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

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