Monday, May 26, 2014

Tree House Chillin

First of all Happy Birthday to my lovely Mother. You´re the best Mom. Second Happy Birthday to me:) Birthdays don´t exist in the mission... I didn´t even tell anyone except for the Mamita and my Comp and Elder Sargent. So it was a normal day of working hard finding people to change their lives! Both my Mamita in Tierra Amarilla made me a cake and we had a bonfire my last day and also My new Mamita is super super loving and made me a cake my 3rd day here in Antofagasta. The Chilean Tradition is to bite the cake after they sing and then someone pushes your head into the cake... It's my 2nd birthday and I have seen billions of Birthdays so I knew it was coming but you just gotta have fun with it hahah I love Chileans. Silly people. The cake got in my nose... It smelled real good :)

First of all Tierra Amarilla was the sector that changed me... I will never forget the amazing people-branch that changed my mission. It was really tough to say goodbye to some of my greatest friends. Like Andres, Ximena and Alleen, Mamita and all her daughters, Bastian, the dogs in the street.... Literally everything. I love that city so much. A family gave me a Tierra Amarilla jersey, It was the best gift I have ever received.. Other than the gift of birth, thanks Mom. *High Five*

Alright first of all my companion.... I can´t explain much... He is thee best missionary I have ever met in the existence of my life... He is going to be finishing his mission in 2 transfers so most likely I will be killing him... Not literally don´t worry... Missionary term for his last companion. He served in Bolivia for 3 months waiting for his Visa for his real mission call to Venezuela then his mission In Venezuela got shut down about 3 months ago so he was reassigned to THE BEST MISSION IN THE WORLD, Chile Antofagasta. It's funny he always tells me stories of his ¨First Mission¨ or ¨Second Mission¨ hahah. He actually extended his mission a month because he wanted to learn English... So we try to speak a lot of English in the pension for him. He is one of the best teachers I have ever met and he just has a gift for being a missionary. I honestly feel like I'm a new missionary again.

First of all being Zone Leader over 16 missionaries and also trying to learn the be at the level of Elder Choque. I feel honored but also like I'm not living up to my calling at times. I am not gonna lie... I was a terrible missionary before. Getting here and seeing how obedient, how he teaches, how he acts, is really just on a WHOLE new level of what a missionary should be. I am sooo excited to hopefully one day get to his level. He was Assistant in his last mission right before it got shut down so he really knows what he´s doing. I have never been so tired. So obedient, my legs have never hurt so bad, for how hard we are working. and it's only been a week. It's hard to explain of how my mind set has changed in seeing what potential I have as a missionary and how I haven´t been living up to it the past year of my mission. I know Elder Choque is with me for a reason. I am starting from scratch on how to REALLY be a missionary. I couldn´t be more excited. Elder Choque has 3 Siblings, 2 are return missionaries and he is from a place called Santa Cruz Bolivia. The same city where all my Bolivian Converts are from. He is awesome. We never have a dull moment together. Super super easy to get along with. I´ve got a lot to learn.

Also like I said I'm living with my BFF Elder Joseph Sargent. He´s quite the clown. It's awesome being with him. I'm sitting right next to him right now. It's so weird telling all the members that we were best friends growing up. We have a lot of fun together. He is a great missionary that just hasn´t had the success he deserves with the baptisms. But he has helped so many people. I love the kid to death. He is a great District Leader! 

Last week the mission had the sick opportunity to hear from a quorum of the 70, Elder Spannous. He is from Argentina and it was such an amazing experience. Too many things to write that I learned. But he did leave us with a challenge to read the Book of Mormon before September 1st marking all the things that talk about Jesus Chirst, the Atonement, and the doctrine of the church. He promised us with a greater testimony of the BoM and of Jesus Christ. So I started the Book of Mormon from the start, I'm on Chapter 15 right now. I can already see the difference from marking all those things. It really is another testament of Jesus Christ. I love that book so much. 

