Thursday, April 18, 2013

Valdi-"lluvia" - Rainy Valdivia

Hey Familia,

Looks like we are sitting in the same temperatures there as we are getting here because it has been very cold, its also sad because we have a new wood stove to keep us warm but we can't use the wood until May 1st, so being two young men, we have been using the oven to heat our home in the morning or it would be so cold. But without that, it would be very cold in the mornings, it hasn't been too cold at night though, or maybe because I have 4 blankets, sleep with thermals, wool socks and my penguin sweatshirt. This week has also been very rainy, I understand why the people here call Valdivia Valdi"lluvia" (Lluvia means rain in spanish). This week was very wet with rain about 4-5 days, I got to wear my rain boots and all my rain gear this week, learning the importance of staying dry.

This week has been good but tiring, we´ve been having a difficulty finding people lately which is very tiring to be walking and trying to talk and find people. But yesterday we had a ward counsel and we spoke about a subject that has been given many times about how the role of the missionaries is to teach the gospel, the role of the members is to find the members and some statistics of how 1 in 1400 contacts by the missionaries is a baptism, 1 in 8 member references is a baptism. I am hoping that the people are starting to get a litle more motivated. Just know that you guys arent the only ones in a ward with a bunch of old people.

Last night, Elder Barriga and I had an interesting experience, we were planning and heard some children crying and the sound of someone hitting someone else in the wall behind our house, so we called the caribaneros (Police), so we are hoping that there isnt any problems there with the children, super sad.

So i have been voluntold again with my piano, only this time to play for the youth in ward conference this next week, it's fun but difficult at the same time because everyone wants to sing how they have always sung but they don't realize that how they have been singing is a little wrong, its good though.

Today we went to the river here in Calle Calle and Valdivia are the two rivers where there are a lot of sea lions which are funny, some times when I wasn't making a video they were fighting, some are so lazy.

Well, next weeks is some more changes if you can believe it, so i will have my new sector/new companion in the next weeks letter. I love you all and appreciate the support.  You can see in the pictures by the leaves on the trees - fall is coming.  Love, Elder Nelson