Monday, December 25, 2017

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!

Love
Elder Newkirk



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Monday, October 9, 2017

week #93 -- working in Tierra Amarilla

Hola como tai po? Feliz Cumpleaños Mama! Espero que ha tenido un gran día!!

Esta semana fue buena! Mucho caminando en el sol, esta haciendo mucho mas calor cada dia! Pero estamos bien trabajando aquí en la viña del Señor! Solamente tratando de traer almas a Cristo en este tiempo que me queda! Well so things have been going well with the investigators as well! We are teaching someone who is called MariaJose. Her boyfriend is a member of the Church less active and has been listening to the missionaries for like a month now. She´s 17 but she is really cool and we´re trying to get her baptized. She pretty much has everything and has gone to church as well but now just says that she wants to feel an answer and a desire to get baptized. So we´re just going to keep working with her to help her out because I know that she has already gotten an answer and everything but we´re going to just help her out to enter into the waters of baptism. Sometimes agency sucks lol! The missionaries here have also been working with another investigator for a while who is an old lady who's been going to church but she has to stop smoking so that she can get baptized, her name is Aida. She is actually really close to stop smoking she has gone from smoking boxes a day to like 1 or 2 a day and she has also gone a couple days without smoking so she is really close as well. We also have another investigator who went to church yesterday with us who is a single mother who has 3 little kids who just got here to Tierra Amarilla from southern Chile who lives in a Toma. She is really really good and really receptive and everything. She also just has to stop smoking and she´ll also be ready to be baptized because she has been progressing really fast because it was just a contact that we did in the street with her but she is really cool, her name is Nicole. We have also been sharing with a lot of other people who are also really cool but still haven't gone to church and havent been progressing as much as the other but we are going to keep working with them to help them to progress more as well! Sunday morning we had a lot of people committed to come to church and we got out in the street at like 8:00-8:30ish to go out and pass by all the people who said they were going to church to wake them up and help them come to church. A lot of people fell..... But that's normal and happens all the time. There are a lot of people that say yes, yes ,yes but when it actually comes down to it......Different story... But other than that things are going good down here. I´m having some fun here just working hard till the end!

Conferences and interviews with President went really well! In my interview President was asking me about some of my plans and all that after the mission! Gave me just a little bit of advice, I bet he´ll give a lot more when I get to the end, but it was some good advice and told me not to worry about it. Also told me that I was one of the best missionaries that he´s had in the mission which was cool and that the Lord was pleased with the work that I was doing. Also gave me a shoutout in the conference that we had with all the missionaries from the south part of the mission! Definitely a good feeling to know that I´m working hard and doing a good job! but it was a good conference and learned a couple things but not anything too big or different.

Also yesterday Tierra Amarilla had the highest attendance that I think that they have ever had. We broke like 90 people that came to church. We literally ran out of seats to sit on and we were just standing up in the back of the sacrament meeting lol. Also had to bless the water 2 times because we ran out as well. The branch here in progressing a lot and a lot more people are coming to church. So the work here in actually going really well and we are working well with the branch and the members!

Yeah to train a new missionary there is a program that the church has which is called the first 12 weeks which is just like a little book that we study from to train the new missionary coming into the mission field. Other than that it is just an example like you were saying and just helping them accustom to missionary life and everything. But Elder Riquez is already a good missionary so there isn´t a lot of training to do lol.

Today we got up and went on a hike here also with the branch with a couple of people that came with us. It was actually a pretty good hike. I´ll send some pictures! Tierra Amarilla is just a little town the is just surrounded by mountains so there are a lot of hikes here that we could do. But it was pretty fun!

Looks like you guys also had a fun time down there in Boise!! Too bad for Dalton´s team but next game they´ve got it for sure! I bet Dalton is just like a machine out there playing football. I´ll have to go watch one of his games sometime as well! And geez you guys are rich just buying a new car! Looks like the Lord is definitely blessing you guys! Don´t fall into pride there lol😉 But that will be a good car to go up snowboarding this year! Hopefully we´ll be able to get out to the mountain a lot! I´m stoked!! but looks like things are going well and you guys had a great weekend! Have fun getting back into the normal schedule this week!! Love you guys a ton! Have a great week!!!

Love
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Monday, October 2, 2017

week#92 - working hard in Tierra Amarilla

Hey whats up?

First week here in Tierra Amarilla has been pretty good! Its quite a small town but it is a lot of fun. Definitely the most green part that I have been in. Our house is out back of our Mamita who gives us lunch which is like in a forest. Its actually pretty cool. I`ll have to take a video and send it to you guys. But everything's going well here with my new comp. He`s not super newbie because he`s been out already for one transfer but I came here to finish his training. But things are going really well with him. He is actually really cool, also teaches really well! He is also really funny, I`m having a lot of fun with him. We have also been working real hard in Tierra Amarilla. There are actually quite a few solid investigators here that we are working with. We should be seeing some baptisms here real soon! Definitely a lot different not being a Zone Leader anymore either. It`s now just way to chill and I really dont have to worry about anything else just my sector and my comp. I actually kinda miss being Zone Leader is was a lot of fun and I learned a ton. But now we just have to worry about the sector and get out there and work hard!

Conference was also really good this weekend. A lot of good talks! I really liked the talks from President Uchtdorf about our pathway back to our Heavenly Father. Elder Holland about perfection. Elder Callister with pure fire about the Book of Mormon. But I think my favorite out of them all was Elder Rasband`s talk about Gods plan for us and how he makes the moves for us on the chess board and that there is no coincidence in life. I definitely am going to have to print out some of those talks and also listen to them to study them out because there were a lot of great talks this conference. But Sunday morning I didn`t really listen to all that well because I was pretty sick. Saturday night after Priesthood session a member took us out to eat completos and I think I ate a bad completo and was throwing up Sunday morning. But in the afternoon I was feeling better and today I`m back to normal. But yeah stupid completos, soo good but sometimes risky lol.

