Monday, April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011

So today is the last day of this 3rd cambio, 2nd with Gibbs. And guess what, I found out I am being transferred. Not terribly far, but I’m leaving Lebu, my 1st sector, crazy huh? I don’t know if you can tell but I’m trying to mess with you and hold off telling you where I’m going as long as I can because it’s funny. Well I can’t make it that long, here we go: I´m going to Lota.

The sector is called Lota Medio. The Zone Leaders are in Lota Bajo and we will be living with them, in an apartment so that should be fun. My companion is Elder Jackson, and I still have not had a Latino companion yet, hahaha, the only one in my district from the MTC, it’s a record. But the cool thing about Lota is that its only like 1-1.5 hours from Concepcion so I can go there any P-day I want to. So I can go to the office and get mail or packages that day, and I can chill in a huge city in Chile, and not just be stuck in small Lebu. I’m excited, especially because Gibbs told me that Jackson was his favorite companion and me and Gibbs have been having a blast so we should have a good time, me and Jackson. Plus the 2 Zone Leaders aren’t Latino either so I’m in another English house. Crazy!

So me and Gibbs found a frog this week and of course took some pictures with it, it became our pet for about 15minutes before we set it free in the back yard because we needed the pot to cook some food, hahahaha. Don’t worry I cleaned it after.

This week we pretty much said our goodbyes because I had a feeling I was leaving, so it was more of a visiting week, we talked to Stephanie a lot, but she didn’t go to church yesterday because her son got sick again. That was very very hard. She just needs to go one more time and she hasn’t. It’s tough to take because I have been working with her for 2 cambios. It’s just tough. I had to say goodbye to her as well and leave her unbaptized. But hey, I left a for sure for the next elder so he better be thankful. It’s just super sad because me and Gibbs wanted to baptize so bad together but hey that’s life, and life happens right?

I said goodbye to my favorite family too, that was very hard. Very few families actually stuck out and were nice and helpful and loving, but Jessica and her family did. Digna is Jessica´s mom, and Jessica´s daughter is Camila. They were so nice and fun and helpful. I loved going over there with Gibbs because they would always give us food when we didn’t eat anything that day. But yah I will miss them for sure, and I want to come down and visit sometime before I go home, all 18months in the future.

So Easter Sunday was yesterday and man did that make me miss home, because it was NOTHING like home. Starts off with church. So at home there are some great talks and songs about the season and all that right? Well, the missionaries spoke for this branch. I gave a 2 minute thank you and goodbye talk, and said in the most broken Spanish ever that all the blessings I have are because of the sacrifice we are celebrating today, type of thing. It was tough and very nerve wrecking as I’m sure you could guess. And the talks were to be on the missionary work, so nothing really about the day. Then we went home and saw that the other elders had lunch with a family and we didn’t. So we looked around the kitchen to see what we could make, and noticed we had nothing, so my Easter lunch consisted of Chile's version of ramin noodles. A little different than ham huh? We then went and said my goodbyes to families and were given some French fries and eggs at Jessica´s house. Which is an amazing combination just so you know egg over easy and some fresh homemade French fries. But yah that’s what I ate all day, interesting huh. It just didn’t feel like Easter, it was kind of sad; I missed the Easter back in the states.

But today I think we will just be hanging out with the Lebu Boyz because we are all being split up tomorrow. I’m going up to Lota and Steele is going all the way down to Temuco. Way far. And Gibbs is staying put, so yah. We might go to the beach one last time, although I have a beach in Lota so I’m not missing out. 

The weather this week was crazy. Its more bi-polar here than Utah, and you know how crazy that place is. It rained very hard every other day, and the other days it was sunny. When it rained it was something like 40degrees and when it was sunny it was something like 85degrees. So crazy. But yes those coats are amazing, everyone else gets wet but I don’t it’s awesome, it’s so great to be Oregon prepared. And I got some rain pants, don’t know if I told you that, but I did so no need to worry about that, because I got some. They are very blue though and its funny with the black jackets, but whatever, I’m dry. The timberland shoes work good for about 3-4 hours of rain, but any more and the water gets in. I know that will happen with any shoe, but just so you know. They are good if it’s not an all day rain. I might get some rain boots in Lota if it gets bad. But that is where I will be spending the winter, so yah, my first summer was Lebu and my first winter was Lota.

I also am almost out of money for the month so I might be taking some out of my account today for my trip up to Concepcion tomorrow.  But yah that’s an FYI.

That was my week. So Andrew, are you now doing spring term? That sounds... fun, hahaha burn out stinks so don’t let that happen, have lots of fun, por favor. oh and go to that water park in Provo I think its Thursdays that they have the last 2 hours of the park open for like 5$ and it’s so much fun, look into that, because that place is fun for the cheap days. 

Trevor, Prom, wow. Big bro. way to go. Don’t make my mistake and listen to your date about directions downtown, hahaha. (You know it was funny Alyssa and made our night )

But yah, thanks for everything, have a great day, and I will update you next week from Lota!
And then mother’s day is soon, can’t wait for that either!

Love you all
Elder Kyle Allen

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