Monday, December 25, 2017

Homecoming information

Elder Newkirk will be returning home on Dec 20th at 11:45am at the Reno airport and giving his homecoming talk on December 24th at the Washoe Valley building (time tbd)

Monday, November 20, 2017

week #99 -- baptism of Priscila

Hey hows it going??

Well my week has been pretty crazy. Good but also lame because I might have cut my head and had to get stitches... We´ll get to that part in just a sec. But the week was good. On Wednesday Elder Wild, who is now the traveling assistant, came to our zone to do interviews for some of the investigators that we are teaching. He interviewed Priscila for us and she got baptized on Saturday! We almost didn´t get permission from her mom but finally we got her permission! Then on Thursday we had a conference with President where he talked with the zone about a couple of things because our zone isn´t doing so great before this weekend we only had 1 baptism in the month as a zone which is really low. But he came and talked with us and talked about a couple things and the spirit of urgency and how we need to look at things half full and not half empty. Then we had interviews with President afterwards. My interview was real quick, he didn´t really tell me all that much only that I have to start thinking about plans after the mission Sunday nights haha. So I´m going to start doing that to make a couple plans for when I get back. And now that I have the flight plan and everything, time is just passing faster and faster everyday... Then afterwards we set up an interview with President with David. President talked with David for a little bit but David won. President told us that he was ready and that he should be getting baptized soon. So we are going to keep working with David but I have faith that he is going to get baptized soon! But then on Friday it was just another good day and while we were working I hit my head on a electric box... We were just talking and walking and I hit my head on a post... I have hit my head a couple times here in Chile because they make everything shorter here and I´m a little too big here. But I hit my head pretty hard and touched my head and there was just a lot of blood.... So we hurried and went to Francisco´s house because we were close, cleaned my head and but some pressure on the cut. Then we called another member who came and picked us up and took us to the hospital where I got a couple stitches in my head... Theres always a first time for everything... But everything has been fine. After that first day everything has pretty much been normal. Just that first day my head was a little sore and hurt lol. But after that things have been fine. A little pain here and there but all good. A little weird to shower and also to do my hair in the morning. Then on Saturday we had a baptism! Priscila got baptized! She chose me to baptize her right after the accident haha but everything when well and she got baptized!! This week we should also have a baptism. Yocelin should get baptized this weekend as well. She has the baptism date for this weekend and she has came to church like 2 times and she has been progressing as well so she should be getting baptized this weekend. I also did a couple interviews for the other Elders here in Tierra Amarilla and she should be baptizing as well so here we should be having a couple of baptisms!

But yeah thats crazy that the flight plan is already here! Now you know exactly when I´m getting home. Its crazy how fast the time has been flying by. I never thought I would get to this point lol. But now I feel like the time is just passing by really slow but when we get to the date I know it will feel like it flew by really fast. But I´m definitely excited as well!

No but we didnt do anything too special for pday today. Just another normal day of just hanging out and going to Copiapo. Right now we´re in Francisco´s house just chilling, I´m using his computer to write. But yeah just another normal day of just hanging out not doing anything too special.. Pdays are kinda boring because there isn´t a ton to do here in Tierra Amarilla or Copiapo. Just go around downtown to see what they have or just hang out with members or whatever. But I only have like 3 more Pdays after this one haha.

Well I hope that you guys have a great week! Have a great Thanksgiving!! Love you guys a ton!

Elder Newkirk

The only photos that I have from the baptism of this weekend... I didn´t take any photos because I thought that someone was taking pics with the camera of my comp and the person that was suppose to take pics didnt take any pics...... So this is the only one that I got. But Priscilas baptism!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

week #98 -- Press on in the work -- tierra amarilla


This last week actually went by real well. Now that we are baptizing with 2 asistence just to be the test for the mission we have actually been doing well. Here as as zone we have actually been doing a little bad but in our sector we´ve been doing good! As a zone we only have 1 baptism this month. This weekend we have one baptism coming up of Pricila which is going to be good. She has been going to all the activities and has gone to church twice now. She is really cool and has progressed really well! We have also been working with a lot of other people as well to try and get them to come to church. Yesterday we had 5 investigators in church which was cool. A lot of them were new and was the first time that they came to church so hopefully they´ll come next week and want to get baptized as well. We are also still working with David. We are thinking to bring President this week to come and talk to him and hype him up! We´re going to have interviews with President on Thursday so he´ll be around and wants to visit some investigators that have been stuck progressing. So we´re going to try and set something up with him on Thursday to talk with President! We also had like 22 people compromited to come to church on Sunday but actually a lot of them fell and didn´t come through. We even had a couple that we went ourt early and woke up and said that they were going to come but didn´t show up... But we just going to keep working with them and help them come to church and see the importance to come to church. There are always some type of excuse for not coming to church on Sunday... Elia is now working legit 24/7 watching over a old lady... She doesn´t even have time to go to her our house.. Lame... So hopefully some type of miracle can happen this week!