But yeah everything's going good. I don't have all that many photos to send this week. One with my new comp here in the cyber. Also I found one of my converts from Tal Tal. Remember Yerack??? He`s here in Copiapo studing now and still going strong in the church!! It was really cool to be able to see him in the conference! But I`ll try to get some more pics for this next week. Today we are also going to play soccer with President with the 2 zones together. Also have interviews again with him today and zone conferences with President tomorrow. So that should be fun! But yeah that's about it! Love you guys a ton! Hope you have a great week in Boise!! Send me pics too!

Love
Elder Newkirk



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

week #91 - New transfer. Last sector of the mission - To Tierra Amarilla

Hola! Buena entonces hubo cambios! Estoy ahora en Copiapo en un pueblito que se llama Tierra Amarilla. Viaje ayer todo el día como 11 horas en el bus, fue divertido jaja. Pero bueno ahora estamos aquí en el sector. Vengo aquí para terminar el entrenamiento de Elder Riquez de Chile. El es super bueno y estoy animado para estar aquí con el. Pero ya no soy lider de zona y ahora voy en mi ultimo sector para morir en paz. Estoy super animado para trabajar duro aquí y puro bautizar no mas a todos! Fue un cambio un poco raro pero esta bien! Voy a extrañar Calama, de hecho no querría irme de ahí pero donde el Señor manda me voy. Deje algunos investigadores super bakanes. También hay bautismos ahí este semana con Raymi y también con las Columbinas(hay un fotos con ellas). Raymi es de la República Dominicana. Espero ver fotos del bautismo de ellos ahì en Calama! También logramos la meta ahí justo cuando me fue también. Justo logramos 16 bautismos como zona y ahora van a poder viajar a San Pedro que es un pueblo cerca de Calama pero muy turística. Chuta, esperaba ir por allá! Pero todo esta bien aquì!

Well other than that not too much happened this week that happened. Just a lot of runnning around like normal as zone leader. But now I`m not going to have to worry about that all that much. I`ll just be able to chill here in my sector with Elder Riquez and work hard! I`m actually really excited for these last couple transfers and I`m just going to keep working hard and doing all I can here in Tierra Amarilla. I hope that you guys were also able to understand the first paragraph as well. But yeah other than that I made it here safe and everything is good here. Next week I`ll have some more information about the sector and all that. I just got here last night. But so far so good.

But yeah all the photos this week are pretty much just goodbyes with some members and a couple investigatores as well also a couple of other pics. But yeah not all that much to write about this week.

Hope you guys have a great week and learn a lot from the conference this weekend! Watch all the sessions!! Love you guys a ton!! Nos vemos hasta la próxima!

Love
Elder Newkirk






















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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

week #90 Chile Independance day! Lots of photos and some videos!

Hola como estamos?

Bueno me dijo que quería que escribiera un poco en Español entonces voy a hacerlo jaja. Bueno como ustedes pueden ver he tomado muchas fotos esta semana. Enserio esta semana ha sido uno de los mejores semanas de mi mision! Fue tan bakan!! Muchas cosas ha pasado esta semana y con no mucho tiempo para poder escribir todo pero voy a hacer mi mayor esfuerzo para poder escribir todo pero vamos a cambiar a Ingles ahora para que usteds pueden entender lo que paso esta semana!

Yeah back to English. Well this week was crazy good. So on Monday we ended up going bowling which was a ton of fun. Elder Kirk taught me how to spin the ball and throw some crazy spins to strike it. It was a ton of fun. Then on Tuesday I headed off to Tocopilla to go and do interviews there. They had 4 baptisms in Tocopilla so they had a good week. Also while I was there I took a lot of photos as well as you can see with the district there, Elder Taylor and Vicente and also the Sisters Cortes and Llanca. Also they have there in Tocopilla like a shrine of Alexis Sanchez who is a really popular soccer player that is from Tocopilla but its a pretty cool shrine that they got going on down there. Also I got those graffiti photos that you asked for! A lot of them. Ask and ye shall recieve. Then on Wednesday we had another comp exchange with Ascotan with Elder Kirk. I was with him all day working which was a lot of fun! He is a lot of fun to work with. Then the rest of the week we were just working running around helping out the zone as well. We are with 14 baptisms right now as a zone and we are working really well. Our goal this month is 16 baptisms as a zone and we are going to reach it si o si! But everything is going good. Also all weekend we´ve been going crazy doing stuff with the holidays going on right now for the independence of Chile which you can see a couple things that we did. The activity with the ward on Saturday. Also Gaspar got baptized which was really cool!! He is really cool and was really ready for it as well! We also have some other people that we are teaching. There is family of Columbians that we are teaching that are progressing a lot as well and hopefully they should get baptized soon as well. But we are in the last week of transfers so there is a possibility that I might get moved to finish the mission in my last sector but we´ll see what happens this week! Also Sunday we had interviews with President which was cool as well. We talked a little bit about a couple things but not a ton. Then today is the official independence day for Chile which has been a ton of fun. As a zone we went to a giant fair to look at things I also bought a couple things which are really cool. Couple gifts as well! Then we have been in the house with a member all day long eating and writing and they had up put on traditional Chile queca clothes for their national dance. But just all in all a really fun and solid week here in Chile. Probably one of the best weeks of my mission! Well I wish I had a little more time to write but I don´t! Hopefully you guys enjoy the pics and videos that I took this week. Quite a lot! Well love you guys a ton and hope you have a great week!!

Love
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