Monday, October 27, 2014


 Sounds like we´re having an exciting season!! Blackout game and a win right at the very end... oh my gosh I would have been going crazy.  That´s so sick though.. hopefully we can keep it going. One question I had.. do we lose a lot of key seniors this season? By the way.. thanks for all the updates.. and pictures. Love the pictures! LET´S GO!!!!!! What is the latest with the press and everything? Utah been getting a lot of attention? What are they ranked now? Sounds like the schedule coming up is pretty tough.. it´s the toughest schdule in the country right? Keep the updates coming! Also, Happy Halloween this week! They don´t celebrate it here... but I´m sure my nephews are excited to get a ton of candy... looking forward to the pictures of their costumes! 
           Okay for the update for this week. J and his son came to church again. They are doing really well and the son loves going to primary! He´s going to have an interview with another missionary on Wednesday to see what´s holding him back from getting baptized. It´s frustrating.. he loves everything.. and I even left him Alma 32 to read and he absolutely LOVED it. He told me it´s exactly what he needed. But for some reason he just doesn´t want to accept a date to be baptized yet. We´ll see what happens on Wednesday. M.. she´s also frustrating me. Everytime we visit her she starts talking about the Sabbath Day and how she thinks it should be on Saturday. She´s also looking for the actual evidence of the Book of Mormon. She says the ruins of the people in the Book of Mormon aren´t here and all that crap. It´s like oh my gosh.. she doesn´t even have internet so how would she even know? And yes, they are here. But whatever. She´s still going to institute and reading and everything, but wasn´t able to come to church. We told her we can´t teach her anymore until she feels okay with what we´ve already taught here and that everything is true. We talked about how she needs to look for the spiritual message in the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it´s true, but continues to break down every word. It´s like first she´s trying to destroy it first and if she can´t, she´ll believe it. But oh well, just continue to pray for her. We did have a talent show, and it went really well. J and B came, and really enjoyed it. At the last second, the young men´s president asked my companion and me to participate in a skit. This is the guy that has been trying to lose weight because he wants to serve a mission (he´s 25). Anyways he´s awesome and so we hurried and practiced downstairs. Let me just say, we were the hit of the night. We did an awesome skit, and after Jehu told me that I should be in Hollywood. That reminds me, a dude the other day saw a picture of Jeremy and said he looks like Jim Carrey. Anyways, hahaha I probably can´t send the video, but here´s what we did. My companion was the director, and basically a kid cut his arm, went to his dad, and the dad called the ambulance. The ambulance came, and took him away. But, everytime, the director didn´t like it. He kept changing it.. ¨no no no, we need more emotion!¨ We did it 5 times... (faster, slower, more emotion, hysterical, and normal.) Anyways, I was the ambulance and paramedic, and I just went all out. Needless to say, people thought it was the funniest thing in the world. Elder K, the senior missionary, filmed it with my camera, and you can hear him laughing sooo hard. Haha he said he wants to send the video into the mission to put it in on the Christmas video. Anyways, it was really fun. Okay, here´s a crazy story. On Thursday morning, my companion and I left early in the morning to go to the gym. As we were walking, a car flies by the side of us, turns in front of us, and slams on the breaks. 3 people get out of the car, with like FBI vests on, and shout at us, ¨HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACKS AND GET UP AGAINST THE CAR!!¨ I just look at my companion and we´re like WHAT THE FREAK? So they grab us and put us against the car and we´re like hey we´re missionaries!!! Then they look at us, and are like where´s your identification?? I, of course, didn´t have my Chilean license with me because we were just walking to the gym, but my companion did. I just point at my missionary plaque... I have... this. He´s like, ¨That´s not official identification.¨ Well no duh sherlock but I´m not whoever you think I am. Hahaha as soon as they realized we were different people, they were so quick to get into the car and they just drove off. After, a cop car drove by with the lights off really fast. Hahaha my bad luck never fails me. This coming week I don´t think there´s anything too exciting.. but that´s about it for the update. 
     Thanks for the family pictures.. the first one was the one I was talking about. I haven´t gotten my package yet, it hasn´t been there. We´re going again today, so we´ll if it´s there. Hopefully! As for the zone pictures, I don´t remember what I was laughing at haha. And the other one, I thought we were all doing a funny picture. Apparently I was hearing things because nobody else got that message.. Hahahaha :)
   Alright, well that´s about it. Happy Halloween, and good luck to my Utes next week. Hopefully we can keep it rolling and keep winning.  I love just my Utes and college football!!!! I love you all!!

