Monday, August 14, 2017

week #85 - new companion - Elder Jennings

Hey how`s it going?!

My week was pretty good. Just another chill week and last week of the transfer! Crazy transfer this time! I get a "new" comp, he`s also gringo. Elder Jennings! Pretty crazy! Going to get back together with him as my new comp but this time as zone leaders! So I guess you could say I got a "new" comp. The first gringo comp in the mission field. Haven`t been with a gringo since the MTC with Elder Jennings and Elder Wild! He gets here tonight at like 8pm, he`s coming from Arica. Elder Torrico went to Antofagasta to finish the mission because he only has 1 transfer left! Pretty crazy how fast time flys! I knew him when he only had like 8 months!! He went to finish the mission training and opening up a sector! But things should be fun with Elder Jennings again, should be interesting to see what happens to someone after 20 months in the mission! Other than that there weren`t any other huge transfers. Elder Kirk is going to go and train as well so we should be having a newbie in the pension!

Other than that this week has been pretty nice. Just working during the week and trying to find some new people. We actually found a couple people that are really cool and I think will progress fast! Only they didn`t come to church this week. It was a little hard to get people to come to church this week because we had a time change on Sunday. We went an hour ahead and lost an hour of sleep. Not going to lie I`m pretty tired right now lol. So not a lot of people came to church on Sunday. Seems like not a lot of people knew about the change of time but theres always next week! I feel like this new change will be really good because Elder Torrico was a little dead and wasn`t in a full machine mode to work so I`ve been going down a little bit as well but with this new change we`re going to work really hard and have a lot more baptisms! Si o si!

Ingrid is still progressing a ton! She is always going to church and everything. She has also read a ton of the Book of Mormon. But just needs to get married. I also want to baptize her daughter but she is really lazy and still hasn`t came to church. Even less with this time change! How do you guys get Hailey to church? lol! We`ve also got Hamlet who is Cleusa`s son who is 22. He is really cool as well and has gone to church 3 times already with his family. He actually has a baptism date for this weekend so we`re going to work hard with him this week and have his interview so that he can get baptized this weekend! Other than that there are a lot of other investigators that we`re going to work hard with so that they can progress more and be able to go to church and get baptized! It`s definitely possible to baptize every single week. I know that the Lord is preparing people every week for us but it just depends on us and our faith! Got to work hard to be able to find these people that He is preparing!!

On the weekend we were just running around saying bye to the people for Elder Torrico. I was camera man for the weekend lol. It was good, Elder Torrico has been here for a really long time so a lot of the members are going to miss him. He`s been here for like 7 1/2 months now so he knows a ton of people and had to say bye to a lot of them. I`ve got a couple where I took selfies as well!

But yeah I`m just going to keep working hard here in Calama! There isn`t anything else to do! I`ve been called here to work and to help out all the other missionaries here in the zone! We`ve got to work a little bit harder with the sisters because I feel like somethings going on over there as well but I`ll just keep it at that(shouldn`t go into details).

It`s crazy how fast the time has just been flying by! I can`t believe that another transfers has gone down! Only 3 more to go is super crazy! Never thought that I would be here with almost 20 months in the mission. But I have seriously loved every moment of it and I`m going to give it all for what`s left!

Well love you guys a ton! Looks like you guys had a great time in 6 flags, thanks for going without me....😜 Love ya a ton! I know the Lord will bless you guys if you keep living the gospel and keeping the commandments! Hope you guys have an awesome week!!

Love
Elder Newkirk

Pics: Our district!
Goodbyes with Elder Torrico





The last pic with the pension in the morning right before Elder Torrico and Elder Clark left(also with our Bishop)




Pic with glasses! Elder Clark gave them to me because he never uses them and someone gave them away to him. I actually like them! They don`t have all that of an increase so I`ve just been trying them out and wearing them a little bit.



Today`s Pday with the boys! I`ve been with Elder Kirk and Elder Recca for the day! We played some foosball in the house of our Papitos at lunch today! It was pretty fun lol! Also went and walked around the mall and checked some things out! I definitley wish I could have just bought a ton of clothes and stuff! I saw a ton of stuff that I liked! Shopping! lol. Now were going to walk a little bit around downtown to go and shop a little bit more. Thanks for the Birthday money Grandma and Grandpa Oldroyd!!





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

week #84 -- Happy Birthday Elder Newkirk!! Big "20"

Hey!

This week went by real fast! A ton of stuff happened this week! The leadership meeting went really really well. One of the best meetings that I´ve been in with President! Birthday also went really well! I´ll have to send all the photos and everything! A lot of photos this week!

But yeah on Tuesday we had the leadership meeting! President and Sister Ferreira talked a lot about the diligence and also the obedience. If we develop these two attributes of Christ then we will be able to have a lot of miracles and a lot more success. We also read a lot from Alma 26 which was a chapter pretty much written for our mission right now because we have also been reaching heights right now as a mission. This last month we had 157 baptisms as a mission! All of the other numbers have also gone way up which is really cool to see all the miracles happening and everything that is happening in the mission right now! Idk there is a ton that happened this leadership meeting that we had but it was really really good. We also learned who are going to be the new zone leaders this next transfer because we are now in the last week of transfers and I´m going to get one of them as my next comp. It will either be Elder Barney, Howe, Thomas, or Huarhua so there is a 3/4 chance that I´ll be getting a gringo as my first gringo comp in the mission field! But knowing my mission and everything I´ll probably get Elder Huarhua as my comp, he´s Latino so it wouldn´t surprise me lol. But we´ll see what happens this week! 

