Monday, November 20, 2017

HAPPPPPPPY THANKSGIVING!!!:)

Hey momma!!:) well yes I know it’s not quite Thanksgiving but I figured that I would tell you a little early!!:) haha. They don’t really celebrate here but I might try to do something here with my comp but we will see what happens!:) But oh man this last week was insane here in Alerce so I can’t remember what happened Monday night... but on Tuesday we had to go to Puerto Montt to pick up pedidos for the zona and get my carnet so I can be legal!:) Then after that we went out to go and visit some new referrals that we have and some future investigators that we have!:) Then on Wednesday we had to go to the church to help set up for a choir that came the next day so we were there helping to clean the church and set up chairs!:)

On Thursday we had our zone conference to talk about the Christmas Initiative which is the same as last year: ILUMINA el MUNDO!:) (Light the World). It is going to be an amazing time and we are planning an activity to do with the zone to share this initiative with everyone here in our zone!!:) Then we had the choir that came and it was so amazing. They are a group from Puerto Montt and they sang really good. One of our new investigators Julieta came and really liked the activity as well!!:) Then on Friday we went and did service for a grandma here. We went out and made a garden and planted for her!!:) Then in the night we had an activity with desserts. And I just made some brownies with my comp and we won best texture and best dessert!!:) so it was pretty cool!!!! haha, especially because I didn’t think the brownies turned out that good that night but everyone loved them!:)

On Saturday it was pure rain!!! It was so cold and a little wet... (if you can imagine that...) haha but then we were doing contacts and tried to visit with Julieta but she wasn’t there, but it’s all chill!!:) Then we went to our recent convert Juan and taught him a lesson so it was a great night!!:) Oh then on Sunday it was the primary program and the little kids were so cute!!!!:) It was so cool to see them talk and share! Also a drunk guy came in and sat by me for a min then asked me for some bread then just got up and walked out!!:) HAHA it was a little funny!:)

YEAH!!! I’ll be there for Braken’s wedding!!:) haha I don’t know if they planned that for me but it’s good timing!!:) haha. Woah sounds like some crazy weather and a good week!!:) I love your thought momma! That is so true we need to make sure that we are walking in Christ’s direction. Even if we feel like we are sinking like in the foto we have on the wall, we can reach out and He will help us keep walking along on our path!!:) Thank you so much momma for the email and all you’re doing. Also I’m glad to hear that Jess and dad are doing better. Tell them both hi and I love them!!:) but love you to eternity and beyond momma!!:) Can’t wait to hear back. Have such a great week!:) 

Love you!!
Shawners
We made pan and homemade mayo!!!

Setting up for the choir

Playing with Geraldo

The choir!! :)

Service project doing the garden!! :)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Que Loco la Semana!!

Hey there momma how are you doing this marvelous Monday??:) As for me I am doing pretty fantastic!!:) haha and this last week was pretty great. We had some nice weather this last week with not so much rain!!:) I’m glad that you got my reference to invasion!!:) and this last week was even more so... haha. We had the dispedida of Elder Amaya and then cambios Wednesday. Then we had to go look at some things for our house on Thursday. Then on Friday a baptism of a member’s child. On Saturday a youth activity and a capilla abierta (open house). Then on Sunday the normal church and meetings!:) It was fun and way crazy..

Also me and my new comp Elder Longo are doing very good together. He is a super chill guy, we work super great together!!:) so I’m excited to continue to work with him and just keep moving the work along!:) Also no we haven’t started the English classes yet. This last week was super crazy and this week will be too!!:) but that’s alright I love it!:) I’m glad that you are liking my ward because I am loving them as well!!:) They are so great and it’s been pretty insane because it’s been like I am in a white wash!!:) a white wash is when two missionaries enter into a new area for the first time without knowing the sector:)

Well I’m glad to hear that your work trip to Austin went well!!:) and I’m glad that you could do all the other stuff you needed to as well!:) That’s too bad that dad has been sick, but I hope that he gets better soon and tell him to be safer!!! haha but I loved the fotos you sent of the t-shirts!!:) So thank you for that and oh well maybe if anyone wants to send a quick letter or you want to send an old conference talk or maybe your favorite?:) but other than that no I’m good but yeah I’ll just be waiting for the package.:)

Also I really loved this talk from Elder Holland that is so true and it’s so amazing the things that happen when we trust in the Lord and follow his ways!!:) It’s so amazing that he gives us these commandments but he always gives us the way and the strength to complete them if we are willing to try our best!!:)

Love you to infinity and beyond momma!!:) I hope that you can have an amazing week and let me know when you send the stuff out!!:) I’ll do work here and you stay safe and do work there!!:) love you momma!!!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’ช

love
Shawners!!!

