Monday, 4 March 2013


Family! Thanks for writing. That's crazy that the flyers era has finally come to an end. Such a long tradition...

Dad! Things are great with my new comp. He's really dedicated and has lots of great ideas. That's so cool about going to the temple for your uncle. I bet that was incredible. I'm so jealous you get to go to the temple and that it's so close. I miss going a lot! I wish I got to go to the temple here. That's pretty crazy about the pope. A bunch of people talked about it here too and said all kinds of crazy stuff haha. When do they choose the new one?? That's crazy about all that snow. It's so hot here! I hope you feel better soon!! Love ya!

Mum! I got your short little email just before I left last week. Are your teeth feeling a little bit better now?? I wanna see that it skit Dad did, it sounds really funny. Sounds like you had quite the party on Friday! I bet it was cool hanging out with everyone. I bet it's such a cool experience teaching the youth with that new program. I like it cause it's based more on the spiritual progress of the youth instead of just covering material. It really puts a lot of pressure on the teacher!! Have you seen the videos on it? They're really good!! I liked how it talked about inviting them to act. We're focusing on commitments in our mission. We're trying to help the investigators feel more the responsibility and to help them have their own spiritual progress. Hearing doctrine doesn't do anything really unless it's applied, and when people live the gospel, that's when the get a real conversion. I was reading some conference talks this week and family history is calling my attention a lot more. Before, I didn't really care much about it, but now it's something I really wanna do. Elder Scott gave a great talk on it. It's true what you said about FHE and family scripture study and prayer. It really makes a difference. I think more than anything it just helps us make those things habits in our lives, and helps us understand the importance of doing it daily. Sounds like Moroni's Quest is gonna be a blast. I'll look into my classes. Love ya!!

Michael! I hope you get my computer fixed soon bud! Haha what happened to it anyway? I hope you have a good week and keep prepping for the mish!! Love ya!

Charly! That's too bad about losing basketball... How did you manage to play with your broken pinky? What grade are you in in piano now? Are you enjoying it?? I find I like to play the piano more now where as it used to be more of a chore. I like playing in sacrament and stuff here. I played at the end of the adult session of district conference here on Saturday. Love you Char!

Jake! What the heck is a Baden Powell birthday party?? That's too bad about basketball, but good job in soccer!! When does soccer finish?? Sounds like the shoveling was crazy this week. Where do you shovel anyway? Love you Jake!

This week was pretty sweet. To start off, my new comp, Elder Arana, got here. He's from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and we finish the mission together. It's crazy cause back in Coelemu, he was my zone leader! Now we're comps. He's coming to die here in Linares, but I'm pretty sure I've only got this cambio left here, then they'll send me to die somewhere else. He's really awesome. He's got tons of great ideas and he's really dedicated. I've learned a lot from him. A cool thing too is that he's a convert of just three years. When he met the missionaries, he got baptized a week later. It's pretty awesome. His parents aren't members, but a couple of his siblings are. We get along great. A young missionary named Elder Scott came here to be comps with my son, Elder Silva in our house. He's pretty quiet but he's really fun. We have a  fun time.

So to start off, we had an awesome conference here in Southern Chile. It was a satellite broadcast for our District Conference, and it was from Salt Lake. Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge of the Seventy who used to be a Mission President and later the Area President of Chile directed the conference. Elder Andersen of the Twelve was present, as was President Thomas S. Monson. It was so cool!! I learned a lot about how my desires and actions need to be placed in Christ, and how loving Him above all other things is so important. It was a really cool experience.

On Saturday night, the Priesthood and Adult Sessions of District conference were held locally. Elder Pulsipher, the first counsellor of the mission, presided over those meetings since the district functions under the mission. He invited my comp and I to go help him do a demonstration which was pretty cool. He talked about combining missionary efforts and member missionary efforts. He shared a talk from Elder Bednar that talks about how all the members typically pray so that the missionaries will find people to teach. He says that missionaries are full-time teachers, while the members should be the full-time finders. I love it. He then says that the members shouldn't be praying so that the missionaries do their work for them. It was great. Then he had us do a small example of how to effectively and comfortably share the gospel with a friend and invite them to share with the missionaries. It was really sweet!! Member work is so important but sometimes it's hard to get it going on a roll. How's your member-missionarywork doing back home??

This Wednesday we had Leaders Council in Chillán. We were expecting the Area Presdiency to be there on video conference, but for some reason weren't there. It was kind of sad, but the council was great anyway. We're focusing now on committing better our investigators to do things that lead to conversion. Commitment is often a big challenge cause people say they will do stuff but don't. A lot of the time, on Saturday night they say they'll go to church, but then we call or go by to pick them up on Sunday morning, and they aren't even there. It's so frustrating!! Also, we're focusing on having the vision to baptize. Something I've learned a lot about is that all the focus of the gospel, the Atonement, the Restoration, everything, is so that we can receive the remission of our sins and be endowed with power from the Holy Ghost. The answer to everyone's problems is having the remission of their sins. The only way to get that, is by applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ through His gospel, which was restored by Joseph Smith. It's really quite simple. I'm trying to relate all my teaching to the principle of the remission of sins, so the people understand the blessings they can receive and the purpose behind it all. Then they will also understand their need to be baptized. It's so simple but so awesome.

