Hello family.. how is everyone doing back in good old sunny and warm Utah? I hope everyone is doing great! So I didn´t get to make a letter outline this week because I thought our P-Day was going to be tomorrow.. so hopefully I get everything in that I want to say and tell you about. So Brian told me you guys you got a chance to watch the Missionary Broadcast.. how did you guys like it? We watched it all in Spanish so I didn´t get as much out of it as I would have liked but what can you do? We went to Concepcion today for our misson conference to say goodbye to our mission parents. It was a little sad as I have gotten pretty close to Hermana Humphrey because of all my health problems hahaha. Anyways as you all know, I have my 3rd companion already here in Chile! His name is Elder B, and as I already told you, he is very serious. He is from Uruguay, and guess how old he is? No not 18, or 19, 20, or 21. Not even 22, 23, 24, or 25, but 26 years old ladies and gentlemen! I guess he´s got quite a bit of a reputation around the mission for being incredibly hard to get along with, but it would´ve been weird if I had it any different right? Haha I´m funny sometimes. I like to laugh. This week we have been working really hard with James. I have told you a little about him, and he is having the hardest time with the Law of Chastity. He doesn´t even live with his girlfriend, but they have a relationship and he is having a hard time to have the desire to stop. He has a daugher as well, and here´s the problem. If he gets married to his girlfriend, the girlfriend´s mom won´t pay for the daughters school, or the girlfriend´s school. He says he can´t afford to pay for it himself, so that is the problem. The first time my companion met him, he told me he didn´t want to meet with him anymore. The zone leader was like umm no Elder B, James is super good and Elder Neilson and Elder L have made a lot of progress. We´ve had a lesson with him with the zone leader, and the district leader. James told me that he doesn´t like Elder Bueno at all, and that he misses Elder L. He always asks me to go with him up to Talca and visit Elder L.. haha he´s so funny. We are still going to work with him and see what we can do. So about my wrist.. when I went to go get my X-Ray, the doctor couldn´t tell if it was fractured or not. He told me if it continues to hurt, I would need to go see a specialist. It´s been 3 weeks, or a month, and it´s still killing me. I called the area doctor, and he thinks I damaged some ligaments in my wrist. He told me it could take in between 3 months and a year to actually heal. That was definitely not what I wanted to hear because it has been keeping me up at night. I need to continue to wear this wrap, and he was a little worried that it might not heal right. I guess that´s my worry right now.. things like that you really should have physical therapy for if it takes that long to heal and it´s something as important as the wrist. I was up all night one night and my companion made me call Hermana Humphrey the next day to see what she suggested. She didn´t answer, but she asked about it today. Anyways I don´t know what else to do about it but just wait and see what happens. We all got to individually say goodbye to the mission parents today. As I got up on the stage to say goodbye to Hermana Humphrey.. she got tears in her eyes as she started to talk to me. She told me that she couldn´t believe all that had happened to me while I´ve been here in Chile. She said she truly believes Satan sees what I can accomplish on my mission, and is trying to do everything he can in his power to keep me from being able to do that. She told me how proud she was of me for sticking through everything when I have had very little go right for me from the very beginning as I stepped foot off the airplane. It was really good to talk to her and it´s sad to see her leave. A lot of the time I feel super down, feel totally different, and have to try and hold back tears. But the Lord gives us trials to humble us and strengthen us. We need to not complain of our trials, but be grateful for them. I am definitely guilty of this and have room for improvement. I have tried many things to try and bring me up.. I have fasted and prayed many times that I would be able to be happy on my mission. The other day, I sat down and made a list of all the blessings I have and the things that I am grateful for. I also watched a talk given by Jeffrey R. Holland. I don´t remember what it was called but it was about the Atonement and why missions are so difficult. But most importantly, I want you all to read this talk that I read the other day by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. I believe it was given in the October of 2012 session. You may all remember it, but I would like everyone to go back, read it, and apply the principles you find in there. It is called ¨Regrets and Resolutions.¨ I was going through the Liahona the other day and came across this and it hit me pretty hard. It´s really crazy how fast time flies. I distinctly remember having Field Day at Bell View Elementary School 7 years ago. I could hardly think about playing with my friends out on the field, but waiting to be checked out of school for a very special occasion. This would be the day that my first nephew would be born. It seems like that day was just yesterday, and Hayden is already 7 years old. We need to remember how short life is in comparison to Eternity, and we shouldn´t have any regrets looking back on life as we are lying on our death bed. We won´t look back and remember the days we worked and how much money we had in the bank, but the days and memories we spent and made with our families. Now work is necessary to support for our families, but we need to make sure there is that balance. I look back and distinctly remember the little things we did as a family or our family vacations and how special those are to me. I just really love this talk and it made me think a lot about how important family is. One thing that is hard for me and my weakness is that I always think about how much we preach/talk about how important the family is, but yet I can´t see mine for 2 years. It is extremely tough for me but I know I am here to bring the joy and happiness we have to other families as well. Anyways I would love it if you guys all could read that talk, think about it, and ponder it while we are all still young! Anyways it sounds like you guys did well at the Wells Fargo picnic party. Weird how I´m not there and everyone miraculously does well and wins stuff. Just more proof of the bad luck I wear on my shoulders everywhere I go. Anyway, I can´t think of a whole lot more to say. I love you all and thanks for everything.
For those of you who are interested in reading President Uchtdorf's talk,Go here