Monday, February 17, 2014

Dear John...

Pretty Tranquilo week. It was the week of Stake Conference so Saturday and Sunday we were in Copiapó in the Stake Center enjoying hearing great, spiritual talks from our beloved studs of the Stake Presidency. I love seeing good members of the church that fulfill their callings. It's hard to find here. All 35 of the missionaries here in Copiapó sang in a little choir during the Saturday session of Stake Conference. I'm not the best singer but hey... it's okay... you still love me... I hope... On Thursday we had a talent show in our little branch. We had an alright turn out. About 30 people came. Elder Mangum and I sang A Childs Prayer hahah 2 grown men singing a Primary song... But hey it was fun. Elder Carreon rapped hahah Freaken Carreon silly guy..... We did a few more little acts with our Mamita and their family. It turned out really well. It's always good to have a little fun and laugh a little. Show the people that we're not all spiritual all the time.

Luis José (18) is all good for this weekend for his baptism. He is the brother of Andrea and Lizzeth, who recently got baptized. We were planning on 2 baptisms this weekend... But Osvaldo needs a little more time.... Pucha... But Lu Jo is super pumped and has been hearing the lessons for the past 2 months... You can tell he just wants to be baptized already hahah. I love the kid such a dope guy.... Soooo funny. We are super excited to finish off the transfer with a baptism! There is nothing better!!!!!! We have a few other investigators who are progressing towards hopefully a fecha for baptism in March. Christopher, who has been to church twice and also a baptism yet we haven't been able to have a lesson with him... hahaha People here work in the grapes... They like box the grapes up and they do it ALLLL DAY.. They work so long so for Christopher its pretty tough to find him. Marcelo didn't believe in God when we first started talking to him, finally said his first prayer!!!!!!!!!!!! So crazy how some of the basic things we do everyday is so strange to others. It was such an awesome feeling hearing him pray. He even said Amen after our prayer for the first time in 2 months!!! We couldn't help but smile. It is so awesome see the progress day by day that we are helping people make. Can you believe that 19-20 year old kids have such an influence on people, usually older than us, that they actually do what we say!!!! It would be impossible if we didn't have the spirit... I love the Holy Ghost!!!!!!!!! I love the Mission!!!!!! 

I will give all of you a brief schedule of what we do here in our Mission! Its a little different than any other mission in the world because Chileans are a little lazy so we go out an hour later than normal places. 

7:30 am  We wake up, say our prayers
7:40 - 8:10  We work out
8:10 - 9:00  We shower, eat breakfast, get ready for the day
9:00 - 10:00 Personal study (Right now I'm reading the Book of Mormon)
10:00 - 11:00 Companionship study, (Freaken Elder Mangum... Gonna miss him)
2:00 - 3:00  Lunch Time (Every Chilean is eating lunch at this time so its impossible to teach)
3:00 - 4:00  Spanish Study because now the Chileans are taking their daily nap... Silly Chile
10:30 - 11:00 Plan for the next day
11:00 - 11:30 Relax, eat a snack, talk, write in journal, prayers
11:30 Bed Time


Nothing like the mission baby!!!! I love it. Love you all. I'm happy. I pray a lot for yal. Be happy too.
 Elder Peck Completed a Year, As Tradicion you gotta burn a shirt.
 Luis José is the one in the Blue, and Lizzeth the girl next to me. They both came to Stake Conf.
 Ice cream and bread don't go too well together

Elder Paxman

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