Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Buena Vista



Sounds like things are really heating up back home... yikes. haha Here it is the complete opposite. We have had some record lows and snow even fell in Santiago which is pretty crazy that doesnt happen all too often so everyone was pretty excited about that. Out here in the coast we didnt get any snow just some good cold is all.

This week was a great one. President gave us the idea to organize soccer games at night time in the church with the lights on so we started that this week and had a great turn out of members and kids and even some investigators. After the game Elder Clements and I got picked up by a member family from a ward in my last zone who recognized me and invited us over to their condo to have once with them. So that was pretty cool we got to have some good completos with them and then headed back home that night.

We helped Sandra and Braulio (the worlds bigget pool people) move their condos they moved from a really nice place to a super nice place... haha we had to drag their fridge across a bunch of sand. That

was another one of those who would have ever thought moments. Dragging a fridge across some man made beach in chile. Just another day in the life I guess.


We also had divisions this week and I got to go with Elder Tiev. How crazy right? So that was fun to be his first division in the mission. He is already speaking spanish well and it was good to work a day with him. This last week we found a family that is super cool.

they are name Guillermo and Sylvia and Florencia and Javier. It is not often that you find an entire family that is interested that have never heard about the church before but they are super cool and are already in love with the idea of going to the celestial kingdom together. I am also in love with the idea of them being able to do that.

We are also working with a bunch of part member families who have kids that are ready to get baptized and helping them come back to church and remember about all the things that they have learned. 

I hope that everyone is doing well and that nobody is going to have any more forest fires this week. Lets try to just chill out a little ok?? 

Keep on keepin on.

Elder Holdstock

PS.

This was from a letter sent home by Elder Tiev this week:
This week was a really, really long week but at the same time it felt like it flew by. First off lets start on tuesday! I had a great time spending the whole day and night with the One and Only ELDER HOLDSTOCK! Ah It was such a great experience and anybody who knew him I bet you could understand what I mean when I say he´s an amazing missionary. Nothing less than you'd expect and I look up to the example he's set. I learned a lot from him. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Low Key

This week was a pretty low key one. We had a good Sunday yesterday and had quite a few people in church. The vacation season is starting up again for winter break out here so El Quisco is filling up quite a bit but not with people that live here but with people who are visiting from out of town. I cant remember if I ever told you but the worlds biggest pool (or so they say) is in our Sector. It is called San Alfonso Del Mar. and it really is huge. It is like a giant 6 building hotel and along the entire length of it is this huge swimming pool. Anyway the general manager of that entire place is a member. And his wife is not. So we teach her.
Image result for san alfonso del mar

This place is pretty crazy because the diversity is incredible. We can go from teaching someone who lives in the garage of someones summer home to teaching someone who lives in a pent house over looking the worlds biggest pool in the same day. What that means is that the gospel doesnt have a demographic. It is for literally everyone. Doesnt matter where you live or how you live the light of Christ can and will reach you if you allow it to.
A lot of time though it takes a little bit of a sacrifice to live the gospel and qualify for its blessings. One of my favorite scriptures this week Is Ether 12:6 That talks about how god will bless us but never before we exercise our faith.
But the Lord will always bless us if we exercise our faith. He will always make us better buoy us up and help us progress. And if endure well God promises to visit us.
Mosiah 14:14 And will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that evenyou cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will do thatye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of surety that I, theLord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.

It sounds like you all had a great fourth of July!! We celebrated here with our ward mission leader who gave us some barbeque so that was pretty great! I hope that you celebrated with lots of Fireworks and that Abby can run faster and jump higher now that she is 11!

Elder Holdstock

Monday, July 3, 2017

I saw a pillar of light this week.




hehe. This is just a little bit a way from our house out here in Algarrobo.

This week we had a good week! We had a normal sunday without rain and in our chapel so people actually came to church! We have found some pretty cool people too. 

Last night we taught a bunch of haitians that asked us all the right questions like how do we know which of all the churches are true? and How can I follow Jesus Christ?? And How can I go on a mission like you guys? When lessons like that happen you always look around to make sure that there arent any hidden cameras and that we are not getting punked. 

We helped reconstruct some houses this last week as well because the investigators of another sector had a house burn down a little bit. So that was fun to help them build a little bit. 

July 4th Manana!!! WE are pretty excited. Our ward mission leader has invited us over to a barbeque so that we can celebrate Independence day correctly. Chile lost yesterday so there were no fireworks that I could just call 4th of july fireworks. So that was too bad. But it was also funny because everyone asked me if I was German.... everyone always thinks I am german. 

I am glad to hear that everyone is doing well! Sounds like you are enjoying summer.

This week we also ate with some members. The wife is canadian and the husband is chilean but he speaks english perfectly. They live Like an hour up a canyon on top of this little mountain. But every once in a while you have moments in your life where you realize where you are and what youre doing and it is just like wow... who would have imagined. And that was one of them. How many people can say that they are a missionary eating lunch with a canadian chilean family on top of a mountain on the coast of Chile with 4 rotweilers outside??

The mission is pretty cool. Hope everyone enjoys the fireworks.

Keep it up.

