Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Compania #24

June 18, 2012

So it looks like Im going to be finishing off my mission right here in CompaƱia!!!  This will be my 6th transfer here and Im still with Elder Larsen which will make 10 months total as companions.  We went and picked up our third companion, Elder Gonzales from California, this morning and he also leaves the same date as us so we are all ¨dying¨ here.
This last week was a great week for us especially sunday.  None of our investigators went to church beacause it was raining pretty hard but a sister from another stake brought her two grandkids who are looking for the true church and introduced them to us.  We are going to start working with them this week and we are excited.  The ward was very happy when they herad the news that we were styaing here and we are probably going to plan a big going away party for the three of us with the whole ward.  Its weird thinking that this is my last change in the mission but at the same time exciting.  I was telling my mom today that lately I havent been sleeping good because I dream all night of being home haha.  I cant raelly control my dreams so its not very fun waking up and realzing that I didnt sleep well but its alright.  

Not much else is new except that Im pretty close to finishing the Book of Mormon in spanish.  I just finished Mormon last night.  Thats about it for me this week!  Have a great week!
Love Elder TY Peck

Compania #23

June 12, 2012

Well this last week was pertty crazy.  Elder Vargas ended up getting changed again haha.  He is in Renca 1 which was my second sector so I gave him some good tips and references.  He was pretty sad that he had to leave us because we were having a great time with him plus the ward really liked him.  We were able to have some people in church this week and we were happya bout that.  A guy named Cristian came up to us and said he wants to learn more so we have an appointment with him thursday.  The members have really been helping us a lot recently as well.  Nothing special really happened this last week but I have been learning quite a bit in the Book of Mormon in spanish.  Im pretty close to fniishing and its weird how much we can learn even after reading it several times before.  Its pretty awesome studying in another language as well.  This is the last week of the change so we will probably get changed but just pray taht we dont!!
Love Elder Peck

Compania #22

June 4, 2012

So it looks like President decided to put us in a trio after all haha.  We are now with Elder Vargas from Puerto Montt Chile.  Hes a wayy coool guy and super smart.  It´s always fun being in a trio and it´s my fourth time now.  We have changes in 2 weeks so Im pretty sure that Im leaving but we will just have to wait and see. 
The work went pretty normal last week.  We found some good investigators and we are now working with them.  We helped the aunt and uncle of a member move and they arent members and they invited us over to visit them sometime so we will see how it goes with them.  Quite a few people showed up to church sunday that weren´t members so we made some appointments with them.  Cecilia is doing very good.  She´s been excited to do her visiting teaching and she is hoping for a calling pretty soon.  Jose and Josselin are doing alright.  They are still fighting a little bit but Josselin is now taking medicine for depression because she is still pretty sad about what happened with her daughter.  We saw them last night and made some pizza and it was pretty fun. 
THats about it for me this week!
Love Elder Peck

Compania #21

May 28, 2012

This last week was a pretty average week once again for us.  We were able to find even more investigators but nobody is close to baptism.  We are working really hard with the members right now because its the new mission plan and we are having qutie a bit of succes from it.  Last week we went to go visit the twins again to see how they were doing and the dad was feeling kind of sick.  He almost passed out at one point so we helped him down to the car and they drove him to the ER.  It was kind of scary for the family but he ended up being alright and hes going to be in bed for about a month.  When he was waiting for his daughter to pull the car around we asked him if he wanted a blessing and I´ll never forget the look on his face.  Afterwards Larsen and I both talked about how we both felt like we literally heard his thoughts.  I wont go into too much detail about that haha but that was a really neat experience.  President called us saturday morning saying that we were going to have a third companion because another missionary´s companion had to go home for knee problems but then later in the night he called us back and said that they figured everything out and decided to not put us in a trio haha.  Jose and Josselin are doing alright.  They have been fighting a little bit but last night we had a really good lesson with them about communication and being happier together.  Everybody else seems to be doing good.  Isidora´s mom and dad are up in utah right now visiting family so we havent been able to go over and see them.  Thats it!
Love Elder Peck

Compania #20

(Sorry for the lag in posting, it's been busy!!)