I will now finish with one of my dreams: (This dream was from awhile ago.. so Grandma was in it)

¨We were walking along David Street and all of a sudden we feel a weird sensation as the whole ground shifts. All of a sudden a wave comes and gets our feet a little wet. All of a sudden we are on Gobernador (a street in Santa Sabina) and we´re running. I´m with my Mom, Dad, and Jon. We get to a random house and my grandma´s outside and asks my Dad to open to the door. My mom and dad think we´re far enough away and any more tsunami waves won´t reach us so they stay at my Grandma´s house. Jon and I think we should probahbly run further, so we do. We keep running running, and all of a sudden I see Jon look back, and his jaw just drops. I look back too, and there´s a GIGANTIC wave coming. He starts yelling at me that we need to turn left (there´s a small opening that leads to a different street) and we enter into a small bar. Then I woke up.¨ 

Yes I know Jon, I don´t know why you´re always in my dreams. 

P.S. I just got really good news. The elder from Santa Sabina.. just showed me a picture and GUESS WHAT? N´s husband GOT BAPTIZED!!!!! Oh my gosh.. I´m so happy haha. She goes to church every week, and they´re doing really well. The husband looked really happy. Their daughter went to the baptism too and is interested. The elder is going to send me the picture so I´ll see if I can send it to you guys next week. 

Zone Conference- October 2014

Trenton being a dork :)

