Monday, July 17, 2017

Que? Enserio otro semana ya pasó?

Hey momma how are you this fine Monday??:) haha and yeah I know this last week flew by, it’s been insane.. but I’m doing great! Well yes, like it sounds, indeed this week has been fairly crazy as well... I just don’t think it’s possible to have a normal proselyting week as a ZL but I love it so it’s all good!!:) So after last week when we talked on Tuesday, we spent a lot of our time that night setting appointments for the rest of the week. Then on Wednesday everything got derailed... We were in lunch with a member and we got a call from Pres. Isom. He said one of the elders in our zone was in the hospital, so we went to go take them food and it turned out the elder (Elder de Souza) had to get his appendix taken out. So we were in a trio with the comp of the elder getting surgery. Then we had an NDH with the Obisbo Schnettler and that was actually really good to talk with him and share about the gospel!:)

The next day we were still in a trio because Elder de Souza was in the hospital in recovery. We went to the elders sector, a part called Puerto Octay, to contact a referral. It was so beautiful there!!:) Then on Friday we went and visited Rolando (who we have with fecha) and he is doing so great. We taught tithing and fasting and he accepted and said he will do it!!:) Then we went to the other elders sector, and I went to a cita with Elder Bertolio (the comp of sick Elder de Souza:) ) and it was so cool. The spirit was just so strong in the lesson and we just clicked. I used some examples in teaching that I don’t usually use because they don’t relate to a lot of people, but they were perfect for him in the end!!:) It was sweet. On Saturday we did the service for hno Auturo deconstructing the house still:) Then on Sunday I went with Elder Bertolio to church because his comp still can’t leave the house. So the mission matrimonial stayed with de Souza and I went with Elder Bertolio to church. After church we had a bomb American style lunch with the McArthurs!:) They are from St. George.

Well it sounds like you’ve had a pretty good week. That’s awesome that you could go to the temple and oh man that’s so sweet. I wanna go to watch Andrew in a baseball game!! Woah thank you for the spiritual thought momma I love it!!:) And that actually helps me quite a bit and it reminds me of this last Sunday (yesterday). We talked about serving others and how we need to try not to do service for the image. The Lord will bless us for our service and we will leave a great effect and help those around us.:) Thank you for that!!:) And my thought is from President Hinckley in his lesson on service to others. "What is the thing that makes missionaries so happy? The simple act that they lose themselves in the service of others."

Love you momma. I hope you have such a great week. Love you to eternity and beyond!!:)

Love you,
Elder Shawners Spencer

The first 7 pictures are fotos from Puerto Octay -- it is beautiful there.

Cool frost on the ground in Osorno.

Sketchy house in Osorno

Elder Gledhill in front of the sketchy house.

Continued demolition work :)

Lunch with the McArthurs from St. George

Chillin' at the hospital while Elder de Souza had surgery

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Surprise, here's a few more pictures today... :)

Plus a funny story. He got to see his mamita and papita from Ancud yesterday, they brought him a package to Osorno. Here's what he said: "We got to see them in jumbo and they gave me my box from you (thank you so much!!:) ) and they gave us some food and it was so funny. She was sad because she saw me and was like your so skinny!!! haha. She was like I should have brought you more food!!"

Elder de Souza intercambios Ecuador sector (Chile)

Elder Roacha AP

Self explanatory cows in Centro:) hahaha

Self explanatory cows in Centro:) haha

Love this!!!

NDH con Ramon and Meilyn


His companion says he's a great cook!

Elder Gledhill, I'm assuming trying on
Shawn's suit coat hahaha

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Intercambio Week!

Hi there momma and how are you this fine Monday morning??:) As for me here in Osorno, I’m doing pretty great and yeah it was so fun doing those service projects last week!!:) But after we wrote to you last week we went to an NDH (family home evening) with Obisbo Schnettler and our investigator Rolando, and it went really well!:) Then on the 4th of July we had intercambios with the AP's (the assistants to pres.) and I was with Elder Roacha. We put one of their investigators with fecha and found a really cool lady named Maria Cristiana who wanted to start meeting with us!!:) Also we made s’more shakes and it was so goooood!!!:) Then on Thursday we had intercambios with the Elders from Ecuador (another sector in Osorno) and I went there. It was really good! We did a lot of contacts and we had a cita with Eric and Natalia. It was so cool to read about the Book of Mormon with them and teach them more about it!!!:)

Also our investigator Rolando has a baptism date for the 5 of Aug! so we will see if he can get it!:) It was so cool! Then on Saturday we had an NDH with members here called Ramon and Meilyn and it was so cool. We talked about the spirt in the lesson, then they made food from Venezuela for the dessert!!:) It was so good! On Sunday I gave a talk...:) haha it was a little last second, they called me Saturday night. I talked about humility and how with humility we can stay closer to God and become better people. D&C 112:10 I love this scripture because if we are humble, God will be with us and guide us with His hand!!:)

Also it still rains a lot here, but little to no wind so that is great!:) but there is a ton of fog! It’s all good I just miss being right next to the ocean!! I’m glad your lesson went well!:) Also I love that thought and quote you shared, thank you momma, it’s so true!:)