But yeah my birthday went really well actually! We had zone training and all the missionaries in the zone did something for me and bought a cake and sang happy birthday which was nice. Then there was another family, the papitos of the missionaries which are really nice and one of the coolest families that I have met in my mission that invited me to their house at night and also bought me a cake for me and sang. Also in lunch on Saturday they family sang to me happy birthday and gave me a small treat. Also Sunday investigators invited me to their house to eat dinner as well and they wished me happy birthday. Also more cake.... So dont worry I had a good birthday and had a ton of cake. I´ve still got some cake saved in the fridge lol! But yeah really good birthday here this year! The people here in Calama are really nice! The shoes got here all good as well they are actually really nice I like them a lot! Also got the card from Grandma Oldroyd and also Dalton! Thanks guys for the cards!! I liked the drawing that Dalton did lol! (He drew a pic of us all playing Skum) But thanks for all the Bday wishes and for the package that you guys sent me!!

We havent been able to find Marisol or David all week long. Really sad. We've called them during the week and when we pass by they arent home or just dont open up. I´m pretty sure one time we knocked we heard a shhhhh on the other side. So theyre pretty much gone, sad story but not much that we can do now, free agency of people. But weve been able to work a few other families that are really nice. A lot of them have to go to church though! Also a ton of them have to get married which kinda sucks! In Alto Hospicio we were finding everyone that were just married and ready for the gospel and everything but here we have just been finding people that need more work to enter into the waters of baptism. For example with the family that I sent pics with is Ingrid and her family! The lady that was going to get baptized but we found out she isnt married with her husband(who is really funny and is pretty much always drunk because he drinks a lot of wine, he says since Jesus drank wine then he can). There is also a pretty funny pic with the husband because he is always crazy and listening to music really loud all the time as well. But yeah Ingrid has gone to church like 3 times now, we are trying to get her daughter to go to church but she reminds me a lot of Hailey. She stays up all night chatting and is lazy to get out of bed in the mornings to go to church. She promised us to go to church yesterday but she didnt wake up. She told us next week si o si! We also met their neighbors who also said that they were going to go to church with Ingrid next Sunday. So we should be having some more baptisms soon! We better!!! But we just have to get out there and find some more people who are ready for the gospel! 

Well other than that, that was pretty much my week this week. Also got a little sick over the weekend but I´m already used to getting sick now lol. Just a cold over the weekend but I´m already getting over it. Hope all the job stuff works out and can get the pay your looking for! Also sounds like you guys had a good time celebrating my birthday in Cheesecake Factory without me! Thanks, lol! Love ya guys a ton and hope you have a great week!!

Love
Elder Newkirk












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Monday, July 31, 2017

week #83 - Baptism of Freddie and Cleusa

Hey!

Definitely a busy week this week! Tuesday we had the conference in Antofagasta as a zone. It was really good. President talked a lot about verification and helping people go through with their compromises. It was really good. Learned a few things that I´m going to start to do to help people to go church and do other things like pray, read, etc.. Also got my package when I went down to Antofa. It got here all beat up and disformed lol. I´ll send a pic. I actually opened it up to see if everything inside was still good. Everythings all good inside. I also took out the travel pillow because I had to travel to Tocopilla for Wednesday.

All day Wednesday I was with the Elderes in Tocopilla. Elder Taylor and Elder Camera. They are really good missionaries. It was good to be able to work with them in Tocopilla to teach and help them out with a couple things and questions that they had. We also had to go a couple interviews for the sister missionaries there as well. It was probably one of the most interesting baptism interviews that I have ever done in my life. Yeah so it was a 83 year old grandma. She has been going to church for the longest time there in Tocopilla because its pretty close to her house. But I´ll just leave it at she didn´t want to live the word of wisdom with tea. And she also had a problem with the law of chastity even though she lives alone...... Her first lover from the year 1950 who lives far away and comes to visit her like every couple months.... I´ll just leave it at that....  I hope I´m still going strong at 83 hahaha.

Also this week in our sector we had 2 baptisms!! Cleusa and Freddy got baptized this week!! Marisol and David didn´t get baptized this week. Marisol is back with her ex bf and he is living back in the house so she couldn´t get baptized. David couldn´t get baptized either because he has to go to church more because he is only a kid still.. Kinda lame when people tell you they want to change their lives and everything but do to complete opposite. David called us Saturday night at like midnight crying because his mom was drinking. He called and I answered the phone and all I hear is "my mom is sinning, what should I do?" I felt really bad for the kid. I told him to say a prayer to God and to go and get some sleep and that we´ll pass by tomorrow morning to bring them to church. Well they haven´t answered the door still. We haven´t found her since then as well. Really sad, I felt really bad. So hopefully we´ll be able to find the family soon and help them!

But back to the good news with the baptisms this week! Freddy and Cleuse got baptized! They are really cool. Cleusa got up and bore her testimony after her baptism in front of everyone and it was really cool! She also called me their Godfather because I baptized them both. In the Catholic church they have Godfather´s when they baptize babies so she called me the Godfather lol. It was funny! But they are really awesome and I think will grow a lot in the gospel! Definitely a golden family!

