Monday, March 28, 2016

Sick and Delirious

This week was crazy. Greenwood and I had to travel to Puerto Montt [about 60 miles by ferry and bus] to get some drugs for me, and I was so delirious and sick. The antibiotics make my head spin but I am healing. It just makes me so sick and I don’t know why. I think I have something else and the impetigo is just an outward manifestation. I am honestly fine though. It was just one of those days you are glad to see in your rear view mirror. Poor Greenwood just kind of entertained himself this week. Of the 72 hours between Wednesday and Friday I slept 65 of them, and when I was awake I was a grumpy beast. He was a pal, and the trip to Puerto Montt together along with the talks at 3:00 in the morning were great experiences. I realized that I really do love the kid. I mean I have to ¨love¨ him, but I really like him too.

I am still picking myself up but I am fine. We had an Easter dinner with Marco and Yolanda and their family. It was really cool to just hang out with my converts because we haven’t had much time for them. They are already ready for heaven. Honestly they amaze me, just take them up Jesus.

I love you all so much. Thank you for the pictures you send, they are awesome.

Elder Rich

Monday, March 21, 2016

Patience is a Virtue

So boring I know, but there is nothing to report. We found a couple of new people to teach, and one guy named Sebastian has accepted to be baptized the 16th of April. I am 90% sure it is going to happen. I have impetigo again which sucks but what do you do? [Elder Rich has been battling impetigo off and on for the past two months. He has had difficultly getting proper medical treatments in his area.]

We had a little tension in the house this week between Greenwood and me, and the other two elders here. I really don’t always agree with the way my district leader leads, but I am learning patience and problem solving, which will help me a lot in the future. It got kind of heated last night, but I think everyone got out what they needed to say and it is calming down. Nobody hit anybody else, so I view that as a win. :)

I love you.

Elder Rich

These are grey geese and they are insanely rare. People were freaking out when they saw them and they basically live right in our backyard on the other side of the fence.

P-Day Jams

Elder Rich taking the mission car out for a spin.

Ancud, Chile, on the Island of Chiloe 

Ancud, Chile with a fall sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Daily Life of a Missionary

Hey, sorry if my emails have not been the greatest. Truth be told, yes we have been busy, and also I have just been lazy. I really appreciate all your emails. The last couple of weeks have been a little tough. I am fine, let me clarify (mom). But, sometimes being a missionary kind of sucks. I just kind of let it get to me for a sec, but it won’t get me down. I am very blessed to be able to serve and I recognize that. The place I serve is beautiful and my companion is a stud.

As far as what we do every day as missionaries. Each day I wake up at 6: 30 and work out until 7:30. I shower and usually don’t eat much for breakfast. I have personal study at 8:30, companionship study at 9:30, language study at 10:30, extra study for Greenwood at 11:30. We take a taxi at 12:30 to go to lunch at 1:00. Then we leave and walk the streets, contact people, knock doors, offer service and go to appointments until 10:00. When we get home, we plan for half an hour, relax / snack until 11:00, then sleep. Every day. Never changes.

Love you.

Elder Rich

Monday, March 7, 2016

Slowly but Surely

We had to travel a lot this week for various meetings and training.  I honestly can’t think of one thing to tell you guys that would be worth telling other than the fact that we are teaching a girl named Carla and she is progressing slowly but surely. We are going to talk a lot about baptism with her and invite her to make that covenant. I have been praying and fasting that it goes well.

I love you.

Elder Rich

Hark! Elder Greenwood on the cliffs of Ancud.

Elder Rich on the Island of Chiloe.

Always grateful for a little macaroni and cheese.