Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016 A Stake Conference for just Chile with Pres. Nelson

The empanadas Pablito taught us to make

Our district

Cooking in Pablitos kitchen in an old house he was born in 60 years ago

Cooking in a mud oven

Making Brazo de Reina a dessert with caramel sauce

Hey guys!!

So, first off thanks a ton for the birthday package mom. I loved the BYU shirts, and the candy :) I gave everyone in my district a Jolly Rancher sucker after district class and they loved them. Because half the district is from South America and has never seen those things before, so well done! ha Also I have a bunch of stories from this week.

1. While contacting in the streets, one of my companions goes up to this guy sitting down listening to a little handset radio and starts talking to him. And one of the first things my comp says in the contact is "Hey do you have any questions about religion in general for us?" (which by the way is a ROOKIE move. hahaha because first he probably is going to either ask a stupid question, or not know what to say and just end the contact haha) anyways the guy says "yeah I do have a question for you kiddos... what type of rooster was it that crowed after Peter denied Christ?" and we were all just busting up inside. I was like "uhh... an african rooster with green feathers???" haha. and he told us that in aramaic or somethig rooster actually means trumpet, and so it wasnt a rooster that crowed but rather the trumped that sounded in the night. We hear such crazy things talking to everyone all day in the street. haha

2. So Monday night after a family home evening we were coming back to the house and at 10 pm we were finishing our contacts, and this mini van stops on the street and this man jumps out of the car with a US soccer hat, and a BYU shirt and starts talking to us in english, and then his whole family got out of the car. and turns out it was a family from St. George who the dad had served in Lirquén 30 years ago, and the daughter just finished her mission in Viña Del Mar in January. and they were visiting their missions. It was super fun to talk to them, and it really cheered up our whole night. And their 2 little brothers reminded me exactly of cole and brit. they had BYU shirts, and nike elite socks, and retro flat billed hats and everything. haha it got me super excited to tour around here with you guys in august. The mom took a photo and I gave her your name and number mom. so if she hasn't called you yet, she will. she wants to give you ideas for when you come down here,  :) also they gave us a bunch of cookies (nutterbutters, oreos, chips ahoy etc.) super fun!!

3.We had a super special Stake Conference yesterday, that was transmitted from SLC and it went to all the stakes in Chile. And President Russel M. Nelson directed it, and him, and Elder Soares, and Dean M. Davies all spoke and they all spoke in Spanish! Which the members all loved, and I thought it was super cool as well. the theme was KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. the same as pres. monsons talk, but directed to the saints in chile. which lets be honest a lot of members pick and choose which commandments to keep. like they drink de-caf coffee thinkings its okay because the caffeine is the reason why we don't drink it (which is not true) or buying bread on Sundays etc....

4. A super fun activity we did in the morning with the zone is where we went to the house of this member in the ward of the zone leaders in Penco and he taught us how to make empanadas and this dessert "brazo de reina" or "queens arm" which is just loaded with manjar (carmal dressing) and sugar etc. ha I will send pics, because the coolest part is how we cooked them. In a mud oven :)

P.S. the internet in concepcion wast working and so we are currently writting from Elder Fuentealbas grandparents hosue :) and we ate lunch here as well. haha :)

love you guys tons!!!
Elder Hartvigsen

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