May 21, 2012

Hey everybody!  Sorry for not writing last week, we didnt have much to say since we already had Mother´s day.  This last week was a pretty normal week for us.  We were able to find quite a few investigators but none of them went to church so that was rough for us.  We are working harder with the members though to have them bring friends and family to church and its working very well.  We didn´t have too many experiences this week that I can remember haha so sorry everybody for the short email.  Have a great week!
LOve Elder Peck

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Compania #19

May 7, 2012

So this last week was pretty great.  Larsen was sick most of the week so we didnt get to leave much but we still had some great lessons with Cecilia and her baptism!!  We got the news that we are staying together for another change as well!!  This will be a little more than 8 months as companions in the mission. 
Here´s the miracle story.  So sunday we showed up to church in the morning and found the the font hadn´t started filling yet.  We got the keys and tried turning on the hot water knob but it was loose and water was coming out of the knob itself which was weird.  The hot water heater didnt turn on either when we turned the knob so we were kind of worried since it was a chilly day in chile (stupid joke).  We didnt want to have to baptize Cecilia in cold water so we tried figuring out the problem but nothing was working.  We sat down in the chapel for the Sacrament and started praying for any way to get the hot water to work.  We went back to the font after taking the Sacrament and took a look at the knob again.  I tried turning it to see if it would work and water was coming out from behind the knob still like a leak.  I then received revelation to just tear off the knob and break it so... I did haha.  Hot water started spraying everywhere and I got soaked in my suit but at least hot water was coming out.  We turned off the water from the main water knob once it had filled and we had Cecilia´s baptismal service.  It was very special and very spiritual.  A lot of the ward went to see the baptism and had bought her presents and the bishops family came with us to visit her later that evening. 
Thats about all that happened this week since my companion was sick for most of it.  He´s doing a little better now after he got some good rest.  Have a great week!
Love Elder Ty Peck
Elder Larsen and Ty eating lots of food

Elder Peck, Cecilia, Elder Larsen at the baptism

Compania #18

April 30, 2012

So we had another baptism yesterday!!!!!  Isidora was baptized and she asked me to baptize her so it was wayy cool!  Her whole family was there (except for her dad because he isnt a member) so it was fun being with all her cousins and family members.
This last week was pretty great.  Cecilia is going to be baptized this next sunday.  She had a camera put inside of her friday so she was in some pain sunday but she has already gone to church quite a bit and shes golden.  Whenever we have lessons we come out learning more from her that us teaching her.  She knows the scriptures very well and understands them.  She started reading Jesus the Christ this last week and is loving that book as well.  The twins Javier and Katalina didnt go to church even though their parents said they were going to go for sure.  Its really hard with the mom because she loves us but just doesnt want to go back to church.  

This is the last week of the change and Im most likely going to leave the area since I have almost 6 months here.  It would be great if we could both stay again but its very very unlikely.  We got phone calls last week asking what airport is closest to our homes so we have been out of it these last couple days haha but we are still working hard and getting some good stuff done.  

Well have a great week!
Love Elder Ty Peck

Compania #17

April 23, 2012

This week was a great one for us. 
Yesterday Manuela was able to get confirmed and had a beaming smile all day at church.  It was great to see her so happy.  We also had a great miracle this last week in finding a new investigator named Cecilia.  The zone leaders called us late tuesday night and said that they had a referral for us from the Santiago west mission.  They said that they had been teaching her for a little while and she moved into our sector.  We called her the same night and set up an appoinment with her for the next day.  We arrived to her apartment after searching forever and she welcomed us in speaking english!!!  I thought it was a joke at first but she speaks english perfectly.  We got to know her a little bit and she shared with us her experience when she found the church.  She is really receptive to the Spirit and said that one day she had the feeling to go for a walk so she did and ran into the missionaries.  She ended up getting a book of mormon from them and got some lessons from them.  Over the time that they lost contact with her she read the Book of Mormon all the way through and gained a very strong testimony of the Church.  She had attented another ward a few times and said that she really felt like it was where she needed to be.  We taught her a little bit more and we made a goal for her to get baptized the 6th of may.  She went to church yesterday and instantly made tons of friends.  She´s about 60 years old and is a painter.  She has houses all over the world and speaks many languages.  She could easily be a great leader some day in the relief society and we feel really blessed to be teaching her.
Now comes the biggest miracle of the week.  After all of our meetings sunday we were setting up some things for the baptism of Isidora this next sunday and a sister from our ward walked in the room with a big lumpy plastic bag.  She handed it to us and said enjoy and as I opened it I realized that she had bought us 6 cans of dr pepper!!!!  It was definately great to see that the ward wants to help us with the work!
Have a great week everybody!
Love Elder Ty Peck