Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24th; Another Week :)

Hey everyone,
     So Camilos mom is rough. We ran into her one day at his house and she said he wasnt home even though he was right behind her in the window... we were super nice and asked if we could get to know her a little or anything and she wouldnt have any of it. We are going to go play bball with him today and talk with him so we will see. 
     We also had a woman stop us on the way to an activity in another ward and it turns out she is from peru and she had lessons taught there but had to move for work... now she lives in our sector! She is totaly prepared and has a baptism date for next month. I havent met a single person from peru that isnt a member our about to be one... that place must be gold. 
     Today we went to take money out of an atm and there were gaurds there changing the money and when we got there one pulled out his pistol and I was like ummm... go ahead, make my day. haha jk. there were other people already there too but whatever haha. At least he didnt point it at me.
      The new comp is good, he has some good talents and we are getting along just fine. Everyone has there differences and it is alright. We are having a good time and I cant complain.
     Things are going good. I learn and grow a little more each day. There are some really rough moments but it is all part of the ride. I love kneeling down at the end of the day to talk to the only One who knows all and can help me better than any other person or thing. Too many people look for knowledge from the world, or comfort, happiness, etc etc... but we should always remember where to find things that we really need. Have a good week everyone.

Elder Dillree

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17th, 2016; Maid

Hello Fam and Friends,

     This week was good. I confirmed Tahia a member sunday and I was doing well with spanish and out of nowhere the bishop started whispering to me during the confirmation of what I should say even though I was completely fine haha. She is doing awesome and Is 1 in a million. Also when I was with Elder Robbins we knowcked a house and a young kids named Camilo lived there who is 17 and I felt something good about him. So when I got my new comp we went back and set a time to meet at 9 15 at night cuz he is a busy kid. After waiting about 20 minutes at his house we went to leave when he came running down the street. There was problems with the metro so he ran all the way home to have a lesson with us. The lesson went perfect. He wants to get baptized and everything but he lives alone with his uncle and his parents live somewhere else and his mom told him no, he cant be baptized because she looked for a good church and they all wanted money or something, so we have to work with her somehow. Camilo was super bummed but he said he will wait until he is 18 if he hast to... he is awesome. 
     My new comp is good at making contacts and getting in doors and stuff so I am learning a lot. Today he got mad at me because I didnt know where the soccer field was and while we were lost I help a member with out a hand lift his water jug on his counter and he got all ticked of that I just didnt call the bishop to do it or something... ummm. There is some rough things, I am always cleaning and stuff but no one is perfect, especially me so it is all good. 
      The spanish is getting better, it is still hard but I have improved a ton, that is for sure. I am still no where close to being the best missionary and person I can be. But I am climbing in that direction. Sometimes we read talks or scriptures about what we need to be, do, or about these perfect examples of people and we get frustrated with ourselves, but it is always important to remember that there was, is, and ever will be, one perfect example. And all he wants is that you are trying your best to follow Him. 
     I love you all and hope you have a good week. 

Always in my prayers,
Elder Dillree

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10th, 2016; First Change

Hello Everyone,
     I got my new comp today and I am still in the same area. His name is Elder Bof from Argentina Buenos Airés South. He has 10 months in the mission. I was made senor companion and it went straight to my head. By the time we got in the house I had him scrubbing the john. Haha just kidding. He is super awesome though and is way good at getting in doors and making contacts. Things are looking really good. He is obedient and so far it all great.
     We had a baptism sunday that Elder Robbins baptized, Tahía Morales Loyd. She is so awesome and loves every little thing about the gospel. She was definatley prepared. Just perfect. 
     Everything is looking really good. My spanish is already getting a lot better having to speak it all the time. The hard thing is ya kinda feel alone out here when you are in a new country with no one that speaks your language but it is something that has really grown my love for the people I have in my life. I know that Christ knows us perfectly and how to succor us. I know because I rely on him for every problem I have and He is always there, lifting me up. We must always rely on him in all things. He is not called our Savior and Ultimate Teacher because it sounds cool. 
     Also this week I thought I had given the Lord all I had, but I realized I only had given him my strngth, time, obediance, but my mind was elsewhere... now I have given him my mind, and my heart is following it. When we do the will of the Father because we know it is best for us, we will be happy :)
     I will send baptism picks next week, thanks for all you angels out there, love ya ta Chile and back!
Always with love,
Elder Dillree

   It was good seeing you all, Love you guys like crazy. Zane I made sure to hit save for your password and stuff in case i need to use it again. Haha jk, it is all deleted I assure you. Thanks for all you guys do, try to send more pics every now and then. They hardest part is missing you. Have a great week.
Elder Dillree
New Comp