Then we also had our interviews with President yesterday after church. He came to Calama and was in church with us. My interview went really well. He told me that I´ll be put in charge of the zone this next transfer and that I´ll probably be getting a new comp that has never been zone leader before and have to train him how it works! Should be pretty fun! But I guess we´ll find out exactly when the transfers happen in like 2 weeks. He also told that I will be training a new missionary si o si before I finish the mission! I´m excited because I still haven´t been able to train yet. President also told me that one day I´m going to be a bishop and that I need to learn now how to be a leader in the leadership position that I have. Whelp... But it was a really good interview! I always love to be around President and talk with him. Tomorrow we are heading down Antofa again for the leadership council! More traveling whoooo!

Hope you´ll finally get the answer for the job this week! I have been praying every day for you guys! Hope everything works out!!

Love you guys a ton and hope that you guys have a great week!

Love
Elder Newkirk


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Our group that came to the mission together. Only missing Elder Jennings!

BAPTISM OF CLEUSA AND FREDDY TA!

BAPTISM OF CLEUSA AND FREDDY TA!

Selfie with Elder Kirk

Heres the package.......... I think they were playing soccer or something with the box

Heres the package.......... I think they were playing soccer or something with the box

Today we went to eat huge hamburgers in a place called La Selva(The Jungle)... It was pretty great!

Today we went to eat huge hamburgers in a place called La Selva(The Jungle)... It was pretty great!

Monday, July 24, 2017

week #82 - Calama working in the Lords vineyard...baptisms next week

Que pasa con vo loco? When you start your emails in Spanish you talk a little ghetto hahaha

Well this week actually went pretty well. We actually didn´t end up having the baptism because we went to visit her Tuesday with the Bishop and we found out that she isn´t married..... We were like 99.9% sure that she was married because when we asked her once she told us that she was and when we passed by on Tuesday we found out that she didn´t get married legally. She got married with some tribe thing that doesn´t count... Oh chilenos... So that´s what happened with the baptism this week. The Bishop just made fun of us afterwards as well haha. The Bishop is actually really nice here. Today we actually went to his house because he wanted us to pass by to see a collection that he has in his house. He has like a complete Nintendo collection. He has a ton of consoles and video games and just like everything. He has things as well that cost like more than $1000. He broke out a couple old school consoles and stuff like that from Japan to show some of the games to us as well. He also had the Virtual Boy that we tryed out for a second. It was pretty cool! But that´s pretty much what we did today is just hang out and look at the Bishops collection. His name is Andres Acuña, good Bishop. I´ll have to take some photos another day because I forgot my camera...

Well getting back to the baptisms and working in the Lords vineyard. We should be having 4 baptisms this week! We had 7 investigators in church yesterday and 4 of them are going to get baptized! Marisol and her son David and going to get baptized this week. They were the ones that were suppose to go to church last week to get baptized but weren´t able to go but they came this week and are excited for their baptism for this Saturday. Then we have another couple that are going to get baptized as well. Freddy and Cleyusa(or something like that, her name is a little difficult). He is from Bolivia and she is from Brazil actually. First person that I´ve taught from Brazil and the first person I´m going to baptize from Brazil as well! She speaks Portuguese and Spanish. When she speaks in Portuguese I can understand a little bit but Portuguese is really cool. They actually went to church last week but in another ward. The sister missionaries last week passed us the reference because they live in our ward. But they are super ready also for their baptism this weekend. They already know a couple members in the ward from their work as well! So we should be having some baptisms yes or yes this weekend!

Our zone actually only has 8 baptisms this month of July. I´m definitely used to Alto Hospicio where we were able to baptize a lot more as a zone. I definitely think as well that the Lord expects a lot more from us. So we´ve been working hard with the missionaries especially the leaders here to be able work better and harder here in Calama.

Tomorrow we get to all go down to Antofagasta as well for a zone conference with President. We will be with the 2 zones in Antofagasta and our zone here in Calama. Should be a good conference. Our President I think will talk a lot about investigators in church in this conference. I actually have to direct the conference tomorrow which should be fun. We take a bus at 5:30am tomorrow which should also be fun. But I actually get to head to Tocopilla afterwards to go and work with the missionaries in Tocopilla. Tocopilla is another city in our zone that is like 3 hours away. This city is actually a little famous because a real famous soccer player is from there. Alexis Sanchez. They even have a statue of him there. Hopefully I´ll be able to take a photo with the statue when I go there!

Another than that my week was another week of just working. And this week coming up should be pretty good!

Sounds like things are going well for you guys as well! Looks like fun there in Utah! (I feel like I say that like every week because you guys travel a ton without me...) Good luck with the job this week! Hopefully you´ll finally have all the answers this week and everything will work out! The Lord will definitely put you guys in the right place!

Love ya guys a ton!

Love
Elder Newkirk

Voy a tener fotos la aproxima semana! Lo siento!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

week #81 - working hard in Calama

Hey! My week was pretty good! I´ve actually been having a lot of fun here with Elder Torrico and the house that we are living in! I feel different here like I´m enjoying everything a lot more. We are still working really hard and finding a lot of people to teach and to baptize as well. Haven´t had a baptism in a while actually but we are working hard to be able to find someone who is ready. This week if everything works out well we should be having one baptism this week. We had a new investigator come to church this Sunday who is super motivated to keep learning and stuff like that. Her name is Ingrid, she is really cool and has been reading a lot and has been really interested. So if everything goes well then she should get baptized this week! We were actually going to have 2 more this week but they weren´t able to go to church. They are the people in the photo that I´m sending this week. I was with Elder Shelton who is the assistant to President who came to Calama for a day to be able to work with the missionaries as us as well. We went there so that he could do the baptism interview for them. They passed the interview and everything was good to go. Its the mom with her 10 year old kid. Her name is Marisol and his name is David. We passed by Saturday night as well and everything was good to go to bring them to church this Sunday but Sunday morning someone went and robbed her dad´s house so they were over there in the morning. Stupid Satan, wish I could use a stronger word... They were super ready and everything but we´ll have to wait until the next week. We´re just going to keep visiting them this week and helping them so that they can go to church this Sunday.

