|Hermana y Presidente|
|Elder Broadhead from Idaho|
|in my apt|
Hello! How are you?! Can you believe it?! My first letter in Chile, whoo! I made it! I´ve almost been here an entire week. Deep Breath. I made it.
The getting here was stressful, but I never had to pay for my checkins or my overweight carryon, so that´s good. The Osorno airport is possibly the smallest airport in the world. Four walls and a baggage claim. Like a movie. I came to really love my travel group. Elders Quininola, Larson, and Ralph (Canada Elder) and Hermanas Davenport and Leyton. We all bonded as we left the United States to move to the most southern part of the world. It happens. We were greeted by the mission president and his wife and the APs (the assistants) We went back to the mission home, took photos (good sign), and had a great lasagna dinner! They´re both super nice. I think I´ll like them a ton, everyone says they love them. So I´m sure he´s nicer than President Voldemort -- excuse me -- President Evans. I´m in Chile!
So I know everyone is DYING to hear --- my companion, Elder Elliot Broadhead from Idaho. I´m his first trainee so he´s being a good example and super forgiving and nice. Everything's good, I just wish I could speak more spanish so I could help when we´re talking to people. I can say bits and pieces but I have no idea what the Chileans are saying. We get along pretty well. My first area is Puerto Varas, wow. My first day was CULTURE SHOCK we have a really spread out area not in size but in class. Our area is actually pretty small but we have the suuuuper poor and the somewhat rich. I can see TWO volcanoes from our door and this huge, beautiful lake. By the lake is all modern hotels and people living well and just a 5 minute walk away, we have people in tin houses with no electricity. Whoa. I was depressed on day one. But I´m getting over the initial shock of things. We say ´sector´instead of área´.
Mom is going to flip when I tell her this...we have a Mamita in every sector throughout the mission. We get fed, by her, every lunch meal - which is the biggest and so delicious, except on Mondays and Sundays when we feed ourselves or Members feed us. The Members are all super nice. But breakfast is simple, just cereal with yogurt -- not milk. Isn´t that funny. Also, every dessert is soo random like that time nana gave us chex mix with milk. It´s like peaches with cream and cereal with yogurt. But I just think it´s funny and can´t wait to see what random thing they put together next. Salad is not so great. Cabbage leaves covered in olive oil, salt and lemon juice. yum. But the main dish is never anything too random. I don´t ask what the meat is. I just eat it. and the Hermanas in the ward do our laundry. omg. I´m so spoiled.
Well I can only write one email to everyone. But here are some funny things that happened to me this week.
"How long have you been in Chile?" ---- "I´m 19."
I saw a bird get hit by a car
Dogs are eevveerryywhere. and puppies. and everything. Every dog everywhere. Sad. Our dogs don´t even know.
I challenged our one investigator to be baptized and he accepted. He´s struggling with smoking so it´s going to be difficult, but our faith is strong. I couldn´t believe it. I can´t wait til I can speak fluently.
"Dang it JIM!"
This kid in the ward, Brian, served with the Ellis kid... random.
When I introduced myself in front of the ward, I said I have 12 hermanas....
Fear is the opposite of faith
I´m just trying to take this day by day.
Thank you for the Calendar, I didn´t notice that you put all the dates and things. Love it.
Happy Birthday Alexa and Dylan, love you guys.
It rains everyday. SO MUCH. ALL DAY. I got rain gear from the mission president.
Aleksi - thanks for rooting for me
Cassie - those photos were scary. haha. but for real. my hair....
Mitchell - the mission is just like hogwarts, while we were walking with all our stuff in the airport I just thought it was exactly like Harry with all his trunks. Everytime I open my umbrella I say in my mind, "expecto patronum"
Mom-thanks for the quotes
Dad - everyone has trouble pronoucing "Poirier" aaand everyone says I look like Harry Potter, which makes me sooo happy. haha.
I love you all!
Tell me how the photos come out. Companion and I in our apartment, which is a little house behind the bishops house.
The gospel is real. Let´s go change some lives.
Love you familia!