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3rd, 2016; Noob no mo

Hello everyone,
     There might be a few Rs missing this letter, but anyway. This week we worked more with Tahía and she has 2 best fiends in the wad who she has been hanging out with and going to activities and also they have been at lessons with us. She wants to get baptized this Sunday and we are just tying to get everything ready for that. She might have to wait IDK. She has no problems though and she loves family history and the temple and the BoM and she just loves it all. She just thinks she has to know it all first ha-ha but it has been a real blessing to teach her. 
     Other than that it was a slow week. We cant find many to teach and meh... it is super frustrating tying to find people and stuff. Especially when the people we do find just say awful stuff. It is rough but I am determined to find those prepared and to be molded into the missionary and man the Savior wants.
     Happy mothers Day to all the wonderful moms out there. The hardest but most wonderful gift, opportunity, calling, and job there is! The Lord loves you and I love you. Thank you for all those who have been a momma in my life, there are many. There is an incredible couple in my ward who can not have kids and the wife has many health problems. They both are RMs and are strong and faithful members. They are so incredible and I can not imagine how hard it would be to be them but their examples teach me to always, always press forward with joy and trust in the Lord. 
     Now I gotta go right my angel mama! Have a good week!

Elder Dillree
This is a ward missionary, him and his wife are awesome. I look terrible, I was cleaning all day and my hair is super short ha-ha... look a little rough.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 26th, 2016; Ups and downs make the worlds go rounds...?

Hey All,

     So this week there was some ups and downs. We started out having an incredible investigator way ready fro baptism and her family was everything to her and she loved the Gospel but she moved back to Peru out of nowhere but she is in contact with the missionaries there. Also Tahía has a fight with her family and that was rough but luckily everything got bandaged up and she is doing amazing and is getting ready for baptism next month. There are some good things happening too with less actives that we have been visiting, they are coming to church again! Overall our numbers are really low and it really gets me down because I am trying and our mission President called us about our numbers... I can´t wait til´ I am able to communicate better so I can talk with everyone and spread this Gospel! I am almost done with my training and so I am excited for that but it has been good and my trainer is a good guy but I am ready for a change up. Someone who wants to work their butt off with me haha.
     This week we had a lesson with a mother in law of a member and her son. During the lesson it seemed everyone was focused on the mom but I couldnt help to notice Sergio, her 35 year old son. We was very polite and the he acted made it easy for me to see him as a son of God. I did get to say much but after the end of the lesson while my comp was busy setting a return date the Spirit told me I needed to talk to Sergio about the Book of Mormon. I didn´t listen because I felt awkward because the others were focused on planning the apointment. Then the Spirit told me that I needed to talk to him now and that the rest can wait. So I leaned over to Sergio (who had a BoM in his hand becuase we read a verse during the lesson) and told him he feels close to finding the way to God because it is in his hands and I told him what he can do to find it. During the lesson he mentioned he felt close to finding Gods way and no one responded to him. I then gave him a BoM of his own and I had never seen someone handle that book with such respect and how grateful he was for a "grand gift". That experiance was something incredible for me... and I learned many things of great valuable. 
     There are many amazing experiances in the mission and I am very greatful for this opurtunity I have. Words can not express... 
     Love you all, have a great week. Did anyone get my pics of the spider and stuff? Must not of been very exciting for you all haha. Not even the spider? That thing was huge! A real wild tarantula!

Elder Dillree
The hill I climbed last week

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 12th, 2016

Hey Family and Friends,

     This week was another great week and thanks for the e-mails, they were all great. I love hearing from you all. So this week we had Zone conference and that was nothing to special but it is always good to see my mission president and his wife. They are so awesome. Also we had to go get Elder Robbins` visa renewed so that took another day out of our week... but we had some good things happen this week. We had 2 less active families go to church, one with a girl named Tahìa who is Hermano Loyd´s granddaughter and one of our investigators. She is super special and I have a lot of hope that she has been prepared for Elder Robbins and I and we have been prepared for her. We had some great lessons with her and she wants her Grandpa to baptize her! So we need to talk to the bishop and get some things figured out, but it is all really exciting. She reminds me of Hope a lot and she is 19. I gave her a BoM with my testimony in it and she lit up haha. She was so excited to have her own BoM. Oliver is doing well, he is kinda hard to get in touch with lately but we are trying. There are a lot of spiritual experiances that happen and it is hard to explain them but some great things are happening. Somehting that is tough here is that our ward is not strong and the members are not involved in much minus a few of them... it is super hard but we are trying to serve them and love them. 
     I love the people so much here, the members, the missionies, everyone. They are always occupying my thoughts and even in my dreams I have nightmares of missing lessons or people not showing up to church haha. I am not out here baptizing tons of people, having a 100 lessons a day, having 200 contacts, but I am making sure that each person possible knows that I love them and that they have a father in heaven that loves them even more. 
     I have also been doing a lot of studying and thinking about how our entire purpose in the world is to get as close to being like God as we can. The things I have learned from this have been changing me life... I love God more and more each day and I want and try to be like Him so much.
     As always, know that I love you all and that I am deepy sorry for my writing skills. Have a great week!

Elder Dillree

If you are looking for a laugh-... so one thing that missionaries need to do is smile. So this week I tried to make sure I was always smiling... the problem is, is that here in chile there is dog poop every 2 feet and I gotta watch out for that so I realized it probably wasn`t a good thing that everyone that saw me just saw a weird white guy in church clothed smiling at dog poop... haha but I am always sharing my smile with people :)

Temple Trip
After temple dinner

Cerra Renca 

Gospel Declared on Mountain Tops

Angel Dillree

Huge Tarantula  
The rain

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 5th, 2016

Hey Everyone!

