Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 19, 2017

Honestly, I'm having a good time in the office. We can't go out as much and some times it's really stressful to have a lot of office work to do (yesterday we were there until 10 doing stuff), but I like it. It's good experience and we're helping people. But there isn't a lot of new stuff so that might be why my letters are lame. But I'm doing peachy. 

Speaking of peachy we had one heck of a day today. We went to a huge flea market(the biggest in the "state") and we looked at a ton of stuff. I got a tie for about 30 cents and it's pretty dope. i'll send a picture with next week or something. And after we drove out to a beach called Quintay and it was super pretty. We threw a frisbee around for a while and then played some volleyball (we stayed far from the water). It was super fun and we were able to run around a lot so that was cool. Next week we have changes so it'll be a pretty crazy week. I'll have pday next saturday (the 29th). 

Some news with Victor. It's been going really well. We've talked a lot about baptism and he wanted to get baptized we just couldn't get a day set up. Today he called us and was like "Yea, I'm going to get baptized Saturday" And he's super excited for it. Yesterday he went to the family history center and worked there for like an hour and a half. Sunday in church we used a card from the area with some goals for the temple, sabbath day, and self reliance. He put under temple get baptized for his ancestors, sabbath day he put do an extra fast every month and go to church, and under autoreliance he put get baptized and confirmed. Then he shared his goals with the stake president. He's a really cool guy, he's 62, but he acts like a 55 year old. So we're going to be planning the things out for his baptism this Saturday!!!

Have a great week and pray that I get some sleep!!!
Love you!!
Elder Cheney

p.s. I think I'm going to start putting spaces because makes my letter look bigger.
An extra email to his dad:
The office is really nice, but sometimes it gets stuffy in there if we are there too much time. We haven't had completos in a while, but we've had a lot of avocado.
I miss the Lake House, it's so fun over there. One of my companions is from Logan and he's pretty much a cowboy so he's getting me pretty excited to go backpacking and fishing up in the mountains. My other companion went to BYU before the mission and he's going straight from the mission to BYU. He's getting there 2 days after classes start. I think that would be horrible. I would not want to get to school late and just off the mission. I think it'll be good to have time to work and whatnot. 
Just now we had a ward conference and there was a lot of focus on the temple. There's the temple in Santiago and they're building one in Concepcion and now they want one here in Viña. Did you know an Elder McCracken in your mission? Our investigator went and he loved it. He's so prepared to recieve the Gospel He says he feels like God has called him and chosen him. He calls us his spiritual guides its really awesome to teach him. He's going to get baptized this weekend and confirmed. We're going to get him to go to the temple in August. He's already started on his family history work. 
In my mission one of the things I've learned or acquired is a love for the scriptures. Before it was a pretty big chore to read the scriptures, but now it's so awesome to have a hour to be able to read and study the scriptures. It has helped me a lot in my teaching and in my own life when I have scriptures in my mind. 
Actually we gave one of the Liahona magazines to Victor and he loves it. He read the two from President Monson and he said "that's great it just makes so much sense, we have to have charity or we're nothing." It's the best feeling ever to teach someone that understands and wants to learn more.
Love, Elder Cheney

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 8, 2017

That's too bad that the babies peaced out this week, (We had his Sister and his nieces visiting for a month, but I told him they headed home) I'm excited to see them. I'll probably start being nice to them.
One of my companions, Elder Smith, is pretty much a cowboy and we're planning a trip to go hiking and fishing in the Uintas. I love hiking. 
Actually for the 4th of July we had a zone conference and Hermana Diaz (the mission president's wife) loves gringos so she went all out for the lunch. We had hamburgers and hotdogs with chili. She tossed up flags everywhere so it was really cool. The opening hymn was the Star Spangled banner and wow that is a powerful song. In the conference the mission presidents wife was talking a little bit about the history of Joseph Smith and out of no where our President busts in dressed up as Joseph Smith and gives us a sweet training. It was super funny because President is almost 60 and Chilean. 

This week we went top chef and we made Chicken Cordon Bleu for lunch and it turned out pretty well. It was actually fantastic. 
We met a Haitian guy in the street that had only been in Chile for about a month. He didn't really speak a whole lot of spanish so me and Elder Smith tried to use our french skills to talk to him and that day in the morning we have memorized like 5 verbs and we used them the best we could to talk to the guy and then we figured out he spoke a little bit a english so we had a tri-lingual contact. It went pretty well so we're going to pass by and see if we can teach him. 
We've been teaching Victor a good amount. He's doing really well. He's got his date for the 16th of July and he's progressing really well. He's got a testimony of the Book of Mormon and he wants to get baptized. He's doing well, there's just a couple points we want to explain better. 
For a spiritual thought here's something from Preach My Gospel about patience: Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God’s will and accept His timing. When you are patient, you hold up under pressure and are able to face adversity calmly and hopefully. Patience is related to hope and faith—you must wait for the Lord’s promised blessings to be fulfilled.
I really liked that because it's not just enough to suffer, we have to "suffer with joy." We can find joy in the journey and it has a lot to do with being patient and not letting the little things get to us. 
Love you guys a lot!!
Elder Cheney