Monday, October 20, 2014


   CONGRATZ TO MY UTES FOR THE BIG WIN IN CORVALLIS AGAINST OREGON ST. Double overtime.. sounds like it was an exciting game. Also sounds like the quarterbacks aren´t playing too hot.. but Booker sounds like a stud. Those blackout helmets are soooo legit. Wish I could see the game next week.. ugh. It´s okay. There´s always next season. I keep clicking on the picture to see the helmets cuz they´re that sick. Anyways, yes I am now 21, and it was basically just like any other day in the mission. At night, we just went and bought a bunch of dessert and stuff.  I have not gotten my package yet.. maybe it´s in the office right now I don´t know. We´re heading there after so I´ll see. As for our investigators, J and his son B came to church on Sunday. M wasn´t able to because she had to go visit her parents. J and B are progressing well, but still aren´t positive about baptism. This week, we have an interview set up with another missionary to see what´s up. M already had her interview, and wow, it´s a long story. Actually, she went to institute on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and absolutely LOVES it. She´s a really good investigator, but her only 2 doubts are: She doesn´t know if the Book of Mormon is true, and she thinks the Sabbath Day is Saturday. She´s been reading the Book of Mormon and everything she should, but she just doesn´t recognize her answer yet. It´s frustrating actually. We don´t really know what else we can do for her, so we talked a little bit and we´re going to quit teaching her for a week or two, and just invite her to go to institute and church. We figured if we keep teaching her the same thing and keep asking her if she´s gotten her answer, she´s just going to keep saying the same thing and never make a decision. So, we plan on telling her that today or tomorrow... whenever we can meet with her. We´ve found a couple new investigators this week, but we´ve just had 1 visit with them so I´ll keep you updated if they end up progressing a little bit. With that family whose Dad passed away.. we´ve only been able to visit them once since he passed away. I did share with them that recently my Grandma passed away, and I shared my testimony with them. I actually had only told one person my grandma had passed away, and that was Elder A, but I felt like I should tell them and share my testimony. Dad, if you would like to send an email or a letter, feel free. I can translate it if you want, or Jon, it doesn´t matter. I think they would actually enjoy that. One other thing... can someone send me through email the family picture? The one where we´re all wearing blue or gray or whatever? I´d like to print one off to show to investigators and less actives.. that´s one idea I had. Anyways, remember the letter if you do decide to send it, should be sent pretty soon cuz I might only be here for a month more.. I don´t know how long it takes for letters to get here. Less time I´m sure.. but just in case. Meet the Mormons. I knew it was coming out because I read about it on the church website, but nobody here even knows about it. Like 3/4 of the members here don´t even know there´s a church website, so it´s not too surprising. The song Glorious... yeah I have it on my phone. There´s actually a song that sounds just like David Archuleta that I always wondered if it was him.. I can´t remember if it was that one though. Mom, I´m glad you´re starting to feel better. That was a cool story to hear about your prayer that was answered. It´s always cool to see us receive blessings, but they always come after demonstrating our faith. Thanks for keeping the blog updated.. one question is what´s going on with my facebook? You did end up figuring out the password right? That seems to be the case, since you sent me updates on what people had said. About picking me up..yeah if you guys just want to save up for Disneyland, it´s all good. Disneyland is dope. But if you´re like my companion´s grandpa, you guys can do the both. Okay I´ll explain that: Last night, my companion actually told me that his grandpa, 7 years ago, won Kino.. or basically the lottery. He wasn´t exactly sure how much money he won, but it was apparently at least over 5 million dollars. Haha oh my gosh... and his mom is the only child, and the grandpa has bought every single grandson a car, their own house, and just everything. Haha I was like oh my gosh how lucky can you get. Anyways, just a cool story.   Tomorrow, we have zone conference which should be fun.  Anyways we went to the gym today again.. we try to go Monday-Friday. There´s a personal trainer there.. she´s a chick and she always corrects me on how to do the exercises. Yes, my pride gets shot every time. Anyways I hope Brian had a good birthday and everyone else is doing well. We have a talent show this Friday combined with another ward in the stake, and it should be interesting. Not a whole lot of people from our ward are going to participate, but apparently the other ward a lot of people are going to. We aren´t going to be doing anything.. I don´t have any talents that consist of me standing on a stage and doing something cool, or else I would :)  Sorry, this letter sucked. It´s hard every week thinking of new stuff that happened, when basically nothing new really does happen haha. RISE AND GRIND. Good luck to my Utes again this week against USC. One more win and we´re bowl eligible. LET´S GO. How´s the rest of the Pac-12 panning out? Well, if I think of anything else, I´ll hit you up with another email... but know that I love all of you and hope all is well!

Random p.s. I have a dream journal. I thought to make my letters more interesting, I could maybe include a dream I had this past week. 

¨I had some type of device that I held onto to make me fly. It was so awesome. I was legit flying and it felt so good. I landed, then I took off again with a different device a little more uncomfortable. I was scared I was going to let go and fall. I saw a tree coming with a small gap with no branches or leaves, but I knicked a branch and it slowed me down a ton. I was miracously okay though. Then, I landed, and retook off, but very gently and softly. I barely got off the ground, but high enough that a dog kept barking and trying to bit my leg. I tried acting like I was bending down to grab a rock to throw at it, but it didn´t work. All I could do was keep kicking it in the face with my shoe. I saw Jon closeby, so I started screaming his name so he could help me. He didn´t. Then I woke up.¨