     I don`t have much time because I had to take a survey and stuff but first of all, thank you all for your letters, a love you all bunches :)
     This week we didn´t have a lot of things happening but we got a couple inactive members to attend church and one was Hermano Loyd and he is doing really good. He showed up early and sat in the front row with some members! 
     Conference was great wasn`t it? I learned so much and I can`t describe how much I loved hearing the words of Heavenly Father and his servents. Every talk I felt like was so powerful and something that really just stuck to my heart was how much God loves his children and how I too must try to love them as Christ does, see them as He does... my heart basically grew 10 times during conference. I just want to be like Christ and be the best servent I can be. I have so far to go, as does everyone, but like Elder Holland said, it is in the trying that counts. Also From the Profets words I learned that sometimes I am so dumb and act like I don´t know right from wrong or which way to go or where I want to go... I know! I just have to make the right desicions even when they are hard and stop being a nancy boy haha. All the words spoken were so powerful and I hope everyone heard or read them. 
     I am loving the mission and I am really falling in love with it, especially the people. I love sharing the gospel with them because I love God and I know it is what he wants because he loves his children and as my heart continues to grow my reasons for sharing the gospel grow as well... I share it because I love my brothers and sisters and I want them to know how much God loves them and what he has planned for them! :)
     Love you all, have a great week... I can really relate to Moses because I have a tough time speaking haha. Just know my heart is full and I love you all!

Sending ya`ll love,
Elder Dillree
Me and Elder White from the CCM swang for a bit on PDay :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

March 29th, 2016

Hello Family!

     Well finsished my first change and it is likely me and Elder Robbins have 6 more weeks together. We have been doing really well lately and having a good time.
     This week we ate some huge completos and there is even a size bigger than the ones we got. Also during proseliting some guys playing ball said they needed 2 more please please, so we went over and played in our church clothes and had a fun time and made some good contacts and our mission President says stuff like that is okay if our intentin is to share the Gospel. Also this week we saw Reul at his new job in the work truck with his new boss Reul and they were have a grand old time laughing and I´m not sure much work gets done haha but that was really great to see. Sunday was easter and they do chocolate and stuff here the same and they call the whole week holy week. This week is conference and they cast the womens conference this weekend too and we have a chance to get a really cool girl named Tahia to go to that and Oliver to a session. I hope everyone had a great Easter.
     This week I reflected on what Christ did for all of us and all of the blessings that we have becuase of what He did. One in particular is becoming perfect. I used to think that if I live the gospel that when I die I will be perfect like Heavenly father but I more realized that each time we make a mistake, learn, repent, change, and grow, we get one step closer and it is process that lasts for... I´m not sure, all I know is that I am not even close and I have many steps to go but could you imagine if we didn´t have the atonement... I am greatful for what Christ did so that I may learn and grow each day and I hope that we all progress each day so that our limited time on the earth isn´t wasted. I think I might need two lifetimes to learn spanish though... haha jk it´s coming along. Have a great week everyone, I am so excited to listen to the profet and apostles because that means we get to hear the voice of the Lord... what beats that? Nada!

Elder Dillree

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March 22nd, 2016

Hey everyone,

     Loved all the letters this week, they were especially great and I had some good laughs at the computer today haha. This week was great and a lot of good happened, so first...we had interchanges and a peruvian came with me to my sector so I was the lead Elder and it went pretty good and it was fun to learn from him and be with a latino. Also this week I went to Chuckarama aka Familia Valdebenitos house who are members that are an older couple. He served us a mountain of pasta and a loaf of bread each and I was like oh yeah... this is my kinda place and stuffed it down. Then he asked me if I wanted more and I was like yeah I could have a little more... then he braught out an entire other mountain and loaf that I battled to get down... then dessert came and I had to eat a bowl of fruit and yogurt. As I left the house I felt pretty accomplished that I managed to eat it all and then Elder Robbins began to walk to our next visit as I wobbled close behind ha-ha. Also this week are gas ran out so I got to take cold showers and that woke me up pretty good in the mornings. Oh and usually we have a tough time getting appointments until this week people started making them with us but they are all on Wednesday ha-ha... I´ll take it :)
 Now the good stuff- This week we had some great lessons and Oliver is doing well and progressing and also we found this really old couple who are always home and they are retired and they are just awesome. We stopped by a few days after our first lesson and they had read the pamphlets and had been reading the BoM so that is just way way awesome. We found another new family this week who has two gets and the son seems way interested and when the dad doesnt understand something he explains to him haha so it is cool to see that. The coolest thing that happened this week though is we have this investigator Reul who lost his mom and owns a gas business and is wealthy but he gets that family is whats important and he understands the plan of salvation well so thing with him are going great, but one lesson he offered us tea and stuff and we said no thanks and told him why and stuff and he thought it was cool. The next day he calls us saying he needs our help and so we go to his house and he talks about problems he has at his work and how he can´t find someone to work for him because the past people were druggies and stuff and he needed someone the next day asap. So we get a guy in the ward who moved from Peru with his family for his kids scholling who struggled to find a house and had no luck with finding a job and we had him come with us to Reuls house. So lots of cool things happen and it ends up that now the member has a job and a contract and he gets sundays off and Reul said he called us "the boys" because he knows that Mormans are people who are clean and good and hard working. Turns out the member and Reul are both named Reul and have sons named Jonnathan that are pains in the butt haha... it was so cool and everyhting that happened this week was just so amazing and Heavenly Father is just amazing and I am so blessed to be a part of his work. 
     This week I thought a lot about the words of Mosiah, how I am just dust of the earth and worth just that unless in the hands of that Lord... I am coming to realize very strongly that I am nothing... but an instrument in the Lords hands and a conductor of the Spirit and I am finally learning what it means to give him all that I have. The more I grow in this the better missionary I am becoming and a usefull tool in the Lords hands. What a blessing it is to be his instrument and be allowed to take part in his work. I am so greatful for this and each day I am learning more and more about the Gohead and my love for each one of them grows and everything else just seems to be falling in to place. 
     I am loving the mission and the best thing I could say this week is that God lives and His son, Christ, died for us, resurrected, and now lives for US. That the Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead and we can have the uncomparable gift of having his companionship at all times and all places. What great knowledge it is to have of these things and the joy, happiness, and peace it brings :) 
     Love you all, have a grat week!

