Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Week of Pranks

Email September 17th

Well another week of contacting, and visiting the old sector. Things got really weird in Los Pensamientos. They pulled out every single old elder from there, and no one knew where anyone was at. Pres sent me back on special divisions so that I can help repair the damages that were done. It was a mess, seriously. No one was getting visited because everyone was still trying to find them.
Temple today! I decided to do something weird before going this time, I came up with a specific question about some doubts that I had and prayed that I would get a response. After going through and reading the scriptures in the celestial room, I found my answer! It was Jesus healing the inflicted man on the Sabbath, one of the first times he did it. It was super cool how that just stuck out to me.
We contacted a pretty cool guy today after getting back from the temple! he spoke almost perfect English, and had some pretty cool ideas about life. He didn't believe in god, but he knew the concept of karma pretty well. We gave him a Book of Mormon and encouraged him to read.

Email September 24th

The beginning of this change started good, until...

"Hola Elder Faber! How're you doing?"

It was my zone leader calling us up for the changes (translated from Spanish), so we didn't know if we were leaving or going until this phone call. So when Duenas handed me the phone I almost died. I kept thinking "no, no! I'm going to be transferred!" So the conversation continued, he asked how my day was, the sector, and then my heart dropped...

"So I'm calling to let you know that your are training. In a whitewash. Do you know what a whitewash is?"

I thought to myself "Ah crap..." Whitewashes I've heard suck, beyond belief. You don't have an area book, you don't know anyone in the ward, and you have no one to teach, so its just straight contacts for days until you can find someone.

"Also, President has a calling especially for you! He wants you to also be the next Assistant to the President!"


And then I heard laughing upstairs. Then it hit me, maybe this is a lie? I then looked at the caller ID and it said "Nocedal 2", or the other Elders that live with us.

Not the zone leaders.

It was them the entire time. 

Fun story to start off the email. This week has been pretty good! We did a lot of contacts and had a couple of good ones. There was a family that we ran into that the mom was helping her kids choose religions, and then we showed up! She got interested and hopefully is bringing her kid to church this Sunday to get acquainted! 

Also this last week the 18th happened, or in other words, Chile's day of Independence. In all honesty, no one really did anything. They all locked themselves up in their houses and refused to come out. Our bishop saw us on the streets just suffering to get into houses that he just let us in to eat Empinadas. That was pretty fun, we did a bunch of family activities and some of his less active family members came over so we were able to get a lesson in at that house.

This week we are going to try to break our lesson count. We average about 9 to 12 lessons a week, and those are terrible numbers (average in a lot of sectors unfortunately), and we started this week with a pretty good number of lessons. So we are hoping we can get around 18 lessons this week, hopefully higher. The problem here is that when you try to contact someone's door, they see you're a missionary and they just either 1: flip you off, or 2: give the catholic finger, which is them shaking their head and waving their pointer finger back and forth. Because of that, we invented a game called "golf". If they just give us the finger, we play golf, or in other words, we throw pass along cards at their door from the fence, and whoever can get the card to hit the door first wins. I'm beginning to become a pass along card ninja! 

Oh last thing, apparently there's 2 menos activos that no missionary have ever been able to talk to. And both are computer nerds. I finally got to talk to Justin, the first one. He's super nice, born in Utah and speaks English perfectly, along with 

Spanish. And then there's Thomas. Duenas and Anderson told me that he's just a punk that just hates people, but he loves computers. Anderson did divisions with Nikko, a kid in our ward. They went to his house and Nikko and Thomas just talked about video games for a while and different types of graphics cards. Nikko told me he got super confused. Apparently that's where I come in... I am the key.

We were doing contact practices in the house, and it was my turn to go. Anderson was pretending to be the person at the door and I was contacting him. So I tried to convince him of the validity of our message, and I tried to give him a resturacion pamphlet. Didn't turn out very well. So he told me that we are going to switch over to English, but this time try to sell me a computer. I convinced him on the first go without stuttering and breaking down. he then compared it to the gospel. I need to know more about the gospel than computers, but if I can, compare the gospel to a computer to start off, so I can get all of the key points figured out in a format that is nice and presentable. He then encouraged me to read the Book of Mormon in Spanish whenever I have free time. 