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Well, where do I even start this letter? Wait I know.. how I usually do. Hello everyone! I don´t have a whole lot to update you guys on this week... it´s just been a regular week. First off, I want to thank you all for the letters and the happy birthday wishes. I even.. wait a minute... I just want you guys to hear me out on this one.... I even got a letter from the great JEREMY! I know I know... I´m pretty special :) just kidding Jeremy.. by the way.. that news about Angels and Airwaves coming out with a new CD got me soooooo excited you don´t even know. Soooo sick. I´m glad Grandma´s funeral went well. I wish I would have known my letter would have been read in the funeral.. I would have written more :/ I thought that was cool that all of Grandma and Grandpa´s grandsons served missions.. half of them in Chile. That´s awesome. I really wish I could have been at the funeral.. the memory Trevor shared about Grandma talking about Robyn´s brownies seriously made me laugh out loud. Oh my gosh... I remember that.. so freaking hilarious.  Anyways I really enjoyed all the pictures... thanks for everything! Also Mom, I´m glad everything is going well for you now... that´s not good about the infection but I hope you´re starting to feel better now. Just know I´ve been praying for you every day. I can´t believe I turn 21 tomorrow. It hasn´t really hit me.. every day is basically the same here. I don´t think I´ll be doing anything special tomorrow.. just the usual. If I could I would bake a cake.. but I´m in Chile and we don´t have an oven haha. My last birthday in the mission.. time passes by so fast. Anyways for the update for this week. We had M, J, and his son B come to church this week. M is progressing really well. We fasted with her on Sunday so that she can receive an answer to her prayers. She has 2 doubts: She thinks the Sabbath Day is on Saturday and... she doesn´t know if the Book of Mormon is true. In fact, the other day she said after she prayed, she felt really bad, and felt that the Book of Mormon was false. I know it´s normal and part of the mission, but when she said that I almost freaked out because I was so offended hahaha. Freak.. THE BOOK OF MORMON IS TRUE. Anyways we´re working with her.. but she´s already been baptized twice by immersion in other churches so it´s been a little difficult. When she reads the Book of Mormon, every single word or the way it was phrased was suspicious to her. We´ve gotten her to try and focus on the MESSAGE and not the physical evidence of everything. Anyways, just pray for her. J and B are doing well too. J just says he wants to be sure sure before he gets baptized. He likes reading the Book of Mormon.. he´s a really smart guy. He said the other he doesn´t think the Book of Mormon could be false because of how well it is written and so sophisticated. Haha our investigators right now like physical evidence of stuff. E wasn´t able to come to church because her dad was a little sick. We´ve gained their trust a lot and we´re working well with them.  I´ll keep you guys updated. We went and played soccer again today as a zone... after we went to the gym so I´m so worn out right now. By the way Mom, changes were last week.  So Mom, in 5 more weeks we have changes again, and I imagine I´ll probably be leaving Laguna Redonda to finish in my last sector. Anyways I can´t think of much else to report.. we´re just working hard and I´m trying to keep my house under control haha. I also want to wish Brian a happy birthday on the 19th!!!!! Next Monday will be the 20th so I wanted to take advantage this week.. I hope all goes well and you enjoy the day! Freak.. Brian is such a baller. There´s also one more thing I need.... I got a letter from the mission asking for some information. I will forward it home so you guys can see.. although it´s in Spanish. Anyways I need to fill it out and send it back as soon as possible.. but I needed to ask you guys. Anyways...

It asks me for this information: 

1. Where the nearest airport to my house is
2. Your email
3. The name of our stake and the name of stake president.
4. If you guys have moved since I´ve been gone. (Did they really ask me this?) Jk.... :) 


5. If I´m going to be travelling with my parents.. or anyone else for that matter.I guess what I´m getting at is.... is anyone planning on coming to pick me up? 

And that´s all the information that I need... Obviously I only need the full name of Kelly and whether or not anyone is coming to pick me up.. I know the rest... Duh.. I´m almost 21. 

Anyways I love you all and again.. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!!

One more thing that I forgot.. lately we have been visiting a family that attends church in a different city but live here. Their dad was the first branch president, and was a faithful member all his life. He had been sick for a long time.. and we always visited them because they have been devastated. About a week and a half ago.. the doctors said they could no longer do anything and that they just needed to wait until he passed away. He was in the house for awhile, and we visited him on Thursday night I believe. He wasn´t doing very well. He was just laying in his bed, hardly able to breath or talk. He manages to whisper... ¨blessing.¨   So... we gave him a blessing. The next morning, the daughter calls me thanking me for everything, and said that her dad had passed away during the night. She was crying.. and I felt so bad and didn´t really know what to tell her. Anyways, they´re a good family, and we´re going to be passing by to see how they´re doing. 

