Thursday, July 16, 2015

Crazy, i mean CRAZY week!! - July 8 2015

Dear Family.........

I honestly dont know how to start out this email. There is alot of stuff i want to write about so buckle up and hold on for the ride. Because its gonna be a bumpy one!! Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times, and in case of emergency the exit is to your left. But always make sure you have your exit buddy!! Let the craziness BEGIN!!

So to start out i couldnt remember if i told you guys last week that we ate lunch with Carlos, the recent convert of Elder Thompson last wednesday and it was fun to get to know him. He is a cool guy and went through a really big transformation to become a member of the true church of Christ. Then we had a lesson with Eugenio. He is a man who has visited with just about every religion there is. So he knows the Bible and has his own mixed in there. But we taught him about the Apostasy and he understood perfectly and even agreed with us. It was amazing! And then when we went back yesterday and taught him the rest of the Restoration he accepted it and understood what we were telling him. He told us he would pray and read because he is looking for the true church just like Joseph Smith was. It was amazing. Especially since we almost stopped passing by because we couldnt find him. I guess every person has his or her time. 

Then on Saturday Chile played in the Final Game for the Copa America or American Cup. We were allowed to watch it and it was intense. They played the whole 90minutes without scoring one goal. So then they had two sets of 15 minute overtimes. And by the end, neither one had scored yet. So they finished off with penalty kicks. Each team had five chances. Chile got 4 and Argentina only got one. So Chile won as CHAMPS for the first time in history on the Fourth of July!!!!!! We got to see fireworks and enjoy the celebration up in our 17th floor apartment eating empanadas and making noise with all of our Chilean brothers!! It was actually the best 4th of July ive ever had!! Chileans are crazy for soccer games. I have some pretty funny videos of the members when Chile won. With people jumping and screaming and almost crying. But hey, thats the game. Blood, Sweat, and tears!! 

Then on Sunday they changed the hour we start. So now it starts at 10 in the morning with sacrament meeting. And it was a miracle. 3 Less actives showed up. Mario, Doris, and Hon Tapia Espinoza. They are amazing people. And to see them in the church was just incredible!! Let em tell ya, there is nothing like the feeling one gets to see children of God come back to the redil.

Some more news is that on Monday Chile passed a law saying that it is legal to grow up to six pots of marijuana on your property. So now everybody can have it!!! Then we walked in the street with a man that is deaf and mute. We couldnt really communicate with him. And to make matters worse he was drunk so he would pay attention. But we wanted us smoke and drink with him. He actually was trying to go and by cigarettes and beer to drink. But luckily we got away. Then we had a member accompany us to 2 appointments and we got 8 new investigators from one of the families. It was amazing and another miracle to put in the journal. In fact the father was raised as Jehovah's Witness but is very interested in our message of a prophet and the restoration. It is super cool!

Then on tuesday we got word that we are no longer allowed to use bags. So now we walk around with our scriptures in our hands. And we had a district breakfast too. WE ate breakfast burritos. It was really good. Then i got to teach a little bit about urgency in our Zone meeting. And i told the story of the Starfish. Its about how a young boy was walking on the beach throwing the starfish back out to sea after the tide went out. And as he was doing this and older gentleman came up to him and asked "What are you doing?" the boy said, "Tossing the starfish out to sea." The old man asked "Why?"
And the boy answered, "Because if i don't they will die." The old man then looked at him and said, "But my boy, the beach is very long and you have a lot more to go before sunset. You cant do it all. So what does it matter?" The boy stopped, crouched down and picked up a starfish and tossed it out into the waves. He then looked at the man and said, "Well, it mattered to that one."

And so we see that we have to constantly work because there are many people that need to be cast out to sea or find the gospel and those that we help it might not matter to any one else but them. But thats ok because that is our purpose here on the mission. To save souls and bring them back to their Heavenly Father.

Then to end it, i cant remember if i ever told you guys how Evangelists pray. Well during the prayer they start to chant and talk saying things like: Lord, bless us Lord, Blessed Lord, I love you Lord. It is very hard to stay focused but a funny experience that first time it happens. 

Then today we went to a museum of a poet. His name Pablo Neruda. It was cool. It was an old house of his and i learned alot. Also took lots of pics. But those will be seen at another time. Well thats all that i have for this week. Hope you all have a great one too!!

Love you all,
Elder Ashworth

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