Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The First Two Weeks of April.

April 1

So, this week has been very short and very busy. Instead of going over each day individually, I'm just going to go over the entire week. 

So this last week was the Dia de Joven Combatiente, where every child in chile gets together and riots the police. Great national holiday, right? so what happened is that the day before, we had to get into the house at 5, stay in the house until Sunday, go to church, and then immediately return to the house until Monday. WE GOT BORED. It was terrible when Prada hurt is back, but to repeat it again... Urg... 

We survived, and now we're working hard again. We're working with a new program called He Lives, and the video for it once again, is amazing. You can watch it here at

Anyways, love you guys a ton! Cya soon!

Elder Faber

April 8

So, this week was really good. Listening to the prophet and the apostles really does put a nice skip into your step, a good spark for the week!
Basically this week has been full of 3 things: 1, if you can imagine the movie Frozen, Chile is turning from a nice summer paradise filled with UV radiation to really, really cold nights. So not entirely like Frozen, but close enough. 2, if you can imagine the movie the Lord of the Rings, especially with all of the scenes with Frodo and Sam, it's like that. Tons of walking with some adventures here and there. And 3, someone trying to break into the chapel! We got here in the morning and there was broken glass everywhere. One thing that I have learned is that 1, the church is a genius because for every chapel, each important door has a different type of key. The front gate is a regular key, the door key is a specialized German key that costs a ton to replicate, and the key to the family history center is a double sized depth based location key that is proven impossible to copy unless if you have a 3D scanner and a 3D printer. In other words, resistance is futile
So, Thursday, we had a lesson with David. He's really animated to get on the mission already (been a member since January, and already wants to go on the mission... Man, I love that kid) and so we've been helping him go over the lessons. So like a mini mission prep class, but enough so that if someone in his class asks him about being Mormon he has enough skills to defend himself. We also had an appointment with the Cisternas family... They're starting to stop progressing... I really hope that we don't have to drop them...
Friday we had a good Book of Mormon study with our Witness friend Liliana. She really, really loved it. She's progressing a TON (and went to 2 sessions of conference!!! :D). We also shared with Albertina, but she's having a ton of legal problems with her daughter still...
Saturday CONFERENCE!!! After the first session we went contacting, and ran into David's dad. We shared the "Gracias a que el vive" (because he lives) and he loved it. Promised us to go to conference, but never did...
Sunday, MORE CONFERENCE!!! :D After the two sessions we talked to the Bible Tank (that's what I'm beginning to call him now) Hno Flores. It was his birthday!!! That was cool, didn't mention how old he was, but I'd imagine that he's now in his mid to late fifities now. I seriously need to reactivate him... Then we talked with a menos activa family, and had a mini Family Home Evening. That was pretty cool, and we've got an official one set up next week.
Monday we taught Conni the Plan of Salvation again, mainly because some points really didn't stick. She seemed to understand it. We also invited her to Mutual again, we're going to have to drag the Young Women's president over again to get her motivated to go. Then we contacted a new that we found! Hermana Leal, a less active that really has some potential.
Tuesday we talked with Liliana in detail the Creation and the Fall. That was really interesting. Apparently the Testigos de Jehova almost have the same doctrine as us, but almost. Actually, not a lot, but she understood. We invited her to go on the temple trip that the stake has set up this week on Friday. Let's see how that goes
Today WE PLAYED SOCCER!!! AND I'M VERY BROWN NOW. Almost Chilean!!! haha
Love you guys! Hope you have a great week!
Elder Faber

March 2015

March 4

So I don't have my camera, nor my agenda... There was a couple of things that happened and my comp left my bag at the house and now I´m in a ciber with no time left... 

Basically to summarize the week, we´ve been trying to revolucionize our contacts by using videos instead of just going up to the door and talking. I´ve heard that this type of contact has been successful in the past, so we´re going to try it. 

We got two new investigators this week! We´re working really hard with both. We have the hope that we can set up two baptism dates by the end of next week! That´s going to be super exciting... I really can´t wait to see what happens. 

Other than that, one of our menos activas, Sandra Chomorro that we found last week has been progressing a ton. She has a ton of enthusiasm to come back, and we´re hoping that she´ll be fully active again within 2 or so weeks. 

Enjoying life, enjoying the mission! 

Fun thought about the scriptures, the parable found in Mathew about the King that forgave the debt of the servant? According to James E Talmage in Jesus the Christ, that debt was about the equivalent of 9 million+ dollars! (I can´t really remember the stat exactly, as mentioned earlier, I don´t have my notes to verify that number, but it definitely had 6 or more zeros behind it). Makes us realize how merciful our Heavenly Father is, and all we have to do is take advantage of his forgiveness to strengthen ourselves, and to be humble enough to forgive others as well. 

Love you all! See ya in 10! 

Elder Faber

March 11

Well, I got a new agenda! And forgot the old one... 