Whoa I’m so glad that you guys had fun for the fourth of July. I’m glad it was a success and that everyone could help out!!:) Thank you (Melanie) for making the pancake in my name!! haha and nice job Cass for eating it! July really is passing so fast!! It’s so funny, Elder Gledhill's family is so trunky for him because he goes home the end of this cambio. He’s not trunky but his family is really happy for him to come home:)

This computer sucks so I could only upload these 2 fotos today... we went to the park Antillanca today for p-day, it was so fun!!:) I know you will find success momma. The Lord will bless you, just be humble and trust in Him!:) 

Love you to eternity and beyond momma!!!:)
Elder Shawners Spencer

"There is no other substitute in the world for productive (hard) work"
-Pres Gordon B. Hinckley

P.S. from me: I got an awesome surprise from Shawn's mamita in Ancud who sent me pictures from her family's trip to Osorno today where they delivered Shawn's package to him, so I had to add them here:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Demolition For Service...

Hey there mamma and hey ya'll in Duchesne. How are you doing this fine Monday morning?:) As for me and my comp here in Osorno de Chile, we are doing really good!!:) This last week we had a ton of walking and contacting so it’s been fun! They closed down the hermanas sector here in Centro so now we have both of them, and we are trying to find all their old investigators and contacts!:) so that’s been really fun. Also we had intercambios with the elders in the sector Ovejería this week and I got to go there with Elder Sevy! It was awesome to serve and work with him. We were cutting wood like all day for different people, then we had a noche de hogar (family home evening) about the Restoration and it went really well!:)

My comp stayed in Centro and did a service project ripping apart an old house behind one of the member’s houses! It is so dirty and disgusting and filled with spiders, but it’s fun to destroy the walls and stuff. I say we because we went back later that week to continue the destruction project.:) Also, later last week as well we had a family home evening and I showed the sister Macarena Muñoz how to make our chocolate chip cookies and they were so bomb! She was so happy!!:) She’s gonna show me how to make pie de limon this week!!:) haha

Me and Elder Gledhill get along way too well it’s so awesome!:) One thing I have learned from him so far is diligence and more than anything just a love for the work. He is going to finish the mission this cambio. He is just an awesome missionary and he wants to keep working and learning until the end!:) so it’s been really cool to be with him. Also we have 14 missionaries in our zone.:) In our ward like 65 people who usually go and like 350 on the rejistros of our ward so we gotta find em!! Compared to Ancud, Osorno is actually the same but smaller area here are more members.:)

Whoa that is so crazy. I can’t imagine all of the stuff that you guys pulled out of that house!! Did you save me anything cool??;) haha naw but man I wish I could have gone and helped you but I’m glad that you could go and get it all cleaned up!!:) I loved the fotos that you sent from there. Can we please go back after I get back? haha

Dang I’m sorry that you guys can’t do fireworks!! There better be lots of water next year so that we can do them!!;) I would be so sad if we couldn’t! but I’m glad that you can still do the breakfast. I’ll be there most definitely next time!!:) haha I love doing that! but send lots of fotos please!:)

I love that thought!:) It’s so true. If we want to be holy and more spiritual, we have to give more time for that. It’s so true, what you leave time for shows your desires and what’s important to you. I was reading in D&C 112: 6-11,14,17,19,28-29,33-34 some of them are good. If you wanna give like some good palos (??), but I really like in 17 how it says that we can "unlock doors" in the places or hearts of people. You don’t need to be a missionary to share the gospel, you just have to have the gospel open in your heart so that people can see your example and feel of the truthfulness of our church.:) Love you so much momma and I hope you have such a great week!!:)

Love you to infinity and beyond!
Elder Shawners Spencer

FHE in intercambio

Church building in Osorno

In Fruna with the penalty kicks in Chile's game

Our district in Osorno

Service demolition

Service demolition

We went to Entre Lagos for inspections! :)

Monday, June 26, 2017

"You're not in Kansas anymore, you're in Pandora....."

Hey Momma I’m doing pretty great here in Osorno, Chile;) haha. Yeah as you heard from the mamita, I’m not in Chiloé anymore... but on the bright side it doesn’t rain as much here. But I loved Ancud so much. It’s so sad I had to leave in sober cambios (emergency transfers?). Oh man that’s so sad about mamita....:/ I was so sad to leave as well haha, but more about that later.

So on last p-day after we wrote you guys, we went and played soccer with hermano Jaime and our investigators, which is good because it was our last time!!:/ On Tuesday we helped the hermanas pack up their house in the morning then we went and took it all to the new house that night. Then we had a lesson with hermana Ana (Jaime's wife) and also we visited some other members as well.:) Then on Wednesday I finished the BOM in Spanish!! so that was cool. Also we found a menos activo named Natalia and she was so cool! We talked with her for a little bit then we went to see Damarys. It was really good we went because they left to Puerto the next day and I wouldn’t have seen them before I left.