The only difficulties that we are having right now not just here but in all the mission is bring people to church. You guys got any tips or tricks to get people to church?  How´d you guys get me to go to church as a kid? haha

Sounds like Hailey had a great time at girls camp! You too dad with your cute fingernails painted!

Hopefully that you´ll be able to find a job soon! Definitely in my prayers everyday! Just have to keep looking and keep going with faith! I´ve actually been reading a book that we got permission to read that´s called drawing on the powers of heaven by grant von harrison and I have learned a ton about faith and how to call on the powers of heaven in our lives. As a missionary and not as a missionary as well. I would definitely recommend it! 

Hopefully you guys have a good time in Utah this week! Say hi to everyone there! 

Well other than that my week was just pretty chill of just working and getting to know my sector. My comp this Tuesday went off to Tocopilla which is part of our zone but 3 hours away. So he went there all day long to be able to help out the missionaries there with interviews and stuff like that. So I was in the sector all day with a recent convert who is super awesome who always leaves out with us. So I had to be in my sector not knowing it at all. I had just had a map and a list of some names of people to visit. It was a day of talking to a lot of people in the street and getting to know the sector. It went really well actually and found a lot new people to start to teach. Other than that it was pretty chill getting to know more members and some part families. 

I´ve also been learning how to play the ukelele. My comp has one. It´s a lot of fun. Thinking about buying one now as well lol! I´ve been learning a ton here in this sector and also the ukelele.

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

Love
Elder Newkirk

Monday, July 10, 2017

week #80 -- new zone - Working hard to find new investigators

Hey!

This week has been pretty good! It´s been a little different working with Elder Torrico because he is a lot more relaxed and likes to have more fun. Him and Elder Lozano are a complete change but it has actually been really good. There is a reason why I got put with Elder Torrico here in Calama because I feel like we´ll be able to learn a lot from each other! Elder Torrico is pretty close to finishing the mission. He goes home in September. There´s a chance that I might kill him, when I mean kill him it means to be his last comp when he finishes the mission.

This week we didn´t have any baptisms because Andres didn´t pass his baptism interview. He´s a youth, he´s 15. He is a little different and has a lot of personal problems but we´re going to keep working with him a little bit to help him to change the things that he needs to and to help him out. We were going to have 2 baptisms this week of a couple people that we found just talking with people, knocking doors, and looking at the old investigators but the both of them didn´t go to church this Sunday so we´ll have to try to get them to church this Sunday so that they can get baptized next week! One of them is a girl whos name is Diyanaira(good luck pronouncing that), shes 17 from Santa Cruz Bolivia. We knocked on her door because missionaries have passed by her house to talk with the parents but we found her and started to teach her! She is really cool and believes a lot in God and knows a lot of stuff. She has had a lot of questions for us and I definitely see her as a future missionary but she didn´t go to church because she had to baby sit and few kids Sunday morning....😭 We also found another person that is really ready for baptism also. She was an old investigator but we passed by and told us that she has been waiting for us to come back because she wants to go to church and get baptized! She remembers almost everything that the missionaries taught in the past so we sent her to the baptism interview(which she passed) and everything was ready to go to be able to go to church on Sunday. But my comp went and passed by with a member to go pick her up and she just recently woke up so my comp went to go pick up a couple more people and when he went back for her she was leaving her house with her kids in some truck....... So that was kinda lame... But we´ll see whats up this week so that hopefully she can go to church and be able to get baptized the next week as well!

We have also been working with a lot of people who are part family members. We work a lot with the members here in this ward. Elder Torrico likes to work a lot with the members and visit them and stuff but it´s actually good because I need to learn how to work more with members as well and gain their confidence. So it´s been good working with Elder Torrico, only sometimes he gives a little bit of juice. But I´ve been getting to know a couple of the members here in the new ward! We have like an attendence of like 110-120 people. Our ward is the Stake building. The church here is huge!! It´s a really cool church, its real different from the other churches! I´ll have to try and take a pic of it this week! But yeah the members here are really nice and pretty cool! There are also a lot of members that are pretty rich as well. Calama is just a pure mining town pretty much so a lot of the people here have money. There are parts that are ghetto like every city but our ward is pretty rich. We also eat lunch with the members everyday which is nice as well! So we dont have a mamita, only a mamita that washes our clothes like normal.

Yeah Calama is the coldest part of all of the mission during winter. It gets really really cold at night and in the mornings. But the weird thing is that it gets pretty hot during the day... It is also really really dry here. My hands have been pretty dry and I´ve gotten a couple nose bleeds. It is a literal desert. But thanks Grandma Newkirk for the jacket that you bought me before the mission! I thought I would never have to use it but I have been using it here every night! I´ve also been getting some sun... I always forget to put on sunscreen because I´m normally running out of the house when we leave so I normally forget sunscreen, that´s why I´ve been getting burned.. Also the sun is really strong here as well also in Alto Hospicio the sun was pretty strong.

