

The house where we live in is so much different than any other house I have lived in!! We live with a family!! I will send you a picture next week!! But the family is super cool!! Although they like to talk a lot!! Then also they kinda try to get us to break rules a little bit..., But they are super cool!!! We had lunch with them today and so I will send you a picture of that!! 

But that is really all that has happened this past week!! Now we are gonna go start a new week and have lots of success!! I love you all so much!! Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers!! 

Trying to make you proud,

Elder Connor Holt

Ps. Mom if you could send me a new journal or two for Christmas?? I started my last one a couple weeks ago!! }

pps next week we are going to volcan osorno again with our new zone

ppps Elder Nelson is coming to our mission a week from Wednesday as well!! :D
            our view everyday at lunch!! 

Only 5 cambios left... 

Lunch with the fam today!!