Monday, September 5, 2016

Sad Goodbyes

Hey it is starting to warm up here!! Which is like a good and bad thing.  I like the sun and I am used to it from being a life guard and all but the sun is different here in Osorno...there is a giant hole in the ozone right above the city (at least that is what the locals say) so the sun is like super strong and just burns everything it touches so it’s not too fun to be a missionary out in it. But it’s alright, at least we aren’t freezing to death! Only in the mornings…..

 As you guys could tell we did something yesterday called the capilla abierta. It’s just when we invite a ton of people to come into the church and we have all these different rooms set up and we just teach about what we do in the church and what not. I would say it was successful! It’s the second one they have ever done in South America. My companion and I were chosen to be the missionaries for the baptismal font so we taught about baptism to a bunch of people. It was awesome! Cool experience. It was cool because our ward has like 3 people with baptismal dates right now and they all actually helped and worked at the activity. It was a great experience to see all of them interacting with the ward and what not. It was like they were already members! It was a great event. 

So we got some bad news this week....we had a zone conference with President Obeso this week and we got told something pretty rough. President told us that in 2 weeks he will be going home from the mission. (He’s not supposed to end until next July) But he’s going home early because he has cancer and needs to be operated on...So in about 2 weeks he goes home and we will be getting a new president. It was some rough news; everyone just like instantly started crying. And I had never seen the President cry before this moment...but he shared us his testimony on missionary work and everything and it was so spiritual and awesome. Afterwards we had like a picture session and a goodbye session with him and actually the Hermana Obeso (his wife) told us to all go Dog pile on him! It was super weird. So we like went in to give him a group hug but the Hermana was like ¨No! I said dog pile!!¨ And she like legit PUSHED President down and all the missionaries started to get on top of him! Haha it may have been the weirdest thing I have ever done in all my life. I am going to get pictures of it from the Hermana later. It was hilarious! But after we sang the hymn “Para Siempre Dios Este Con Vos” which is “God be with you till we meet again” and it was so sad. I will miss him a lot but he lives in Mexicali which is way close to California so I’m going to try and visit with him after the mission. So yeah we will be getting a new President! The new president is from Wyoming and I am sure he will be great. It will be interesting.

Have a great week everyone!

Elder Zack Walden

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