Saturday, March 30, 2013

Semana Santa


  

Well another week here in Chile.‏

     Well Happy Easter!!! Pascua. I hope that you all remember the real reason why we have Easter. We know that Jesus Christ lives.
     Well I have been running around so much this past week and it is very tiring. This week is "Semana Santa" and it is beyond crazy here. Every single store is closed and we can´t do anything because no one is in their houses. They weren´t in their houses before this week and now this week they are non existent ha. But we are working hard and we are still finding people to teach and it is going just great. I honestly love it here and am having the time of my life.
    
     If you don´t get an email from me on Saturday don´t worry. It is because all of the stores are closed and we couldn´t find a store that was open. But you will get an email on Monday. I am so exhaused.. Ha we are in Lider right now (It is exactly like walmart and has almost everything that the walmarts in the states have). I can basically buy anything here that I need to live but if you want to send me things I am not complaining. The mail here takes at least a month to get letters and I am trying to send letters every Tuesday that we are in Osorno. Being in Entre Lagos is just like living in Rush Valley. There are ways to get food and what not but very difficult. I wish I could describe better how it is but it is a little tough. Osorno is like coming in to Salt Lake. It is so huge and we only have about 7 hours of Pday. Today we came into Osorno to watch 17 Miracles in English but it had Spanish subtitles. The bus rides are 1 hour and 15 minutes from entre lagos to Osorno and there is 2 hours and a half just traveling. 1 hour and a half for the movie, 45 minutes to write my family, 30 to buy food for the week, and the rest of the time we have to write letters and what not. I love being this busy and working my hardest!! This is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. It is very difficult but I am loving every second.
     This week one of our investigators named Hector has been progressing and doing very well. He has a date to be baptized in two weeks from today and I can´t wait to be there with him. He is so wonderful and he has a testimony of everything that we are teaching him and he wants to know more. I am loving him more and more every visit.
     So the pictures didn´t work... Shoot. I think that it was because the computers were way too slow. But I am on a nicer computer now and will try again. I am attaching more photos and we will see if it is working now.
     I am writing letters every week and I promise to everyone who has written me I am going to write you back. I will send letters every Tuesday when I am in Osorno. 
     Well this experience here in Osorno has been very different. I am loving it here and it is so so different because no one speaks English and I am literally being baptized by fire ha. They threw a greengo in here who doesn´t know the language and well now look at him.. He can speak and talk with others haha. I am honestly loving it and the language is coming along just great. I wish you all could experience this with me and be here to enjoy it with me.
     We have an activity tonight in the church. It is a talent show and Elder Vallejo and I are singing with one of our investigators. I honestly can´t wait because this is my activity and I hope that it works out great. Well I have to leave to travel back to Entre Lagos but I will write more next week and write more in your personal letters.
Well I love you all so much and can't wait to hear from you all. I love you!!!
Elder York


Note: I looked up Semana Santa in Chile and here's what I found:

Semana Santa [Holy Week] is an important time throughout South America. In Chile the tradition of “Cuasimodo” extends a week beyond Easter. Cuasimodo celebrations derive from the time when parish priests made their post-Easter rounds, accompanied by armed cowboy bodyguards. Also known as “Correr a Cristo” (Running to Christ), the day-long celebration involves a mass, followed by a procession in which the parish priest is drawn in a decorated carriage accompanied by mounted cowboys, bicycles, carts, and crowds of shouting people.


http://semanasantaonline.com/category/semana-santa-around-the-world/



Elder York with Sister Megan Hammond in the Provo MTC.
She's in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission - literally out in the middle of the ocean.

Elder York with Elder Poirier in Osorno. I actually found this on his blog.
It was kind of fun to find a picture of him in Chile since I hadn't seen any,
other than when he first arrived with his mission president.
Sister Nielson with Elder York in the Provo MTC. She arrived January 30th and he left February 4th.
I'm glad they got to see each other before they headed out on their missions.

Elder York at some waterfalls by Entre Lagos.



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Well another week...

I Hope that the pictures were attached, if not, next week.

[Unfortunately the pictures did not work...maybe it will work next week!]


Well Family and Friends...

     It is another week here in Chile and I can actually send pictures ha. The computers aren´t too slow to work with. I have attached a couple pictures to show you my adventures here. The week of the 13th of April expect pictures of my first baptism! We have one investigator named Hector who is just awesome. He wants to be a member of the Church so bad because everyone is so nice and he has a gigante testimony of the Book of Mormon and he knows that it is true. He is so awesome and I am so glad to know him again.
    
