Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Missionary Life in Alto Hospicio

There are so many wonderful experiences we have each week as missionaries. For Thanksgiving we cooked a Thanksgiving feast for our zone and loved sharing it with them. The American elders were excited, the Latin elders were more than happy to learn about this American tradition. We go to district and zone training meetings, we help young men and women work on their forms for serving missions, we visit members and share our love of the gospel with them, we attend many baptisms, and we share our testimonies to everyone we can. The following pictures show some of our experiences in the Chile Antofagasta Mission.

Marco Coloma is currently serving in the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission.

Jessica Barraza (left with mission call  packet) and Tracy Mendez opened their mission calls the same evening. Jessica is called to serve in the Argentina Rosario Mission and reports Feb 11th. Tracy began her mission this week on Jan 13th, and will serve in the Brazil Piracicaba Mission. They'll both be great!

Mauricio Hernandez received his call to serve in the Argentina Resistencia Mission and began Dec 30th. He had 5 weeks to prepare!!

Mauricio with his parents Julio and Ema, his sister Melisa and niece.

Wilson Castillo has been called to serve in the Utah Provo Mission and will start in March.

Wilson with his parents, Wilson and Alejandra, and his 4 sisters. 

We love our zone of elders! We're the only zone in the mission that doesn't have young sister missionaries - not safe enough for them at night.
Front row: Elders Jaramillo/Chile, Camino/Argentina, the Lawsons/CO, Palpa/Peru, Masariegos/Guatemala
Middle row: Elders Jara/Chile, Erickson/UT, Phillips/NV, Barrington/UT, Parpal/Argentina, Duke/CA, Reyes/Nicaragua, Shill/FL
Back row: Elders Court/UT, Scoffield/UT, Reid/UT, Ercanbrack/UT, Prada/Columbia, Adams/UT

The elders enjoying their Thanksgiving meal. Standing in line: Elders Barrington/UT, Duke/CA, Erickson/UT, Adams/UT, Palpa/Peru, Ercanbrack/UT
At the table: Elders Oakey/ID, Camino/Argentina, Court/UT, Rincon/Columbia

                                                               Great group!!!!

Elders Adams/UT and Jara/Chile trying to break the wishbone. It was too soft so they did it the following week.

                              Elders Duke/CA, Barrington/UT, and Adams/UT.

A baptism in Pozo Almonte for Jorge Cerda, the husband of Yarela. It was a very special day for them.

A Tarapacá Branch activity.

                                                        Another great zone picture!!
Front row: Elders Palpa/Peru, Masariegos/Guatemala, Jara/Chile, Shill/FL
Middle row: Elders Camino/Argentina, Acosta/Peru, Rincon/Columbia, Reyes/Nicaragua, Parpal/Argentina, the Lawsons/CO
Back rows (combined): Elders Erickson/UT, Pezo/Peru, Ercanbrack/UT, Duke/CA, Adams/UT, Court/UT, Scoffield/UT, Oakey/ID, Barrington/UT

Weddings are special occasions. Silvio Añasco and Anyela Hidalgo's was a special one for us to share in. Anyela served a mission in Mexico and returned about 5 months ago. Silvio and Anyela were married on Friday, Dec 18th and flew to Santiago the next morning, getting sealed in the Santiago Temple that day.

Another baptism for our branch. Raimundo was baptized and Elders Duke and Francis were very excited to see him decide to join the Church.

                                                  Gabriel Gonzalez baptized Raimundo.

                                  Our zone today! Another great group of elders to work with!
Front row:  Elders Erickson/UT, Shill/FL, Palpa/Peru, Fernandez/Peru, Rincon/Columbia, Duke/CA
Middle row:  Elders Melim/Brazil, Jara/Chile, Chang/Chile, Acosta/Peru, Mendoza/Mexico, Camino/Argentina, the Lawsons/CO
Back row: Elders Burnthorn/TX, Pezo/Peru, Oakey/ID, Court/UT, Scoffield/UT, Francis/UT

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