Monday, February 16, 2015

Transfer to Talcahuano

February 9, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been an adventure and a half.  Our landlord has been very problematic, and has been cheating the contract, and so the mission office had us look at a few houses where we could live, and we found a good house and we’re going to move in at the end of the week, but then on Wednesday morning, Elder Kauer from the office called us and said we had better start packing up, he wanted us out that day.  The other elders called a convert who has a huge flat bed truck, and before lunch we had the entire house packed up.  It was crazy, but it is good to be in a better, cheaper house.  It is a bit smaller, but brand new, better priced, more secure, in a more quiet, and more central location.  We are a 3 minute walk from Lider Expres (a mini Wal-Mart).  The new landlords are great.  Our house is built behind their house, and they have chickens and roosters.  They asked if the roosters bother us, and since they wake us up at 5 am we said yeah, they are a bit bothersome.  That same day, in the afternoon, they broke the necks of those blasted birds, and were later cleaning them out.  They are a nice older couple.  I really like the new house.   

However, I won’t get to enjoy the house for long, I am being transferred to Talcahuano tomorrow.  Estaca Talcahuano Norte, barrio Cruz del Sur (Talcahuano North Stake, South of the Cross Ward).  It is hard to leave Parral, but I know Talcahuano will be good, and I will at least have the mission office close by again.  It will be an exciting place, a lot less hot than Parral because it has a good ocean breeze.  I will be with Elder Hutchins from Connecticut.  He is a good elder, I was in the same MTC group as him, and there are a lot of other missionaries in the zone that I already know.  I look forward to the upcoming transfer.  

I am loving the mission, and am grateful for each and every thing I have learned so far.  I love how each day I have the opportunity to help other people come closer to God.  I hope you are all happy and healthy.  Have a great week, and just keep being awesome.  I know you will all be able to do your best on everything, if you try your hardest and say a sincere prayer. 

Cuidense arto.  Les amo más que el numero de versiculos en los libros canonicos que mencionan Jesucristo.  (Take care.  I love you more than the number of verses in all the cannonzied books – scriptures, that mention Jesus Christ.)

-Elder Withers

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