Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Zapadores and a Baptism‏

So my mother dearest and a few other people asked that I describe a little bit about where I am at! And since I don´t really do it all that often I decided that this time would be a good idea.

My new area is in a fairly poor part of Santiago but it´s not terrible. We are a little bit out of the way and they aren´t much buildings. Yes, there are some sketchy parts where we are at but nothing has happened to us so there is nothing to worry about! The thing that is most rampant here though are the drugs. It is so sad to see. There are quite a few people who get addicted to drugs that it becomes more than just something fun to do or something to do with friends while they are all hanging out and what not. It literally eats away their conscience and over powers them. They become slaves to the drug. I see people but it´s almost as if they were just shells. Their eyes are just blank... They don´t think or act they just do. And the worst part is they can never get enough of the drug. They always need more. It is just so sad to see so many people like that. I mean I´m not saying that out of 10 people 9 are like that because it isn´t like that at all! But I have never seen such a high quantity in my life. It´s very sad and we try to talk to tell them we can help but the majority of the people here know the missionaries and they just kind of avoid us. 

That was the negative part! We also have some incredibly and truly wonderful people in our ward that are always so willing to help and do anything that we need. I do love the ward! It is small and a little unorganized but I can´t complain. We are finding new people to teach and that is great. I think the hardest part here is to find new people because so many people have ideas about who we are or what we do and they just shut us down right from the start but there are other people that give us one chance and learn that we aren´t like they thought and then end up loving us and inviting us to eat and start going to church and everything and that is fantastic because then they tell all their friends and hopefully introduce us and it just works out great! But that is the hardest part so far.

We had a beautiful baptism this last Sunday! There were quite a few road blocks but Rosa really wanted to get baptized and was able to accomplish that goal this last week! It was a very good experience for all who were there and quite a few members stayed after to help. She is such a sweet person and will be a light to her family and hopefully bring them back to Heavenly Father. She has a very long and hard story but is loved and cared for by a few sisters in the ward.

We are already ending February so make it a good week!

Elder Gunnell

 Nobody is going to be getting in to our apartment with this gate and all the spikes on the walls.

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