Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dec. 28, 2015 An Awesome Christmas!

A party with our district

A white elephant gift exchange

A cool glass souvenir of the Conce Temple

Only chocolate fountain I have ever seen in Chile!

Our small Christmas tree with presents from members!

The awesome Melgarejo family Christmas Eve

Our presents from members

Still confused as to why the ward mission leader gave us underwear for Christmas :)

Well, it was super fun to see you all guys this christmas. I enjoyed that a lot! And dont worry mom, I was only sick for a couple hours in the morning, I got over it really quick, and enjoyed the rest of the day :) We had a super fun sports activity in concepcion with about 80 missionaries or so. President Arringtons sister was in town visiting him, and she and Hermana Arrington made a whole bunch of American home made chocolate chip cookies that were so blithering scrumptuous! You just wont find things of that quality down here very often! haha So we enjoyed them mucho

So good news this week, is Eduardo is going to baptize his 9 year old daughter Varinia on Saturday :) We are super duper excited for him. It was probably close to 3 months ago that we contacted him in the street, and he was completely inactive, and the only inactive member in his immediate family. Now he is active in church, and his daughter is about to become a member, and the wife just needs a little bit more time I think :)

Something really cool, and fairly humerous yesterday was the fact that we taught The law of chastity as the first lesson to an investigator..... let me explain. For the entire 5 months that I have been here in Hualpèn we have passed by the house of this inactive member Jorge to just get a hold of him and have a lesson. But he is NEVER home, and he has these 2 really mean looking pit bulls out on his front porch as well. They are always tied up with huge chains. And I met him once, and he is like a 30 old guy, with the body type of Zane Mendenhall and has tatoos all up and down his arms and neck. haha But yesterday we finally got in contact with him, and he told us to come by. We started visiting with him, and it turns out that he just has the appearance of a scary guy. He actually has a really great countenance, and is a very meek, humble, sincere guy! I really like him. And the funny thing is that his girlfriend was there (who lives in Concepcion and is Evangelical) after talking for a bit he says.... "Elders, do you guys by chance have with you a pamflet of the law of chastityt?" And we were like... oh crap, No we dont! :(

And he was like, well do you think we could talk about the law of chastity for a few minutes?  and we asked if there was anything specific that he wanted to know. And just basically wanted us to explain to his girlfriend what we believe as Mormons, and why we think Sexual purity is so important. I had never been so excited to teach that lesson in my entire life! hahaha He said they had talked about it a little bit together, and he just was really wanted to show her that its important to God, and thats its found both in the bible and the book of Mormon. He asked if we knew of anywhere in the book of mormon that talked about the law of chastity. So I INSTANTLY looked up Jacob 2:26-27

27 Wherefore, my brethren, heame, and hearken to theword othe Lord: For there shall noany man among youhave save ibe one wifeand concubines he shall havenone;
 28 For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women.Anwhoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.
and shared it with him. He was so pleased, and it was a super great lesson, and we got to share where the book of mormon comes from, to answer the questions of the girlfriend :)

Thats about it for this week guys, love you tons! and put lots of sunblock on.....oh wait thats just a note to myself, haha I got fried this week!

un abrazo,

Elder Hartvigsen

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