Sunday, 16 June 2013

10TH JUNE 2013

Family! Thanks for writing. Congrats on your visa coming Michael!!

Dad! Four hour nap? That's pretty impressive. That's great about Michael's visa arriving. I bet he's so stoked. So many people are going on missions its great! That's weird thinking about how old everyone's getting. The house is gonna be back down to only 4 kids in just over a week. That's crazy that they whitewashed the sector. Do you know why they stuck Elders in there now? Is it just for Parkland, or for Queensland too? Love you Dad!

Mum! I've still got a little bit of the cough but it's pretty much clearing up now. Last week I was feeling pretty rough but I feel loads better now. My stomach's been alright, although it's not always so great. You're right about seeing the doctor and the dentist, it would probably be a good call. I've got one week left here in Penco before they ship me off to Talcahuano. I really hope Manuel gets baptized this week. We need a miracle. I hope Kenna gets better soon. Love you Mum!

Michael! Dude you've only got like a week left! Are you stoked?? I'm so jealous you get to go to the temple so much.  I'm so happy for you with your visa coming in. That would have been horrible having to wait another 6 weeks. I liked your experience you told me about your prayer too. That's great. Haha that picture was pretty hilarious. Love you!

Charly! That seems so weird to me that you'll be starting high school soon. You're getting so old! Did you like the morning side? I always loved those. Do you like begin a hostess?? That sounds like a lot of fun. I hope everything goes well with your exams and everything. Love ya!

Jake! Sounds like you've been having a lot of fun! You've gone paintballing before right? Are you gonna go to a paintballing arena or just to go play outside? That sucks about getting braces, but it's probably better just to get them. Michael got some glasses? For the mission or something? Love you Jake!

I heard some pretty sweet news today. David Parra, my convert from Coelemu, is now one of the counselors in the Branch Presidency over there. That made me SO happy! Apparently he also gave a solid testimony in the gospel principles class inviting all the investigators to get baptized and talking about how happy it's made him. I can't even say how happy I am about that. That's so awesome.

So with Manuel, he's progressing a lot. He's got a baptismal date for this Saturday and I really hope he gets baptized before I leave. He's so awesome. He's still got some doubts about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, but he's progressing well. He's keeping all the commandments and he's showing a lot of initiative. He showed up to sacrament meeting alone and his wife came afterwards cause she was late getting ready. He tells us he feels a lot of peace and unity in his family and stuff and he's just progressing a lot. I really really hope he gets baptized this week. He's gonna be such a great member of the church here. I love that family.

With Alejandra, she was avoiding us for about a week. She's having a bunch of family problems and feels like she's failing as a mother. We finally managed to find her and we taught her again. It was really spiritual and she got emotional as we talked about how Jesus Christ can help her. She says she knows that this is true but is feeling kind of overwhelmed. She committed to go to church and to prepare to get baptized for the next week. Anyway, we left and everything was great, but on Sunday morning she didn't come. We're really worried about her cause she needs a lot of help right now and we can't seem to ever get hold of her. Her phone's always off and everything. Keep praying for her!

So we're planning a sweet activity in our ward. Unfortunately, I'm not gonna be here, but it's still gonna be sweet. It was the Bishop's idea. We're gonna do a huge activity one Saturday when we invite all the missionaries from the zone and people from all over Penco. The idea is to have every member come with at least 1 non-member friend. Then, they all get about 20 green cards to use to pay for these different games that there'll be. There will be about 3 hours of games in each room in the church, all with different themes. Each room will have a different game run by a couple people, and when they play they have to pay a green card, and depending on the game they play, they get given another colored card in return. There are also 2 rooms with missionaries teaching and watching a movie about the Savior. After game time is up, the lights all go out, and some people dressed in white come with flashlights and guide everyone to the chapel, where they have to cash in the cards they've received for the games they played. Each colored card will represent something different, one for the Telestial, one for the Terrestrial, and one for the Celestial Kindgoms, depending on the color. Then everyone gets judged into a certain kingdom in the chapel, and people dressed in white then explain how the whole activity was like how we use our time in life and what will happen in the end. Then there's gonna be some messages about the plan of salvation and eternal families and stuff. It's gonna be sweet!