Grandma Neilson's funeral program
Trenton was an honorary pallbearer

Again, I love you Grandma Neilson!‏

Hey everyone. How are you all? I hope all is well. The President let me know Saturday night after priesthood session that Grandma had passed away. I´m sad.. and yes it´s hard. I was thinking as I neared the end of my mission that I would get to see her again, but she was needed somewhere else at this time. I know like you said Mom, she´s happy know because she´s free from that mental bondage she was in. One question I have now is how´s grandpa doing? I was thinking about him the other day. How´s his health? I hope he´s doing okay. I don´t know why, but the other day I got the urge just to sit down with him and take a pen and a notebook, and learn more about his life. I think that would be cool. Anyways tell him that I love him and am praying for him. Thanks for sending the obituary.. I enjoyed reading it. Man, I wish I could be at the funeral. I think that´s the hardest thing.. just knowing I can´t be with everyone right now. How´s Dad doing? Well, this week was a little tough for me, but something that helped me and will continue to help me is thinking about how other people need this knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. I know Grandma is watching me and wanting me to continue to work hard, and not feel bad. I just imagine her so happy right now feeling relieved from her pains, and being with her loved ones on the other side.  

  General Conference was awesome. I received an answer to all 3 of my questions I had which was cool. I was able to watch it in English with the other people in my zone, and also with the President for the priesthood session. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you guys all did too. I´m glad Mom, that you were able to write down some questions, and that you received your answers. "I" did end up getting baptized, so that was cool. I´m glad he was able to receive his answer and decided to make the decision. For the general conference, we had a special goal for the zone. We taught zone class last week, and we put the goal to have 20 investigators attend general conference with a baptismal date. For the past 3-4 weeks, we´ve had about 3 or 4 investigators in total in church with a date. This goal was really high, but we were determined to elevate the faith of the missionaries here. Being in this zone (known as the toughest zone in the mission) sometimes gets to missionaries and they think it´s impossible. The President and his wife actually came to the class, and they loved the goal we put. We said if we got the goal, we would make a really nice breakfast for the whole zone. The President loved it so much, that he said if we got the goal, we could do the breakfast in his house. Everyone worked their butts off this week, but we weren´t quite able to reach the goal. We had the people to do it, but at the end some people just weren´t able to come. We did however, improve a ton. We had 11 people in General Conference with a baptismal date. We, in our sector, had 4. M, J and his son B, and E. B is now 8 (birthday was on October 1st) and E is now 9 (daughter of a less active). M went to the Saturday afternoon session, and the other 3 the Sunday afternoon session. It seemed like for exactly what each person needed, they just so happened to go to the right session. It´s awesome how that all ¨just worked out¨ Anyways we gotta keep working hard to make sure we as a zone can keep bringing these people to church. This morning, the President came to our house to bring us muffins as a thanks for all our efforts this week. He actually went to every house in the zone to give muffins to the missionaries, which was awesome. I love the President and his wife... they´re such good people. As for changes this week, I will be staying here in Laguna Redonda. My companion as well, will be staying. Elder A will be leaving, and a Chilean will be replacing him.   With my journal, I have been horrible. I sometimes write for days in the past to try and catch up, but after a long day I just do not feel like writing in it. It sucks.. because I know I will want to look back on it like you said. For now, I will put the goal to be good at writing in my journal. Also, I´ll have all the letters I´ve written home, so that should be good. Well Mom, good luck in your surgery. I´ve been praying for you so that all goes well, and will continue to pray for you. Thanks for everything, and let me know if there´s anything I can do for you guys. I thought it was cool about Robyn´s baby girl... Grandma really did love babies. She always said,¨Well isn´t he just the cutest little thing?¨ Like you said, she probably went right there when she got there. Well family, I love you all and hope all is well. I can´t be at the funeral, but just know that I wish I could and I´ll be thinking of you guys and Grandma. Once again, tell Grandpa that I love him and miss him. I love you all!!