Red, White and Blue ties!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

June 6 and 20, 2017

June 6
So I wrote a couple days ago and not a whole lot happened, but there was a miracle for the other companionship that's in the office. A Haitian named Jaque went to Church two weeks ago and he loved it, a friend invited him. He speaks Spanish, Portugues, English very well and he speaks French and Haitian Criole natively. He is super funny. He got to church a little bit late on Sunday and it was testimony meeting. So he sits down and then decides to stand up and give his testimony of the Book of Mormon. He starts off with "Good morning brothers and sisterss" in English and he has a teddy bear voice. But he's 6'5 and black. So he looks intimidating but when you talk to him he's the nicest guy ever. Anyways he gave his testimony and he did it in like 3 languages and in his testimony he talked about how he was going to get baptized and be saved. It was awesome and then he agreed to get baptized this Sunday. He agreed to all of the commandments so he's good to go. He's a great guy so I'm looking forward to meeting him more. 
We played soccer this morning with President and it was pretty fun. I think I'm getting a little better so watch out on the intramural field! But I still have a long ways to go. We have changes this next week starting monday so I'll have the super busy week again. I won't write until Saturday the 17th of June. But until then eat your veggies, say your prayers, and love your neighbor!
Elder Cheney
June 20
Hey fam,
It's been a short weekend, so not a whole lot happened. Sunday in church we had a confirmation of the Haitian guy, Jacques. It was really awesome and he's super excited for the gospel. It'll be fun to keep teaching him. I'm going to learn a whole lot because he asks really good questions. Yesterday we taught him and we spent like 40 minutes talking about priesthood and authority and he understands pretty well. But it'll take a while before he can understand better some of the doctrine. 
Today we played volleyball with President and it was pretty fun. It was the first time we played volleyball in the office. Oh yea and so you know now I'm in a trio with Elder McAllister (my last companion) and Elder Smith. It's pretty fun, I like trios because there is always someone to talk to. 
I was listening to some conference talks this week and one that I really liked was from Elder Yoon Hwan Choi. He said that his father said: "... build a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Don't look around, look up!" I really liked that because in the church sometimes it is easy to look around and feel small with all the spiritual giants or feel discouraged because the members aren't perfect. But our relationship or perception of the people around us is not going to be what gets us through this life. It will be our personal relationship with the Savior. I know that we can build a relationship with Him if we want to. He is always there waiting for us. He invites us to come unto him. 
This next week should be pretty calm, we have some names of people to go find (referrals) so hopefully we'll be teaching a lot this week. 
Love you guys a bunch!!
Elder Cheney

Monday, June 5, 2017

June 3, 2017

So it's been a little since I wrote but we passed it well. You guys never told me that Melissa moved to Texas! Now she probably will never catch a visit from any of us. Bad luck. (She didn't actually move to Texas, Rae is doing an internship in Texas this summer, then they will go back to Oklahoma.  Melissa and the girls are visiting for the month of June!)
This week we got to do a couple service projects and they were pretty cool.
The first one we picked avocados off a families tree and it was fun. The mom and the daughters speak french because they're from Tahiti or something like that. I tried practicing a little bit, but looks like I have a long ways to go haha. They have some exchange students that are staying in their house from the states so we met some girl from Florida that is here. 
The second one was for a family that has a little baby. They live in a small one room house with a little kitchen and bathroom attached. We went because they had a lot of mold growing in their house because of humidity and the baby was getting sick. So we got all of the mold off the walls and whatnot and then we put up some kind of anti-mold paint. We'll be going back in a couple of days to finish painting. They are a really cool family, the wife is from Colombia and the guy has been mission leader like 6 times he said. They were super nice and they made us a nice kiwi lemon drink thingy that was super tasty. 
Also this week we had Elder Packer come to the mission. He's the son of the apostle. It was a lot of work to get everything ready, but the trainings were really great. He was talking about how as a general authority he has lots of meetings, wakes up early to travel, spends lots of time on airplanes, and does a number of other things that usually aren't enjoyable. But he said "It's all worth it because it's true." It's worth it to push through the harder parts of life or of things we have to do because we know that Jesus is the Christ, His Church is restored, and that families can be together forever. So it's worth it to do all the stuff that He asks of us. 
Hey I love you guys a lot and hope that you enjoy having the babies over there!

Elder Cheney

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 20 and 23, 2017

May 20
Today we went to the biggest flea market for like a couple hours around and it was dope. There was a ton of people and selling a ton of crazy things. I bought some soccer jerseys and a switch blade. Then we ate some empanadas and everyone loves to yell at us because we're mormon and gringos.
We wrote late today because we went to an open chapel to help out. I had to drive over there and it's in a place that is very hilly and I was driving stick shift, so my skills are getting a lot better. Google valparaiso hills. But it was a ton of fun today. Like always it was a busy week but I'm looking forward to this next week too.
As you can tell it's kind of late, so I gotta go, but I'm going to be writing Tuesday so I'll talk to you soon.
Love you a whole lot!

