Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I have begun to realize that being here in the office has really lessened the amount of time that we have to be in the sector proselyting.  Talking among various Elders with whom I have become close, and during studies and prayer, I have come to realize that it can change.  Throughout this week I have been praying, studying, and doing everything possible to find a way to be able to accomplish what the Lord wants in our sector and at the same time fulfill with our duties here in the office.  Everything is possible with His help, and anything can be achieved.  Success depends on will, and the Lord blesses us accordingly.  This week I have managed to organize everything I do in the office to a much more compact schedule.  Instead of planning to leave at 5pm (which normally leads us to getting out around 5:30 or 6), my schedule is now built to leave at 3pm like missionaries who are not in the office.  It has been very discouraging to leave so late and not have a whole lot of time to work where it really matters.  I have found that when I really strive to get everything done, it happens.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

     Today we had an amazing zone activity.  Well there wasn't anything too special about it but we are all awesome people so it made it fun.  We left at 8:30 this morning on a bus to go to the Osorno Volcano.  It is a 2 hour bus ride that was really fun.  We got to the Volcano, but a ways up the mountain we had to stop because the bus couldn't make it any farther.  We walked up the rest of the way, probably about 30 to 40 minutes, taking pictures and throwing snowballs the entire way.  I had never been in wind so strong nor snow that heavy.  We got to the ski resort up at the top, and met a guy who was from Australia but had worked in some of the major resorts in Arizona and Utah.  He pointed out to us where we could go up the hill to the side of the resort.  It was not open today so we had free reign of the place, even though the lift wasn't working.  We had bought a huge thick plastic sheet quite a bit larger than a tarp, and carried it as far up as we could make it.  About 12 of us got on this giant tarp and slid down the mountain in a line.  It was so much fun. It was extremely cold weather and everyone ended up getting absolutely soaked.  The snow was blowing sideways and would hit hard too. I was really warm though.  I had my thermals on, and jeans, and my rain pants that go on top of that.  I got to make good use out off the large winter boots that I have been carrying around as well.  They are extremely warm and absolutely no water could get in them.  I was really really warm.  However when we all got back to the bus everything was pretty much just wet so we joked around and did what we could for the 2 hour ride home.