So, about last week, Elder Peterson has been giving me small computer classes during P Days about basic computer repair. I now know how to fix hard drives, erase viruses, and restore system files. It´s actually helped out a lot, there´s a lot more people here than I thought that need help with the virus part... 

 A picture of our district before Soulier was transferred out to be a Zone Leader in another Zone.
 Starting with the front row from left to right is Elder Jackson, Elder Soulier, Elder Figueroa.
 Back row, Elder Peterson, Elder Furby, and Elder Aguero

We´ve been finding a lot of news recently. Don't know why, but a lot of people have been a lot more open with us, mainly because I think they have pity on us because we´re out all day in 34 C´s... That's almost 95 degrees, with no humidity. However, our two newest ¨news¨ that have the most potential is Connie, a 14 year old that is interested that has problems with a brain tumor, and Ignacio, a 15 year old that went to the Open Chapel program that they´ve been doing in South America. They will both have baptism dates by the end of this week! :D

Changes happened. The zone basically changed entirely. Our zone had about 4 elders that went home. I went to see Bickle off (That sir was a very good sir)

Other than that, Maca has been showing a lot of progress, and hopefully will be fully reactivated in 3 months! WHEW!!!

A peach cobbler I made for a Family Home Evening that we did with the Parra family

Love you guys a ton! Cya soon!

Elder Faber

March 18

There is no time this week sorry...
But, we've been working super hard. Maca has been taking the sacrament! Oh... that really made me get warm fuzzies inside... I don't know how to describe what I felt, but that's the best way I can do it.
We've been finding a ton of people. We found a Colombian family that is super interested. Paula and John. They're fantastic, and they invited us to have lunch with them tomorrow! POTENTIAL FAMILY!!!! 
Pi day and Saint Patrick's! I got pinched... i completely forgot about it... 
Liliana is still progressing, however though she keeps scrambling the Jehovah's Witnesses Doctrine with ours... We had our second lesson on who Jehovah is, and I gave her a ton of Old Testament and New Testament scriptures that show that Jesus in the Old Testament was Jehovah. That was really fun. Just in case, she's a less active that's been working hard on coming back to church. Fantastic lady. 
David has been going really strong, we did divs with him the entire day yesterday. He really, really wanted to go contacting. It was fun watching him sharing the gospel with others. He's so ready to be a missionary in 2 years! 
We're teaching a family from Haeti! That's interesting. We had our first lesson with them. We got Books of Mormon in Creole , French, and Spanish. We practically taught a lesson in 3 languages.
Love you guys a lot! Cya soon!
Elder Faber

March 25

So, this week we've been doing a TON of contacting... And here's what happened:
Thursday, we taught Paula. She was really interested, and really likes to read books. When we gave her the book of Mormon she was really happy about it. However, there was a hitch... There's always a hitch. She's been receiving the Jehovah's Witnesses for about 2 years, and the lady that's been teaching her has become one of her best friends... Let's see how that goes. Oh! And we met her Witness teacher, she's pretty nice, however though she probably hates us. 
Friday we taught Liliana about the Book of Mormon again. She came this last Sunday, and has been progressing a lot. She's been reading about Lehi's vision and really loved it, especially when we got to the interpretation farther on in the book. We also taught Conni the rest of the Plan of Salvation, and this week, si o si we are going to put a baptismal date with her, and hopefully share with her family. 
Saturday I had another baptism in Nocedal! David Diaz Jr got baptised! That was pretty cool, he gave me a massive hug when he saw me (photos to come)
Sunday we taught Albertina, a lady that's had a ton of legal trouble over the legal rights of her granddaughter. Her daughter practically left her disabled daughter in her hands and has been using the benefit money in ways that she shouldn't. She's trying to get responsibilities over her, but it's been difficult with all of the legal traps her daughter has set up. But we taught a lesson about forgiveness and hopefully that helped... More info to come 
Monday we did contacts and found a lady named Cristina! She's really interested, she had talked to missionaries before and really liked what she heard. Let's see how that turns out!
Tuesday we did divs... Elder Peterson and I were in the mission office from about 9 in the morning until 6 in the afternoon. Elder Figueroa and Elder Aguero visited both companionship people while we were fixing computers!!! Yay! no, it really, really sucked. The mission office was completely full of viruses and issues... However, President made me and Peterson the official administrators of the office now. And guess what? The people now have to call and ask us if they can install anything. We now both have administrative users on EVERY COMPUTER IN THE OFFICE. 
I also found out how to hack windows, just be on the look out when I get home muhahahahaha
Anyways, love you guys!!! Keep staying awesome!!
Elder Faber 

February 25, 2015

Not much happened this week, besides contacting and some other fun lessons... But just straight contacts. 

However we did find some news this week! I'll let you guys know how it goes. But here's some photos! 

Me in my Argentina jersey, again :D

A picture of sushi! that stuff was good..

A picture of the baptism of Ramina Andrade. Nocedal... Miss that ward

Love you guys a ton! Cya soon!

elder Faber