Saturday, November 29, 2014

Week 65 - Why did the chicken cross the road?

November 24, 2014

Hey guys, how's it going? Things are going great down here and I'm loving the work! Now that I've had some time here in Fresia, I've had a bit of time to think about some profound questions of the soul that seem to be answered with every meaningful contact I make. For instance, "why did the chicken cross the road?" I've found that it's usually one of three simple answers

1. there was a pretty hen on the otherside...

2. the elders chased it across...

and last but not least....

3. to avoid getting hit by the bus!

Fresian Ferrari

Well I'm sure there are more answers but those are the most common I've seen here in Fresia. It's been a pretty good week so far and we've actually had quite a bit of success, considering all of the time we've spent on our branch callings this week!

Monday was pretty fun, we went down to Puerto Varas to pull out our ajuste money and to go to a zone activity. We made completos, played ping pong and basketball and just hung out till it was time to write and head back home. Afterwards, we spent the rest of the day contacting and trying to get a hold of some menos activos.

Elders in my Zone

Tuesday we traveled to Puerto Varas to have a district meeting. It wasn't as good as I would have liked, but to be honest I haven't given one for a little over a month now with all of the conferences and crazy stuff that's been happening over here, so it just wasn't as smooth as it could have been. Afterwards we came home had lunch with president and then went out to work. We tried to get a hold of our investigators but they had all disappeared! So we spent the time teaching people in the street. It's actually a lot funner than you'd think because about half of the people in the street are drunk! We always have a few laughs when they try to contact us.

Wednesday we spent most of the day trying to fix the internet so that we could send all of the changes, audits, tithing, fast offerings and porsupuestos from mls. A really nice tech support guy tried helping us but after about 4 hours we had to call it quits, we then went out and visited a few family's in the area and went home.

Thursday was a bit nuts. We woke up and headed straight to the church to meet up with the tech support guy so we could try again to fix the internet.  After a few hours looking at code, trying to break through fire walls and pulling out a whole lot of hair, we found out that someone forgot to pay the bill... We then got lunch and came back to spend a few hours changing el rescate and sending all of the changes in mls. Afterwards we taught Claudia, which was great, she had read a little bit of the Book of Mormon and had prayed about it. She's still thinking about baptism but I really think she will get baptized this next cambio.

Friday most of the day was spent helping out the primary with their activity. They actually brought out a lot of investigators and one of the few perks we have in Fresia is that we can play soccer during branch activities!!! So that was actually really fun as we're not normally allowed to play soccer at all down here. After a quick lesson with the people they brought, we headed out to teach a couple of new people we had found and tried to find some of our disappearing investigators.

Saturday we woke up got about half of our personal study in and then we went to Puerto Varas for the zone council.  This one took about 3 hours and killed most of us, still it was fun to see the other missionaries. Afterwards we went back to Fresia and contacted like crazy because it was the first day we had without any branch calling work. It was an amazingly productive day and it was great to walk in the door and collapse with that "I've done everything I could have, fantastic kind of tired!"

Sunday was great!  Our investigators actually made up about a quarter of the branch attendance and we were able to get all of them to every single class! Sorry guys I would love to write a bit more but once again I'm out of time! Love you all!

Elder Washburn

Cooking Fresia style!

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