Here in the zone as well everythings has been going great! The missionaries here work hard and are doing really well. The numbers this week have been good almost everyone reached the standards of the mission this week which is 14 lessiones with member, 10 new investigatores, 6 baptism dates, and 6 investigatores in church. The only thing that we´re missing is more people in church and also more baptisms. We have the goal this month to be able to have 34 baptisms in the zone but we only have 3 as of now.. This weekend we should be having at least 8 baptisms and after this week we still have 2 weeks to go this month of July! So we´re just going to keep working hard with the zone and also keep baptizing!!

Looks like you guys have been able to keep busy as well this week! Looks like you had a great 4th of July! We made a cake in our house for the 4th of July! Living with 2 other gringos has actually been a lot of fun! I´m living with Elder Clark and Elder Kirk, but I´m the Newkirk lol. They´re really great and a lot of fun to have in the house!  I actually knew the both of them when I was in Antofagasta.

Well hope that you guys have a great week! Have fun at girls camp Hailey! Good luck with the job as well! You guys are always in my prayers!! Love ya a ton!!

Love
Elder Newkirk

Pics:Heres the cake we made for 4th of July

An activity that we did in the Stake this weekend. It was "Mini MTC", Elder Torrico and I were teachers for being the Zone Leaders and then after the classes the youth came out with the missionaries in the street to contact with the youth. It was a fun activity and was a good turn out!

We played soccer, had a bbq, and watched a movie as a zone today for Pday! So heres a pic of the zone!




Wednesday, July 5, 2017

week #79 -- new area - Calama as Zone leader

Hola! Happy 4th of July!!!

Well here I am here in Calama! I got transferred here as zone leader with Elder Torrico from Argentina! All my mission I´ve been with just pure latinos! But yeah everything is going good so far here. Calama is just a pure desert and with a really high elevation. During the day it is pretty warm outside but when it gets to like 6 o clock it starts to get really cold here. But hey there aren´t fleas to bite me here!! I still haven´t been able to work too much in my sector yet but we´re just going to keep working hard to be able to baptize here in Calama as well! This week we might have a baptism here in Calama. His name is Andres, he´s a little special and has problems with depression but he´s been going to church here and his mom is a ex missionary but we will be working with him this week so that he can get baptized because he feels like he isn´t ready and doesn´t feel like it´s his time but we´re going to teach him this week and help him feel ready for this Saturday!

It was a good time in Alto Hospicio though! I will definitely miss it a ton there! It was seriously a promised land and I had a real good time working there! Wish I could still be there in Hospicio! But the Lord wants me to be here in Calama during winter...lol. But just going to keep working hard. This last weekend we didn´t have any baptisms in Alto Hospicio but I left a lot of good investigators for the next missionary that´s going to take my place! But it was a good goodbye with the people there in Hospicio.

There has been a ton of trips this last week. Last week we went to Antofagasta to go to leadership council where we found out the transfers! But the council was good we talked a lot about leadership and also about the importance to be able to reach our goals and to have high key indicators like new investigators, lesson with member, baptism dates, and people in church. If we have high numbers in these 4 then we will be able to baptize si o si! Then we stayed in Antofagasta to be with the Asistents and to leave out with them and work in their sector. We left out with Elder Shelton who is one of the Asistents to President right now! He´s a great missionary and works hard! Then we came back home at like 11:30 and got to Iquique a like 5 am... So that was a little tiring. Then I had the trip to Calama which was 6 hours but everything's good and we are back at it in my new sector!

Hope that you guys have a great 4th of July! Hope that everything works out with your job as well! Well I dont have a ton of time because I´m going to send quite a few photos that I took this week! Love you guys a ton!!

Love
Elder Newkirk

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Monday, June 26, 2017

week #78 Baptism of Ana and Jhan

Hey!

Was a good week! We had baptisms! TA! Ana and Jhan got baptized this week! Juan Ibacache´s wife and son! We have been working with them for a little bit now, like 3 months but finally almost all the family are members of the church! Now it´s just the other daughter that lives with them that isn´t a member. Her name is Tamara and we´ve shared a little bit with her but she doesn´t really care all that much but we´re going to keep working with her so that she can get baptized as well! More about baptisms we might have one more coming up this week! We have a girl that went to church this Sunday. My comp found her during the week and invited her to church and also to baptism. She´s nice and has a chance of getting baptized this week. Her name is Nelva. She is 15 and has a baby that just was born like 2 weeks ago. Pretty crazy but she´s nice and is receptive. She lives with her family in the tomas. Part of our sector is just like a city of tomas, there are still parts of the tomas that I have never heard of or know about. But there a lot of people that live there with some sad stories but they are usually nice people. Well you get all types of people in the tomas lol... But yeah she has the possability of getting baptized this week! This also might be my last week here in Alto Hospicio.. We are in week 6 of this transfer and there is a good chance that I´m gone this transfer to another zone or something! But we´ll see what happenes next week if there are any changes or not. We actually have to go to Antofagasta this week to go to leadership council this Thursday and I´ll pretty sure they´ll tell us our cambio there in the council. So that should be my week coming up!

