Wow, this week already ended? Goodness, I feel like I was just writing everyone haha. Hope you've all had a great week. This week has been crazy for us, tons of stuff going on, but I feel good about how things are going in the sector and the zone and I'm really excited for this transfer.
So the thing about being here in Valdivia for transfers is that, unlike most other zones, they tend to last three days instead of one. On tuesday we had to send the missionaries that went to Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt to catch their flight early the next morning. Wednesday we got to wake up at 4 45 in the morning to send off the new trainers on a bus at 7 in the morning for Osorno. We were in the bus terminal from like 6 30 til 5 in the afternoon when we finally got to go get some lunch at a restaurant we found that serves Colombian food, which made my companion happy. It was cool because Elder Warburton, who is from my group and one of my best friends in the mission, hung out with us for the day while we waited for his new companion, who got in at 10 30 in the night. They stayed the night and we sent them up to their zone thursday morning. They came back that same night to stay the night and be able to go to the mission leadership council in Osorno friday morning. Friday morning we woke up at 5 in the morning to make it to the meeting, which was great, they showed us the numbers of baptisms and church attendance for the first three months of 2015 compared to the first three months of 2014, I'm happy to see that in our zone of Calle Calle has improved quite a bit in both key indicators this year. It's good to see that little by little things are getting better. After the conference we did some zl chores in Osorno passing by the mission home and the mission office and finally, when we got to the bus terminal, it was just at the gap of time when there are no buses from Osorno to Valdivia, so we had to wait until almost 8 at night to get on the bus to get home. Needless to say, we were exhausted Saturday, but things are not over. Saturday we had a baptismal interview in Paillaco, then we had to help two companionships in the zone move houses to a new house that we found (which is awesome, easily the biggest missionary house I've seen). That night we helped our ward mission leader pour a cement path for his house. Sunday, things finally calmed down and we had a great time in church. We've been struggling trying to get the ward councils in the stake going well, especially our own in the ward, but this week was awesome. Things went really well in the council and we were able to get a lot of things out of it. Thus ended one of the craziest weeks of my mission.
I just want to share my testimony this week of the work of salvation. The Lord really is in charge of this work. Even when we may not see the immediate results of our efforts, things really are progressing in the world. He really is hastening His work. I'm grateful for the opportunity that I have to be a part of it. Love you all, have a great week!
Elder Cameron Dower