     Well it is officially the start of winter here.. It is colder and colder every day. Ayer was very very cold and I wasn´t too excited to leave my sleeping bag but soy obediente. The people here are so nice and are so caring. I love being here so much and hope that the next cambio I don´t change. I have my fingers crossed ha. The Branch here is so small but it is growing, slowly but surely. We are doing our best with working with menos activos and the members here with helping them with everything. I never realized how important the job of the ward mission leader is. We don´t have one here and it is a little hectic at times.
     
     Well to Sean, Happy Sean Patricks day!!! I can´t believe that today you are 17!! You may be one year older and stronger, but I am still stronger and wiser than you are ha. I am so excited for you to start track!! You have no idea how bad I want to be there to see you break the school record and the state record possibly. Do your best and always acknowledge the Lord.
   
     We got two new Sister Missionaries here and... they are both Greengo´s just like me!! I am now not the only white person here in town ha. I am not the new greengo either. It is good that I am here because the two new Hermanas have a Guatamala trainer just like mine is an Ecuador trainer. Both of our trainers don´t understand English very much and it is great because I can translate for them when they call us and have preguntas. The one is from Idaho and the other is Hna. Gardener from Bountiful Utah. They are both 19 and excited to work.

      The language is honestly so much easier now and I can actually speak with people and understand what people are speaking. I am loving it and all of the people. I have only been here a few weeks but I feel like I have been here for two years ha. I love it and every day it is a little bit more difficult but I am stronger every day and I am giving Satan a spiritual 2x4 to the face. My studies have improved so much and I have learned so much about the Church. Elder Vallejo is the secretary of the Branch and he is training me to be the next. We have special priveligages that other Missionaries don´t have. We can use Mormon.org and use computers to print things whenever we need and have access to the Church main headquarters website for the members. We are very careful with this and are working our hardest.

     I just transfered all of my pictures to my flash drive from my SD card and will send the SD card this tuesday. I will wrap it and make sure it is protected and pay to send it. I have a lot of great photos that you will like and be expecting them soon. Last tuesday I got a letter from Hermana Nielson that was sent on the 18th of February from the MTC and I got it almost a month later. I didn´t realize that it would take that long to get letters here... But I sent letters to many of you and you should be getting them within the month or the beginning of Abril. I still have letters to write but I promise I am going to write back to every one I get.

     Thank you all for you love and support. I know that I can´t fail when I am doing what is right and putting the Lord first. I Know that this Church is true and there is not any man on this earth that can convince me otherwise.

     I love you all so much!! I miss you and look forward to hearing from you.

Love,
Elder York

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Con Cariño de Chile‏


Hola! 

     Well it is another week in the life as a missionary. Not going to lie it is pretty tough stuff. Especially the Spanish, all that I speak is Spanish all day, every day except for when I get to write my email home. I am loving it here and am doing my absolute best. I love being here so much and even though this is the hardest thing I have ever done it is worth it and I can't fail.  
  
     This week it has been very hot... I just want winter to be here already. I feel like I am in Guatemala because it is so hot. But winter will be here in about 15 days all of the locals say. I am so excited for winter but every one here says that it is the worst thing in the world. The winters here are some of the coldest in all of Chile because we are in between two lakes.

     This week for teaching has been awesome!! We have 4 progressing investigators and they all have the same date for Baptism and are actually progressing!! The missionaries before me in this area only had 2 maybe 3 people at most that they focused on and worked with. Right now Elder Vallejo and I are focusing on 7 investigators that are progressing and doing awesome! Our investigators are progressing little by little but are progressing.

     Here in Chile everything is going great and the people are very interesting. We have every type of person here that you can imagine. We have doors slammed on us, people reject us, tell us that we are of the Devil, and yell at us. It is very interesting but all that I can do is love them. I just think that they dont know what they are saying and they will come around eventually. One of my favorite things to do is give the pass along cards of Jesus to the little kids. They always run after us when we pass by and ask for a picture of Jesus for their mom, dad, and brother or sister. The little kids are so sweet and always are wanting to talk to us.

     The English classes are going great and everyone is loving them. I teach every Saturday night from 8-9 and it is funny and going great. I have been taking more and more pictures every day and I will send my SD card soon. I will try to this tuesday when we are in Osorno.