Mercedes is doing great. Her daughter, Isabela, is unfortunately deciding that she doesn't really want to change from her former life. We tried to save her and help her regain interest, but already decided not to go to church. It's weird, cause almost over night that changed. A lot of the time that means they talked to someone who told them stuff, or they realized the commitment that following God really is. Anyway, the older lady, María, who lives with Mercedes and went to church with her last week, is also doing good. Mercedes and María are both getting baptized this Saturday. We're so excited. It's been so cool to see Mercedes's progress. It's been really fast. It'll basically be a three-week baptism. At first she was kind of cautious about sharing with us and committing herself and did it more for her daughter, but that turned around really quickly as she opened her heart. She feels so much closer to God and has a testimony of the Restoration. Even despite her extremely humble circumstances, she was more than willing to accept the law of Tithing. It's been quite an incredible experience teaching her. I think perhaps Isabela just needed to show interest at the beginning so that Mercedes would take interest as well. I hope Isabela chooses to accept the gospel in the future.

We're working with some other people too. María Olga was someone who, due to travels, hasn't been able to go to church, but she had been progressing a lot. She committed to go to church this weekend, but on Saturday when we went by she started acting very weird, saying she only wanted to read the Bible and not the Book of Mormon, and that Joseph Smith doesn't even appear in the Bible and stuff. It was weird, cause beforehand she understood that stuff quite well and was really receptive to it. Her daughter gave a bunch of opposition but she always resisted it really well. Anyway, we taught her, and she seemed to have calmed down and committed to go to church and not to close her heart. She told us that someone had told her that we use the Book of Mormon to convince people, but then it becomes an antichrist. I've heart so much garbage that people make up. Anyway, we explained her that it wasn't that way and she seemed to be doing a lot better but then called us later on saying she didn't want is to force her to go. It's sad when Satan gets people like that.

We're working with Paola and Pato still. They're struggling to keep their commitments a little bit, so we're worried about them. At the beginning of the week, they were iffy about getting baptized this month and wanted to do it in April, just delaying it more, but then when the found out I probably wouldn't be here at the end of April, they wanted to do it the 22nd. Anyway, they didn't go to church this weekend, and they're struggling to read constantly. Pray for them, they need help!!

I'm excited for this upcoming week and the progress we're going to see. Keep praying for us down here in Linares. Thanks for all your prayers and support. I know this is the truth. Jesus Christ is our Saviour, and this is His restored gospel. I know the Book of Mormon true. I love being a missionary! I don't want to leave.

Also, congrats to Jess on her mission call! It's gonna be a blast!

Thanks family, you rock! I lvoe you tons. Keep sharing the gospel!

Elder Blomfield


I am so happy for you Mike!!!! Congratulations you're gonna love it. It's gonna be such a blast. Spanish speaking!!!! I'm so stoked.

Dad! Thanks for praying for our investigators. I'm so excited for Michael!! It looks like I might not see him before I get back then, but I guess we'll see how things turn out. How much do you think it could get delayed? Still no request on whether or not I can extend. I heard about all those new missions!! I'm stoked. Here in Chile they're opening a new mission. Santiago South. Because of that, a bunch of the mission boundaries are changing. We're losing Curicó and Talca to the Rancagua mission, but we'll be getting two more stakes from the south. It's nuts. Plus, the number of sister missionaries here has shot way up. Today, 10 new sisters came while only 4 Elders did. It's crazy.  I'm really grateful for the guidance and love you always gave to me and to the rest of us. Without you, none of us kids would be where we are today. Thank you so much. I hope I manage to go to Moroni's quest!! Love you Dad.

Mum! I'm so excited for Michael to speak Spanish. It's awesome! How does having been pregnant affect your teeth??? I hope you start to feel better soon and can get everything figured out! What's the 4 Yorkshiremen skit? That's so cool you're playing piano. Do you like it?? I love playing the piano now that it's not a chore. Beforehand I didn't enjoy it but now I love it. Thanks for getting the Eagle scipture markers! I need em. Also, I dunno what treats to get. Just whatever you feel necessary. Another Canadian flag would be great considering I gave my last one away to Elder Cardinal. Thanks for everything Mum, you're the best. Love you.

