Tuesday, 9 July 2013

8TH JULY 2013 - CRAZY WEEK. STARTING TO GET A HANDLE ON THE SECTOR



Family! Thanks for writing. You rock.

Dad! Sounds like the week's been crazy. Sounds like Moroni's Quest was a huge success. I'm still jealous I never got to go when I was younger. I should try and do that GDL driving thing when I get back, but it would probably be good to do a few practice runs first. I'm sure I'm pretty rusty. I'm glad you enjoyed doing all that service. Has there at least been a lot of progress in the city? Is there still a ton of water? About the car too, I have really no idea what to look for. Maybe you could fill me in on some of the options? Love ya!

Mum! It was pretty crazy being with Elder Walker such a short time. He was an awesome missionary. How did all the youth react to Moroni's Quest? Did they all bear there testimonies on Sunday? I hope it helps a lot of the youth to make more solid decisions about going on missions and stuff. I'm glad Grandad's doing well now. Keep praying for me Mum! Love you!

Charly! Haven't heard from you this week, but how have you been? What did you think of Moroni's Quest? You stoked for EFY? Love ya!

Jake! What was your favourite part of Moroni's Quest? How did you feel with the reenactment of the Saviour's visit? Love you!


This week has been pretty good. I've been a little lost trying to figure out where everyone lives and everything in the sector, but as a whole we're seeing some progress. We found a bunch of new investigators this week, but didn't have many people in church unfortunately. We've set some goals and made some plans to fix that this week though. On Tuesday, we got SOAKED cause there was a huge storm and we were just walking around completely lost the entire day. It was fun though.

My new comp is pretty cool. He's from the province of Buenos Aires - not the city itself - and has about a year and a half in the mission. He's a new zone leader and he's got tons of new ideas. It's awesome. I like having him as a comp cause he's gon tons of energy and is keeping me on my toes. It's awesome. We've done a few companionship exchanges and what not this week to try and help out the missionaries which has been good. 

We're still seeing some struggles in trying to change the mission culture, especially with the verification we do with our missionaries. The Concepción South missionaries aren't used to it and it's kinda tough to change so fast. For the most part however, the missionaries have a great attitude and we have really good zone unity. That's been good at least. We've only had struggles with one missionary really who's not being completely cooperative, but we have interviews with President Arrington this week so that should help us out.

Today we had a fun zone activity which was pretty sweet. We went to the beach and played some mix between american football and ultimate frisbee. It was too windy to use a frisbee so we just played with a ball. It was pretty fun, but there were like five dogs who kept wanting to play too and were chasing us around as we played. Overall it was a blast. We tied it up at the end eating Subway for lunch with those who wanted to. It was good to boost the morale of the missionaries and help them to relax a little bit. 

So I finished the Book of Mormon last week, and I've started reading it again along with the New Testament. I've really liked reading it and I've learned a lot. I'm not very familiar with the Bible cause I've studied the Book of Mormon way more but now I feel more comfortable using it. It's been great.

So I'm really trying to make sure I'm losing myself in the work. I've been reflecting a lot about how the Lord feels with my efforts as a missionary and I've just got a little while left to give it all I've got out here in the field. It's interesting to see how much I've grown and learned but how much more I still need to learn! I just pray and work so that the Lord will be happy with my efforts. I want to baptize at least one complete family before I finish. I don't have a lot of time to find them, so please pray for us over here! I'm really grateful for this opportunity the Lord has given me to serve. Being a missionary is the greatest thing ever. 

I love you all! Keep sharing the gospel.

Elder Blomfield

1ST JULY 2013 - CRAZY WEEK: EMERGENCY TRANSFER AND NEW PRESIDENT



FAMILY! Thanks for writing. It was good to hear from you all. I wrote Michael a separate letter just for him.

Dad! That's crazy with all that destruction back home. Sounds like a war zone. I'm glad to hear that everyone's been helping out though! That'll be an awesome missionary opportunity too, seeing all the members out in their Mormon Helping Hands shirts and everything. Hopefully it gets some publicity out there. How's Grandad Steward doing now? I hope he's feeling better. Keep me updated. That's awesome about that extra sacrament meeting they did. How's work been going? Also, I wanted to ask you to see if you could look into an prospects of me buying a car at some point when I get back. I dunno if it's too late for before I head off to BYU and I dunno what the laws are and stuff for bringing a car down there, but if you could look into the possibilities and prices of some stuff that would be great! It'll be something I'll need at some point. Thanks Dad! Love ya!

Mum! Looks like you all had a blast doing all that flood clean-up. I bet it's been a pretty weird experience, especially since nothing like that ever happens in Calgary. We had a ton of rain this week and got SOAKED! My coat and my backpack smell terrible from being so wet. Mold grows on everything here even when it's not wet so I've had to be careful with that. All in all though, everything's good. It's been a pretty crazy experience in my new sector. I'm loving it though! Just trying to stay as focused as I can and serve the best I can. Love you Mum!