     Mom. I promise that I have been writing you and I sent the letters two or 3 weeks ago. I sent lots of letters to Utah, Texas, and to my MTC brothas in Argentina. You should be getting them soon. Everything that I teach is straight from PMG, Chp. 3 1-5.

     The other area that we went to is named Pilmaiquen and they have never, ever talked with missionaries. They were awesome and we will go back this Tuesday. They always ask what we do and why we do it. We explain and it is awesome. Some of our investigators ask why I am here and think that it is just a vacation. If this is a vacation, I want to leave. But this is not a vacation and I am here to Preach the Gospel.

     Today with Anita, Jose and Javier we went to the waterfalls. I took lots of great photos and they are way awesome! I will attempt at sending pictures next Saturday. Anita is a member and Javier is her father, our Dueñas husband and Jose is the son of Anita and he is 15. It was a lot of fun and Elder Vallejo kind of fell in ha. He was trying to be funny and well we all laughed when he soaked his feet haha. 

     The food here is nothing like Mexican food. They don't have tacos, burritos, or anything Mexican ha. It is kind of like the United States but no fast food. In Osorno they do have Pizza!! Yeah I can't wait to go into Osorno!! So my ankle and knee are doing much better now. Walking so much every day helps a little.

      Well I love you all so much! Be expecting pictures next week!! I can't wait to hear from you all!

Elder York

Things I would like...

Talks from the Prophet or Apostles and I really could use some talks about the Apostasy. I would just like some reading material that is in English ha. Thanks

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Chile, Oh Chile!


Hola! 

Well this has been an interesting week here in Chile. I honestly
love it more and more every day. At the same time I feel like it is
getting harder and harder. But it is okay because I am getting
stronger and stronger every day and I have people all over the world
praying for me and the other missionaries who are struggling. Just
like in 2 Nephi 2:11 says. I have to know hard to know easy. 

This week Elder Vallejo and I were walking and we always say
hello to everyone and we passed this one person and they said. Ustedes
va a infierno. Which means in English, Go to H... Spared it just for
Maddie ha. But when we were a little bit past I leaned over to Elder
Vallejo and said, Si para buscarle. Ha which means yes, to search for
you. It reminded me of the janitor at Juan Diego haha. I thought Dad
might laugh at that one. 

The language is coming along just great and I am loving learning
it. Our dueña laughs at me now and tells me all of the jokes she said
about me in the beginning because I couldn´t understand and when we
are talking I crack a joke at her in English and then we all laugh but
I´m the only one who understands ha. I love our dueña haha. She has a
daughter who is 35 named Anita and is very funny and caring. She knows
a lot and is always watching out for us missionaries. She is a convert
along with everyone is this town and just loves us to death. 

I found out why it is so hard to work here in Entre Lagos.. This
April marks the 1 year that missionaries have been here in Entre
Lagos. Before this 1 year mark it had been 20 years since the
missionaries and church were here. 20 years ago there were 4
missionaries exactly how it is now. The church was also in a different
part of town. The other missionaries had problems with some of the
people here with some issues and the 2 Elders and 2 Hermanas had
problems together. The day that they were being sent home, the Church
burnt to the ground. No one knew why but the Church Admin closed this
area not only for the Missionaries but for the Church. There are so
many less actives here and most of them don´t want anything to do with
us because of the others. 

I had a door slammed on us the other day. I feel kinda like Elder
Brady but it wasn´t in my face. It is definitely not fun but at least
they know the missionaries are here. The people here are so loving and
most of the people we talk to have never talked with Missionaries and
don´t know who the Church is. I have talked to more people who don´t
know who the Church is than anyone else. We went to another area which
is 10 minutes by bus and they didn´t know what we were doing or who we
were but they loved us so much. We spent 4 hours and only got to talk
to 21 people because every single person wanted to talk with us.

Well I only have 21 months left on my mission.. Scary thought. I
want to be here the entire 21 months and I´m not ready to come home
until then. I talk to these missionaries who always are saying. Yeah I
only have 9 months until I go home. It makes me sad because a
missionary who knows why they are here won´t be excited to leave. It
makes me sad even thinking about leaving... But when the time comes
and I´m on the plane home I´ll be excited. But until then I am not
excited to leave because I am a Missionary and have a calling to
fufill. 

The English classes are going good. Last week no one showed up..
But tonight we have even more people who want to come so I know we
will have some people at least. So here in Entre Lagos there is a mail
place. It is about the size of 4 of those port a potties and every
missionary says not to use it because they lose mail. So every Tuesday
when I am in Osorno I will send my letters to you all. I have lots of
letters to send. The buses here are pretty nice I guess ha. They drive
like there is no one else on the road and it is sometimes scary.

