Monday, February 29, 2016

Week 29

Hey everyone. We had a good week this week. Transfers were Wednesday. I got moved to a new area. I'm now in the Valpara√≠so West Zone. Our sector is called Levarte. It's so much different than my last area. It's pure hills and stairs all day long. We're definitely losing weight here. The area that we're in now used to be 3 areas but they took all the missionaries out, combined the 3 areas, and put me and my companion in. So we're both new and we have no idea where anybody lives here or the street names or anything. The past few days we've just been walking around all day trying to get to know the area and get used to the hills. My new companion is Elder Wilcox. He's from Lehi so that's cool. 
It's been really hard so far cause we don't know anything about the sector. It's been kinda nice though cause all the members feel really bad for us. Two gringos in a huge new sector. We've had a lot of help from them so that's been nice.
There's a few investigators here getting ready for baptism but we've only been able to find one of them so far. We're still trying to find the others' houses lol but we're doing good though. We've been able to see the Lord's hand in these past few days so that's cool. I know I'm gonna love it here though. In general, the people are more humble here. 
I love being a missionary and sharing this gospel with everyone. Thanks for all the prayers and support. I hope everyone has a great week.

To the family: The views here are incredible and the hills are so steep. There's a saying within the missionaries that the hills in Valpo are so steep that your tie touches the ground when you walk up them. It's fairly accurate. My new comp is Elder Wilcox from Lehi. He's got 6 months left. He's really awesome. We're gonna have a really good time. He's way chill and hard worker. I'll have more stuff next week cause we haven't really taught a whole lot so far. Next week will be better. Love you guys

This is our house. We live on the second floor. All the members call it the barbie house

this hill is really mild compared to some others

Monday, February 22, 2016

Week 28

*Elder Dickerson typed out an email but accidentally deleted it and didn't have time to write another one so all we got was pictures 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Week 27

Hola everone. This was an awesome week. Elder Texeira from the seventy came and had a conference with the mission. It was so awesome. He was pure power, pure Holy Ghost. He told a lot of awesome stories from when he was mission president in Brazil. It was exactly what I needed too. His wife was awesome too. They opened up for questions too and it was awesome. They really got everyone pumped up. Something that I got out of it was that we can make a difference. One missionary can change everything. We can be a part of someone's plan of salvation. It was really an awesome conference. I have a new vision now of who I want to be and what I want to do in the mission. 
Also our mission president shared with us his conversion story and it was so powerful. I know he is a man of God and he was called to be my president. He is a great example to me of pure love. His love is really contageous and makes me want to be better.
Overall this was a great week. And it came at just the right time. I invite all of you to share the gospel in whatever you can. There's is absolutely nothing you can lose when you spread this message. Absolutely nothing. I'm so grateful for this gospel and the blesssing and knowledge it brings.

On a lighter note. This guy came up to us the other day and told us he received revelation from God for President Obama. He had to tell us cause we're American and speak English. There was 4 things he received but he couldn't remember all of them. So if someone could hook me up with Barack's number that would be cool so I could relay the revelations for our friend.

Some pictures people in his ward posted

Monday, February 8, 2016

Week 26

Hey everyone! We had a great week this week. Maria and Victoria got baptized yesterday and it was awesome. Both of them were really emotional and stuff. Maria is Constanza's mom (Constanza got baptized in December) so Constanza was really excited for her. And all of Victoria's family is members but went inactive when she was younger. Now her family is coming to church and stuff too. So it's been awesome to see the changes in both their families. 
In other news, one of our investigators is a fisherman. Their main catch this time of year is squid. He brought some home the other day and we tried it. It was actually really good. I'm not gonna lie. I didn't think when I got my call to Chile that I would try squid. I guess a lot of the squid imported in Asia is from Chile. 
The language is super good now. Right now I'm just trying to polish it up so I sound like a Chileno and not like a Gringo. But that's mostly it for this week. I love being a missionary so much. There's no where else I'd rather be. Thanks for all the prayers and support. I hope everyone has a great week.

Maria and Victoria 
Hermano Bascope
Victoria's family



The shirt I got him when I was in DC