1. When upon life's billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings;
See what God hath done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings;
See what God hath done.
2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings; ev'ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.
3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you his wealth untold.
Count your many blessings; money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.
4. So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.

May 23
(When he looks at emails) It depends on the week, so this week I write tuesday so I won't write again until next tuesday, unless something happens then it will be Saturday
This morning one of the Elders in the office, Elder Smith, lives on a ranch and can do some rope tricks. He showed us how to lasso a cow by the neck and also by the feet. We practiced a little bit and it was pretty fun. So we're going to all go to his house and be a cowboy for a day. 
It was a pretty good week, we're super busy as always and looks like we're going to continue to be busy for this week haha. This week Elder Packer is coming to the mission. The son of President Packer. So that'll be cool, he's going to do a couple of training and see how we're doing down here. That'll be next monday and tuesday
This week I was reading the scriptures and in 1 Corinthians 12 it talks about gifts that we can recieve through the spirit to bless other people. Like the gift of faith, of healing, of being healed, of profesying, of wisdom, and a ton of other cool and awesome spiritual gifts that we can obtain. And I was thinking and that's pretty great. That we can recieve those gifts and perform miracles. But then I came across the last verse in that chapter that says "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." So we should try to earn the gifts that are good and helpful, but there is something that is better than all of these gifts. What is it? In chapter 13 Paul talks about charity. He says that even though we have all the spiritual gifts that are possible to have, they don't profit us. He says "Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away." In the Book of Mormon there are a couple times when it says that if we don't have charity we are nothing. So that helps us to understand the importance of really loving our neighbor. We have to really love them, not just serve them, not just be nice to them, we have to have charity for them. It was cool to learn that because many times it's really hard to have charity for some people, but we have to try and ask for help to do it anyways, because it really is the more excellent way. 
Love you guys a lot!
Elder Cheney


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 9, 2017

Daniel didn't send a formal email, just a few thoughts and some pictures.  He said they have a light week this week because transfers were last week and they were super busy.  As the office elders, they have to do some training for the other missionaries and he sent some pictures of that. (He does passport training, thus the passport beard : )  I told him we were studying Revelation 7 in seminary, and he shared these scriptures:

In spanish the book is actually called apocalipses. My favorite verse from there is actually right before that one:
Rev 7
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
It talks about how those that serve God in the temple have the victory over death.
Thanks for everything mom! Love you a bunch, talk to you Sunday!

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 6, 2017

That's cool that the Cheney's (A senior couple from our ward, no relation : )are coming down here. I think they will
be my boss's bosses. Something like that, but we might see each other
if things go really poorly (like an emergency or something). That's
cool that the elders baptized someone, sounds like a good family.
Sounds like you guys are killing it up there in the ward.
To motivate seminary kids? ( I asked him how to motivate my seminary class to read and memorize scriptures.) That's a tough one. In the mission we have
to try to motivate teenagers to read their scriptures and whatnot and
a lot of the time we're not successful. The textbook answer would be
teach them the doctrine and help them understand why they should do
it. But they're probably really stubborn so something that is really
important is support from the parents. If the parents don't verify or
help the kids to do it they probably won't do it. So get the parents
on board and then the kids will start to do it. No one can be too busy
in high school. It's impossible, they should drop classes or they'll
die from stress. There is no reason to destroy yourself in highschool.
Do you know the office of the mission there? What are they like? Our
office is probably cooler. We just had change week and I'm super
tired. From Sunday we went to sleep at like 12 or 1 and woke up at
like 6. On Tuesday we woke up at 4 to go to Santiago. It was cool to
go to Santiago and pick up all the new missionaries. We did some
trainings with them down there and then we came back up in bus. We did
the same thing that I did when I got to the mission and we left them
in Viña with a Book of Mormon and the address of the mission home.
Every day this week there was something to do with the changes so we
were pure working all the time in the office or taking people to the
bus station, picking people up, or baby sitting the new missionaries.
And it all ended with the Leader Consejo and I did a training for them
and then we worked in a while for the office and that was finally it.
We had to make 200 homemade daily planners because our mission didn't
get any. So we got a ton of missionaries to come help us and we
cranked them out in a day and a half.
Today in the morning we played soccer and we have had our pday. I'm
going to try and sleep a bit to catch up, but we'll see if we make it.
It was a pretty crazy week,I don't think I've had a busier week with
more to do. And it starts over every 6 weeks haha. But it was a lot of
fun too.
So now things should calm down, I'll have pday again on this tuesday.
Also now my companion is Elder McAllister. If the name looks familiar
it's because it is. He was my companion in the MTC and now we're
companions again so that it pretty neat.
A little spiritual thought: John 15: 10  "If ye keep my commandments,
ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s
commandments, and abide in his love." That's the key, to feel the love
and approval of God we have to keep the commandments.

Love you all!!
Elder Cheney