Monday, July 31, 2017

Cambio day... The Death of Elder Gledhill

Hello there mother, and things are going quite well here in Osorno de Chile this week!:) Yeah I was so happy about Hermana Ana and now all we need is their daughter and the temple to be sealed!!:) So Elder Gledhill went home this last week and that was super sad!! Everyone is leaving me!!! haha but it was cool to see him at the church in Centro here. I had to open it so the members could say goodbye so I got to see him another time before he left!!:) But as for me and my new comp we are doing really well!!:) Elder Arizmendi is from Mexico City, Mexico and has a cambio less than I in the mission. It’s been really great up till now!!:) He has 7 (including him) in his family and I don’t know what else to say but he is really cool and I think this will be a great cambio!:) He was actually in my district in Chilóe in Ancud. 

Now with the week, yes Rolando is having a hard time balancing everything in his life right now.. but we are gonna work with him and see what we can do to help him with his family and work problems!!:) But as for the Hermana Maria Treviño she is doing amazing. She is 70ish and she has fecha for the 26 of Aug to be baptized. We are just trying to keep her animated (?) because she is a little timid about baptism, but she has such a strong testimony it’s so amazing!!:) She has been investigating for a little over a year! Also, this last week a man named Alex stopped us and was talking to us a little in English, and he wants to meet with us this week. He is from Santiago and moved down here with family. He was a really cool guy but I’ll let you know how that goes with him next week!!:) Also this last week we had a bunch of FHE’s with the bishop and with the family Muñoz. It was super awesome, and it’s a great opportunity to get to know the families here and receive more referrals!:) Then today we went and played soccer in Matta (our church) and then went to eat. It was sick, we went to a place called "Ñam Ñam" to eat!!😂

Oh that sounds like a lot of fun last week and I loved all of the fotos that you sent me!!:) but man momma why didn’t you get a picture with you and Yvette? haha naw it happens to me a lot here... we leave from a cita and I’m like dang I didn’t take a foto!! haha but I haven’t received an email from her yet but we will see!:) Oh that’s sweet about the package. I’ll definitely let you know when I have it!!:) Thank you! That’s so sweet thank you for sending voice messages!!:) That’s so cool! Also I can send you guys like voice recordings every week then you can type them if you want to do that? just let me know!:)

Oh man I miss watching the lightning (from a safe distance that is;) haha) that sounds like so much fun and also the family reunion that is so awesome that grandma played too!!:) I’m glad that you guys had lots of fun there!:) I loved when we went there that one year except when you got that ticket on the way up there right? haha

Woah thank you for your thought that you shared momma!!:) I really like that it is in the little moments from day to day when we are going to make the difference in our eternity. Like it says in Ephraim’s Rescue "You can’t move a mountain on your backside." meaning we have to start somewhere. Also like it says in Doctrine and Covenants it’s in the little things that we bring to pass the great and big ones!!:) Thank you for that thought and it’s also true that our heavenly connection is the most important, then we can worry about the rest. The Lord always provides and will guide us in every moment!!:) D&C 6:36 I love this scripture and it’s my go to in times of worries or doubts!!:)  (36: Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.)

Thank you for the email momma I hope everything is well and that the job hunt is going well!:) Have a great week and love you to eternity and beyond!:)

Elder Shawners Spencer

p.s. sorry this cyber won’t read my card.... so these are the few that my comp had!:)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Pioneer Day with Baptisms!!!!:)

Well thank you momma for the happy pioneer day wishes and I wish the same for you!!:) haha and GUESS WHAT remember ANA the wife of Jaime in Ancud? She totally got baptized last week!!:) It was so cool! I’m so happy for her. Also yes Elder de Souza is getting changed to the zone Villarrica and he has been doing a lot better so that is great!!:) Also Elder Gledhill is finishing the mission so my new comp will be Elder Arizmendi from Mexico. He was in my district in Ancud!!:)

This week I had the opportunity to give a blessing to a grandma who passed away yesterday, but it was so amazing. When I was giving the blessing, I felt the spirit so strong and it was like my whole upper body was on fire. It was such a blessing I had to give her a blessing so that she can now rest in peace.:) The fecha with Rolando fell but that’s ok, and we put hna Maria with fecha for baptism on the 26 of Aug!!:) It is so awesome!!:) The work has been going really well. Also this last week we had the chance to go to an activity in San Pablo (a youth camp for the church), and we got to go and do some proselyting with the youth for their camp there!!:) I have attached pictures below of my group, and I got to see my youth from Villarrica because they were there too!!:) It was such a good week and it was Elder Gledhill’s birthday so we made brownies and German pancakes!!:)

Oh that’s sweet that they still remember me and haha I hope it’s good stuff as well!! But will you tell Brock and all the BJ family hi for me!!:) Also tell Skyler Crockett hi as well and I’d definitely be interested in working for him when I get back! haha but for sure I’ll talk to him:) That’s good you had a great week but that will be good to sell the house (in Connecticut). That’s sad that no one is gonna have the property from the family though. Oh thank you so much for the pics I love them!!:) It looks like you guys had a great week, and the shed looks great now!!:) Also thank you about the package. Seriously thank you for everything that you are doing!!:) Let me know when you send it and if I can do anything for you!:)

Woah that sounds like such an amazing sacrament meeting. I love talking and learning about the pioneers. There definitely isn’t that big of an emphasis here in Chile on the pioneers, but there should be because I love watching the movies of the pioneers and just watching all that they went through and all that we can learn from them today. They were such good examples of disciples of Christ and following his guidance through a recently called prophet of God!:) I love that thought thank you momma. Also, yeah I saw the fotos. It was so cool and do you have fotos of the trailer? And how was the Browne's firework show? HAHA

THANK YOU MOMMA!! for all that you do. You are seriously so amazing and I feel like I don’t do enough to show you how awesome you are. Hope you know how much I love you and how thankful I am for all you do and your example to me!!:) 

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

My companion stressed about going home.

Zone activity

Zone activity

Last zone activity for the cambio pic with
 the APs Elder Rocha y Villacorta (right)

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