Elder Dillree
No good pictures this week so here is just where some of the magic happens haha jk.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 15th, 2016

Dear Family and Friends and the poor souls that found themselves in the forward list of my emails haha,

     This week was pretty interesting. We started out in a sprint teaching a bunch of lessons, making lots of contacts, and seeing good stuff... then as the week went on it turned into a crawl. Not many people would keep their appointments or answer their doors no matter what we did and so I would like to relate this week to how a run a mile- start of strong but don´t quite finish haha. We had some great lessons though and a couple really cool contacts. We got an inactive member who is really old and is a hellraiser to church and his name is Hermano Loyd haha. He is hilarious and it was great to show up to church and see him waving at us. 
     Speaking of sunday, this time we had a transmission for the members in Chile and President Nelson talked and it was basically about doing the fundemental things in the Gospel. Read, pray, obey the commandments. It was super good.
     So this week I kind of had to put my foot down because my comp is kind of set in his ways and in some ways likes to serve his mission and not the Lords. So we had gradually been improvingin some ways but in some areas it wasn´t... so prayed and pondered and realized that I knew what was right and what we needed to do and that I was going to do it. So I talked to my comp in a loving way and told him that we just gotta do everything we are supposed to, even the tineist things... and he started to say... but the way I see it... or I think that´s just a suggestion... or eh that´s not how the mission really is... and other nonsense. Then we ran into the Zone leaders and I told them what was going on and they told Elder Robbins that he needs to be obediant and stuff... so things are pretty well worked out and now I feel tons better. Exact obediance is such a key part in this work and missionaries just gotta do it! 
     This week I had a personal question that I was pondering on... "Under what circumstance would I quit on Christ and let my faith falter?" What if somone I loved passed away, or a church leader said something difficult to hear, or whatever struggles there are in the world... no matter what trial or difficulty, I hope that nothing will hender us from pressing forward in the path of Jesus Christ.It all depends on personal conversion. Also I studied a lot on faith and action and learned a lot... love those principles and they go hand in hand, but I{m out of time, love you all and have a great week. The mission is the best and I love losing myself in the work and growing each day because I am so far from perfect and I have a long ways to go haha but I am thankful for all the amazing people I have in my life helping and teaching me. 

Elder Dillree
This is about how I look while teaching a lesson haha, notice the books...
Our house
View from the balcony.. nothing much haha

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 8th 2016

Howdy everyone!