That guy is super cool. I'm getting a lot of help here with confidence and spiritual growth. It reminds me of my blessing that President Pope gave me, about heading to my companions advice... The gospel really works miracles, doesn't it?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Prisoner In His Own House

Title for an interesting week?
So, tomorrow is another one of those Dia de Joven Combatientes that we have to stay inside for... ALL THE WHOLE STINKEN DAY. I do not mind though, mainly because last night people started going crazy and we heard several gun shots go off a couple of streets away. I think I'm going to avoid windows for a really, really long time... We have to be inside by 6 tonight because most of the activities for the 11th start at around 10 ish or so today, so we have to be super cautious.
I'm learning how to grow, a lot. My comp has decided to dedicate "Faber Weeks", in which I get to make all of the decisions. What we are going to do, where are we going to eat, and planning. Why? Probably because hes getting sick of my inability to make decisions... Doing a lot of growing (hopefully physically will come within the next year and four months) and a lot of reading. Did you know that the Old Testament is super weird and you should really just stick with the New Testament and the Book of Mormon? Thats where all the good stuff is at. Not saying that the Old is not inspired writings, its just full of some pretty sketchy stuff.
So this week I did a lot of contacting, again. HOWEVER! I do have a story! (Finally huh?)
So we found this really cool menos activo called Pedro. We never saw this kid until about a week ago. Miller and Dueñas reactivated his dad before I got here, but they never saw him, until we visited his house. Holy flip this guy was prepared! We taught him a lesson about his baptism covenants and we just felt the Spirit through the entire cita. We got along so well, he invited us to lunch! (that made us super happy, no one feeds us here) He's learning to become a professional chef and move to New York in the future, so we offered to help him out with his English. Hes been studying English and French for the past 4 years, and hes pretty good at English (I cant tell the french, I don't really speak it). He gave us a fantastic lunch and we challenged him to read 2 Nephi 31 (super good chapter) and he read it! Love that kid. We see a lot of potential in him and hopefully we can bring him back.
Now... We also have an investigator named Lili (pronounced Lily). Holy cow... She didn't start opening up to the missionaries until I came in, but she is effeminately the craziest person alive. We had a super good lesson teaching about the restauracion, and we finally offered her to say the last prayer and explaining how to pray. We asked her to pray and she bluntly said no. We promised blessings and reminded her that through prayer, we can learn what we are teaching her is true. After about 7 or so minutes of waiting and trying to get her to pray she finally got up and almost left the room. "Elderes, no voy a hacerlo, oro en mi propio manera". Everything we taught her just went in one ear and out the other. I have a feeling she is going to take a while...
So, tomorrow a bunch of teenagers are going to flip over buses and burn them. I really cant wait for that... To put it bluntly, todo de infierno desatará.
Other than that, I'm still alive and doing well! The bikes are fantastic... Will send pictures, I promise. I keep forgetting my camera
Love you all!
Elder Faber

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


WE GOT BIKES! Yeah, you know thats right! Elder McCloy dropped them off by our house the other day. You do not know how much we needed those bikes... We have an area in our sector thats about 45 or so minutes from our house. 

So a lot of people like to do summaries of what happens during the week. Heres what happened this week in Nocedal!

Monday: Everything fell through. Walked around and did contacting all day
Tuesday: Lo mismo
Wednesday: Everything fell through. Walked around and did contacting all day
Thursday: Everything fell through. Walked around and did contacting all day.
Friday: We got into one house, really cool family. We invited a kid to come to our english class in the blocks, but he didnt show up... Taught English for 2 hours
Saturday: Everything fell through. Walked around and did contacting all day. We got bikes!
Sunday: Everything fell through. Walked around and did contacting all day

I think Im getting pretty sinken good at contacting now. Lots of doors, lots of rejection, lots of pamphlets. We got a couple of good future investigators, but no one that was super interested. Suposively, we have a golden investigador that I havent met yet. The first question he asked Dueñas and Miller when they contacted his house is "do you guys have the authority to baptise?". They said yes and they got in. Apparently hes super nice and super prepared. I cant wait to meet him and his family. 

So Im losing weight! We dont get a lot of food in this sector, and we are forced to buy lunches almost everyday, which drains your allowed grocery money, by a ton. Im limiting myself to only 20 US Dollars a week now... Im doing a super diet so I can get some food in me in the mornings now. Our bishop is super nice though, he occasionally drops by with bread and butter so we dont starve during the week. And if we see him in the street he will give us 2 mil in pesos so we can go get ourselves some completos. I love that dude. Most greengo chilean here. We ate BBQ ribs at his house... Oh, I miss home...

I hit 8 months soon! Next week. I am more than one quarter done with my mission now, almost a half... It really doesnt feel like it. When they say "enjoy your mission while it still lasts" they seriously mean it. Time flys by like the TARDIS. Super quick.

Well, love you all a lot! Ill see you soon!

Elder Faber