Here in our Sector we are on the hunt. We don´t have very many investigators that are progressing so we are doing lots of activities to find new people. Something we are focusing on is going to the Feria. It's like a yard sale except in the street and it's about 3 miles long of people selling clothes, food, random crap, and missionaries shining shoes for free and giving out free candy to hear about our message :) hahah it's super fun. We have found some really good prepared people through this and actually one of the people that we shined his shoes came to church yesterday. MISH. (Chilean word for cool) The Feria is a great place to find people. haha Elder Sargent and I got a Chilean Kiss (on the Cheek) and offered 1 Luca (2 Dollars) from an old lady who really likes to hear the word of God hahah it was super funny.

Our pension (house we live in) is on the 3rd story. We live above our Mamita, and recently they built a new Level for us missionaries. We call it the Tree House because of how small it is and how high we are and how freezing it is in the morning and just how much fun it is hahahah. The whole pension is as big as my room back in Tierra Amarilla. I can walk from one side to the other in 9 steps (I tested it out haha). All 4 of us sleep in the same room with our beds right next to each other and then our kitchen is our living room as well and then the bathroom. We actually have hot water so that makes me happy :) We are super close with the Elders living in the pension cause we literally do everything right next to each other. Elder Sargent and I have fun living with 2 Latins. Elder Sargent´s comp is from Santiago Chile. The Pension is right next to a busy busy street but I'm already used to hearing car alarms and big buses passing by. It's like the movies when you think of New York City... I'm living in New York! Our Mamita cooks soooo delicious! 

Our Sector is super super flaite, or in English terms, ghetto. Elder Sargent has had some crazy experiences here and there are very very bad living conditions for the people here. It is a very humble part of Antofagasta. The very most northern part of Antofa. There are lots of crimes that happen here and it's just super flaite haha I like it a ton. It makes for cool pictures. Our Sector is also a giant hill. We walk so much up and down the hill haha My legs are getting a burn! But it's all good. The Sector is right next to where I started the Mission, about 10 minutes walking I can be in my first Sector. I have already seen 1 person I knew from a year ago. It's awesome.  

Antofagasta is gorgeous the sunsets are out of this world. It's so gorgeous being right next to the beach. I love it here. It actually rained on Thursday for the 2nd time in my mission. Funny thing is the first time it rained in my mission I was right next door here a year ago in Antofagasta. It was actually raining pretty hard which sucks for the people here cause their houses just aren't made for rain. Lots of damage was done. But It's only water... I have fleas right now. The first night here and lately I've been getting bit sooo much I think they are in my bed.. My stomach is full of bites haha I think its kinda funny I hope I don´t die. I´ll spray my bed today.. Darn fleas... hahah

The ward is doing great about 80 people are coming every week, There have been some bad disobedient missionaries here in the past so we have gained a lot of confidence with the members and especially the Bishop lately. The Bishop is super super good very direct with the members, maybe too direct but he wants them to work. Now that the Zone Leaders recently started being in this Sector the Bishop has more confidence in us. Our investigators are awesome we have 2 that want to get baptized so bad they just have to get married first... Chile for ya... We are working hard with them to get them over to the government building and get them married. They are so prepared I love it. The Sector and the mission is great. Sorry this was a long email. Lots to say. Love you all so much. I'm happy. I'm excited to learn so much from Elder Choque, my new Companion. I'm a new Missionary!! 

Mom You´re the Best

Elder Paxman

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Well transfer week..... I'm being transferred to Antofagasta as a Zone Leader in the same zone where I started my mission... So many emotions in my head. Very hard to express them all right now... My new companion is Elder Choque. He is from Bolivia and actually was in Venezuela serving but they shut that mission down to some problems in the country and he got reassigned to this mission about 2 months ago. He was an assistant in that mission... So in other words he is an amazing missionary. 

I just barely got off of the bus after an 8 hour bus ride from Tierra Amarilla. Very very bitter sweet saying goodbye to all my converts, Mamitas family, members, everyone.... I had a rough time saying bye. But 6 months was a great amount of time there in Tierra Amarilla. 

I am sooo humbled for the trust the Lord and also the Mission President has for me to be a Zone Leader. I can`t express how excited I am though to serve these Elders and Sisters here in Antofagasta. I will write more next week, but I'm okay. I'm happy. Super glad to be here in Antofa again.... and guess what.... IM LIVING IN THE SAME PENSION AS MY BOY ELDER SARGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE GONNA BE ROOMIES. What are the odds out of 250 missionaries we are blessed to be in the same pension!!! I am sooooo pumped to be with him and also my amazing companion who I know will teach me soooo much.. 

