Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December 19, 2016

Just some quick stories from the week:
We were walking down the street to go to a service project and there
was  a lady in the street hitting fruit down with a stick from a tree
that was on the other side of a wall. So we started helping her out
because she was struggling a bit. We started talking to her and she
wasn't all there. We got a big bag of fruit together for her and then
I asked "How long have you had this tree?" She said, "Oh no, it's not
my tree I'm just borrowing the fruit." So that's the story of how we a
helped a lady steal like 20 pounds of peaches.
This last weekend there was a Christmas choir on the beach of
missionaries and it was really cool. We went brought some people and
the last day, Sunday there was about 1400 people there. So it was a
really great event. But it ended at about 10:15 and we got home at
about 11:10. We had to stay awake until all the other companionships
got back to make sure they got back alright. A certain companionship
didn't answer us at all for like 10 minutes so we called about a
million times. Then it was 11:30, 11:40, 11:50. We called about a
million more times. Then 12, 12:15. We were pretty much getting ready
to go look for them and then finally at 12:30 they called us and told
us that they're phone had fallen out of their bag in the car and they
didn't hear the phone. I've never felt more like a parent in my life.
We were worried sick and we couldn't sleep because they didn't get
back and then it was something really lame that shouldn't have
happened. But I'm over it already haha.
And HERMANO PAVES WENT TO CHURCH!!!! He's the less-active that bought
me rootbeer. He finally went to church, I think it was the first time
in almost a year that he's been to church. So he's progressing. Now
we're going to start working for the temple!
Besides that the investigators that we have are pretty busy with
Christmas and the holidays so we haven't really been able to see them.
To get everyone ready for the New Year and the new goals here is a
quote from Elder Ballard about the importance of goal setting: "I am
so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and
learn how to master the technique of living to reach our goals, we can
reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we
reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to
master the principle of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a
great difference in the results he attains in this life." And
something just as important as setting the goals is FOLLOWING THROUGH.
If we're not diligent to finish our goals we might as well not set
goals for all the good that they are going to do us. So think about
some goals and then make a plan to achieve the goals
Love you guys
Elder Cheney

Friday, December 16, 2016

December 12, 2016

I haven't got the box yet but don't worry it'll get here eventually. You'll be the first to know when I get it. I don't know when the exact date is but from what I've heard it's the beginning of january, so I don't need a Christmas box. Maybe a letter or two. 
Actually today I finished 11 months it's crazy haha. It doesn't feel like it. I've heard the first year is like climbing up a mountain and the second year is like falling down because it goes so fast. 

For the pictures
Hermano Paves bought me some rootbeer so that was pretty cool. (he's a less active)
The companion of elder Clark went home so we took one last picture with a crazy guy(like literally crazy)
And we're getting ready for Christmas
I'm excited for this Christmas. We're going to go caroling to the members. There's a lot of people that have invited us so I'm probably going to gain 10 pounds. 
So now we are with Elder Clark(he's the really tall one). He's got about 5 months in the mission and he's a really cool guy. 
Yesterday we taught some less actives and one of them had a pareja that wasn't a member called Daniel. So we taught them about the Book of Mormon and it was going really well but he had to leave during the lesson. We're going to pass by Thursday, but they seem really great.
Maria José has been having a lot of doubts about baptism lately. She has felt an answer and she feels like what we teach is true. Her only problem is that she doesn't want to feel like she's losing her life (for keeping the commandments). So we're talking to her about that. But in the end she already got an answer so she has to decide for herself if she wants the blessings or not. 
That's pretty much where we are at with investigators right now. But now that we have the trio of power we're going to baptize all of Chile. 
Just a little thought for the week 
"We are surrounded by such an astonishing wealth of truth and light that I wonder if we truly appreciate what we have." President Uchtdorf
Sometimes it is really easy to lose our sense of awe, especially when something becomes a habit. So never forget all the things that the Lord has done for you and always remember to be grateful for them. 
Love you guys!
Elder Cheney

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December 5

We really have no time today and I know I killed it last week with the email but we literally have no time today. We had to go to Viña today and run around all day and tomorrow we have a Christmas activity so our p day is shorter today. 
To explain the pictures:
This week there was a baptism of Tomás from the ward and my companion baptized him and I was able to confirm him right after. It was a really cool experience because it was the first confirmation that I've done. But he's a beast.
And I got a cactus from a less active and I decorated it up for Christmas. 
The other is of us and Maria José. Her parents gave her permission to get baptized! But now that there is nothing stopping her she got nervous again. So we're working towards 17th, but we need a lot of prayers for her!
Sorry for the short email but I'll send a better one next week! If pictures are worth a thousand words this email is a lot longer than it looks. 
Love you guys!
Elder Cheney