     Thanks for the letter this week, it was kind of an interesting week. Elder Larrain left for his mission yesterday in Little Rock, Arkansas and the dirt bag took a little piece of my heart with him ha-ha. He was really awesome and it was tough seeing him go but we are now in a normal group of two and that will be good for me.
     So pretty much you can get the same stuff here as in the USA minus a few excpeptions. The food is really good and it´s a lot of pollo asado, papas fritas, completos, rice, churrascos, pan, fruit, IDK... all good though. I could do without the half of a watermelon at the end of each meal though haha. The pastries here are super good, this week I had a thing called a berlina with manjar... manjar is Chilean and its weird good. 
     So this week there was a blazing hot day and some drunk guys and kids had opened up a fire hydrant and the street was like a river so me and my comps were on the sidewalk and i was in the back when a drunk guy ran of kicking and splashing the street water and soaked my entire back side... all I can say is the Lord works in mysterious ways because I was about to die from heatstroke haha.
     Also this week we were teaching a lesson with a contact and the night before Elder Larrain didn´t get much sleep so during the lesson I look over at him and he is passed out. Meanwhile the investigator is saying great things about us and his family and he is just staring me straight in the eyes and giving hand gestures as I have my hands on my chin with a big smile (like a girl dreaming about her crush) and I just keep saying "sí" and "Que Bueno". He goes on for awhile and so I check on Elder Robbins and he is out too! Then I think about it and realize this guy is saying a prayer! I quickly got into prayer position and afterwards me and my comps about dies laughing. That shows how well my spanish is going ha-ha. 
     So Oliver came to stake conf. this week so that was awesome and things are going well with him. We have a baptism planned for the 10th of April. 
     This week there was some tough times when we didn't have any lessons and no one would give us the time of day... ugh and I just get really down on everything. Then I have to ask for Christ´s help again and he picks me up every time... He is always there... ALWAYS. For each one of us. What a beautiful thing. The only one who can pick is up from no matter where we have fallen, because He has already been there. He knows the way. He payed the price so that we may follow His path. I am so thankful for my Savior, each day my love and knowledge of him grows so much through the scriptures, prophets, and so many things... but most of all is through repentance. Through the atonement I am made clean and I can grow each day. I invite all of you to grow and be clean everyday. Such a wonderful feeling found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I love sharing that!
     Have a great week everyone, I love you all from Chile and back and I miss you all!

Elder Dillree
This was at a cool catholic church at a place called Plaza de Armas. Lots of weird statues and confession booths, felt like Europe.

We went to this place that is basically the Chilean white house but we cant take pictures of it so I just took one of the huge flag, the place was cool and they had the fancy guards and stuff too.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 1st, 2016

Hello Everyone!
     Thanks for all the letters and advice, loved em all. This week I hit the 2 month mark ha-ha. It's not much but time seems to fly pretty good. This week the people hassled us more than usual, we got flipped off and my comp got his but grabbed and we got offered drugs and beer and way too much watermelon. Dessert is half of a watermelon here haha. The dogs here also love to bark all night and poop everywhere... they are just everywhere but the big bird dog makes up for them. I tried omitos this week and they were delicious and also a pepino which means cucumber but I had the fruit pepino and it was weird. Nothing too out of the ordinary occurred though.
     This week we had to lessons on the spot with people which is usually hard to make happen. One was with a guy named Claudio from Brazil and he is way religious but so cool and good things could happen. Also we taught Oliver again and played ball and things are going good with him. We taught an inactive family who are really cool but never show much progress but we had a super good lesson so things may be looking up. We get a lot of people who are too occupied and are numbers are pretty poor but we keep on tryng. Sometimes I feel like we are just going through the actions and just accept that this is how it is and it drives me crazy! I am not here to coast through the mission. I want to find things to improve on, then improve on them... and do it again! Ugh I feel like too many missionaries are coasting and it is difficult for me as a newbie to change that but I'm trying my best and not giving up. I just got to press forward with faith and hope in Christ, not in myself.
      That was my main thing I pondered about this week, is having faith and hope in Christ's will. I can't change the hearts of the people or my companion... but He can. His will be done, I just need to be doing my best to do his will and he will do the rest in His time. Patience Elder Dillree... Patience... ha-ha I want to know spanish now, teach and contact tons of people now, know all the lessons now ha-ha but I just have to remember to have patience and keep trying my best.
     The mission is really good though, not a day goes by that I am not grateful for this opportunity. There is much joy, adversities, and everything else during the day but and together it all makes for the best two years ha-ha. I love serving Him and His children... there is no greater thing we can do.
     Love you all, hope you have a great week. Sorry for my poor writing skills ha-ha but just know I am so blessed to have you all in my life and the gospel and the opportunity to serve... my cup is certainly runneth over and my heart is full of gratitude and love.

Elder Dillree
Played Basketball with an investigator named Oliver and showed him the church.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 23rd, 2016

Hi everybody!

     Good to hear from everyone, sounds like everyone is getting along good. This week was pretty good, there is this dog in my area that we call the big bird dog because he literally looks like bigbird on four legs... he´s majestic and I laugh so hard each time we see a rare sighting. Also this week the was a huge tiger spider in the bathroom and also during a lesson we had the guy that we were teaching jumped up and yelled and then grabbed his shoe and smashed this huge charanchula that was crawling by my leg. It was huge and they cab kill people if they bite you. Also this week we were eating dinner at a members and the Sister has prepared some peppers that were cut in half on the table and I went for one thinking it was just your standard pepper or something but it turned out to be a raw habenero or something probably grown in Hell´s garden. So I sat there sweating bullets and trying not to make a scene so my first impression on the members wasn´t bad haha. This week I had completos, a churrasco, pastel de choclo, shich are Chilean things and they are all pretty tasty. The members will feed us sometimes but for the most part we just cook and feed ourselves. Right now my place doesn´t have a washer and stuff so members do our laundry, that´s nice. 
     This week we went to visit some inactives and the guy is an alcoholic and doesn´t treat his wife well and stuff... but when we went to the door they got in a fight and it was pretty intense. Stuff flying, couches knocked over, hands shut in doors... it was rough to see. The husband left when we came and we gave the wife a bus pass and a couple bucks to get out of there because she was having suicidal thoughts. We got a call form her later saying she made it to her moms house but we think she returned to her husband, we don´t know for sure. It was a humbling experiance and I just hope that we helped and did the right thing. 
     Also this week I commited my first investigador to baptism... in english haha. His name is Oliver and he loves basketball and speaking english. He aslo came to church so things seem to be going good with him. I hope it all goes good. Other than that it was a slow week and no one really wants help or service or to hear the message of Christ so that stinks... it´s pretty hard because I don´t feel like I´m doing much especially because I can´t communicate well, but I´m working my but off to change that haha.
     I finished the Book of Mormon this week so that was good... now in Spanish! Haha :) But the mission is good and everything is going well and my testimony grows everyday. This week I would just like to share that I know Christ is there, for each and every one of us, and there is no one or no thing that could substitute for the love, joy, and blessings that He can and will give us if we are faithful and endure to the end. 