Other than that this week was good. Just a normal week of just working and sharing the gospel with everyone that we come across! Also our converts have been progressing a ton! There are a lot of them that have been receiving callings in the branch and have been progressing a ton! Thanks to the members as well! The members here have been working pretty hard to help out the converts to stay and progress! Actually one of our converts Sebastian Flores has been real excited to leave out with us to visit people. He has been calling us like everyday this week asking us if he could go out with us and visit people. He´s 19 and in his last year of high school, he has actually told us that he would like to be a missionary as well! So we´ll see what happens but it would be pretty cool if he left out on a mission! He´s only been a member for like 2 months now.

Also this week I had an comp exchange with a new Elder, Elder Jibaja from Peru. He is in his first transfer in the mission field! He is super awesome and with all the fire to talk with everyone about baptism! I went over to his sector to work with him and to do some interviews for a couple of their investigators that got baptized this weekend! Also had to go to another sector that same day to try and help out with another baptism in another sector but didn´t work out as well lol. It was actually an investigator that I have known for quite a while now. I actually knew her in Antofagasta when I District Leader. It was a girl that lived here in Alto Hospicio but she was visiting family in Antofagasta for summer vacation like 6 months ago. In Antofagasta the sister missionaries were teaching her and she was on the edge of getting baptized in Antofagasta. I did her baptism interview in Antofa but her mom didn´t give her permission because she wanted her to get baptized in Alto Hospicio. Well she still hasn´t gotten baptized but I went and visited her this week and talked a little bit with her. I invited her to get baptized Sunday after church because the missionaries were preparing a baptism service after church and she actually accepted and I did another interview with her and everything. The missionaries passed by her baptism clothes the next day and everything was good. But then she didn´t go to church..... She´s real lazy seems like lol. In Antofa she was like always going to church and mutual and everything but since she´s been here in Alto Hospicio she still hasn´t gone to church. It´s weird how the people change and how lazy they are as well lol. But definitely interesting situation knowing someone from another sector in the mission like 6 months ago and returning to see them again and stuff.. Oh her name is MariaJose just in case... But yeah that´s what happened there. Here in Chile it´s hard to get people to go to church. Idk why it´s so hard for people to go to church but that´s the hardest part that we have is bring people to church. We even leave out with a member super early every Sunday morning in a car to go and wake people up and bring them to church.... No Church No Baptism!

No there are always dogs in the street. There are good dogs and there are bad dogs. But every where in Chile they have just dogs everywhere. There are more dogs than there are people. And there is more poop then there are dogs lol😂 But everythings good. My pants are in a wearable shape now lol. I have no clue what kind of dog it was because there are all types of dogs here and so many types of mixes. But yeah we were just passing by a street to go and visit an investigator and the dog just started barking at us with a group of other dogs and when we passed by and were knocking on the house the dog came up and bit my leg.... Always got to look out lol.

No I didn´t by the East Carolina jersey.. lol. Why would I buy that thing. Just thought it was funny to find that jersey in Chile ya know.

Hopefully everything works out in the place that you want to work! Would be pretty cool to work at Blizzard!! Hope that everything works out for ya there! But the Lord will put you where you need to be, also where I need to return home to as well lol!

Well that was about it for this week! The mission is the best! Lot´s of ups and downs and the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life, but it is definitely the best!! Just going to get out there and give it all this week like normal!! Love you guys a ton!! Hope you have a great week as well!

Love
Elder Newkirk

Pics: Baptism of Ana and Jhan!!!

We played soccer today for P-day! Also played a little 1 on 1 with Elder Ambao from the Philippines. He´s like the only other one in the zone that actually plays basketball! but it was definitely fun to play a little ball as well today!! Been a long time!



Monday, June 19, 2017

week #77 -- More work in the vineyard of the Lord -- bitten by a dog!

Hey Happy Father´s Day!! Hope that you had a great father´s day yesterday! Looks like you guys had a good time!

This week was actually a pretty good week! Busy of just companion exchanges again! We have been working a lot more closer with the missionaries in our zone to be able to help them out a little bit more and help them work as well! Our zone is actually really awesome and mostly all the missionaries work really well! So there isn´t a ton of problems but we still have been working a lot with them to be able to raise their expectives and faith. In the Zone right now we have a total of 13 baptisms and this weekend coming up we should be having 7 baptisms in the zone! So we should get to 20 baptisms this month! In the mission right now we have 94 baptisms with 64 baptisms for this weekend! So if everything goes well this weekend then we should reach 157 which should break the records here in Chile for the most baptisms in one month!!! So pray that everything goes well this weekend! We´ll be putting all our trust and faith in the Lord this week in his vineyard! We should also be having 2 baptisms this weekend as well! Ana and Gian are finally getting baptized! It´s Juan Ibacache´s wife and kid that finally went to church this Sunday and are going to get baptized!

