First off, happy father's day to all dads out there, especially to my dad, the greatest example of a great father, priesthood holder, and overall person I know.
I'm writing a little later today because we had a zone activity this morning, we had an asado, the chilean version of a barbecue to say goodbye to Elder Jensen, one of our zone leaders. It's really wierd for me that he's ending his mission because he's been in my zone all of my mission besides one transfer and when I got here he barely had a little over a year on the mission. That made me just realize that today I complete 11 months on the mission and that in a month I will have a year. Where has the time gone? Anyway, I am currently in a state of food coma because chileans really know how to have a barbecue and we ate a TON of meat. Pictures will be coming next week.
We've had a really good week down here. We finished teaching Vicky all of the commandments using For the Strength of Youth and she will have here baptismal interview this week. I will also be doing my first baptismal interview as a district leader for an investigator of the sisters in the branch the same day which makes me a little nervous. Other than that, not a whole lot has happened this week. Friday was the first of Chile's games in the world cup and everything was shut down! We got permission to watch it with investigators so we got to see it with our ward mission leader, Julio, and his family. Chile won and the whole town went crazy, people all got into their cars and have a caravan going through the city honking their horns and celebrating haha, it was insane!
Hope you all had a great week and a happy father's day, thanks everyone for your support, I love you all!
Elder Cameron Dower
Questions of the week
1. Are you staying happy?
One thing I really have learned out here on the mission. We can choose to be happy regardless of our circumstances. I think sometimes as human beings we have the tendency to associate "easy" with "good" and "hard" with "bad." This really isn't true. We are going to have difficult things happen in life, it's part of the reason we came here. We can choose how we are going to react to these situations, either be happy and do our best, or be sad suffer until something good happens. Read the talk by President Uchdorf from the last conference about being grateful IN our circumstances, not just with our circumstances, I really liked it.
2. I see that you were able to go to OSORNO. What did you buy?
Yes, I got a new suit, and since I got it really cheap I decided to get a jacket and sweater as well.
3. Did you have fun in Osorno last week?
Yes, we went with Julio, our mission leader and it was really fun.
4. What has been your most memorable experience from the last week?
The most memorable experience would probably be teaching Vicky, its been really fun to see her progress and desire to be baptized.
5. Is there a specific spiritual experience that sticks out in your head from your first 10 months of the mission?
To be honest, no. It's kinda wierd because I always hear about big spiritual experiences happening to my friends in their missions but it doesn't happen much to me. I feel like I am more guided by the Spirit without realizing most of the time.
6. How cold was it this week?
It's been pretty cold this week, but luckily not too rainy. the jacket I bought last week has come in handy.
7. How fast can you build a fire from start to finish?
Depends on the day, sometimes it is harder but today I did it in about 10 or 15 minutes.