Message from President Arrington

We let Trenton know via email to his Mission President, about his Grandma Neilson's passing.  We were so appreciative of President Arrington's kind words of sympathy, as well as the great words he had to say about Trenton.

Dear Brother and Sister Neilson,

Thank you so much for letting us know.  We extend our sincere sympathy and love to you and your family at this difficult time. 

We mentioned to Elder Neilson on Thursday the update you had given us last week.  As you mentioned, it was not a surprise to him.  He said he knew she would be in a much better place and much better off if she were to pass on to the other side of the veil. 

We will let him know in person this afternoon or evening and then will let you know how he is doing, if that would be OK.  If he feels he would like to talk with you we can let him call you as well.  

Thank you so much for sharing Elder Neilson with us.  He is such a wonderful missionary and a great leader.  He is assigned to a zone where we need leaders with faith, determination and excitement for the work.  He possesses all of those qualities. 

Once again, we are sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you.


President and Sister Arrington

Later on that night:

Brother and Sister Neilson

I spoke with Elder Neilson earlier this evening and let him know.  He wanted you to know that he is doing OK.  He was prepared for the news.  He said he will write you on Monday.  

Please let us know if there is anything more we can do.

Presidente Kent J. Arrington

Love you Grandma‏

Today, more than anything, after hearing about the bad news, I would like to send a different type of letter home. I know everything happens in God´s time. It´s not what we want, or what someone else wants, it´s what God needs. We can´t be selfish, and we need to learn to trust in God. On my mission up until now, I have grown to love this Gospel and the knowledge it brings. The knowledge of the Plan of Salvation is one of the things I treasure the most. I´m big on the family, as I love all of you guys so much, and I´m forever grateful to have the opportunity to live with each and every one of you forever. Before coming to this earth, we know we all lived with our Father in Heaven. We did not have bodies, but we all knew each other. We were not able to progress there, and that´s why we are here on the earth. God sent us to here to receive a body, and to pass through many trials and afflictions. As I´m sure all of you know, this life is not easy. In the eternal scheme of things, we are here for about 4 minutes.. such a short amount of time. However, these 4 minutes we have here are so very important. We must learn to submit to God´s will, and to keep his commandments. We must have faith, repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and ENDURE to the end. The end of what? Not only this life, but to the END. God knew we would make mistakes, so he provided the perfect plan for us. His Son. Jesus Christ was sent to the earth to establish the church, leave us his teachings, and atone for our sins. We will never ever fully understand what he did for us. What we do know however, is that he suffered every single pain, affliction, and temptation that we have felt, so that we can repent and be clean from our sins. We know very well, that these 4 minutes at some point, must come to an end. It is sad, yes, but if we can understand the whole plan that our Father in Heaven has provided for us, we will be able to keep moving forward with that end goal in mind: Eternal life with our families in the presence of God. Something incredible is that we will all be resurrected. It does not matter what decisions we make in this life, it is a free gift from God. Every single person will have a perfect body. Nobody will have any scars, pains, cancer, alzheimers, or anything like that. What we will have though, is a knowledge of everything we did on the earth. If we have kept the commandments and have done what God asks of us, we will be judged according to that and live forever in the Celestial Kingdom. We don´t need to worry about the other kingdoms. All we have to do is worry about what we need to do here or what we need to change, so we can live eternally with our families and God. As we learn from one of my favorite scriptures that I have grown to love out here in D&C 14:7, we will have eternal life, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God. I know the Plan of Salvation is true, and I know the happiness it brings to each and every one of us. I have seen it change lives, and it gives us a greater purpose on this earth. I know for a fact there is more after this life, and I´m so grateful for that.

I just want Grandma to know that I love her and she raised one heck of a son. I know when God calls her to go, she will be going to a better place, and a greater joy than she can imagine is awaiting her. I know it. 