1- Chad sent me a little package with Elder Goddard!!!:)
2 & 3- baptism of the member’s child Maxy!!:) (my comp has the tan jacket)
4-Youth activity I got to go out with this stud Nicholas!:)
5- my comp and Elder Merchen in the baptism font in the capilla abierta!!:)

Rest of the photos are from our p-day adventures today with my mamita and papito from Ancud!!! I love them!























Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Before Cambios...

Hola momma sounds like you are having lots of fun there in Utah. This last week and month were full of rain!!:) haha we always have rain here in Alerce. But still it has been really fun!!:) This last week was really fun and flew by like normal... We had 2 baptisms of the other elders, we also went to Llanquihue for an "invasion." We went and handed out invitations for the capilla abierta (open chapel) that they are going to do this next Saturday!:) so that was way fun!:) We also just found this guy who wanted to learn English whose name is Henry Jacob so this week I’m going to start teaching English classes!:) Also we went and did a service project for an old investigator. We went and hung dry wall and the ceiling!:) It was fun but my shoulders hurt! haha. Also this week we got together as a zone then went to Puerto to eat tacos!!:)

Also about transfers... and I’m going to be....  STAYING!!:) but my comp Elder Amaya is going to Chiloe!!! My new comp is going to be Elder Longo from Brazil!!:) I don’t really know much about him but I’m sure that it will be awesome!!:) Actually I really have like no time this week so I’m literally only writing you and not dad or no one... Sorry, I know. It’s not what I want to do either but I hope they will all forgive me!:) But I’m glad to hear that you are good and I love you to infinity and beyond!!:)

Love you!!!!
Shawners








Monday, October 30, 2017

Soy Donald Trump......

Hola momma cรฒmo estas? Y tambien feliz Lunes y casi HALLOWEEN!!!:) I am doing quite well here in the land of Alerce, Chile and enjoying this sacred time I have to be here as a missionary!!:) Everything is going really well here in Alerce. It’s still a little hard with the fact of not knowing the area or the streets but I’m getting in and trying to learn quick because there are cambios for real this next week; and my comp Elder Amaya has been here for cualquiere tiempo so he could possibly be leaving soon! But we will see. The ward is actually quite big here. There are usually like 95 here in church and it’s the best functioning ward/branch I’ve been in so far!

We have a few investigators, Nelly and Romina, but we didn’t get to teach them this last week because they were working... but we are in the process of finding new investigators at this moment because a lot of them have been baptized as of recently!!:) so that is pretty sweet.:) We eat with the members here and it works really well so I’m happy. And yeah I’m in a biking area now because this area is even more flat than my sector in Osorno! I love it and yeah that "yellow sea" is chacai... haha yeah it’s not too bad unless your allergic to it!

We went to Puerto Montt today to go play soccer and volleyball with the zones here and I slipped in a mud puddle and got covered in muck... haha it was pretty fun!!!!! Those pics I sent last week were two Volcanos here and yeah really it’s not that far from Osorno like an hour and half in bus. This whole area I’m in was filled with trees (called Alerce hence the name) but they have cut tons of trees so now there are not as many... mostly chacai that the Germans brought when they came to Chile a while back...

Dang that’s crazy about Koda!! but man I’m glad that he is doing better now and how has it gone so far with not letting him run around and cause mayhem like normal? Haha. I’m glad that you are doing good as well with the job and man it seemed like the ward party was bomb!! Oh yeah so for my subject line.. we had a ward Halloween party this last week and we decided to go with the other elders in our ward as Trump (me) and my secret service....๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ haha it was really sick and the ward really liked it as well! It was a fun time and the whole time the kids were trying to come up and "kill me" or "throw bombs" (ping pong balls...) haha it was pretty funny!!