The zone that I´m in is pretty cool. The missionaries here are really cool. I´m with a lot of missionaries from old zones when I was their zone leader. Now being just senior comp its weird not being their zone leader anymore lol. But they are all really cool. There are a lot of missionaries that say that its cool to see me die in the mission and stuff like that. Definitely miss being zone leader as well because there is always stuff to do as a zone leader but now I dont have all that much responsibility. At night now I dont have anything to do. My comp has been teaching me guitar so I know a couple songs now and have been learning lol. But the zone leaders where I´m at are pretty good. Elder Critchfield and Elder Thomas. They are good leaders! I was also in their zone before as well when I was in Antofagasta like a year ago we were in the same zone the 3 of us. Good missionaries!

Looks like there wasnt all that much snow up there lol. That sucks. It´s still really early in the season. But when I get back home there should be some good snow up there! I´m stoked! Should be some fun!

Thats good that you guys had a good church yesterday! We sometimes have to give talks and stuff like that. Every week I have the lesson of Gospel Principles which is fun. I actually like giving that class. But there are still a lot of callings open here. There are actually a lot of members here that dont have callings which should have callings. Its kinda weird. But there isn´t like any priesthood at all. Our branch president is from another sector because there isn´t anyone else that can be branch president. Our attendance is normally like 60-70 depending on the week. That one week when we had 90 asistence was a miracle haha. We didn´t even fit in the church for all that many people. There wasn´t any more chairs so we were in back just standing the whole sacrament meeting lol. All the people that like rotate every other Sunday just showed up that Sunday which was cool. So the church building is a lot smaller than other normal buildings because its only a branch as well. Definitely going to be weird singing hymns again in English. One gets accustomed to singing Spanish hymns all the time. There are quite a few songs where I dont even need to hymn book anymore as well.

Well other than that just working hard to find as many people that I can that the Lord is preparing!! Love you guys a ton and hope you have a great week!!

Elder Newkirk

Pic from this week. I dont have any other pics from this week but we played some soccer today as a zone and had a bbq. It was fun. Got a little burned and now I´m pretty tired but it was a good zone activity! The whole zone isn´t in the pic but those who were there at the end. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

week #97 - Staying in Tierra Amarilla for last transfer

Hola como esta? Como fue su semana? Espero que todo bien!

Mi semana fue buena! Íbamos a tener un bautismo esta semana pero se cayo justo ultimo minuto. La hermana que se iba a bautizar se llama Elia. Todo estaba bien toda la semana. Paso su entrevista, compartimos todos las lecciones y todo. Pero justo el día Viernes ella nos llamo en la noche diciendo que en su trabajo se cambio su turno y que tenìa que trabajar todo el fin de semana. Mas chanta! El trabajo aquí en Chile es mucho. Las personas trabajan caleta! Asì que ella no se bautizo este semana pero esperamos que esta semana se bautiza si es que no trabaja. También estamos trabajando con el David todavía. También tenemos esperanza que el se bautiza pronto. El esta mucho mas abierto ahora y somos buen amigos. El quiere venir a los Estados Unidos y visitarme así que si un Chileno viene a visitarnos no se preocupe le invitè. También ayer en la iglesia tuvimos 4 investigadores nuevos en la capilla que fue bacan. Una mujer joven que se llama Pricila que encontramos esta semana fue a la iglesia con nosotros, ella es bacan y esta progresando rápido. Ella tiene fecha para la próxima semana. Ahora en la zona nosotros tenemos que tener 2 asistencias para poder bautizar así que ahora las personas tiene que asistir 2 veces a la iglesia para que se pueden bautizar. Presidente esta tratando de probar como le va y nuestro zona es la prueba para ver como le va con 2 asistencias. Pero todo esta bien en la obra aquí en Tierra Amarilla. Vamos a seguir trabajando no mas!

Well hopefully you were able to understand a little bit of that. But everything is going well here in the work! We`re still here this transfer with Elder Riquez. So it should be a good final transfer working here with him. Sounds like we`re going to have a good time up there on the mountain! I`m stoked! Probably be going up like everyday lol! 

Well honestly other than that things are going really well. Honestly doesn't even feel like I`m heading into the last transfer. It will probably start hitting me like the last week or something like that but honestly it just feels like normal. Feels like I have little time in the mission, so things feel and are going good. Just going to keep working hard to find all the people that the Lord is preparing for us!

Love you guys a ton! Hope you guys have a great week!!

Elder Newkirk

Halloween! We found Donald Trump here in Chile haha!

There was a Halloween party at mamtias house, they made gravestones for all the Elders lol.

Pic with the zone!