Elder Holdstock

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

River Rafting in June


Monday, June 19, 2017

AAHHHLOO


Week one from the coast has come to a close but it has been a great one! We had a baptism this week... not really but kind of.. haha. So what happend is that at the end of last change the other sector in our ward baptized a little 8 year old girl. Because our ward is huuuuge so there are four missionaries in it. But turns out that the missionary that baptized her used his left arm... and that doesnt fly... you have to use your right arm to baptize someone... but they realized the mistake and so we had to baptize her again... but she ended up choosing elder Clements to baptize her this time because the other missionary had had transfers. Anyway we got her baptized again and this time it counts. except she didnt show up yesterday to get confirmed soooo she might have to get baptized 3 times.... haha.



This week I have just been getting to know the sector because it is very large. It is like 5 different coastal cities. I dont think I will ever know all of it. I have been feeling like I am on the oregon coast because there is tons of forest but it is right on the beach too. It is way pretty.
When it rains out here it pours. on friday we had a training in a different part of the mission so we had to take a bus out for that... but when we got back home it was raining sooo hard holy. we ran home and found that all our lights are out. so we had to go to the store and buy candles. On the way to the store a huge bus drove by and drennnnnched us it was just really funny. we were soaked. But we got home and lit all the candles right as the power came back.
Look who I found!! Elder Tiev just got here! He is actually in my district. so that is pretty cool.



Sometimes to go from one part of the sector to the other it is faster to go through the forests so we go hiking every once in a while too.... 


Yesterday we had a 4th floor last door moment as we had been knocking doors alll day just trying to find someone and it was super late and when it is cold and late the chileans have even more excuses to not let you in... but we got to the end of a super long street and knocked the last house on it and the guy let us in automatically. They were super cool so we hope they can progress lots!
i hope everyone is having a great summer so far!!

Rip it up.

Elder Holdstock

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

AHHLO

Changes happened yesterday. I am now on the other side of the mission in El Quisco. It is a little beach town. It is one of the biggest sectors in the mission because most of the houses here are empty during the winter because it is like a tourist area where people come from out of town to stay for the summer. And you will never guess who my companion is.... Elder Clements. The guy that you guys met in skype. We actually used to be companions for a few minutes back in my first sector. But now we are officially together. It is kinda crazy! But we are excited. 

My last week in Ochagavia was awesome. We had a lot of cool things happen. I cant remember if I told you about Hector or not.. but Hector is a guy that used to go to church like a long long time ago. But when we knocked on his door. it was super late and so he asked us immediately to come back another day. We went back and taught him and he was super awesome. Anyway this week he had to get to church so that he could work towards his baptism... but the problem is that he is a super involved guy in the community he has a lot of leadership positions in lots of organizations and things like that. But we told him that we really knew that he would love church. We read 1 nephi 3:7 with him which talks about that the lord will prepare that way for us to keep his commandments. And without us saying anything Hector said that he wasnt the type of guy to put things off. So he picked up his phone and called his son to cancel their commitment sunday and then after the lesson went to resign from one of his organizations so that he would be able to go to church on sunday. It was an incredible example of faith that Hector showed. Sometimes you leave lessons and just dont even believe what happened.

I went to say goodbye to mario who is that spouse of the russian orthodox I think I have talked about before. He is a cool guy. but when we were leaving he asked if one of us had a dad that was a doctor... So I said that I did. And he just laughed a little. Then he told us that he had seen like a flash forward sort of thing (He has told us that he has flash forwards sometimes. Like de ja vu but reverse where he sees something that will happen in the future weird I know) But that I was there with his family. And a doctor so that was kinda crazy that he saw that... who knows maybe someday we will all be back here. 

I hope that everyone is getting off to a great start of their summer!! Thanks for keeping me updated on everything! I love hearing from ya. 

Keep on keepin on.

Elder Holdstock


This is Elder Donoso.  He gets left with a member family and they are supposed to share the contents of his backpack with their non-member friends.




Elder Lunt.  This is the companion Clayton just left as he headed for his new area.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hola hola hola!

we are entering into our last week of the change. The entire mission is pretty much leaving these next 2 changes so we are going to be super super super young. Like we are going to be receiving close to 40 new missionaries in the next 3 months. So things are pretty crazy right now. 

Our week was great though. We have been finding a lot of awesome people this week. Our tactic is we literally just talk to everyone and anyone. If they are in the street in their house doesnt matter we just talk to them. We met this guy named jose this week in the street. Jose has one of the coolest mustaches I have ever seen and is 24 years old. He lives in front of the church actually but has never been in his life. He went with us this last sunday and had a great time. 

We also met a guy named Hector who when we knocked on his door said I was wanting to talk to you guys can you come by tomorrow?? And so of course we said yes.. but we tried to act cool about it ya feel? but turns out he went to church like thirty years ago for like 6 months but never got baptized and is like rearranging his whole schedule so he can go to church on sundays. 

Fabiano is coming along slowly but surely. We are just super homies with him... and we decided to tell him that his baptismal interview was this week even though we still arent even sure if he wants to get baptized or not.. but he has been an investigator for 15 years so all rules are off... hehe just kidding but pray for him because he is the only piece of the puzzle that is missing so that some day his family can get sealed in the temple. 

I hope everything is great at home... it sounds like there is a little bit of savagery when it comes to soccer. that is what I am talking about. 

Elder Holdstock