Week 7 of Tarapacá 2, La Libertad

Hey, family! It´s been a good week. I don´t have a ton to say, I guess. This Wednesday Elder Dallin H. Oaks is coming to visit the mission, so obviously that´s going to be a great spiritual experience. Continue reading


Week 6 of Tarapacá 2, La Libertad

DSCN0302[1].JPGHey family! We had a great last week this transfer! In La Libertad we had a super well-planned stake conference. On Friday we had a stake mission night. I guess it was kind of like an EFY thing. We had to leave a little early to make it to the room on time, but three investigators attended. Two of them are moving to Spain next week, so we´ll be sure to pass along the info and get the work moving in Barcelona. Continue reading

Week 5 of Tarapacá 2, La Libertad

¡Habla, cholos! (o ¨vatos¨ por los de ustedes que están en México ;D)

So this week we had multizone conferences. La Libertad got paired up with Condevilla and Las Flores (habla zonita), and I got to see some familiar faces as always. The theme was increasing faith in the mission and becoming more like the Savior. It helped me realize that I tend to be negative and faithless at times, so I´ve been trying hard to do everything with real intent and with a good attitude. And we got results! Continue reading

Baptism out of Nowhere

We had a miraculous week. Last week we fasted so that Francis would get accept his baptismal date. This Wednesday I woke up with a fever, so I spent most of the day in bed. At night we woke up and helped some people move, which was not good for me, but whatever. Late that night, we had a lesson with Francis. We ended up bringing one of his best friends Ricardo, who got baptized about a month ago. Ricardo was able to bear testimony about a lot of the things that Francis was worrying about. By the end of the lesson, Francis said he´d call us the next day with his answer. But as we were leaving, he accompanied us. And as we walked home, he said, ¨Look. I can´t keep hiding what I feel. I want to be baptized.¨ It was awesome! Continue reading

Week 2


What is up with it, nation. I’d say we had a decent kickoff to the work week. One of the investigators we found last week accepted a baptismal invitation and has committed to attend church with us. He’s an old guy named Jose (it’s an uncommon name, I know). Today we had our second lesson with him. At first he seemed willing to be baptized, but didn’t want to come to church with us because he has to take care of his son. When we told him we could help out and that it wouldn’t be an inconvenience, he accepted. Continue reading


¡Habla, family! Well, I didn´t end up staying in Pescadores 2 like I thought. I was moved to Barrio Tarapacá in the same stake. Except I´m opening sector in Tarapacá 2. And I´m training! I don´t know if you remember Elder Sanhueza, my Chilean companion, but I´m training one of his friends from Concepción! His name is Elder Soto. He´s very capable. He worked as ward mission leader for 3 months before coming into the field, so he´s already very familiar with the work with the members. He´s a great people person, and he shows a lot of self-confidence in his teaching (even if, as a greenie, he doesn´t always have it). It´s always a little weird working with someone who isn´t used to the basics of missionary culture, but even then we´ve had great success this first week. Continue reading

Solid Week

I guess I don’t have too much to report this week. We found six new investigators (the mission goal is seven weekly, something that we were having trouble with in Pescadores initially). Six of our investigators in total have accepted a baptismal date. None of those investigators attended church this week, so we have to push back their dates a bit, but the good news is they have desires to progress. We´re trying to make better plans for them so we don´t lose contact. Continue reading



Everything was normal this week up until Wednesday. That night, the assistants called to inform me of emergency transfers. I would be moving from Nueva Era, Las Flores, to Pescadores 2, La Libertad, almost on the other end of the mission. I would also be finishing the training of an elder with four weeks in the mission. I waved goodbye to the best four weeks of my mission (in trio) and my favorite comp (Elder Huntington). I´m not sure why there was an emergency transfer, but there were three or four companionships in the mix, and obviously the trio is the most vulnerable in those situations. Continue reading

Interesting Week

Friday, July 7, 2017. I hope to recount the week as best as memory permits. Tuesday we had a multizone conference with Condevilla and Callao. We woke up at 6:00; we took the train from Estación Caja de Agua at 7:30 to get to the Magdalena stake center, arriving at 8:40; we had training until about 4:30; and we got back home at about 6:00. I guess you could say that was our second P-Day. The conference was centered on more effective application of the finding principles found in Chapter 9 of Preach My Gospel. I found it thoroughly instructive. Continue reading