Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 2, 2013

Hola Everyone Well this week absolutely flew by! I honestly am trying to comprehend where it went. We were able to have a few lessons with Carolina and her daughter Francisca this week. Her daughter understands really well but they both are pretty much just looking for friends. We're going to pass by again this week and make sure and make a decision from there. We don't really have anyone else that we are constantly teaching so we are constantly looking for more people to teach. We have tried asking some member families to fast and pray to know of someone who is ready to hear the gospel but they haven't done it yet. They "forgot". It's super frustrating at times having very little interest from members of the church. But we have to keep pushing forward and try to help them understand. Elder Gillins and his companion Elder Lopez had to go to Santiago to take out their carnet (visa) and they bought a 40kg (about 90lbs) package of ties! There were at least 6000 ties in there. We all took out about 40 or so really nice ones. So my tie collection has improved. Well just so that all of you know, I completely forgot that Thursday was Thanksgiving. I didn't realize it until about 11:00 pm that night. But I just want every single one of you to know how grateful I am for you. For your love, prayers and support. I'm so thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and for the opportunity I have to be a representative of Him here in Chile. I know that this church is true and that what we are doing as missionaries is His work. I love and miss you all. Have a great week! With love, Elder Jayson Welker Remember who you are and the family name you bear Return with Honor Remember who you are and who you represent

November 25, 2013

Hola Everyone

 Well this week went pretty dang fast. Elder Cano and I get along great! He isn't dead at all (so far) so that has been a huge help! I live in a house with 5 other Elders. One of them is Elder Gillens (Buhl) and another is Elder Loar (Nampa). We all get along really well and have a good time. I am in a ward that has about 120 people that go with about 1000 inactives, so...lots of work to do. My sector is really big. Probably 2X the size of Licantén so lots more people to teach haha. All 6 of us pertain to the same ward so thats interesting. The church building is very small for so many people. About 15-20 people have to stand up every Sunday. We are pretty much in a whitewash because my companion doesn't know the sector very well. He had to work in another sector and take care of a sick missionary (taking turns with the others in the house as well). So we have been walking and contacting alot but we have been able to find a few people to teach. We found a lady named Carolina on Saturday. She is catholic and we really focused on the BOM and Moroni 8. She came to the conclusion that her baptism isn't valid. She has a baptismal date for 12-28-2013. We also left a video called "Together Forever" for her to watch. She and her 18 year old daughter watched it and called us to invite us to eat lunch with them today but they had to cancel. But we're going back there tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes. Chileans don't celebrate Thanksgiving so I'll be without turkey on Thursday. Thats about it for this week. I love and miss you all and hope that you have a great week!

 With love,
 Elder Jayson Welker

 Remember who you are and the family name you bear
Return with Honor
Remember who you are and who you represent