MICHAEL!!!! CONGRATS DUDE!!!! I know how you feel having to wait. It's terrible. YOU'RE SPEAKING SPANISH!!!! I'm sooo stoked. Get learning your Spanish my friend!! Don't worry too much though, cause most of that will just come with practice on the mission. So you report one day before your birthday just like I did. That's so crazy. I hope I manage to see you before I leave, but I guess we'll just have to see. That's so crazy. I'm so happy for you. I've been telling everyone that you'll be getting your mission call. I'm so happy!! I watched the video and the other missionaries who were here at the internet place with me watched it too. You're gonna be a way better missionary than me. You still reading Preach My Gospel? Congrats Mike! Love you!!!

Congratulations to Michael on his mission call!!!! That's so awesome. I was so excited when I heard you were going Spanish speaking!! I'll have to start writing to you in Spanish here soon, but I'm just worried that you won't understand my Spanish seeing as Chilean Spanish is crazy haha. I remember that crazy feeling of waiting to get the call and having it in my hands. I made sure everyone knew I had it, and if I remember rightly I think I was throwing stuff around my apartment I was so excited. That's cool that so many people from Calgary got to be there too. There was hardly anyone I knew from back home when I was at BYU. You lucked out. CONGRATS!

This week was pretty crazy. It was Elder Cardinal's last week so it was pretty full of FHEs and stuff of him saying goodbye to all his converts. It was pretty busy. It was a lot of fun though.

Mercedes is doing great, but Isabela not so much. Isabela backed out a little bit at the beginning of the week, saying she was unsure about her baptism, but that she wanted to keep going to church and sharing with us. Anyway, the next time we went by she had to leave, and the next time, she was sick. She also apparently didn't feel like coming to church on Sunday. Mercedes came to church though and loved it. She came with her grandma María that she lives with too, who's really old. Mercedes is really seeing a huge change in her life and loves the gospel. We've been going by with members and it's been really cool. She's so excited to get baptized.

On Friday we had a mini MTC in our  branch which was really cool. 5 of the youth of the branch showed up, and we 4 went on divisions with them and they got to be missionaries for a day. We taught classes (mine was about the Book of Mormon), planned, studied, and worked with them. It was really cool. I had a blast. Something I noticed that is a common trend among investigators and members alike, is that often they read the Book of Mormon, pray, and go to church, and feel like it's the right thing to do and get a testimony, but don't actually kneel down and ask God specifically if the Book of Mormon is true. I asked the youth if they had, and most hadn't. Also, reflecting on my pre-mission experience, for a lot of my youth-years (saying that makes me feel so old), I hadn't actually specifically asked either. I still had a testimony from the spiritual experiences I'd lived, but here I've discovered that simply asking God if it's true is powerful. He's answered my prayers and I've seen it happen many times with investigators too. It's so cool. I think that's something the youth need more - an invitation to read and ask God about the Book of Mormon, and someone to verify with them how their experience was and to make sure they follow through with their commitment.

The zone underwent some changes today. Elder Cardinal obviously left to go back home. It was weird working with a dying missionary. It made me reflect a lot about my own mission. Elder Arana, a Bolivian who was my old Zone Leader when I was back in Coelemu, is coming to be my companion. Elder Nielson is leaving, and someone named Elder White is coming to be Elder Silva's comp and is gonna live in the same house as me. Elder Conti from Longaví is leaving, and someone named Elder Broadhead is coming to replace him.

I'm excited for the cambios, but I'm a little worried for next month. A lot of the missionaries have struggled to see progress in their sectors. I need to do a better job of guiding them and helping them. I'm feeling a little stressed with everything that's been going on. This week we have leadership council in Chillán, and the crazy thing is that the whole Area Presidency is gonna be their on camera participating during the whole thing. I'm nervous but really excited.

Anyway, I've come to learn how truly important the gospel is. Sometimes when everything's good we feel invincible or untouchable, but there are times when those "shafts in the whirlwind" seem to hit us right where it does the most damage. Sometimes our experiences or the experiences of others can really affect us. In those moments the gospel is critical. I think of the tough, stressful moments I've had in my mission (I know it's nothing compared to others) and during my life, and I am so grateful for the gospel that gives a firm, steady foundation. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't be able to stay strong. It's in those moments that the deepest gospel knowledge I have comes into play. Being dilligent and faithful in spite of everything and staying true to the Lord is the only answer. We can't afford to let anything knock us off the rock. I'm so grateful for the gospel. The things I learned and knew earlier in my life are becoming part of who I am. I wish I was more like Christ, but as long as we put in a full effort and we repent of our mistakes, the atonement can change our nature and forgive our sins.

I know this is true. I know that Jesus Christ lives and is our Saviour. I know that this is His chruch. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet and that The Book of Mormon is true. This is the truth.

Thanks for all your prayers and support, and once again, CONGRATS MICHAEL!

I love you all,

Elder Blomfield


Family!! Sounds like the cruise was a BLAST. Thanks for sending me pictures!!