Anyway, we're still really struggling to get things moving in our sector. We had a pretty rough week this week and it's kind of frustrating. Elder Carter and I have been analyzing what's going on and we decided that we haven't been as united as we should be. We've been working together, but our unity was kind of superficial and we put some goals to fix it. We hope that'll mean that we'll have more of the Spirit with us and we'll have more success in our own sector. It's tough trying to lead a zone when we're struggling in our own sector. Keep praying for us, cause we need some miracles. We feel like we've been working really hard and applying the things we've learned and everything, and both of us have had success before, but for some reason we're just really struggling to see a lot of progress. This week's gonna be better though.

Reading the Book of Mormon has been great this week. We read all the war chapters. It's such a cool story, and we can learn a lot. I like how as the people were righteous, the Lord always blessed them, even if good people died in the process. The only times the people had real problems were when they had internal conflicts and stopped keeping the commandments. It's cool how often it talks about how the Lord keeps His word and His covenants. It's helped strengthen my faith and I love reading it.

I love being here. It's sometimes tough and trying, but this weeks gonna be better. I know this is the truth and that's all that really matters. I love you all so much!! KEEP GETTING READY MIKE!

Also, happy Fathers' Day Dad! (That's next Sunday right?

I love you!

Elder Blomfield


Family! Thanks for writing and fasting! You're the best.

Dad! . Hopefully Michael's visa comes in soon. Wow, I'm glad to hear that Ken Sherwood was able to be ok. I hope things turn out well. That's great news about JoJo! I'm so happy he finally got accepted. Will it be easier now for other workers as well?? By the way, remember when I talked to you about buying a copper picture of the Calgary Temple? I bought it today along with some copper Chile bookmarks. In total it was like 120 bucks. Love you Dad!

Mum! Hahaha all the Chileans say we could be brothers. For them, everyone with blonde hair and blue eyes look the same. What exactly has been going on with Kenna? What's all the drama in her class and stuff? Nice job being a missionary!! I was reading this morning in Alma 37 about how by small and simple means the Lord does great things. I think by following those little promptings, the Lord will help a lot! Tell Stephen and Laura that I approve of that name. Make sure they have it clear that Peter must remain the first name though. Hahaha. That sounds great to me, going to the cabin and whatever. It's not like there's gonna be a lot of time in Calgary for me to get involved in anything anyway. Love you Mum!

Michael! I'm glad you had fun with your friends. Is Asian Josh going on a mission too? I hope your visa comes in here soon. Did they say about how much longer you'll have to wait or anything?  Nice pictures bud. I give you an approval if you know what I mean. What the heck is with that drawing of you on a horse? That's ridiculous. My comp laughed his head off at it. Keep preparing yourself Mike. I know you're gonna be an awesome missionary. Love you bro! 

Charly! I hope you're doing well! Haven't heard from you. Love you!

Jake! Haven't heard from you either. I hope everything's going great! You excited to finish school soon? Love ya!

This week has been pretty good in some senses and it's been a little challenging as well. The other day felt the starting of a cough so bought some medicine, but it's gotten worse. Today I feel a lot better than yesterday though which is great. It's a pretty nasty chest cough and it's a little harder to breathe. Everything's under control though. I had to breathe in some steam and stuff to try and clear up my lungs a bit. I'm gonna go grab some more medicine in a bit and I already talked to Sister Humphrey about it. Hopefully I get better soon! It's been raining a lot so I've gotten a little wet and stuff.

Manuel is progressing. He's kind of a quiet guy, although I wouldn't really say he's shy. He's really cool with us and stuff but sometimes when we talk about the gospel it's tough for him to open up a ton. We were worried at the beginning of the week that maybe he was doing it more for his wife and didn't have real desires. We talked to him and prayed and studied for him and everything, but we were still kind of unsure. He hasn't recognized a firm answer about the Book of Mormon. We've focused a lot on that, but now we're gonna try and just move on and keep teaching him, expecting that as we do so he'll receive an answer and be prepared for baptism. I remember the same thing kind of happening with David in Coelemu. Anyway, yesterday as I was reading in Alma 32, I understood the conversion process better. He's just recently planting the seed in his heart, and based on his actions, he's letting it have room there. I think sometimes we expect or the investigators expect for an immediate answer, but the Book of Mormon describes it as more of a growing and swelling feeling. We don't have a perfect knowledge, but we do know that what we are experimenting is something good based on the results it has in our lives. Then with time as we keep nurturing the tree with faith, patience, and dilligence, it'll give forth fruit. He's been seeing more unity and happiness in his family and he enjoys church, so I think those little experiences are equivalent for that swelling feeling for him. I feel confident he'll get baptized, although I'm not sure about this week.  

