Monday, January 31, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Pituto is the Chilean slang for connections that come in handy in a variety of circumstances.
There is a saying in Chile, es mejor tener amigos que plata, which means “It is better to have friends than money.”
Do you need a new job? Pituto will help you find it through an old friend.
Want a private tour of the presidential palace? Pituto helps when your friend works there.
Having a hard time getting a reservation during the busy travel season? Don’t worry, pituto happens to have a cousin that works down there and can get you in.
Pituto is so pervasive that often times being on the outside is that much harder — for a gringo or a Chilean.
So just remember: friends are better than money in Chile.
Monday, January 17, 2011
It has been sooooo flippin hot here. It was funny though, one day we were walking and the street was just like a flippin river. These people opened up the fire extinguisher and dammed off the water and created a flippin pool in the middle of the road haha. It was funny to watch.
He said that usually the smog is so bad that you can't see the mountains with snow on them. I'm assuming those mountains in the back ground with snow on them are the Andes Mountain range.
Saturday we had an awesome activity with the priesthood of our ward where we made and ate hamburgers in the house of one of our other investigators. We brought Juan. It was awesome everyone loved it. At the activity though the 1st counselor asked me to give a talk the next day! I was like what? I had to give a talk on member missionaries and how everyone is one. So I go home write about 2 and a half pages for my talk, go to church and I am the last speaker and they left me with like 30 mins to talk! I had been praying like crazy the entire morning. I can honestly tell you now the gift of tongues is real. Never in my whole mission has my Spanish been this good. I didn't even use the talk I wrote and talked the whole 30 mins and actually went a little over. I told my ward about and started with the story of Kira and her example for me and how she was an amazing member missionary growing up and still is. Shared a scripture about the sons of mosiah and talked about their love for everyone and their desire to teach and share the gospel with everyone after their conversions. Honestly it felt like the best talk I have ever given. I obviously talked about more stuff but don't have time to write it all. After a hermana came up to me told me she was enchanted with my talk, it was beautiful, and she understood everything (in the beginning of my talk I asked for forgiveness if they couldn't understand me). It was way awesome! Also forgot to tell you that morning we had a meeting with the bishop in the morning and the church was flooded! Some kids turned the fire hose on and didn't turn it off all the way so we spent the morning drying everything before church started.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Far left is Elder Nielsen; his companion in the MTC & Elder Moody is between
Elder Nielsen & Alex.
But on a more spiritual note I guess, this is also a cool story, so every week we get pouch that is when we receive our letters and what not. Well in pouch for me and elder Diaz we received about 5-6 old paperwork for old investigators for our sector. Some were from 2 years ago. We have no idea who sent them or how they even had them but we passed by for them and found this one solid family that lost contact with the missionaries over a year ago! It is so cool and I am so excited to start working with them. This week also we got a ton of new mission rules. I guess some crazy stuff went down in another mission here in Chile and we are no longer allowed to take photos with the Sister missionaries unless you have your comp and she has hers crazy!
(Alex asked us while we were on skype if it looked like he had lost weight because people there have told him he looks like he has. It was hard to tell just from his face but we said maybe he had a little. In this picture where we can see him standing it's very obvious he has lost weight.)
A cool story, so a family of investigators that we have told me the other day they really like me because I am crazy and like to have fun haha. They said they don't like those missionaries that are pure work and as they said ¨Square¨ haha. So that made me feel cool. Oh Sunday Elder Diaz randomly was called on to give a talk with zero warning so that scares me to think I might get called on haha.
I am just so happy with all the progress we are making here and that leads me to my last and crazy awesome news. WE HAVE A FECHA!!! We set an baptismal date with one of our investigators for the 29th of January. I am just so crazy excited cause there has not been a baptism here for a long time. His name is Juan. He is like 50 something and his wife who has been like "I am catholic and not going to change" the whole time told us that he is the head of the family and with a little work she would probably follow or something like that. But Juan is amazing. He was a raging alcoholic like you could find him passed out in the middle of the street. But he has just totally changed his life and it is soo awesome. I love this guy. He is a little goof but he is cool. Just neat to see people change their lives you know?
Hey, so I am starting to make a package to send home cause I have a bunch of stuff that piling up ya? So I want to know if you think I should send home my journal. I have about a weeks amount of pages left in it so I think I will send it what do you think?
Elder from England, Elder Diaz, Elder Leavitt & Elder from Argentina
Monday, January 3, 2011
So I had a pretty cool week. Monday played some soccer I am really starting to dominate now just thought I would let you know.
Then Tuesday we had interviews with President King. We had a good interview. He was all like "how is the new sector?" I was like "you know its all good" He asked how my old investigators in Malloco are doing. I told him they are good and then he was like "you had a lot of them ya?" I said "yes" and then he was like "sorry about that" haha it was funny. But over all I love that man. He said he feels that Elder Diaz and I can really get this sector going so it is cool he has that confidence in me.
On Wednesday I had divisions with Elder Marideña. I probably butchered his name. But it was cool. I had a good time and we had some good lessons and his little review thing of me was awesome I was pretty stoked.
Then on Thursday the zone leaders came and had divisions with us. So 2 days in a row! But we stayed in the sector and did work! In that day we did so much contacting and knocking doors it was ridiculous! But we found two new investigators and they are awesome! I am really excited about it. One is this older grandpa guy and he thinks I am German. I have tried telling him I am not German, but he doesn't believe me because he has German in him and is really proud of it, so he thinks I am German. The other is this kid Alan and he is golden. His whole family is inactive but have been so inactive now one in the ward knows them and he is the only one who is not baptized. He is 16 and just a little bit ago has started searching for a religion. He is awesome.
Then on Saturday we had divisions again but this time I went with Elder Champion! He is one of my best friends here in the mission he was in Peñaflor with me and we have basically the same time. It was awesome and I had a ton of fun with him and we did work.
Sunday we had an investigator show up to church! And had some good lessons that day too. All in all we are starting to make some head way here in Lo Ovalle and I am way excited about it!
My favorite scripture is Deutronomy 20: 3 - 4
That has been my favorite scripture since high school and it has gotten me threw some pretty hard times.
For new Years we actually got to stay out a little later how bout that? haha it was awesome but here they celebrate new years like backwards. Like in the states we start our parties at like 9ish ya? Then we party all night do the countdown then like one more hour and then around 1ish everyone goes home. At least that's how I remember it. Here they do the countdown and start their party and end at like 8 in the morning! On Monday there were so many drunks laying around everywhere!! I wish I had my camera to take pictures but I didn't know. It was just so funny. But we celebrated New Years with our mission leader Edic. He is tight and his family is awesome. It was a lot of fun.
Elder Diaz is doing better. I think I am starting to rub off on him so that is good. I just don't think he used to my craziness haha. Sharing the apartment is awesome. I am just glad I like the other guys. I could tell it would suck though if I didn't. Overall it is awesome and all of us really get along well. But ya it is all good here.
I love you guys and will talk to you next week!
Con mucho amor,
Elder Alex Leavitt