But yeah this week I had companion exchanges with Elder Barney on Tuesday. Elder Barney is a really good missionary. Definitely think that he will be a zone leader pretty soon because there are 6 zone leaders going home this transfer so I think that he will have a good chance of being a zone leader be we´ll see where the Lord calls him. But definitely a good day with him on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday I had another exchange with Elder Wheelwright again. He is also a really good missionary! Had a good day with him as well but actually a crazy day as well. So first thing that happened that day is that a dog bit my leg....😬 Ripped my pant open and everything... Didn´t really do any damage or anything to my leg but did rip my pant open... I was able to fix my pants a little bit but I think that the sister that washes our clothes will be able to fix it for me lol.. But don´t worry everything good. Also that same day in the night we had to go down to a part of our sector that is pretty dangerous at night. Usually it´s pretty chill but it´s dangerous because it´s dark and there wasn´t like anyone else around. So we were going down and being that we are on top of a mountain and it´s winter time we normally get some pretty wicked fog and sometimes can see a lot. And just when we got to this part of the sector the fog hit really hard and we passed by a dude that asked us what time it was then started to follow us in the dark and fog. So right when we got to the corner of the street we turned the corner and just started to run.... Well nothing happened but it was a little sketch... But yeah that was my day with Elder Wheelwright. We were actually talking a little bit about snowboarding and stuff like that because he skied a ton and was just about to get sponsored before the mission but then he left out on the mish. Definitely excited to get home right in time for the snowboarding season! Then on Thursday I had a exchange with Elder Dominguez in his sector. This is his first transfer in the mission and the first time in his sector alone having to direct it. Was an interesting day but it was good as well! Welp other than that this week just working as normal and finding new people to teach and baptize!

Sounds like the job hunt is still going strong! Hopefully everything will work out!

Looks like I´m going to have 2 pairs of shoes.... Whoops. Today we were walking around outside of Sofri which sells like a ton of stuff from outside like stuff from the States as well and I found a really nice pair of running shoes in my size for like 40 bucks! They were super cheap because like no one buys that size of shoe here in Chile so they dropped the price of the shoes a ton and they only had a couple pairs of shoes but they were super cheap and I couldn´t hold myself from buying them... So yeah I bought them lol. But I can´t believe that I´m already going to be 20 in a couple months! Time just flies by!

Other than that this should be another busy week! A lot of stuff like normal that we have to do this week! Love ya guys a ton! Have a great week!

Love
Elder Newkirk

Pic: So when we went out buying today we found a jersey from "East Carolina" hahaha😂


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

week #76 -- Conference week with Elder Christensen and Elder Bragg

Hey!

Well this week went by real fast! Tuesday we were in conference all day long. Pretty tiring! But it was a really good conference! Elder Christensen and Elder Bragg from the seventy were here and talked to us about a couple things. Honestly they talked about a whole lot of things and what we were doing as a mission and that we just need to keep it up. We talked about how we need to work as a team and that every sector has to baptize every month! That is the goal of the mission right now is that every sector can baptize and if we do that then we should be having a lot of baptisms in the mission as a whole. Let´s go break some records! But yeah other than that they talked about a ton of stuff also they talked a little bit about after the mission and things that we should always do and stuff like that. It was a pretty good conference! But it was definitely a long day! Then on Wednesday I had comp exchange and I went to Pozo Almonte with Elder Schmid to do a couple interviews for a few people. Then on Thursday I went on another exchange to La Pampa with Elder Wheelwright(long distant family member lol). But yeah it was pretty cool the comp exchanges! As zone leaders we always try to do exchanges to help missionaries out and to also do interviews for their investigators so pretty much the first day that I was able to actually work in my sector this week was Friday.

Also our baptism fell through this week. I really don´t know what´s up with Ana and Gian but they show a lot of interest but they never like do anything. Juan Ibacache couldn´t go to church this Sunday so when he doesn´t go then the whole family doesn´t go to church which is kinda lame. We are pretty much just waiting until Gian goes to church then they will get baptized because they both want do but Gian hasn´t gone to church yet... So hopefully that could be a baptism for next week! But this week coming up we might have a baptism. It isn´t 100% but it´s a possability. We need to talk a little bit more with the family. It´s actually a family of less active members, well the mom and dad. Then their daughters aren´t members but the mom and the daughters came to church this Sunday so they might get baptized this weekend if everything goes well! But we have actually found a lot of really good people this week that want to get baptized but still haven´t gone to church yet but they´re really good!

Still haven´t been able to get running shoes. I didn´t go down to Iquique today because we had a zone activity today. We played some soccer and we actually got permission to watch Moana!! We got permission because we had 22 baptisms in the zone last month so President let us watch Moana!! It was actually a really good movie, I liked it a lot! Then from there, there wasn´t a ton of time, went and got lunch and bought some things for the week and that´s about it! So I wasn´t able to go down to Iquique to look for shoes. I actually think it might be better if you guys just send me some for my b-day!

That´s cool that you were able to get grandpa´s stuff to do in the temple for him. If you want to wait for me you can!

Sounds like you have a couple leads for a job! Hope that everything works out for you! The Lord will put ya where he wants ya! Hope you´ll land a job ASAP! Will be praying for ya don´t worry!

Really sad about the news with Blair... Also will be praying for the family.. But God has a plan and he is definitely in a better place!

Other than that just a pretty chill week of just conferences and in comp exchanges! Not of ton of time to work in my sector this week but this week just gonna go out there and slay my sector! Get out there and baptized all Alto Hospicio! A tsunami is going to pass by! Hope you guys have a great week as well! Love you a ton!

Love
Elder Newkirk

Pic with Elder Bragg and a pic of the whole conference with all the missionaries that were able to go. Only the zone leaders and the missionareis in Antofagasta were able to be present in person, the rest of the mission watched it from Skype. 



Monday, June 5, 2017

week #75 - more bautismo!

Hey!

I have literally no time to write! Sorry!!! I was in Iquique like all day looking for some good running shoes in my size but I couldn´t find any... Kinda lame! Wasn´t a huge selection! Like the only place that people told us that should have some was closed.... So I think I´ll try next week to go and buy some... So that´s pretty much why I don´t have like any time to write....