Elder Dillree

"Life´s just not meant to be endured..." -President Hinkley
I gave myself my first haircut this week haha. All by myself lol. Sorry this week I don´t have any cool pics but next week for sure!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pictures; new missionaries in the field!

February 16th, 2016

Hey Everyone!

     Great to hear from eveyone, love your letters! So my tainer is Elder Robbins from SLC and he is awesome. We get along really well and he told me some cool things he thinks about me as a missionary and it was very cool to hear, it meant a lot haha. My other comp, Elder Larrain from Chile, is really cool too and the three of us are working hard with joy and always improving ourselves. The work here is hard, the church is small, but that´s why I´m here haha. We don´t get much people to teach and stuff but when we do it is awesome. One guy who is about 23 named Alexis was so awesome to teach and the Spirit was so strong. I love sharing the Gospel.
     So I love Chile, the food is good- I had like a fried stuffed potato and some chilean pizza and other stuff and I love it all haha! The people are nice but their spanish is so hard to understand but I´ll get there. Also they live in tiny houses and stuff... it´s just very humbling to see. I felt my first earthquake and that was really cool.
     The mission is great, I love every bit of it. There is hard times but I suffer and serve with joy! The hardest thing was after a tough day of not much contacts and no lessons and seeing how small the church is here... we had companion study-looking at our numbers, and I just broke down in tears because the Gospel is so important and I love these people and they need the Gospel but they don´t have it. I am working my hardest though so that I can do my best to change this. I just want to be the best tool in the Lords hands that I can be, so I´ve been giving it my all and I´ve never felt so much joy.
     I have so much more to improve and grow on, especially my spanish haha, and I only get 2 years to do it. What a blessing it is to have this oportunity to have the Gospel in my life and share it, and to have such amazing family and friends,"Your lessons are not lost in me"... I love you all so much, you have all been teachers in my life.
     Have an amazing week, remember Christ loves you so much he gave everything he had for you and so you should always have joy in your hearts... always have Him in your hearts. Serve with joy, suffer with joy, and just always have joy because we have the Gospel! Share the joy :)

Elder Dillree

my bed.. it's actually pretty comfy

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Feild!

Hey Everyone!

     Turns out I do get to write you today :) Thanks for the letters, I love hearing from you all :) Well I am officailly in the field and got my trainer. His name is Elder Robbins from Salt Lake and he is super cool and is pretty tall too. We are in a triple because Elder Larrain is waiting for a visa. My CCM experiance was great but I am excited to be in the field. My area is Los Valles Santiago Norte. To see where that is you can search for the streets mom, Laguna Sur with Laguna del inca and los mares. 
     So this week was really good, it´s hard for me to remember what to write haha. Oh our apartment is just a two room house basically. One room upstairs and one down stairs. It´s actually not too shabby. The streets are kinda messy but not as bad as you would think. Oh and the tap water here is completely safe to drink so thats good.
     I met my President of my mission today and had an interview with him and it was really good to meet him. He is a way nice happy guy. 

     My house is far away from our sector so just to get to our are we walk a mile. It´s super hot here and I´m always sweating haha but thats alright. The spanish is coming along alright and I´m really enjoying learning more each day. Also I love studying the Gospel, I discover something that can help me be better each day. 
     Well I hope I will eventually have some exciting things to right about haha, but for right now just know that Chile is an awesome place and I am so happy to be here sharing the Gospel. Have an awesome Valentines everyone! I love you all! <3

Left to Right: Me, Elder Mera, Elder Faundez, Elder Bravo, Elder Gimenez, and Elder White in the back.
Elder Dillree

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Week 5: CCM

Hey Everyone!

     I loved the E-Mails this week, thanks everyone. Dad´s really got me laughing. So this week my mission President came by the CCM and I accidently wore the wrong pants with my suit coat but I don´t think he noticed haha. He seems like a really cool guy. Also this week a bunch of chilean church leaders and chilean government officials came to the CCM to discuss missions in correspondence to military service, hopefully it all goes well. Also this week my district would get in fight sand I would just read my BOM because if you try to do anything it just gets worse, a couple of them use some pretty bad language and it´s sad to see. Hopefuly I can maybe just influence them by example becuase nothing else seems to work haha. Also this week my spanish has surprisingly gotten really really... nowhere. It´s still awefull haha but thats alright. Also  while me and Elder were watching the cars a white van floored it and hit the bump in the road and literally jumped it... so cool. 