Charly! Congrats on doing so great in school and stuff and for bringing your friend to those service activities. Don't wait til fall to do more church stuff with her, invite her to church and get the missionaries over there!!! I bet it's crazy with all the flooding and stuff. I bet it was awesome doing all that service and stuff. Love ya!

Jake! Did you go and do all this service stuff too? How was it? So you're already finished school then? What are your plans for the summer? Love you!


This week has been CRAZY! To start it off, my companion, Elder Walker, has now left. He finishes the mission at the same time as me so they couldn't just leave us together in the same sector cause it would need to be whitewashed afterwards. Anyway, he got sent of to Chillán, and now I'm comps with an Argentine named Elder Falcón. He got baptized like a year before his mission, but I don't know him really well yet. With Elder Walker, we had a great time. He's an awesome missionary, and knew Braedon Wood pretty well too. He's super loving and a great example and I learned a lot from him about serving with love. He lives in Springville, Utah, so we'll still probably be in contact after the mission which will be good.

Anyway, I'm completely lost in my new sector. I'm gonna be praying a TON to be able to try and find my way around and stuff. We've got a few great investigators which is awesome. There are a few part-member families which are always great to work with. It's great cause baptizing one person brings an entire family into the gospel. I love it. This week we brought a few families to church which was awesome. One of the people, Carolina, is married to an inactive member named Pedro and their whole family came. Teaching Carolina is really weird cause she has basically no background knowledge of religion. She's heard of it and stuff and believes in God but has no idea what that means. It's kind of a cool experience cause we have to teach really simply. It's different cause most people here have at least somewhat of a religious background or at least understand it a little bit. Teaching her is awesome.

We also found this guy named Sergio, who's this guy who fixes tv's for a living. He lives alone and is in a wheelchair. As we were teaching him, there was a huge storm with thunder and lightning. I've hardly ever seen that here so that was pretty crazy. The house was shaking as we were teaching. It was awesome.

Yesterday I finished reading the Book of Mormon. I think this time I studied it better than I ever have before. I can't even tell you how much I love that book. As I read I understand the sacrifice that the prophets went through to get that book into our hands, and I am so grateful for it. It's so clear about how the Lord always keeps His promises and blesses us as we are faithful to Him. I know Jesus Christ lives and I love Him. My understanding of the atonement and the restoration has grown immensely as I've read it. As I finished the last page, I knelt down and prayed, and had it confirmed once again that it was true.

President Arrington arrived on Friday, and we met him today. We had Leaders' Counsel and learned a lot. It's been kind of a weird and emotional day. Every time there are exchanges it's kind of a shake up and it always makes me reflect about my mission. That on top of getting a new President and changing missions and everything has been pretty crazy. I've been praying and setting goals to make sure these last weeks are the best I can ever have. I don't really care what anyone else thinks about my service, I just want the Lord to be happy. I've grown so much and I have to make this time count. I love being here so much and I love serving the Lord. I've grown so much and I've learned to really love the Lord. Please pray that these weeks will be successful and that I'll be able to think clearly as I serve. I'll be praying for you all and for Michael in the MTC as well. 

I know this is the Lord's work. I love it, and I love you all too.


Elder Blomfield



24 JUNE 2013 Pretty weird week. Tons of changes



Family!  Thakns all for writing! That's crazy with all the flooding and stuff holy cow. Dejó la escoba. Forward this to Mike please since I don't have his email.

Dad! That was pretty sweet seeing Braden Lyons on the broadcast. I kind of heard of the flooding from someone here. Good thing nothing happened to our house. Looks like it was a pretty close call. It seems so crazy to me that so much flooding could come from all that rain. That's insane. Hopefully everything gets fixed up pretty quick here. Is down town still underwater and everything? Any estimates on how much the government will be forking out to fix all the damages? The cleaning up is gonna be a great opportunity for missionary work. Love you Dad!

Mum! I couldn't get that thing you sent me from Grandma and Grandad Steward. It doesn't work with myldsmail. It's pretty weird being in the Conce South mission. It's a totally different culture and they have a way different way of doing things. Personally, I way prefer my mission haha. President Humphrey basically just asked me where Michael was going and stuff. Also, in the interview he basically said marriage needs to be a priority and how I need to look for someone who respects me and who I respect. He also told me to trust your judgement as to whether or not the person would be a good wife or not. Pretty interesting conversation seeing as I kinda have to put that on hold for a couple months. I'm glad to hear nothing happened to the family in the flooding. Seems like it was pretty nuts! Love you Mum!

