Monday, April 27, 2009

el Sabát

Hi everyone!

Hey! What's going on! Everything is just fine and dandy over here in Chile. It's just now starting to get cold, and I'm very much so looking forward to Fall / Winter weather. Well now, let's take a gander at this last week...

So we got a new investigator the week before, who is the uncle of a recent convert. He's a Seventh Day Adventist. We swung a deal with him that we'd go to his church in exchange for going to ours. Naturally, Saturday comes before Sunday, so we went first.

It was weird. When we walked in, we got a lot of weird looks. There was a door-man who greeted us, then asked us why we were there. "We were invited," I say to him. So he lets us in, we find our investigator who seemed half-disbelieving that we actually came. The Pastors gave us a pretty warm welcome, which was nice. They announced that we were visiting over the pulpit, and everyone in the congregation turned around and waved at us (we were in the back corner). The sermon included about 10 hymns, and several prayers, and a nice hour long talk on how God loves everyone. What caught my attention was that they collected Tithing publicly, and then the 3 pastors knelt around it and prayed to consecrate it (I think?). As we left, they asked us what we thought of the Preaching. We were lavish in our praise, don't worry. Well, Rodrigo (the investigator) did in fact come to Church the following day. He showed up late, but he was there in time for a talk about the Sabbath Day. He enjoyed it thoroughly and said at the end, "I guess it doesn't matter what day you do it on, as long as you do it correctly!" It's a start.

Well that's my story for the week. Oh! the mission and the joy it brings.


Monday, April 20, 2009

k la lea

Hello Horspool clan!

Hi everybody! Here I am, once again writing you from Chile. Let's see what went down this week...

- I met a fun group of crazies! It's a newish religion that dresses up like their from a Dr. Seuss / Harry Potter book. In other words, a cloak with a funny red and white striped tall hat. And they wear it all the time. They claim to have the Melchizedek Priesthood. Interesting...

- I finally got to ask a Jehovah's Witness about their beliefs. He didn't have any answers for me... Though he did call us "Chosen..."

- We had the chance to give talks in church this week. When I got up to give a talk, I noticed a woman in the corner of the church who was someone we taught one time some 3 months ago. She decided to investigate the church! Huzzah! She tells us that she's tired of how her church is all "...near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me..." kind of thing. She was glad to see Priesthood Leaders not drunk. (Funny side note, the word for Catholic Priest in Spanish is Cura, and the word for drunk [and it might be in just Chile?] is Curado. It's like saying Priest, and Priested.)

- We killed an infestation of wasps and spiders in our study room. They were already in the midst of an epic battle, there were wasps killing spiders and spiders killing wasps. Then Horspool and Pasterfield came in and killed both with raid and feet. (It was OK though, we weren't planning on sleeping that night...)

Well, that's about it. I'm doing just fine and dandy. My comp is a goof, and we're having a grand ol' time working in the Lords Vineyard (Viña del Señor!). Hope everything is going good on the home front, hope you're all healthy and happy. Well, that'll do it for this week, have a good one gang!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A heap o Pictures!

Imagen 1 - The Trio - This is the trio that we had for a few days. The Super blonde one is my comp now, Elder Pasterfield. The shorter one is Elder Purnell, who got shipped out.

Imagens 2 - 4 : This was the greatest concoction ever. A few months back Elder Ipson told me you can substitute in an Avocado for any recepie that calls for an egg, so I decided to try it out with Pancakes. It turned out really good. You have to put on lemon instead of Syrup or Manjar (Dulce de Leche). Seriously guys, try it... It's like Guacamole stuffed Pancakes (the inside doesn't really get cooked, but it gets real hot!).

Elder Sebreros y Yo: This was my trainee, Elder Sebreros. He's from Murrieta. He's Huge!!! Look out! He'll eat you for his protein!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

La Semana Santa

Hi all! ¿Qué hay arriba?

Hey! It's that special time of week again when the family gets together and reads another letter from dear Elder Horspool. Isn't that exciting?? Well, here's the latest updates.

- We found a sweet investigator! Her name is Claudia and she's a good woman, a single mother, fighting the good fight. We set her up with a Fellowshipper right off the bat. Very promising.

- Leonel Luttra, an investigator for 20 years, is still progressing slowly, because he has Alhzheimers!

- I decided to take some pictures! I'll ring em up for yalls. Actually, I'll mail them to Heather, and she can forward em all. She's a good sport like that.

Easter was rockin, we talked to a ton of catholics about their fun little dances and parties they throw. It was pretty cool. There were a ton of drunks, and some people fasting. We got the extremes on both ends! All in all, Catholics are some good people. A lot of em are looking for the Restored Gospel, but just don't know they are. Hah, Irony?


Monday, April 6, 2009

Round 3, Go!

Hey! I'm still here!

Allright, I get to stay again over here in Villa Norte, Villa Alemana Oeste. Well, the trainee didn't get to stay. He got shipped out of town, however, I got a huge shock when they announced my change... I was going to be in a Trio! Ah, the madness! 2 companions! Well, after 2 days of working in a Trio, the Zone Leaders called us up and said that Elder Purnell (of Boise Idaho) was leaving to a different city. So my new comp is:

Elder Pasterfield, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Whoah, another Canadian companion. What's more, word on the Mormon streets says that our new mission president is a Canadian, but what do I know. Everyone is pretty amused that there's a Horspool and a Pasterfield together.

So this week was pretty interesting. We found some people, taught some people, and had the grand opportunity to attend all 5 sessions of general conference. It was the best. It's pretty interesting to see how people are prepared to receive a certain missionary. Example: We were doing contacts the other day, and a woman allowed us to teach her because Elder Pasterfield looks a lot like her son (a lot like her son!). I'd be willing to bet I'd talked to the exact woman three times before. It's incredible. That's why we always need to constantly be talking to everyone, even if we've already talked to them before, because you never know who is prepared to meet YOU. Well, conference gave me a lil' Ánimo boost, and I'm rippin', roarin', and ready to roll.