I can´t believe you went to the Jazz game and had front row seats
ha. I definately wish I could be there but that is way cool you got to
do that I can just imagine Sean´s reaction to Boston winning. Exactly
like in Michigan [at the Tiger's v. Red Sox game]. I am taking good notes every day about everything.
The computers here are pretty slow and are pretty old but hey all I
need to do is email so I don´t mind haha. I´m sorry to hear about
President Nelson´s house burning down.. That is definately not a good
thing to have happen.

Good ol Vickie Poulson ha. It is good to hear she is doing good
ha. Tell her in about 2 and a half to 3 years I will send her a
wedding invitation. I remember her and I talking every day when I
cleaned her room when I worked at West ha. She is definitely one of my
favorite teachers of all time.

I will send home pictures sometime soon I hope. I don´t know very
much about sending things but I will try to figure it out. 

I love this
Gospel so much. The more I learn the more I want to teach it.

Well it is time for me to go. I love you all so much and thank
you for all of your love and support. I can´t wait to be home but not
until it is my time to leave.

·Do your best and let the Lord do the rest· 

Elder York

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Aqui En Chile


Hola familia,

     Well this has been a very interesting week. I went on intercambios on Tuesday with Elder Adams who is my district leader. He is a greengo from Utah. He is such a great person and it was very nice to be able to speak English with someone. It had been two weeks straight without speaking English. Except for in my sleep one night... Elder Vallejo said I was having a conversation about something ha. Well interesting.. I had plenty of questions for him like things I didn't understand and what not, but now I understand and feel a lot more adaptable here. Adapting here was tough at the beginning but now I know where every street is and I know where all of our investigators live and where every store is. Well in Entre Lagos that is. It is not quite 3rd world country but it is 2nd world. They have iPhones so it can't be that bad right. The Keyboard here doesnt work very well and I can't use symbols so you may have to read more carefully. But here in Osorno they don't even have a McDonald's ha. They have a giant Jumbo store in Osorno that is much bigger and has more things than walmart does. It is a different experience every time we go into Osorno because we aren't used to seeing very many people and in Osorno there are many people.

     I don't have time to read all of the letters that I got, well emails, but I printed them off so that I can read them when we are back at the cabaña. But I read that Maddie is having problems with her knees. I am way sorry and I will keep her in my prayers. Make sure that you get your knees fixed now before you are old and walk everywhere like me :P Ha, we do really walk EVERYWHERE. We get a ride to lunch every day and that is nice but we walk about 20 kilometers every day. That is one of the hardest parts about being here. Is converting not only the language, but from pounds and miles and inches and well... Todos.

     This week our goal is to invite 13 people to be baptized. I am way excited to do it and I know that it is the right thing to do. Our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ. Pg. 1 in PMG. Our purpose is not to walk into their house and tell them their religion is wrong. We are only here to invite them to come unto Christ and help them have faith, repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End. We invite them to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. I wish everyone would just read one page of the Book of Mormon and pray to know it is true. Everyone who will simply ask God if our religion is true receives an answer. Everyone.

     I have experiences every day that make me love the people here more and more every day. I love being here and even though I can't speak Spanish very well I know that my message is true and that I have a calling from the Prophet here on the earth. I have been reading the Bible more and more every day. It testifies of Christ and every Prophet testifies of Christ. Our church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For me it is La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los santos de los ultimos dias. No matter where you are whether it is in Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Russia, China or Chile, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. What makes us different and true from other religions. We have written proof. The Book of Mormon. Any who wants to know that it is true simply needs to read the Book of Mormon and pray to the One and only God. The same God that all churches worship.

     All in all I am doing great. I was sick this morning and kept waking up at least 4 times to throw up. We can receive strength and power when we pray in the name of Jesus Christ has power. When we finish our prayers in the Name of Jesus Christ we are exercising power and authority. It is incredible the Priesthood.

     I love you all and want you to know that I am here to serve the Lord for two years and don't expect to see me until before Christmas of 2014. I am excited every time I get mail and I promise to write you all back. I love you all so much. Thank you for all of your love and your support. I challenge everyone if you don't know that the Book of Mormon is true, call the missionaries and ask for one or go to LDS.org and read online. The Book of Mormon is true and I know it with all of my heart. I love you all so much and pray for all of you daily.
 
Chow.

Love, 
Elder Alex York