     I´m really loving the mission and can´t wait to get out there, I know there will be struggles but ¨salvation was never cheap.¨ I love my companion, he is a really great guy and has taught me a lot, so has my district and I love them too. I will definately miss the CCM but I am leaving with no regrets. I wish at times I would  of tried harder but trying harder and harder is also something that has to be learned... if that makes in sense haha. 

     I have been reading the scriptures a ton and how great it is to have the blessing of the words of God so avaible to us. One scripture I really love and overwhelms me each time I read it is one I found in Mosiah 14 when Mosiah is quoting Isiah, ¨and by His stripes we are healed.¨ Oh how much I love our Savior for paying the ultimate price so that we can be happy, clean, healed, and saved. Through his suffering we are saved from our sorrows. I love my Savior and I know that He lives and loves each one of you more than we can understand. Remember Him.

     This week we also watched a video called Missionary Work and the Atonement. It´s not long and it is such a good video, especially any of you future missionaries. 

     Well the weather here is quite nice, it´s crazy hearing about all the snow back home haha. The trees are really cool here and the people are always going 100 mph and the food is hot dog everything. Hot dog pizza, hot dog chowder, hot dogs all over in the street. Some latinos like hot dog water poured over their meals haha its pretty funny. Oh also this week in spanish class I accidently asked, ¨ what would you do to obtain a bosom?¨ It´s a long story but my teacher was a girl and she just busted it laughing and I had no idea what i said haha. 

     This is the last week in the CCM... time flies and I´m super excited to get out there! The first few months I´m probably just going to be trapped in my  own head not being able to communicate haha. I went two days trying to only speak and think spanish this week so I basically just didn´t think or say anything for 2 days haha. It´s been really fun learning the language and it is goingto beawesome when I  finally can speak and understand it. Also I guess the Chilean spanish is literally the fastest spanish in the world because they drop there s´s and stuff. It´s super fast and other spanish people from other parts of the world can´t understand it because it is so fast. I asked if it´s because the speak like sloppy or slangy but they say no, It´s just super fast. Sounds sloppy to me though not saying s´s but they say missionaries learn to speak the normal spanish, so thats good.

     Well I love you all, thanks for writing me, I love hearing from everyone. Tell Gramps and Grams I love Em and the rest of the fam. I´m blessed to have such wonderful family and friends! I´m so glad I get to serve the true and Living God and his son, Jesus Christ, and for the one and only true church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Gospel and it´s teachings are true. I know it :)

Elder Dillree

The Mall

Cool Scripture Cases

Street Art

Monday, January 25, 2016

Week 4: CCM

Hey Everyone!

    Thanks everyone for all the great e-mails this week! This week I saw Annie Guild in a devotinal video we watched, it rained, the tie exchange was cancelled because the new President says no haha, I´m the worst tie master ever, I played soccer all this week, and got chosen to give a talk in church. The talk went good but all I know is my heart started beating and I couldn´t remember what I said after but people said I sounded like a Chileano...liars haha. It wason faith in Christ. The spanish is very difficult but I  am loving learning it! Oh and one day in class the air conditioner started spitting out ice balls haha that was fun. It was a really good week though and can feel my missionary abilities getting better all thanks to Heavenly Father and Christ. Without there help I don´t know if i could ever learn spanish.

     Lately I just try to study like crazy and I feel like I never have enough time, I need to know more about PMG, BOM, Spanish, and everything else haha but there is never enough time in the day, and now Ionlyhave two weeks left.

     Oh my new President is way cool, President Brady. They are way nice people.
    So guess what mom, my district thinks I am the most calm and I keep my cooland they say I am the only one who has the patience to have Elder White as my companion. Never thought you´d here that huh? haha But Since I have been here I have just been filled  with the Love of Christ and that is definately the key in being a good person to others and having happiness with your companion, and district. Everything is going great and I am loving the CCM, I am going to miss it  so much and the people here, but I am excited to get out into the field. Thanks for all your mail, you all mean the world to me! 

Loving the misson, life is good in The Gospel :)

Elder Dillree

Street Art

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 3: CCM

Hey Everyone!

     This week just flew by and it was a lot of fun. Our district has this thing we call... the ultimate prank! We switched two Elders suit coats in our district and we switched there stuff in their pockets and everything and they have been wearing eachothers without even knowing haha. It is hilarous becuase one is way small and the others is way too big (Elder Stratford and Elder Ricks). On sunday they were talking to each other and one said, Ricks-"Does my suit coat look a little big to you, -Stratford "No it looks good, does mine look way too small?" Ricks-"No, you just have broad shoulders" It is so funny, but dont worry, we will tell them before we leave the CCM and we are all still focused, just having a bit of fun with eachother. Also my companion ate a moth for a challenge... nasty. There has been fires here lately and once when we went out I thought that it must of been a peanut butter factory that caught on fire becuase it smelt like burnt peanutbutter. Today is the day we actually get a new president so I still haven´t met him yet. We got new roomies and the are the Zone leaders and we have a lot of fun. We got a bunch of new kids too and they are interesting haha but seem nice. We switched rooms because our last one was in the girls section because there were too many elders, and our new one is sooo much nicer. Oh and so far the laundry here is kind of sketchy... we get our whites back with stains that werent there before and this last week I lost 3 garment tops and President Doll was just like, "yeah that happens sometimes" haha goodness.