Dad! Sounds like the holiday was a lot of fun. I'm jealous.I but it was soo cool. That surfing machine looked really cool, as did the zipline. That's so cool about the airplane thing with the people shouting to help you out. That's such a huge blessing!! Hahaha you got the royal treatment. Why is it so complicated getting a visa to be a missionary in the US?

Mum! It sounds like you all had so much fun. That's like my dream holiday. It'll be fun to do it in a few years more. Did you actually buy all the tickets? Didn't you say you were gonna buy an extra one? I'm excited to see where Michael goes on his mission. I'm still praying he comes here. He'll love it. I'm glad I get to serve here in Chile, it's been such a great experience. I definitely wanna visit here later on in life. I would be interested in Moroni's Quest. I think that would be cool! If they need any help or anything let me know. It would be fun. I'd be so out of it though haha. Love ya!!

Michael! I'm sorry about your call not coming. I know how you feel. I remember being where you are. I was so obnoxious about making sure everyone knew how many days more until my mission call arrived. I was so excited. Get ready for Conce. You crowd surfed? Are you nuts? Nice job with your grades my friend. You're gonna outdo me easy. What program?? You're going to American Heritage international?? That's so cheap!! I had to do it with a bunch of Americans and it was way harder!! We get a mix of investigators from referrals and knocking doors. Mostly knocking doors though unfortunately. There's no one teaching style that's better, it's just doing what Preach My Gospel says. I almost always invite to baptism in the first lesson. Yes PJ did serve a mission. In Eastern Europe I think. I'll tell Elder Cardinal to look you up. Love you bro, keep me updated!

Charly! What was your favourite part of the cruise? I'm excited to see more pictures!!! Why did you put an exclamation mark at the end of every sentence?? It makes you sound really excited hahaha. Why did it scare you when the locals came up to you? I'm glad you liked it so much. Love ya!

Jake! It sounds like you guys had so much fun. How was the zipline?? What was your favourite part of the whole cruise?? What did you do with the sea cucumber? What other stuff could you do on the surf machine?? Did you get sea sick at all?? Did your Brazilian friends speak English?? I'm so jealous. Love you Jake!

Kenna! Thanks for your letter. Sounds like you got spoiled by Brad an Mary-Clare!! I'm glad you had fun. What flavor slurpee did you get? I haven't gone on a cruise yet. I'm really jealous! I don't wanna come home yet Kenna!! I did get your picture. Love you Kenna!!

I'm glad everyone loved the cruise so much! And Michael with his midterms haha. I'm so stoked to hear where he gets called to. This week has been pretty sweet. On Sunday we found some really good new investigators which was great. Their names are Mercedes and Isabela. Mercedes's husband died recently, and in the earthquake a few years ago their house fell down. Isabela is her daughter. They were fighting a lot. We were heading close to home on last Sunday night where we usually go by, and I felt like we should turn back and talk to a family that was there that I'd had desires to talk to before. We went back and taught them a little bit. Isabela accepted a baptismal date right away, but Mercedes didn't. They seemed a little discouraged about life. We went by another day, and Mercedes started opening up a little more. The third time, we brought a member and they both committed to coming to church. It was so cool, cause we had taught Mercedes the Restoration and we asked her how she felt as she prayed. She said there was kind of a voice that told her to continue listening to us. The fourth time, Mercedes accepted a baptismal date, and on Sunday, they both went to church. For me it's been a big testimony builder to see how Heavenly Father prepares His children to receive the Restored Gospel. They both have tons of desires to change, and seemed to love church. It was also cool how such a subtle prompting led us to them. It helped me understand the importance of following even the tiny promptings we receive. By the Spirit, the Lord will help us bring about the salvation of His children.

This week's been cool as I've been reading the General Conference talks. They are soooo good!! The underlying theme of conversion has really impacted me in these last few months. It's not enough to know the gospel is the truth. We have to live it for it to become part of who we are and so we can become more like the Saviour. The whole point of the gospel is to put us through a process that will bring us, repentant, back to our Heavenly Father's presence.

It's been an interesting experience being with another dying missionary. Elder Cardinal has done a great job of staying focused and not getting distracted. It must be very stressful for him. We've been able to reflect a lot about the great experiences we have as missionaries. I'm so happy to have this opportunity. Nothing is better in the world. Elder Holland always talks about how his mission means everything to him, and I feel the same. I know I have a lot to learn and improve, but I am so grateful for my mission because it's set the foundation for the rest of my life. It now have it clear where I want to go with life and what kind of person I want to be. I know what my priorities are and I know how to be happy. I can't express how great it is.

Anyway, I hope you all keep sharing the gospel and doing what's right. Keep reading and praying and doing FHE and everything. I'm stoked to see what happens with Michael's mission call!! Love you all!!! The church is true.


Elder Blomfield