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!
Love
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