I'm a little worried about Alejandra. On Saturday night we had an appointment with her, but then we called her and she was out of town. As I was talking to her the phone cut out (I dunno if she hung up or if the signal just dropped) and then I tried calling back a bunch of times, but she still hasn't picked up. We're concerned for her, so please pray!

This week has been sweet cause I've read a bunch of the missionary scriptures from the Book of Mormon. Something cool I noticed in both the stories of King Lamoni and his father, is that Ammon and Aaron weren't the ones who taught and caused the conversion of the king's people. After they had fallen like they were dead on the ground, this happened.

Alma 19:31 And he, immediately, seeing the contention among his people, went forth and began to rebuke them, and to teach them the words which he had heard from the mouth of Ammon; and as many as heard his words believed, and were converted unto the Lord.

Alma 22:23 "...And the king stood forth, and began to administer unto them. And he did minister unto them, insomuch that his whole household were converted unto the Lord."

For me, it shows how the testimony of a "member friend" is more powerful than that of the missionaries. It was thanks to the king and all he did to help the missionaries afterwards, that so many people were converted. The Book of Mormon is great. I love it.

Something crazy I forgot to tell you a couple weeks ago that I saw. There are a lot of dogs here and I've seen some pretty nasty things, but I think we saw something that takes the cake. The other day we were walking and we saw this dog just sitting there chewing on something. As we got closer, we realized it was a kitten. IT WAS DISGUSTING! It had just bitten it's head off. Sorry for the gross image, but just wanted to give you a little picture of how things are here haha.

Today we had a little zone activity. It wasn't anything big, but I'd say it was a win. Some of the sisters in the zone made french toast and we had a big breakfast together with a delicious syrup they made. It was awesome. Sometimes being in a zone with so many sisters has its challenges, but it also has its benefits. Actually, right now, we have GREAT missionaries. There are basically no problems with disobedience or lack of unity or anything. It's awesome!

I know this is the true church. I know this is the Lord's work. I've felt His Spirit and His love. Something I learned this week is that the Lord is always there to help us, but we are the ones that distance ourselves from Him. We can go through the motions, but when we really start to pray with sincerity, talking with Heavenly Father, He hears us and we draw closer to Him. I know Jesus Christ is our Saviour. I know this is His church. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know Thomas S. Monson is a prophet. I love this so much.

Love you all!!

Elder Blomfield


Thanks for writing me everyone!

Dad! That sounds pretty sweet with the oil company. Sounds like things are really progressing. I hope things go well there. How much longer until the horizontal drilling is done? Why does it have to be horizontal? Where have all Mike's friends been staying? In the house? Hahaha that's hilarious about them dying Mike's hair. What were they thinking? That's cool you got to talk to Thomas. Nice work with your plans to invite him to come share with the missionaries! That's what needs to be done. I'm glad to hear that he was able to make that decision and it's so great knowing he trusted you enough to go to talk to you about it. Thomas is really great. Get him baptized before I get back! Love you Dad.

Mum! I'm glad you enjoyed going through the temple with Michael. That's cool he got to go to a different ward and give a talk. Is that a thing with the new stake presidency or something? I bet you're gonna have a blast going to Moroni's Quest. Sounds like a blast. I was choked that I just missed it when I was a youth. I'm glad that lesson went well. I've started to carry around a little booklet all day to write down spiritual promptings and stuff. It's something that I think helps us a lot. I hope Kenna's eye gets better soon. Love you Mum!

Michael! Didn't hear from you this week, but it sounds like you're having a blast with your friends from BYU. When do they go back? What did you do all week? How goes the prep for the mission? Hope everything's going well bud. Enjoy the time you have at home while it lasts. Don't worry though, mission life is much better. Love you bro.

