Monday, August 14, 2017

Crazy Week in Osorno...and Miracles in Quell贸n!! :)

Hey momma, things are pretty great here in the land of Chile!!:) I'm glad to hear that your week has gone pretty well!馃槃 As for my thumb... haha well yes it has been getting better, then today in volleyball I tweaked it really weird and I had some very nasty pain for a bit, but now yes it feels a ton better!! As for Mar矛a she is doing very well. We visited her a couple of times this last week but unfortunately she couldn’t come to the FHE with us because she is sick with pneumonia and so she has 8 days in bed... but she still loves hearing from us!:) Also in the FHE with Pres. Isom and a couple other members, we had Hermana Brenda. She is a new investigator for us now!!:) She has a son that has 7 years!:) Also we found this last week Alfredo (not the pasta, the person馃槈). He is from Haiti and is super dope. He doesn't speak the best Spanish but he understands really well! We taught him about the Book of Mormon this last week and he came to church with us!!:) It was so cool! He is a great guy! Oh also another good note, idk if I told you about Alex (a contact that talked to us!) but he finally called us this last week and we have a cita set up for this week. So I'll let you know how that goes with him! ALSO I don’t know if you heard but JAIME FROM QUELLON GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!! Also another family that I found got baptized in Quell贸n as well!!:) It was so bomb, I’m so happy!!:)

That’s sweet that you saw Hermana Farnsworth. You gotta tell her hi from me. I haven’t had the chance or the email to talk with them since they have been back home. Yeah definitely we are coming back to visit!:) Also that sounds like you had a great week there in the derby and oh man can we please go to all of the fair this next year??:) I love the fair but that’s so cool you could go and be with all of the family!!:)

Whoa I love that thought momma thank you for sharing. Those sounded like some great talks!:) Also that is a great quote and principle. Are you self-sufficient in your spirituality? That is a very important principle -- to have our own testimony and have the strength to overcome our trials!!:) (This is the quote I shared with him from Heber C. Kimball: "The time will come when no man or woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself. If you do not have it, how can you stand?")

"The task AHEAD of you is never as great as the power BEHIND you." This kinda goes along with your thought but mine is just remember who you have behind you on your side when you come up against a great challenge or problem. The Lord is always with us. We just have to let him bless and help us and confide in him!:)

Love you momma thank you for your email and hope your week goes even greater!!:) Love you to infinity and beyond!!:) (sorry no photos we are at the lame cyber...)
Elder Shawners

(Surprise pictures came a little while later... yay!!!!)

This one was from a few weeks ago, courtesy of another
missionary in Osorno.

Monday, August 7, 2017

"Time is like an airplane, it flies..."

Hey momma!! How are you doing this fine Monday?:) haha yeah I know my quote is kinda lame... but it’s true!! Man this last week went really well!!:) Although we did not ever hear from Alex, but we still have hope that he will call!!:) But besides that we visited the Hermana Mar铆a Trevi帽o like 3 times last week and she is doing really good so we are helping here to stay excited (haha I’m sorry not animated... in Spanish it’s animado) and not get discouraged... But also we had intercambios with the assistants to the President this last week and we found a new family of 4. His name is Marv铆n and his wife and little girls!:) We talked about the restoration and he was super interested and then his wife got home right after the lesson. Then we talked with her for a while. She is catholic but likes us so we were invited back, so we have a little space to work with her!!;) Also we had consejo de lideres (council of leaders) this last week. It was super awesome to hear from President and to have him teach us how we can help out our zones a little more. Our zone is finding a ton of new people. It’s been so awesome. They are working hard and sharing the gospel with everybody!!:)

It sounds like you had a great week this last week!:) and man that’s crazy you really went to town re-organizing everything!!:) I’m glad that you guys had a great time for Chad's birthday as well!!:) Also YES I HAVE THE PACKAGE!!:) Thank you so much. Oh man I have loved everything inside of it!! It’s been so awesome!:) Also thank you so much for the fotos, I loved them!!

Thank you momma, I love your thought!!:) It was long but very well worth it and filled with amazing words. It is so true that we always have hope. That is the only thing besides our agency that can’t be taken from us, but we can limit ourselves at times to have hope. (I sent him a few thoughts from this talk, which was amazing!!!

My quick thought this week is "There is danger in the phrase 'Some Day'." It’s from a general authority but I remember not who...  but this is so important, especially in missionary work. When we think I wanna contact this house or this street one day or some day, there is danger that it will never happen. So act now and remember like Nephi, just do it!!:) haha

Love you so much momma. Hope you have a great week and love you to eternity and beyond!!:)

Elder Spencer
Misi贸n Chile Osorno

In the plaza de armas in the centro of my sector.

Playing volleyball for P-day at our church.