     This week I have been diving into my scriptures and marking my spanish ones up like crazy, I have found a new love for them and it is great. There are people here who do these incredible scripture cases mad out of leather and they do amazing church art on them. They are the coolest thing ever and I definatley want to get some once I get into the field. Some of the teachers have shown me ones they have had for 15 years and they still look awesome.

     Today we are going to the temple again and I am excited for that. I love being here in Chile so close to the temple, waking up everyday to such a beautiful sight is definately a blessing. Oh tomorrow we get to hear the apostles speak to all the missionaries and presidents which hasnt happened since 2004 or something they said. That will be fun. I can really feel Christ molding me in to a better disciple of him, and I can feel my love for other people growing so much and it brings me more happiness than I´ve ever known. Loving others and serving them is truly key in becoming happy.

     It was good hearing from everyone and seeing a picture of Oliver, that kind of melted my heart and made me say,"Oh no, here comes the water works." Haha. I feel so blessed because of the people that Heavenly Father has put in my life... how did I get so lucky. Thanks everyone, have a great week!

     Woah, I´m have way done in the CCM already? That´s hard to beleive, espescially because I speak about 10 words of spanish haha, but it will come.

Elder Dillree

Street Performer

Left to right- Me, Elder Rios (Chile), Elder Vera (Argentina), Elder Cambell (USA), Elder White

I have gotten really lucky with getting cool roomies since I have been here, some elder in our district have gotten things stolen and stuff but mine have always been way nice and we have lots of fun, knock on wood haha

The City

Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 2: CCM

Hello Family!

     The Mission is going amazing! It is great hearing from everyone, thanks for all the letters. Last week I had difficulty sending pictures but I sent some this time so hopefully they work. So last week I forgot to mention that I had this little envelope thing from seminary that we would right for ourselves to open in one year and in mine I had guessed where I was going on my mission and it said Chile haha! That was pretty funny to see. Also we went to the temple which is about 30 feet from the CCM which is such a cool blessing. Also we get a new CCM mission president tomorrow and we had a big going away party for them haha. The Presidents wife got mad at me becuase I wouldnt take her drugs for just a small cold I have haha it was funny. She uses drugs fro everything and gives the missionaries way too much. Their bodies just need to take care of the simple things themselves. Also on our way to exercise one morning a crazy biker charged at us and ran into Elder Barrell but the biker guy just bounced off him and got owned. He got up saying he would fight us but there are too many big gringos haha. Hopefully he okay though. Also one night somone through rocks at the CCM and Tem´le and broke some windows, he got caught though. We did our first tie exachange and it was fun, the Tie Master left today though and I chosen as his successor. I always new I would be called to do something great haha jk. Basically I am incharge of the tie exchanges now. Also this week everyone is leaving except for our district and the one that got here 2 weeks before us. That means tomorrow there will be 33 new Missionaries. Exciting! Our teachers for the first 2 weeks were Hermano Meneses, Antileo, and Hermana Perez. They were amazing and taight me so much. Things are going well with my companion and I love teaching lessons with him, he is very different from me but we are a strong companionship. It´s amazing what can happen when you choose to love people and see there talents and strengths wrather than faults and weaknesses. I have learned so much.

     Today is P-Day again and this time we are e-mailing first so in 30 minutes we get to go out to the city for 2 hours. It´s super fun to be out and about ant the mountains are just beautiful. Also the tallest building in South America is right by us and it is super cool. Today our Latino Roomies left and they were super awesome so it is sad to see them go but they are going to do great. My spanish is going pretty good, I´m still aweful but I´m trying and that´s what counts haha. I know I will figure it out eventually. 

     I know that the Lord watches over us and wants our rightous goals and desires to be fulfilled, and I know that by having true faith in our Savior that we can all succed in our goals. So remember that when you are trying to uphold your new years resolutions or any other goals that you have made... through him we can learn a new language, become healthy, clean, have success in school, or work... anything is possible, especially happiness. I promise that you can do it with the help of Christ and your best effort. :)

     Let me know if you guys have any questions, tell Hope I would love to hear from her, and from Dillon as well. Sorry if my e-mails are all over the place haha. Have a great week everyone, love you all to Chile and back!

Elder Dilllree

We had our first completos at a place called Domino´s. 

Me and Elder Workinger in the front. Then from left to Right in the second row is Elder Stratford, Willis, White, then Elison in the back.

Santiago, Chile Temple

Left to Right- Me, Elison, White, Stratford, Loisotto, Ortiz. All way cool guys