Charly! Didn't hear from you either. I hope you're doing well. How's school going? Seminary? Love ya!

Jake! Same thing. I hope you're doing well! Love you bud.

Kenna! I hope your eye gets better soon. Does it hurt? I hope you're doing well. Love ya!

Izaac! Nice job riding your bike with Mum. Love you bud.

We're starting to see some progress in our sector and in the zone, but we still have a lot more to do. Manuel and Alejandra are doing pretty great, although Alejandra couldn't go to church cause her dad's been in the hospital due to a brain hemmorage. We have a lot of hope for them.

Manuel is doing great. He seems to be really taking everything seriously that we share with him, and he seems to be progressing spiritually quite a lot as well. I feel a lot of love for him and his wife Pamela. It's cool how as we share the gospel with people, we start to feel a special bond with them. I feel that with my converts too. I think it's cause we get to see them in some of the most important moments of their lives. We see them have a sort of awakening and get a front row seat on their conversion process. We get to see their hearts and countenances change, and there is nothing greater than that. Anyway, Manuel is reading the Book of Mormon and feels peace as he reads it. He's told other people from other religions he's going to church and stuff and they've given him a hard time, but he's doing a good job and following what he feels. He seems really committed to keep going to church every week. In gospel principles class this week we talked about exaltation which was pretty deep and he had some pretty good questions, but he still seems like he's doing pretty well. Pray for him!

Alejandra is also doing great. We haven't seen her much cause her dad's been sick, but she accepted to live the word of wisdom and the law of chastity. The only struggle is with coffee. She opened up a bunch this week and told us of the problems she's been having with her husband and how it's been quite a trial for her. She's been separated from him before, and he doesn't really support her going to church and everything. She was gonna get baptized this upcoming Saturday, but because she didn't go to church, she can't yet. I think she'll get baptized on the 8th along with Manuel.

We're trying to work more with the members but we're struggling a bit to get the members to go and talk to the referrals they give us. Sometimes the members struggle to open their mouths or simply don't feel the urgency of sharing the gospel. I understand though, cause before the mission it was definitely difficult to randomly start up a gospel conversation with friends. I think we just want to help them strengthen their faith and be bold with committing them to talk to their friends. The church will grow much faster and stronger if the members are the source of investigators.

This week we had a little training meeting with the Zone Leaders from Tomé for the Stake's ward mission leaders. We talked about their responsibilities, the importance of meetings, the ward mission plan, and the progress report we use. It was pretty sweet. I hope it gives some results.

I love the Book of Mormon. We're reading it everyday still and I love it! I wish I could read it more sometimes. I've learned so much by reading it. I think more than anything this time I've learned a lot from the righteous examples of the leaders and prophets in the Book of Mormon. Right now I'm reading about Alma the younger. It's so cool how he was converted and dedicated his entire life to serving others and serving the Lord. It strengthens my faith in the Lord cause as I read about the miracles the people in the Book of Mormon saw, I think, "why can't we have miracles too?".

This week I've been thinking a lot about my level of dedication and my service as a missionary. It's weird knowing how much time has passed, and it's a motivation to work hard knowing their isn't much time left. I feel like more than ever I just want to do what the Lord wants and to make Him happy. This needs to be the most miraculous and successful part of my mission. I know the Lord is going to bless us. As I've thought a lot about my level of conversion and consecration to the Lord. I think that how a missionary works at the end of his mission reflects how much he really loves the Lord. 

I read a talk this week about being a consecrated missionary. It talked about some really cool concepts, and about how to be truly consecrated to the Lord we need to put everything on the line. It talked about a few things we need to give up. It talked about giving up all our fears. We need to eliminate any fear or laziness that stops us from opening our mouths to share the gospel. He said sometimes we're so worried about offending people that we forget about saving them. It also talked about closing our hearts to girls and stuff. Obviously that stuff isn't acceptable for a missionary. It also talked about giving up any level of disobedience or laziness, no matter how big or small. It also talked about giving up our pride and our personal interests. It was cool to read and reflect about. I wanna make sure I give everything I've got the time I have left. I love the Lord, and after all He's done for me, giving it my all is all I can do.