Monday, October 30, 2017

week #96 - baptism of Aida

Hey!! Happy 17th Hailey!!!! Have a great day!!

This week actually went pretty well! Aida got baptized!! We definitely had a miracle as well! She has been ready for her baptism and everything but this weekend her family went to another city and she didn't want to get baptized without her family present in the baptism... But we put a little pressure on the family to get here Saturday earlier than planned so that she could get baptized. Well they got here Saturday afternoon and she got baptized!! It was actually a really good baptism because we had the "Open Church" activity in our branch this Saturday as well so there were already a lot of members there! It was a good baptism. Also the other Elders here had 2 baptisms as well so we were all able to baptize together this weekend! We are still working with David as well. We haven't really been able to see him ths week he has been pretty busy. But I did play a little bit of ping pong with him and his friends when we found them. It was pretty fun. I beat them all like 3 rounds which was fun haha. But we are good friends and everything with David but he`s a little different. In the sense that his faith isn`t that big but we`re trying to help him prepare and everything to get baptized. He didn't come to church yesterday either. We actually had quite a few people promise to come to church this Sunday but we only had 1 investigator in church. A lady called Elia. She was the one who came to the general conference a few weeks ago. She finally had time to come to church. She is really cool but whats hard is that she works all the time and hardly has any time. If she had more time to share with us she definitely would be a member already. Stupid work here! Takes peoples lives! But we still have a couple sold investigators that we have found in the week but we just have to find them and teach them more and get them to come to church!  Other than that everything's going well here in Tierra Amarilla with my comp and everything! I`m pretty sure we wont have any transfers this week, but you never know. Transfers are always crazy!

A lot of people here for the summer just go to the beach and pretty much just camp out there. Others will also take vacations and everything to like southern Chile and all that. But just depends. But summer here doesn't like officially start until like December so we still have like another month of school and everything. But even more crazy now finishing school with all the tests and homework and everything. The educational system here is a lot different! It`s a lot of studying!

Also this week we had a urgent skype video call with our mission president. He made us the promise that we can baptize weekly now. Before as a mission he always said that we can baptize monthly and now he told us weekly! I`ve always talked with him and asked why he hasn't just told missionaries why not weekly because it is definitely possible to baptize every week. But he always said that the Lord still hasn`t told him that. So I guess that Lord told him now! Now we going to do everything to baptize weekly! Right when I`m finishing as well he gives us the promise of being able to baptize weekly haha!

But just another good solid week of just working hard! I dont think we`ll have any transfers this week. I`ll probably just stay here with Elder Riquez to finish things out! But you never know transfers are always crazy and sometimes things happen that you never thought so we`ll see but I`m almost positive that nothing is going to happen! Yeah, but hope you guys have a great week! Love you guys a ton!

Elder Newkirk

Pics: Photos of Aida`s Baptism!!!

Photo with the boys! Francisco and Matias. They are a couple members from here in Tierra Amarilla. Francisco actually got baptized in Utah last year when he went down there to visit his cousin who is a member in Utah to visit the states. And while he was there he got baptized. They are both really cool, they usually come out with us a lot. We hang out a lot with them as well. Last Pday we went around Copiapo with them and then afterwards we made food. Heres the pic!

Monday, October 23, 2017

week #95 baptism for Maruja


This week was pretty solid! We had a baptism this week! Maruja got baptized this week! Nicole pulled the same thing this week as well so I think we are just going to drop her...... Anda a laar(lavar)... But yeah Marujas baptism was really good. A lot of members already know her and everything so a lot of members came to the baptism! Pretty much all her family are members active in the church and now it was her time to get baptized in the church! Also Aida was super good to get baptized this weekend but she was really busy with a ton of stuff and couldn`t make it so we are planning her baptism this weekend! We also have a youth that came to church this Sunday. His name is David and is 17. His sister is a convert whos like 19 who actually got baptized secretly in the church without her parents knowing because they wouldnt have supported her. But her brother came to church and we have started to share with him more because before he shared a lot with missionaries as well. But he is really cool and likes the church as well but we have to go to get to know the parents more as well to see if they`ll let him get baptized or not. But that happenes a lot here. Find a really cool youth that progresses a ton but their parents wont let them get baptized. The same is passing with the other Elders here in Tierra Amarilla, they have a chick coming to church and all the activities and everything but her mom doesnt give her permission to get baptized....lame.

Other than that this week has actually been pretty slow. Not a ton happened this week. Seems like no one was home and there was like no one in the streets either. All the kids are entering into the last downhill of school and all that here before summer vacations. Also there was like a huge stop of school here for like a month and a half without classes so the kids are making up all that time now with a ton of homework and school on Saturday as well. So seems like the whole city is pretty much dead which kinda sucks. A little slow the work here but we are just going to keep working hard. The Lord always puts people in our way that are ready to receive the Gospel in their lives!

