Monday, August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 Lampa, Chile

Zona: Colina
Sector: Lampa 1
Comp: Elder Gòmez
Hola Hola Hola!! Today we had cambios! I will be replacing my cousin Elder Dirkmaat as Zone Leader!! I got moved to Lampa today with my new companion Elder Gòmez! I am super excited. I miss my old secter but i am really close so i will be able to do intercambios there.

The last few days of last week were a little rough.

Wednesday I did an intercambio with Elder Sandoval and all of our appoinments died. Everyone was gone or other families were busy no se but we couldnt enter into one house! It was frustrating.

 Friday we went to see the doctor. To get to the doctor we had to take a 1 hour bus ride to a subway station, from there take 3 subways to get to the station where we get off and then from there we have to walk about 20 minutes to get to the MTC to see the mission doctor!! We left at 11am started heading home at 5pm-- rush hour... We were waiting about an hour and a half to get on the subway- the subway would stop and one person would shove and push to get on the subway. My companion and I couldnt separate and so we decided to take the subway the other way because it was less crowded and we would go to the end of the metro and get on before everyone else. So we did that... but now we have to pass by 23 stations to get to our station. After the 3rd station a huge crowd of people piled in pushing and shoving and my companion and I were at the back plastered against the back of the subway by a group of girls that were really attractive. We both took out our scriptures and held them above our heads trying to read them. Then the subway started to have problems, we stopped at a station for almost 15 minutes then we left again and it was 15 minutes more at the next one!! It was the hardest thing ever, it was so hot inside and we couldnt move- we could barely breathe and we are trying not to pay attention to the girls that were plastering us against the side of the Subway. So finnaly we get off and walk to the bus station. Get on the bus and it is packed also, we had to stand the whole hour and there was an aweful smell of marajuana. It was an interesting aweful experience.
Saturday in the morning my companion and played soccer with a family of new converts. Another group came and challenged our group to a soccer game. I told them they couldnt cry when they lose. They were gansters or flaites, chorros. We were destroying them in the game but my companion was trying to get the ball away and one of the guys threw himself on the floor and started winning that his leg hurt. He was a bad actor but everyone was around him trying to help him. Our friend saw that my companions bike was missing. The group distracted us and robbed my companions bike. So for the last 3 days we were riding around on one bike. My companion sat on one part of the bike and I was on the other. It was interesting. Saturday night we had a talent show and I was able to play violin for our rama. I played church songs and everyone was very silent it was really neat.
Sunday we were able to have 2 investigators in church and 3 less active families!! We were so excited and we have heard of many stories that day of the progress of a few families. We didnt have much success in Batuco with baptisms but we left many seeds and helped many. It was relly cool to be able to see the progress and the end of the change.
I am super excited to work here in Lampa! I love you guys that you for all the letters!

-Elder Brady

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