I know this is the truth. I know it. I'm so grateful for the Lord's patience, and for the mercy He's had by giving me this opportunity to serve as a missionary. There is nothing I'd rather be doing. I love being here so much. I'm SOO glad I extended. I'd be freaking out right now if I hadn't.

I love you all! Keep sharing the gospel!

Elder Blomfield

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Family! Thanks for writing. You're awesome.

Dad! What's going on with the site down there and the business in general? Fill me in on the details! I really like that quote you sent me. Another one I like is, "Obedience brings blessings, but exact obedience brings miracles." I hope you enjoy your trip! Love ya!

Mum! Haha it is pretty interesting working with so many sisters. Some are really great, but some struggle a lot. Luckily with the changes we just had, things should be looking up! I'm so stoked. I liked those answers you sent to me about the Sabbath Day stuff. That scripture was awesome. I also really liked those examples about how the church in other countries celebrates the Sabbath on other days. That was sweet. Thanks! So how was going through the temple with Michael?? Tell me what you thought as you went through with him. Love ya!

Michael! I'm so happy you got to go through the temple. Isn't it awesome? I'm glad you had such a great experience. It's so awesome. There's so much still to learn. I'm jealous you get to go through on your mission. I've had to go two years without it! I love the temple. I hope you have fun with all your friends and stuff. Any crazy plans? Nice job looking up the Sabbath day stuff. You rock. How goes your Preach My Gospel reading? And your scripture reading? Are you gonna buy new scriptures before you leave? I hope you have an awesome week. Love you bro!

Charly! That sucks about homework and everything. Nice job getting those awards in that banquet! How did you say grace at the banquet? I remember when I had to do that at grad and it was pretty weird. I didn't really know what to do hahaha. So do you wanna go on a mission? Love ya!

Jake! Nice job getting athlete of the year! You're awesome. That sucks about having bad weather down at the cabin. When do your exams start? How goes your scripture reading? Love ya Jake!

Alrighty! So there were transfers today! Elder Carter and I are staying, but there are some pretty awesome changes going on in our zone. I'm pretty stoked. Sadly, Elder Sáenz, our District Leader, is leaving. I got along really well with him, but now he's going off to Tomé. His comp, Elder Brown, is gonna be our new District Leader now, and he's gonna train. Elder Holt, our other District Leader, is heading off to be Zone Leader in Parral. He's gonna do a great job over there. Elder Clawson, his companion, who's really young, is gonna be our other District Leader now and he's gonna train too. It's gonna be pretty sweet. I love working with young missionaries cause they're normally really good at learning. Two of the sisters from different sectors are leaving to go be companions and whitewash another sector. They had some difficulties you could say, but I hope they do well in their new sector. We're stoked cause one of the sister leaders in the mission is gonna be in our zone. Tons of our problems will be solved now.

So this week we saw some progress and some miracles in our sector as well. Alejandra, who went to church two weeks ago, is progressing quite a bit. We didn't have contact with her for like half the week cause she never picked up her phone at work and we never caught her when she was home. Anyway, we finally got contact and she went to church again. I'm really excited for her. We're also working with someone named Manuel who's the husband of a less active who's coming back. They have a litter 3-year-old daughter named Constanza too. They all went to church yesterday and we had a Family Home Evening last night too with a member family. It was awesome. I'm really excited for their progress.

Today for lunch with the zone we went to a sweet restaurant called Mamut. It was soo good. It was north american food and was so tasty. I had forgotten how great food can really taste hahaha. I loved it.

Today I was studying in Mosiah when Abinadi preached to King Noah in the Book of Mormon, and how he taught so boldly about Jesus Christ. It was really spiritual for me being able to see how strong he was with his testimony, even when he was being burned by the wicked priests. It was a testimony builder for me of the divinity of Jesus Christ and I came to appreciate a lot more the atonement and sacrifice of the Savior and the importance of that in our lives. It's really such a miracle. I love reading the Book of Mormon cause it helps strengthen my faith in the Savior.

I love being a missionary! I never want it to end. I'm so glad I extended, cause if I didn't, this would be my last transfer. I'm excited to keep working here and helping people progress in the gospel. I'm so grateful for the tests and trials the Lord gives us to grow. Thanks for all your prayers and support. I love you all!


Elder Blomfield