Ohhh that was a sick talk "By Divine Design" from Elder Rasband!! (He talked about the fact that the Lord is in the small details of our lives (as well as the major milestones). "Allow Him to make more of you than you can make of yourself on your own.") I agree. It is so amazing and we really should treasure God’s involvement in our lives and always try to see his hand and move the way and when He wants.!!:)

"Sometimes when things are falling apart, they are falling into place." This is my spiritual quote for this week and I really think it goes with your thought as well because when we feel like everything in our lives is falling apart, it’s really just a perspective... these bad things or challenges that are happening, really are helping us and preparing us for something in the future!

I love you to eternity and beyond momma!! I hope you have an amazing week and I hope that everything goes awesome for you and I can’t wait to hear back. love you!!:)

Love,
Shawners
Trump and his security detail for Halloween :)















Monday, October 23, 2017

Friggen Chacai....

Hey momma, how are you doing this fine Monday????:) I am doing very well today and things here in Chile are crazy as always but awesome too!!!:) This last week was actually super crazy.. hahah. It started normal, we had an intercambio with the assistants to President on Tuesday and it was really cool. I was with Elder Martinez and we stayed in his sector. And my favorite part of this intercambio, aside from just getting to know and work with Elder Martinez, was we taught classes of English. It was a really good class and everyone was laughing and participating which doesn’t always happen... haha but it was super cool. Then idk I can’t really remember what else happened before Thursday... well we also were doing the contract to change houses in Osorno at the end of this month.. but now I don’t have to worry about it!!!:) Then Thursday morning comes and I was just starting insanity and Pres Isom called.. and he said, "Hey elder we have a situation and you have sober cambios... and I need you to do it today.."

So I spent the morning packing and getting ready and called the Hermana Macarena and I thought she was going to cry... Then we ate with them and right after we got on the bus to Alerce!! Now my new comp is Elder Amaya and he is from Barrenquia, Colombia!!! He is such an awesome missionary and super funny as well.:) We get together really well!!:) Also we had a baptism here in Alerce and his name was Juan Ignacio!!! He is so cool. He has Asperger’s... but he was so ready to be baptized and I’m just glad I had the chance to know him!!:) I’m liking it here!:), but yeah I was very sad to leave Osorno. Idk I never thought it would be so hard to leave... I hate that part haha. It gets harder and harder to leave my sectors because I just love the people more and more in every place that I go!

Oh also to explain a little as well, Chacai is a plant here that is friggen everywhere in Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas. And so... the elder that was here had a really bad allergy to it and went to the hospital.. so that was the reason for the cambio... haha:) I’m glad that you like the lama sweater. We were going to take a big foto together this Monday but I kinda got transferred... haha but I have one as well!!:)

I’m glad that you got home from your trip good and that you are really liking your new work!! I feel like this company will be awesome for you!!!:) Thank you for your thought. (My thought was from Elder John C. Pingree’s talk "I Have a Work for Thee." In the talk he said that every one of us has a meaningful role to play in furthering God's work. And quoting from President Russell M. Nelson he said: “The Lord needs you to change the world. As you accept and follow His will for you, you will find yourself accomplishing the impossible.") I know it is true. The word impossible literally says in the word "I’m possible"!!! hahah but thank you so much momma and I love you so much!!! Also this week has been so cool. I have started to realize how much I like to be zone leader, not for the position or for the authority but for the opportunity I have to serve and help other missionaries. I feel like if I can help them be more positive, have the desire to work and to try to help them see what they are doing is an amazing work and the Lord is happy with us and will prepare the way, that I am doing what the Lord has sent me here to do!!! I love that feeling!!! ๐Ÿ˜„

Love you to infinity and beyond momma!! Hope you have an amazing week!!!!

Love,
Shawners
In his new area Alerce

Shawn and Elder Amaya




The yellow plant in this picture is the dreaded chacai
that the other Elder was allergic to.



Last few days in Osorno

Part of the zone in Osorno

Shawn with Hermana Macarena and family!

Boarding the bus to Alerce