Chi! chi! chi! le! le! le! CHILE!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Well as you may have guessed from the title of my email; this week was the independence day of Chile! My comp was pretty happy and an Hermana even made us some Chilean food for lunch! Empanadas de pino and salad (I'll send pictures next week) On Tuesday we had our zone meeting and it was a good one. The hermanas capacitadoras (sister's trainer) taught a really good lesson on humility and how getting rid of pride is one of the first steps in becoming like Christ. Then we set good goals. We are trying to help the zone just explode and even though the missionaries here are super good it still isn't exploding but we will keep trying! Then on Friday we had our interviews with president. He is such a good man, and really a hero for me to look up to. Definitely the next apostle. Speaking of apostles, conference is almost here! It seems like it just happened a little while ago! It is a great opportunity to invite friends to investigate the church asi que aprovechenlo! (in this way take advantage of the situation) Well we have some really good progressing investigators. Federico is like a sponge! We have a baptismal date with him for the 11 of October. Everything we say to him he says that he has been waiting for. The spirit is so strong when we teach him, he understands, and applies. Future stake president right there! Then on Sunday was a pretty great day. We were waiting at church and the investigators just started rolling in. By the time sacrament meeting came around we had 9 investigators in sacrament meeting! Not to mention a few menos activos (less actives)! Hopefully we can do a good follow up and keep these people coming to church! The key also is that the members are getting to know our investigators better. When the members know the investigors (investigators) and sit by them and talk to them that makes our jobs 100 times easier and will lead to better retention. Like our president always tells us CON MIEMBROS. The only way to have more success in this work is to better coordinate our efforts with the members. So you already know what you all have to do ;) As I work here I just realize more and more that this isn't the work of Elder Andrew but really is the work of the Lord. I sometimes say things in lessons that I have no idea where they came from. Scriptures come to mind. People's lives change. People that have been around the church for a long time for some reason just have a click. We get to a door of someone that was waiting for us. Benjamin Andrew could not do this work unless the Lord let me and how grateful I am that He does let me do it! Let us all be a part of His work!


Elder Andrew

 Chilean Independence Day
 Elder Bastias who is Ben's companion from Chile
The Zone