Well my week was great!! The Peñaranda Arqueros family got baptized!!!! It was pretty much a miracle that they got baptized! They almost didn´t get baptized this week.... Right before they were about to leave their house to go to the church they got in a fight and Jonathan got mad and went upstairs and told the family to get baptized without him.... But we were sitting in the church waiting for them to show up because they should have gotten there 20 mins before the baptism but they still didn´t show up and weren´t answering the phone. So me and my comp felt like we should have gone to their house. So we went there and animated them and everything and brought them to the church and they got baptized! It was really awesome!! We should also have baptism for this Sunday afternoon after church as well!!! Going on week 5 of baptizing! We are pretty much just out of stock right now... Got to find a lot more people this week!

Tomorrow we will be in Antofagasta for conferences. Elder Christensen and Elder Bragg will be there tomorrow! Only the zone leaders and the missionaries in Antofagasta get to go to the conference so I am definitely blessed! All the other missionaries have to watch it for skype! After the conference with Elder Christensen we have our leadership council so I will be all day in conferences! Should be pretty crazy and I´ll get home Wednesday like at 5 am........

That´s too bad about the job... Will definitely be praying for you guys!!! Hope that everything turns out! Just leave it all up to the Lord!!

Sorry I´m literally out of time! I´ve got to go get out there and work in the Lord´s vineyard!! Love you a ton!! I´ll write a lot more next week!! Sorry!!

Love
Elder Newkirk

Pics: Baptism of the Peñaranda Arqueros family!!!



Monday, May 29, 2017

week #74 miracle baptisms

Hello!

More baptisms this week! TA! Marcell, Luis and Francisco(Daniel) got baptized this week! I´ve got quite the story about these baptisms because they were literally a miracle lol. So with Marcell and Luis this week is wasn´t all that 100% for this weekend their baptism. Marcell has been wanting to be baptized but with some certian health issues she still didn´t want to do it. Luis also didn´t feel like it was really his time to get baptized and that he wasn´t ready for it still. But we were walking close by there house Wednesday night and felt like we needed to go and visit them. So we went by and knocked on their door. Normally Luis isn´t home because he is always working in his taxi and works until late. But for some reason he was home early and we found them in their house. Luis was going through a depression episode because about a month ago his mom died. We have already explained the Plan of Salvation to him and everything but he still has depression. But we passed by and talked a little about the plan of salvation again with him and also gave him a blessing of strength. Immediately afterwards he returned to normal. While we were talking a little bit more afterwards we brought up the topic of their baptism and she said that she was going to get baptized this Saturday! Luis also accepted to have his baptismal interview to see if he was ready because he still didn´t feel 100% ready. So he had his baptism interview Saturday morning and was baptized at 11am lol! I acutally baptized Marcell and Luis. It was a pretty interesting baptism especially with Luis because he´s a little bigger and when he went down into the water he literally threw all his weight down....... So that was fun lol...Also with Francisco which is Francisco´s son who´s 9 years old. It´s Daniela´s and Francisco´s kid who still didn´t want to get baptized. So Friday night my comp and another Elder went and passed by their house to visit them and asked Daniel(when I say Daniel it´s the son because it´s his second name..) straight up if he wanted to get baptized. He told them no and when they asked a little bit more it was only because he was scared of the water lol. So the dad told my comp and the other Elder that Satuday morning just to bring the white clothes and everything and do the interview as well. Well Daniel also had his interview Saturday morning and got baptized at 11am!

That was pretty much just a basic story of all that happened this week with the baptisms but the thing is, is that the 3 of them got baptized this week!

Other than that my week was pretty good. Just another normal week of working and helping out the zone to baptize! In the zone we had 10 baptisms this week and this month of May we had 20 baptisms and 22 confirmations! It was a really good month! We worked really well as a zone and did a lot of good work! I think we are doing this best out of the mission not to brag or anything because it is really the Lords work and he is doing all the miracles! We are only being instruments in his hands! But a lot of good work going on in the Lords vineyard.

Also this week we had another open church activity where we invited a ton of people to come and do tours of the church. This activity went really well! It was in our branch this time! Our branch building is really close to downtown of Alto Hospicio and a ton of people are always passing by so it was actually quite easy to get people into the church to get a tour!

This next weekend coming up we should be having 4 more baptisms! We had a family come to church this weekend who are really excited to get baptized as a family! They were old investigators that were investigating the church. When we got there they pretty much already had a testimony and everything. They remember like all the lesson that the missionaries gave and everything as well. His name is Jonothan and her name is Viviana. So that made the work a little more easier for us lol! They have 3 kids, Kevin(13), Jonothan(8), and Mayley(6).  Also coming up this week this Wednesday we have a zone conference with president in Iquique! Also we have interviews with President this Thursday! Should be a good week for us!

Today for Pday we just played a little bit of soccer as a zone then from there just a normal pday of buying and stuff like that.

Sounds like you guys have had a pretty busy week with all the family stuff going on! Wish I could be there with you guys! Looks like you guys had fun!

Other than that not much else left to say about everything... Just a good week of working and baptizing!! Everything´s going really well for me here in the mission! I hope that everything is going just as well as things are going for me! Love you guys a ton a hope that you have a great week!!

Love
Elder Newkirk

P.S. I think next week I´m going to take out a little bit of personal money to buy some running shoes! Hope ya don´t mind lol

Pics: Baptism of Marcell, Luis and Daniel!