So many emotions, its hard to explain. This past week was great. We put some more fechas, 46 people came to church, our sector is booming! I'm leaving my son Elder Malan and he is receiving an Argentine. He is excited to learn from him. But very sad to leave my city of Tierra Amarilla. I feel like it's my home... but hey.. it's the mission. I'm just happy for what lies ahead of me in my new sector Las Arenas here in Antofagasta with my best friend Elder Sargent and Elder Choque. Love you all so much.

Elder Paxman

Monday, May 12, 2014

Feliz Dia De Mama

First of all it was great talking and seeing most of you. Especially my mother :) To be honest I didn`t even want to talk to any of you... That sounds mean. But I'm just super happy to be here. :) Everyone looks so grown up. Especially Zack, Tanner, Lydia and Teancum. I got a little emotional seeing how big Zack is. He`s a good kid! It was good spending a little time talking to all of you. Right after I hung up with all of you I got super sick. I think I talked too much. And right now I have a bad sore throut (I have no clue how to spell that). But it's okay. All is good.
I´ll keep this short cause I talked to most of you yesterday. The branch is doing really good. The 5th Sunday in a row where we have had 50 people in church. Very consistent! The branch has a ton of excitement. I have gotten so close to these people here. That's what 6 months in an area does to ya. It's gonna be tough leaving. We get transfer calls this Saturday. We`ll see what happens. 

Last week I made some brownies for a family that we forgot we had a Family Night set up with them so we made brownies to apologize hahah, Brownies are such a great treat here in Chile cause all their dessert is a little different (gross). Silly Chileans and their bad taste for desserts.. No but it was fun. People love our brownies since they have never seen them before. 

Here in South America-Chile. Everyone has their dinner which is called Tè Cito or in other words.. they drink tea and coffee and eat bread with avocado... and I love it.... I have fallen in love with drinking Ekko (Tea that's not against the word or wisdom) and eating bread and palta (avocado)... Chileans are geniuses... 

I went on an intercambio with an Elder this past week over in Paipote to do some interviews for people who were gonna get baptized... All I'm gonna say is...... The practice interview is VERRRY important before I do the real interview to solve any problems.... It was a very stressful time. Calling president and getting interviews with him worked out because of something that popped up... But in the end everything worked out. The couple got married on Friday and baptized right after their marriage and then a reception after their baptism... Satan worked hard to not let this couple get baptized... Even til the last minute. But they came out on top... Lots of stress but I'm glad it happened.!! 

Our sector is doing really well. We had some great lessons where people are finally just getting it! It's amazing to see the impact that love shows with the people we are teaching. We have a lot of investigators who we have been working with for months.... but really when we show love to these people their whole countenance changes. I just want nothing more than for these people to be happy. The world is FULLLL of temptation.... I hate Satan..... I'm sick of seeing people fall over and over into the trap of Satan. That's our message is that if we go look for Jesus Christ and his teachings... We will have the power to overcome the temptation of Satan. I see it day after day here. Both sides.. When people accept our message and when they don`t... They are more happy in the long run when they choose the first. All I want is for these people to be happy. It's very frustrating when the adversary is winning. But we all know in the end God will always win. 
We ran into a few people this week that wanted to do a little Bible bashing... I love those opportunities... It's something that helps with my testimony to build it knowing we are in the correct church. Obviously we don`t fight with the people, We are very respectful of their opinions but the part I love the most is bearing my testimony of the things I have felt in my personal life.. No one ever wins from Bible bashing but if you do it the correct way people can change their perspective a little more about the ¨Mormons¨. 

I'm happy. Working hard. Miss you all a ton! Read your scriptures and do your family nights every Monday... It will make you happy. It makes me super happy. 

Les Quiero Elder Paxman

My New Flaite Haircut

Elder Hotvedt and Victor

Stop signs here don't say Stop... Hahaha its funny

Baby Showers here in Chile are whack...

Chillin with the Boys