This past week was just a regular week. Nothing too exciting. M wasn´t able to come to church because she left town to go celebrate her Dad´s birthday. She is doing really well though. She says if she finds that the Book of Mormon agrees with the Bible, she´ll get baptized. I´m not too sure what her doubts are because our last 2 visits with her I had to go to some interviews. I went to go do an interview with a 20 year old kid from Ecuador on Friday. He had a baptismal date but the missionary told me he didn´t think he was ready. As I started the interview, he told me he no longer had the desires to get baptized. I talked with him for awhile, and he said he just didn´t feel like he needed to do it. We read some scriptures, and at the end, I left him a chapter to read from the Book of Mormon. I told him to read it, and pray about it after. I also helped him to recognize an answer to his prayers. I found out on Sunday from the other missionary, that he showed up to church. His name is "I" by the way. He went up to the missionary, told him he had read the chapter I left him, prayed, and that he wanted to get baptized. That made me happy and I´m glad he is going to make the decision.Anyways, we have changes next week, and we´re not sure what´s going to happen. I figured I would be with the argentines another change, but again the President told us today that he´s going to lower some zone leaders to train the new missionaries. With my comp only have 2 changes left, we think he might leave to go train. It would be weird because he´s only been here 1 change.. but it could happen. Or I could leave... it´s all up in the air. Elder A will probably be leaving too.. I´ve become really good friends with him. Anyways, I´ll let you guys know next week. The council thing was good today.. we talked about how to better work with the members. Then after, we went to go play some volleyball with all the leaders. Me and Hermana R were on the same team, and we killed it. Haha we just set it to each other all the time and just wrecked the other teams :) I don´t know what else happened this week. As for this coming week, I´m really excited for General Conference. Once again, I would like to invite you all to write down a list of questions to want answered while you watch the conference. Don´t forget the Saturday sessions.. they´re usually the best ;P Sounds like Utah Football hasn´t changed much.. choking in Pac-12 play. Freaking offense. Playing not to lose has killed them for the past freaking 5 years. I think maybe hiring a coach that plays to win and plays aggresive wouldn´t hurt. Oh well... maybe they can turn it around and make a bowl game. As for the packages Mom, whatever you decide to do I´m fine with. I definitely won´t complain about a package tho.. :)  Anyways I love you all and I´ll talk to you all next week!!!

