What a great week. Thank you for ALL the letters and encouragement. I finished training yesterday! FINISHED. I´m no longer a trainee! Whoop, whoop. Transfers are on Wednesday and Elder Broadhead is leaving Puerto Varas and headed to the end of the world, Puenta Arenas - and he couldn´t be happier...and neither could I. haha JOKE. but I am happy that he´ll get to end his mission where he wanted, that´s pretty cool. My new companion´s name is Elder Arcey from Argentina. I haven´t met him yet, he´ll arrive on Wednesday so I´m pretty nervous and excited. I like all the Latinos in our zone so I´m hoping we´ll get along really well. And he´ll be district leader like Elder Broadhead. It´ll be good to see how someone else leads. Roberto was supposed to be baptized on the 14th but we changed it to the 15th (yesterday) after church so that more people would attend. Family, it was INCREDIBLE. It was simple, but powerful. I´m sending lots of photos. I don´t know why Chileans don´t smile in photos. Roberto and Yohanna both have great smiles and Tomas too. haha. But seriously, I practiced his name 1000x - I was so nervous I´d mess up. Hermano Alex, the one I told you about a long time ago - super nice family - gave a great talk about baptism and how he´s enjoyed seeing Roberto grow over these past few weeks. (He´s helped teach with us a ton). Roberto Emiliano Valensuela Schnabel. We entered the font, they annouced the baptism, and then it was over. I didn´t mess up, it was smooth and he was fully immersed. There should have been music playing in the background. After we changed, Roberto bore his testimony. That´s when I cried. He said I was more nervous about the baptism than him. (haha so true) He was so tranquilo. He just understood it. He thanked everyone who had helped us teach and then thanked Elder Broadhead and I both personally. It was the greatest experience thus far on my mission. How honored I am to have been able to find him, teach him, and baptize him and to have been able to watch him change completely. The gospel is a marvelous thing.
I´m so happy to hear you´re all doing so well family. The Sniders look HUGE in Eva´s photos! Rita! Emree with Braces. Rye playing flag football, takes after me..haha. Rett - so big! How?! It´s only been 5 months! Cassie is going to Mormon Prom? With Cody? Did she go to SF Prom? Cassie, you´re too old! I´m glad you like driving the jeep. Aleksi and Nick. He better treat you right. I´m glad mom´ll be there soon to let the family know what we think. and then Eva. Mitchell, you sound much happier - I wrote you your first handwritten letter, it´ll get to you in about 3 months because I´m sending through mom, so don´t expect it anytime soon - but know that it´s on it´s way! Mom that letter about Nana was so beautiful. Happy Birthday Nana! Tell her how greatful I am for the sacrifice she made. Dad and the dogs look great. I´m so happy you´re all doing well. I can´t put into words my love for all of you.
and now...remember how my life is embarrassing. Well - my face (near my cheek bones) has been SUPER irritated for the past few weeks. Red, bumpy - gross. Well turns out I´ve had razor burn! and everyday I would shave I would make it worse. It was awful. But I found out, it´s the way I´ve been shaving. It´s been going away - which is good.
I´m debating whether or not I should tell you this, but I´ll just do it - whatever - I had to resew the button on two of my pants because I´ve gained so much weight! baha. OH MY GOSH! How awful is that! I didn´t tell Elder Broadhead because I was so embarrassed. "You can´t sit with us, It´s friday and you wore sweatpants on tuesday. " "But sweatpants are all the fits me right now!" "YOU CAN´T SIT WITH US!" Yeah, so maybe you can send me a nice pair of sweatpants, like the soccer players wear - nothing too expensive - take it out of my money obvio. But seriously, at this rate, my jeans aren´t going fit too good. They´re normal sweat pants, and then skinny at the ankles? maybe Cassie knows what I´m talking about. I have the one pair we bought before the mission, but I had to give away my XC sweatpants away in the MTC because they didn´t fit. And thanks for the MP3 player! I´m super excited. Sorry I´m so high maintenence!
I hope you get all my photos. Service with some members and the zone. It´s the house of the Vergaras (members) out in the campo. And then Roberto´s baptism!
Also, a member showed me my facebook! Awful! Please feel free to change my profile pic. Long story, Elder Broadhead wanted them to friend request him because he´s leaving and then they wanted mine---uh! Me flying on the broom! So AWKWARD! Feel free to change it to now. You have my info right...aye.
Well, I love you so much family! I hope you enjoy the photos! Roberto will be confirmed a member next week in Sacrament meeting.
I´m loving the work. I miss you everyday. Happy Five months!
Neither can live while the other survives.