Michael! When's your P-Day?? What's MTC like now? I imagine it's pretty different from 2 years ago when I was there. Quite a lot has changed since then. Now you're there for way less time and I bet it's flooded with sister missionaries. How's the Spanish coming? Tell me about your companion and your district and everything. I'm stoked for you! Keep me updated about what you think about mission life and stuff. You're gonna do a great job. Did you get to go to the Marriott Center last night?? Love you bro!

Charly! Thanks for writing, even if it was to both of us. Congrats with all your medals and awards and stuff! You're awesome. You always do great. I hope everything goes well in your piano exam. I remember when I took mine it was pretty tough. The hardest part was trying to figure out what interval it was when they played both notes. What kind of dance are you doing? When is Moroni's Quest? You're so lucky you don't have exams. Love ya!

Jake! Nice job getting Honours with Distinction! I'm really proud of you. Also good job with the gym award. I bet you're stoked about not having exams. Why did they do the awards assembly before giving you your marks after exams? You rock. Love you Jake.


This week has been completely crazy. I'm in limbo, seeing as the Concepcion South mission is kind of just dropping us, and we still haven't made the switch to our mission. They have a way different way of working. It's interesting, but I'm excited to get things going back to how they are in Concepcion. It's just a different culture that's tough to adjust to. The verification with our missionaries is way less intense in Concepcion South, the district meetings are a little different as well. The teaching isn't nearly as focused on commitments and stuff. It's way different.

Our ward ROCKS though. I'm so stoked. Our Bishop is a Preach My Gospel returned missionary and is like 27. He's hilarious and has a ton of vision for the ward. It seems like the most vibrant and active ward I've been in. My ward is called Cruz del Sur (Southern Cross) in the Talcahuano South Stake. There are tons of returned Preach My Gospel missionaries too so they work really well. The bishop is hilarious, but always comes and swears at us in English joking around which is pretty ridiculous. I'm excited to work in the ward.

Anyway, that transmission last night was AWESOME. I'm so stoked. I felt the Spirit a lot. I felt like I got like a pure vision of what missionary work is. God's will is just to build Zion and bring about the salvation of His children. I'm so excited for the members and the missionaries to work better together. It got me pumped to be a member missionary my entire life. I'm super stoked to see the work move. I really felt like the work was being sped up.

We had a pretty awesome conference today. President and Sister Humphrey said bye to everyone. The entire mission came to the conference and it was pretty crazy. It was sad to say bye. They got really emotional and stuff. I felt the Spirit a ton too. It's weird to realize that their service is coming to an end this week as mission President and his wife.

Anyway. I love being here. It's the best. Thanks for all your support!!! Sorry I'm kinda rushed so I couldn't write that much. I love you!!!

Elder Blomfield



17 JUNE 2013 - Cambios! I'm off to Talcahuano but MANUEL GOT BAPTIZED!



Family! Thanks for writing.

Dad! How was your Fathers' Day?? I hope you enjoyed it. What are soffits and facias? Paintball sounds like a blast! that would have been awesome. I'm glad Mike's farewell went well? He's gonna be such a great missionary. I felt great about David Parra. There's nothing better than hearing about the success of a convert. I'm glad Braedon Lyons liked his mission. Where did he go again? Let me know what he says about his mission. Anyway I really wanna thank you for being such a great dad. You've always been a great role model and you've helped me to always have a good direction in my life and to understand the gospel. You've always been a solid example and you've helped me to be independent as well. Thanks for always being such a great provider and leader for us. I also really appreciate the things like giving me work and everything as well. I love you so much and hope you had an awesome Fathers' Day. Love you Dad!

Mum! Sounds like Sunday was really awesome. I'm really proud of Michael. I'm sure he gave a great talk. I hope it helped everyone there to feel the Spirit. That's cool you met someone from my mission! I don't really know who he is though unfortunately. I never really got to meet him. If I remember rightly, I think he was comps with my son, Elder Silva. I'm excited for Michael to get set apart. I still have that copy of my setting apart that you sent me and I read it pretty often. It's cool how I've seen specific things that are mentioned in it happen. Anyway, thanks for everything Mum, I love you!