Looks like you had some fun at the concert that you went too! I feel like if I dont go a day here in Chile without smelling marijuana then it feels like I`m not in Chile. So I definitely feel you there haha.

Yeah still have 2 more weeks in this transfer and then we head into the last one. Its a weird feeling because I never thought that I would honestly get to this point but the time has just been going fast and I cant believe it. I still feel like I`m just starting the mission and am still learning things every day! Its a weird feeling, I want to get back home to just get back into life but I also want to stay here and be a missionary! Its weird but the best thing to do is just to accept it and turn the chapter when the time comes!

Other than that things are going well here in Tierra Amarilla! Love you guys a ton! Hope you have an amazing week!

Elder Newkirk

A few photos from the baptism from this weekend! 
I found on the camera that it has a time lapse feature so I used it from our trip from Copiapo to Tierra Amarilla which turned out kinda cool!

Monday, October 16, 2017

week #94 -- Tierra Amarilla still working hard!

Hey! Happy Birthday tomorrow Dad!! Hope you have a great day!! Going for 50 right? just like mom haha

My weekend was definitely pretty crazy. The week actually went really well. On Tuesday I went out in my sector working with one of the zone leaders, Elder Critchfield. We found a ton of people and did a lot of good work that day with him. Then the rest of the week was just working. Then we get to Friday when the fun starts happening. So last email I mentioned Nicole a girl that we`ve been teaching and went to church last week right. Well she progressed a ton! She stopped smoking and stopped a lot of things and was super ready to get baptized. She had her interview with Elder Critchfield as well and passed and everything was good! Then we get to Friday, we went to go pass by her house in the night to pass her the baptism tunic and everything, we get there and there is dude in her house. After the lesson and everything we were thinking who that would be and stuff like that and he said that he got there to live there in the house so we got scared and were thinking that it was her boyfriend or something like that. So we passed by Saturday morning to double check everything to make sure she was all good(same day as the baptism). We found out that the guy is her daughters dad...... She said that they dont have any relationship at all anymore and they are also in different rooms sleeping and everything but we still had to find what was going on and if she could even get baptized because that still is like living together without being married because they obviously had a relationship before. So we called all our leaders and everyone until we got to mission president to see if she could still be baptized or not. He told us to call him in an hour after thinking about the situation. So we got to ok to baptize her if there wasn`t any relation and they were pretty much just living as friends and everything. So we went a told her and everything was good again for the baptism. Then like 1 hour before the baptism she  sent us a text message saying that she couldn`t make it to the baptism because something happened to her nephew and had to go and see him fast... So we talked with her and branch president and everything and planned the baptism for Sunday morning before the sacrament meeting at 9am and everything was back to being good. So Sunday we got up really early at 6am to go to the church and fill up the font and everything. Then it got to like 8:30 and she wasn`t answering her phone or anything so we felt like we needed to go her house to see what was up. We went booking over to her house and the daughters dad answered the door half asleep saying that she left really early in the morning because the daughter was sick... So she ended up not getting baptized. I honestly think that she was up there in her house yesterday morning but we still havent gone to visit her so we really dont know whats up... Pretty stressful and kinda sucked but still we good and just going to keep working hard here with animo!

We also have a couple of other investigators that are really good that can also get baptized this weekend. Aida has been doing good and stopped smoking for a little bit now so if she doesnt smoke this week she could get baptized. Also we have a lady called Maruja who is a mom of a ton of members and everything. Like she whole family are members active in the church, she even has a granddaughter in Utah studying. But she has never been baptized. Well she got cancer looks like... So now she also wants to get baptized finally. Sometimes strong things have to happens in peoples lives to change them. So we`re also going to be working with her this week so that she can get baptized. Also we had a girl come to church this Sunday as well, Yasiara! She is really cool but we honestly haven`t taught her a lot or met her parents that well so we have to go and see whats up as well with her. Shes really cool and got a long really well with all the young women in church. We also have a couple other people that didn`t end up going to church yesterday like normal but we`re going to keep working with them to help them go to church and get baptized!

Yeah on Monday it was a good hike. We got pretty high up there! But yeah those dogs just followed us up the mountain lol. A couple of them were members dogs just following them. But yeah pretty much in every city here in northern Chile there are just a ton of dogs. But today for Pday we played soccer like normal as a zone and watched Shrek lol. Shrek is one of movies that are approved to watch as a zone so we watched that today. I honestly dont know why Shrek is on the list but it was good haha. Long time since I`ve seen it! A little different in Spanish as well!

That would definltey be cool to work on fireworks sometime as well! Would be cool to see them from right under!

Hope you guys have a great week! Also have a great birthday tomorrow Dad!! Hope you have a great day! Also have fun at your metal concert! Love you guys a ton!

Elder Newkirk