Family and Friends,
It's been a good week. Very different, but good. Here in Santiago there is just a small branch - yesterday there were 28 people at church, including the baby. Our area is Santiago and a ton of little towns surrounding it. It's a great blessing to have a senior couple serving here with a car to help us get out to the far places. The Bakes are awesome and a huge help.
The truth is we currently only have a couple of people we are teaching. I met two of them last week, Antón and Cielo. Antón is 61 and they just started teaching him. Cielo is 13 and waiting for permission to be baptized. We also taught a new guy, Michael. Hermanas Iregui and Baxter talked to him the other week on the street. Hermana Iregui told me he wasn't too sure if a god even existed. So we studied specifically to teach about our loving Heavenly Father. And the lesson went great. Way better than I thought it would. He wants to learn more, but with his whole family. We pray his family will be as receptive as him.
We had a mission tour last week as well with Elder Moreda from the Seventy. He came and visited the two zones in the north on Friday. He talked about a lot of things. One that specifically stuck out to me has to do with the fact that many missionaries have the mind set that the north is hard, there's hardly any work, and no one wants to listen. He told us pretty boldly that if we think like this, we better repent. We must rely on the Lord and he WILL help us find those who are prepared to listen to the gospel. Because they are here. I hope to do all I can to help find these people. I know as I increase my faith, we will find them. He also said if we don't know what to talk about as we start talking to people, testify of Christ. After the leaders of the zones had a meeting with him. 8 missionaries, President and Hermana Pack, and Elder Moreda and his wife. We had a question and answer and then he gave us specific advice on working in this area. I'm so grateful I got to be part of it.
I hope to help His work here as I exercise my faith. I'm so grateful to be serving here in Santiago and for everything I'm learning and the opportunity I have to testify of Christ!
Love you all!