On Thursday we got a call from the AP's and they said I was getting sober cambios to Osorno as a Zone Leader..... It was funny I didn’t actually believe them... so I asked them like 3 times.. are you sure? me? Elder Spencer? to Osorno? haha but yeah it was sad. All the members were sad because I was leaving and my district of missionaries as well. But then after I said goodbye to as many as I could in the short time, I left Friday in the morning. Osorno has been pretty great. It’s not beautiful in scenery like Chiloé... haha but its chill. My first day here we visited an investigator of the old hermanas (they took the hermanas out of the other half of our sector and gave us the whole sector...) and she is actually really close to baptism! She has such a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon, it’s so awesome. Her name is María!!:) Then today my comp had to do a math test for college because he goes home at the end of this cambio! OH! ALSO my new comp is Elder Gledhill. He is from AZ and is super cool! We’ve had a great first 3 days together... haha. His companion went to Ancud because he needed an area with bikes... so they did sober cambios for him to Ancud... haha

Yeah I don’t know what Gabriela is thinking but that stuff isn’t the same... haha. All the Chileans say it works but it doesn’t... I have something that will work till you can send more, or can you? but maybe I’ll try it because it’s a ton different... it’s like bigger sugar cubes no mas...

Haha yeah we didn’t use the bikes that much because it was always raining... but hey maybe they will fix them up and use them?? Oh man that’s crazy that you guys are in Connecticut! Did the house already get sold or what’s the story on that? Good luck I know you can do it!!!:) Also that’s sweet that you went to the temple so much!!:) no worries momma it will all come!!:) Trust in the Lord and He will provide for you!!!:)

Woah thank you so much for the thought. That is so true. If we will commit to the Savior then the Savior will commit to us and we need not have fear!!:) I’ll share the scripture that goes with that next week – I can’t remember it right now...:) haha. Thank you momma and I am doing amazing!:) I hope you have an amazing week and I love you to eternity and beyond! Have a great week! :)

Love you momma!
Elder Shawners

Monday, June 19, 2017

The first time in 22 years....

We got snow here this last week!!!:) and I’m so glad!!:) It’s been 22 years since it has snowed here in Ancud or in Chiloé... hahha crazy right?? It was so funny, papito was so happy when it snowed, he was like a little kid!! We definitely partied in the snow, it was so fun!!

But man this last week was really fast but slow at the same time, haha does that make sense?? But I was sad because Elder Pintado left on Wednesday and then I had my new comp, Elder Guerrero. He is super chill. He is from Columbia! from a city that is right next to Barranquilla! He is a super cool dude and an even better missionary. This first week together was really good. We worked with Hermana Ana (Jaime’s wife) really hard this week. She knows the gospel is true and just is a little hesitant to get baptized so we are helping to resolve doubts.:) We didn’t get to Damarys this past week because she was in Puerto Montt. Also on Saturday we went to go contact some referrals that we had and we took our bikes out. (I don’t know if I mentioned we have bikes in this sector but never use them because it rains...) After we got to the top of our sector we realized our bikes had no breaks...  haha so that was lots of fun to ride down the big hill with no breaks. We almost died but we didn’t!!!😁 Then we went to the other side of our sector and contacted Nefi and Natalie. They are menos activos and they super awesome. We couldn’t go in because Nefi was at work so we talked with Natalie and are gonna go back tonight!!:) But it was super cool because rarely ever the referrals are people who actually want to talk to us, so it was a good surprise!!:) Then today we made Pichanga Pizza!! It was so good but I wanna die now it was so much food. (pics below)

Also I’m glad that you could talk to Gabriela and get everything figured out with her!!:) Did Elder Thomas come and visit this last week? But thank you for sending the stuff with her and also thank you for the info on the water proofing stuff!!:) I’ll let you know how it works. But thank you so much for the stuff you sent!!:) I might have to have you see about the guarantee on the mission pants as well. They almost have holes in them…

That is so friggen cool that Chad is already starting to learn Spanish because I didn’t learn any so I had a hard time when I entered in the MTC.:) And that is so cool that you got to go with gram and gramps!!:) Thank you for all the fotos by the way I loved it!!:) Man can we do that again with them when I get back?:) Who is living in great grama’s house now?

That is so crazy that Eric is home. All my friends (Andrew, Hardy, Palmer) are gonna start coming home now too. It’s gonna be crazy to see all of them get home!! And thank you for your thought momma I love it. It is so important that we exercise our priesthood righteously and through all these characteristics of Christ. I love that thank you!!:)

For my thought this week it is about the last part of the book of Ether: Shiz and Coriantumr are fighting for just pride.. they end up destroying everything and everyone. The only one that lives, barely, is Coriantumr and it's worthless because now he had no kingdom to reign because everyone was dead... So the key here is humility. If everyone had humility, Satan would have almost no power, because it is only when we are humble that we can repent and live more to be like Christ. So this week my thought is this: be humble and you will have the mercy of the Lord.:)

Love you to infinity and beyond momma!!:) Hope you have a great amazing week and let me know how everything is going!!:)

Elder Shawners