Elder Millard with his mission president

Elder Millard with his mission president

Monday, September 13, 2010

Zone Conference in Coquimbo

Hey Hey HEY!!!!!! wow its already week 4 and i really can磘 believe it! things are going so great up here in Coquimbo, the best zone in all of the vi馻 del mar mission!! i磎 absolutely loving my time here on the mission! times are hard sometimes but i am learning and growing so much and the best part is, i get to help people all day and i have found that when you forget about yourself and start caring more about other people, thats when true happiness comes! so thats why missions are so great, we care about others so much that we want to give them something that will bring them the most happiness ever, a chance to live with their families forever and live with God forever, the gospel. So cool that i have this opportunity!

My spanish is really coming aliong! i磎 so happy that the lord has helped me out so much! the people are not just speaking jibberish, i can actually hear real words now that make sense! its a great concept isn磘 it! haha.

This last week was absolutely amazing! i had so many great experiences. the first one i will share is my interchange in a place called La Parta Alta right next to the huge cross in coquimbo, with the zone leaders. Words cannot describe how cool this place was! the view of the ocean and all of the colorful houses and the huge cross is absolutely amazing! it really was an eye opening experience though because the place where i work in tierras blancas has some decent houses that are made of brick and have a roof. but it was so cool, here in la parta alta, the houses are, lets just say not the nicest houses you磍l ever see. there were dirt roads with so many dogs everywhere and the best view ever with the most interesting ╤ouses创 i have ever seen in my life! It was SO cool to be there for a day! and it was great to go on interchanges with on of my zone leaders, Elder Ho. He is so awesome and i learned so much about how to become a better missionary. These interchanges are so awesome! and lunch today, well lets just say that i will tell you about that one in about two years haha

So this week, we had a mission conference with a general authority Elder Zeballos. All of us missionaries in the north, about 50 missionaries went to a place called La Serena to have the conference in a church. We all arrived early and waited for the mission President Gillespie and Elder Zeballos to arrive. when they did, we all sang our mission song with Plenty of enthusiasm. then we took some pictures and then formed a line to greet pres Gillespie and his wife and Elder Zeballos and his wife. right after that, i had to book it into the chapel to start playing prelude music because i was asked the play the piano for the conference. it was So crazy to play prelude for a general authority, my mission president and 50 missionaries!! This conference was Amazing! president Gillespie started and talked for a little while then we had breakfast. after breakfast, the second half started where Elder Zeballos talked. He talked about a scripture in 2 nephi 5:27, where it talkes about living in a manner of happiness and the importance of being happy. he also talked about potential and that we do not know how much potential we have until we strive to achieve it. and when we achieve something, there is always more. He gave a great example of when you look up at a mountain, you only see that mountain and that mountain looks like its the highest. but once you climb that mountain, you can see off in the horizon, other mountains that are even higher. we need to think about this with our lives and the potential that we all have. Elder Mace and i had a great opportunity during this conference! we were asked to give a special musical number, so on thursday, the day before, we spent an hour to arrange joseph smith磗 first prayer with praise to the man and secret prayer into a piano duet! So after arranging that, we had the great opportunity to perform it for this conference! Such a great experience! Music is Amazing!

Our investigators are all doing really well! Danisa has had a problem with smoking, but she has gone from 5 cigarettes every day to 1 cigarette every day and she is planning on straght up quitting this week so she can be baptized on the 26th. so that would be great if you could all pray for her to have the strength to quit! Her son Jeovani is getting lazy but he still wants to be baptized so pray for him to have more of a desire to read the book of mormon and for him to get an answer to his prayers. our other investigator Joselin is doing so well! She has a really hard situation, her parents basically abandoned her so she is living with a member family but all day but sleeping in her house. She loves church and comes every week and really wants to get baptized! She has a fecha for the 16th of october!

This last sat was the 11th and it is pretty crazy in Coquimbo every year. So all the missionaries were required to be in their pensions at 6 o clock. our momita is Super rich and she bought us So much food so we invited the zone leaders and the assistants over to our pension and we had a Huge Asado, or bbq. It was a blast! I am eating So much food and believe it or not, i think i磎 gaining weight haha! i never thought the day would come! ha.

Well i love missionary work and i love you all! until next week!

Elder Millard

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