Monday, April 25, 2011

Week Twenty-Seven: April 25th, 2011

Dear Family,
Well this week was a very different week. Because Elder Conforme is going home this week we got to go visit some of his old sectors and families and all that. It was really fun. Monday we went and visited a sector here in Santiago he was in before and we got to eat a lot and it was just fun to meet all of his old families. Some cool things that happened this week were we did have the Baptism of David the Bishop's grandson on Friday and the Confirmation of Juan, Sara, and David yesterday. This week as we visited Juan and Sara for some reason or another I got the impression that Sara probably won't live much longer after her confirmation. Like max 3 weeks. After the lesson I brought that up to Elder Conforme and he said he had the exact same impression. So only time will tell. We also on Saturday got to go visit a little town called Melipilla and we were there all day. I have never eaten so much food in one day before. We just went from house to house saying Hi and getting fed. haha. It was pretty cool. So today I dropped off Elder Conforme at the Office in Maipu and I am spending today with Elder Jensen and Elder Mahoni. And Tomorrow we will go together to Cambios at the office and recieve our new companions. Well things have been going good here. I love you all and hope to talk to you soon.

Elder Holton
Elder Conforme, Astrid, her daughter, Me, and Luis

Me, Daniel, Elder Conforme,

Me, Carolina, David, Cristian, Elder Conforme

Rose, Janette, Elder Conforme, Fanny, Elder Holton

Me, Juan, Sarah, Elder Conforme

Monday, April 18, 2011

Week Twenty-Six: April 18th, 2011

Well this week has been a different week. Last week on Monday before I wrote to you guys we played soccer as a zone and well I was the goalie on concrete or cement. Those are the same right? Well now I have an awesome bruise from diving on the concrete. It's all these different colors and what not. It's awesome. After I wrote to you guys we went to Lidor (Chilean Walmart) and we ran into my next door neighbors from my other sector and it was so exciting to see them. The Dad wasn't a member but he has been baptized since then. So that was way exciting. Then we had Zone Conference this week which was pretty much all day on Wednesday. It was spiritually boosting. Friday was a different day. Elder Conforme got to go to the Temple with all the missionaries that are leaving and I went on divisions with two other missionaries. We were together like 6 hours but it was fun. So we were supposed to have a baptism Saturday and Sunday. Well Saturday came and the hot water on the font work and we couldn't even figure out why. So we postponed the one till this Friday for David. The Bishop's Grandson and the other one for Juan and Sara we had at a different chapel with some other missionaries. Sara is 90 years old and she did not like the water but after trying 4 or 5 times she finally went under.

Well its been a good week and this next week will be a little crazy as Elder Conforme prepares to return to his house. We will be visiting some of his old sectors during this week also.
I love you all!
Elder Holton

Pamela, Sara, Juan, and Elder Conforme

The bruise on my knee after playing soccer on concrete!

Pamela, Aaron, Armando, Eduardo, His Grandma, and Nibaldo

Aaron, Eduardo (the Bishop's Grandson) and Eduardo's Grandma

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Week Twenty-Five: April 11, 2011

Dear family,Well how is everybody doing? The work is going good. We have our updays and our downdays. We did have one baptism Yesterday and we are looking to having 3 next week. Last week we did this Family Home Evening with a family in the ward and it was pretty funny. See there is this stuff called Mate and it?s basically herbs that you drink filtered through a straw. It?s usually really hot and yes we are allowed as missionaries to have it. So we were drinking Mate and they pulled out some salsa which wasn't like way spicy or anything but it did not sit good in our stomachs. Both me and Elder Conforme were like ready to throwup. I mean think about it Hot temperature wise and Spicy. Yeah bad combination. But it was fun. Then we had a class with 3 other zones with President. It was way awesome to be taught by President. I just love him. Then I had the awesome opportunity of going on divisions with Elder Crockett who is the Zone Leader. It was so fun to work with him. He is from West Jordan and we just have so much in common. Then yesterday we had a baptism that went awesome. We had 2 of our investigators there to watch it, Juan and Sara. Juan and Sara had their interview with President last Saturday and they passed so they will be baptized this coming week. Daniel has actually lost his baptismal date and he is actually getting a divorce which is really sad but I believe he is still strong in the faith. We have Zone Conference this week which should be awesome. Well I hope all of you are doing well. Talk to you next week. Love,Elder Holton

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Week Twenty-Four: April 5, 2011

Dearest Family,
How are you all doing? I’m terribly sorry about last week. I was not very good at managing my time but today I’m better. This week was a good week. We had interviews with President which was awesome. I love my president. This week we were trying a lot harder on getting some new contacts so we put a time every day where we would go knocking. Well after all of that amazingness we only got one new but still it’s all good. Conference was awesome. We went to our stake center and all the gringos went into another room where we got it in English. No but before the first session I saw the cutest thing. This little kid (like 2 years old maybe 3) came in the church and was just wandering around before his family. Well he wandered into the Chapel where they had the temple conference thing saying like 15 minutes till the session. Well the second this kid could see the screen he started freaking out. Look! look! mama! mama! look! how cool! how cool! It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Well conference was just a blast. I will say Ryan was getting slammed by Elder Oaks, President Monson, and Elder Scott. I’m just glad I’m here so I don’t have to feel guilty :) I felt like the priesthood session was really about the priesthood and honoring it and using it. It was awesome. Then Sunday was way focused on service and on serving. Well this week has been good. We were supposed to have 4 baptism interviews. Well one passed his interview. Another didn’t show and the other two (Juan and Sara) have to have an interview with the mission president. We don’t know for what but it has to be something pretty bad. So we should have a baptism this week and probably next week. I’m feeling a lot better. Plus I finally got over the stomach problem. I now have a bottomless pit in my stomach. You have no idea how stressed I was with that. Now not a problem at all. Well I love you all and hope you are all doing amazing.

Elder Holton