Michael! I bet you're feeling pretty weird. Before you leave, send me an email with your new mission email address so I can keep writing you. There aren't any new scriptures in Calgary? That's alright though, I'm sure you can buy them in the MTC anyway. Paintballing sounds like a blast. I wanna do that. When I've done it before it's just been in indoor arenas but nothing too big. I'm sure you gave a great talk. Mike, you're going to be an excellent missionary. Today I had my exit interview with President Humphrey since he's leaving in a couple weeks and wanted to interview me before he left. Time flies by so fast. All the Lord requires of you is your best. He just requires that you give Him everything you've got, and that you make a sincere effort to improve. I've been left in awe so many times when as I feel like I'm doing everything I can but not getting anywhere, the Lord steps in and works a miracle. It's the Lord's work and He directs it. Don't worry about the language, just dedicate yourself to studying it. Try and speak it as much as you can, starting in the MTC. The faster you get it down, the more quickly you'll be able to have a more powerful effect in the lives of your investigators. Remember your purpose, follow your leaders, be exactly obedient, study hard, and strengthen your relationship with the Lord. There are some awesome scriptures that talk about the importance of making sure our relationship is ok with the Lord before we can do His work. 3 Nephi 8:1 talks about how we need to be cleansed of sin to work miracles. Also, in the book of Enos, it shows that before he could preach and bless the lives of others, he had to receive the forgiveness of his own sins first. Anyway, I'm sure you're gonna be a way better missionary than me. I love you Mike. Que tenga mucho éxito my guachito. Hahaha good luck with that Chilean Spanish. I LOVE YOU MIKE! GO TEAR IT UP!

Charly! How are you doing?? When does school finish? Love ya!

Jake! Same thing. How are you feeling with school coming to an end? Love you.

Kenna! How are you doing? How was father's day?? What did you do for him? Love you Kenna.

Izaac! How are you?? I hope you're doing well. Love you bud!


So, the transfers have arrived, and I'm off to Talcahuano with someone named Elder Walker. He finishes his mission with me, so that'll be interesting. I think they're gonna have to do some weird switch or something to not have to whitewash the sector. We'll see. I'm really excited. It's gonna be a great opportunity to learn from the other mission and to help my missionaries to learn from our mission. For two weeks I'm gonna be in the Concepción South Mission. That's gonna be crazy. There are a lot of things we do normally here, that won't be normal for them over there, so I'm gonna have to find a way to try and mix the good ideas from both missions without drowning the missionaries in too much new information. It's gonna be interesting. Other cool news, my son is going to be a zone leader up in Curicó! He's gonna be part of the Rancagua Mission.

Great news for this week. MANUEL GOT BAPTIZED!!! It was really such a miracle. I had been praying and fasting so much. He's such a great man and will be such a great member of the church. I was sad that I was gonna leave Penco without baptizing anyone, but the Lord blessed us with a miracle. We taught him during the week and he still had trouble accepting Joseph Smith and Thomas S. Monson as prophets. On top of that, people at his work were giving him opposition. He read and prayed a bunch, but still didn't have a solid answer. Anyway, on Thursday, he still hadn't even had his interview, and didn't feel ready. Anyway, Elder Brown did an interveiw on Friday to try and help him more than anything, and after a really long interview where they read a talk and prayed together and stuff, Manuel decided to get baptized. I was so happy, and I got to baptize him. He's so awesome. I've seen a change in him and he's really trying to do what's right. It was great! By the way, he's also awesome at playing electric guitar. He played a little bit for us on Saturday morning and it was sweet. 

So something else kinda crazy happened this week too. Seeing as President and Sister Humphrey leave in two weeks, President wanted to interview me before he left. I had an exit interview with him this morning which was pretty weird. He talked to me about my mission, also he asked about Michael going on his mission and stuff, and gave me basically a pep talk for life. He talked to me about studying and working in something I have a passion for, and about dating and marriage stuff. It was pretty weird, especially seeing as I have 2 months left in my mission. Basically, I'm just gonna have to put that all on hold til I finish haha. It was good and I'm really gonna miss him and Sister Humphrey, as well as all the missionaries that left. After my interview in his house, all the dying missionaries came over to have a big testimony meeting and eat lunch. We're a pretty big group. In total, there were 22 of us. Some of my old companions were there like Elder Gómez, Elder Arana, and Elder Nogales. The testimony meeting was really powerful and I really felt the Spirit. It was a moment to take all the pressures and responsibilities off that we have in mission life, and take a look at the people we've become. We've all progressed and learned so much, and I'm so grateful to have served with such great missionaries. We ate some delicious enchaladas for lunch, and then went to the airport to drop them off. It was weird to see all these people I've served with for 2 years walk through security to leave the mission. It was a huge wake up call to me and I'm so happy I extended. I love being here so much. It's really tough for me to put into words how I feel and all the experiences I've had, but I am so grateful that I've had this opportunity, and I'm so grateful that the Lord has allowed me to be His servant. I know this is His work. Luckily, I still have a couple months left before finishing. I've got to make it count.

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know He is my Savior. He's done so much for me and I'm so grateful for Him. I know this is His truth.

Mike, I'm gonna miss you bud. I'm choked that I won't have seen you for 4 years. You're my best friend. But I know the Lord needs you out there, and you're going to be a great missionary. I love you so much bud.


Anyway, it's kind of been an emotional rollercoaster of a day, as it sounds like it has been for all of you these last few days. Anyway, I love you all a ton.

¡Nos vemos!

Elder Blomfield