GO UTES! 3-0‏

Hello everyone! How´s it all going? I´m here once again just to let you all know. By the way, CONGRATZ to my Utes! Getting a W at the Big House. Sick. Okay so funny story here... Friday I was laying in my bed just relaxing when all of a sudden Elder A says, hey this kid looks like a nice returned missionary that just got married to a really good looking wife. I´m like let me see... then I get the Liahona.. and I start looking at the picture and I´m like..... WAIT A MINUTE.... THAT´S MY COUSIN!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha freaking Jordy Marshall and Melissa are in the Liahona. Elder A felt like the biggest idea and I was laughing soooooooooooo hard I can´t even explain it. I´m sure they knew they were going to be in there... anyways I don´t know if it´s in the Ensign or what not too but it was so random. Haha it´s a decent sized picture too. If it´s not in the Ensign or you can´t find it, I´ll take a picture next week. Okay now that I finally got to tell you guys that story, I´ll give you an update on the investigators. This week was a little difficult with all the 18th of September. A lot of people weren´t home and what not, but we were able to bring 2 investigators to church. One was M, and the other is named M. M is Evangelico.. Evangelist? I don´t know. Anyways we´ll keep working with her but mostly M is progressing the most. She has already been baptized twice, but she is in the process of praying to see if she needs to get baptized again. She´s awesome, and is loving coming to church. Her idea was to make fliers for P and post them everyone, so we just need to find out the prices of the haircuts and she´s going to do it. A couple of members came up to us and mentioned that from the 1st time she came to church, they felt like she would get baptized and be a really good member. Let´s hope they´re right.. we just gotta keep working with her. J has been out of town for like a week, but gets back today. We´re going to go visit him tomorrow and see what´s up. We´ve had contact with him on the phone, and he seems to be doing fine. Other than that, we are still working hard to find more investigators. 
 Anyways, the 18th of September was pretty fun. We went to the activity for 2 hours, and watched some dances. I feel like last year in Yungay was better, just because it was a little town and everything was going on in the plaza. But it was good, and we ate a barbecue for lunch. We´ve eaten a ton of empanadas.. and mote con huesillo. It´s like stewed corn with a peach in a peach juice kinda. It´s pretty good actually.. but I miss the desserts from home.. much better :)  Haha actually the other day, a guy opened his door after we knocked, and started yelling at me telling me that he doesn´t associate with people from the United States, because they´re of the devil. I was like oh that´s cool, but I´m from Canada. He was like.. oh okay you´re okay then. Hahahaha my comp was laughing so hard. 
 What else.... I don´t know. Mom, about the package for Christmas.. I was thinking the same thing. Just save the money for some clothes or a phone or something.. I don´t know. For my birthday, I don´t really NEED anything. It´s always nice getting a package, but if you also wanna save the money it´s all good.. I won´t mind. I loved the pictures of the Chilean celebration.. another day you´ll have to make some empanadas.. they´re so good. I´m sick of them now because we´ve eaten about 30 the past few days, but still. I also LOVED the videos Trevor sent me of the dance party... I freaking loved the Die Young video of them playing the drums. I love all them so much. CAN´T WAIT to hang out with them again. That´s too bad Tanner´s grandpa passed away... Tanner said he went downhill pretty fast.. :/ Thanks for the update on the extended family... that sucks we don´t really get together much anymore.. but I´m glad Grandpa has those people living with him and helping him out. I´m jealous you guys got to see Elder Holland speak at the rededication.. I´m excited for General Conference and know we will hear a lot of great talks. Anyways that´s all I can think of for now... if I think of anything else I´ll hit you guys up with another email. Oh by the way, we started hitting up the gym. I´m gonna be buying some protein today Mom since I wasn´t able to get the other stuff.. and it´s expired. We went today and I´m already sore haha. It´s like 30 bucks a month... is that cool? Figured I could afford to gain some weight ya know? :) Anyways I love you all so much.. and thanks for all the letters and updates. I´ll talk to you guys all next week!!

p.s. I´m glad the boys got their letters, and Dad for his birthday.

p.s.s. Hayden´s dance moves are so legit

p.s.s.s. Utah´s jerseys/helmets are SICK

Basketball is my favorite sport, I like the way they dribble up and down the court‏

Well, here I am.. dead tired. Haha we had a zone activity which was really fun today. We went to one of the only few churches in Chile that have a ¨gym¨ inside the church to play some sports. We played a little basketball, volleyball, and soccer. We just shot around before everyone got there, because nobody else really wanted to play basketball. Anyways it was soooo nice shooting inside. It was a carpet floor and I wouldn´t really say the hoops are actual hoops, but it´s all good. Then we played volleyball. My team KILLED it. I get really competitive and it was a nice change.. because I miss that :( It went well though but wow I´m out of shape. Okay so a little update for this week. On Saturday we had a mission wide service day. Our zone went to the cemetary here in Concepcion and cleaned up a little bit. There was a lot of evidence of the earthquake in 2010.. it was crazy. There were also like a bunch of locked up doors that lead to stairs that go beneath graves. I was in legit Call of Duty zombies, so I felt right at home. Just couldn´t find the mystery box or the Ray Gun.. but it´s all good. (Only Germs would understand that) Anyways I have a cool story from this week. Friday was a really long day... we had a lot of appointments that fell through and it just wasn´t a good day. At 9:20, 10 minutes before going into our house, we go to our last appointment in our apartment buildings.. Of course, it fell. My comp just sat down on the ground, and said let´s just go back a little early to start planning for the next day. I said no, we have 10 minutes left let´s go. So I start looking in my planner for any addresses we have of people we had talked to, and I find one. I had to convince my companion, but we went and knocked on a door. A lady opens up, and she´s crying. She said it was a shame we had to see her like that, but that she sometimes felt really alone. Anyways, we talked to her for a little bit outside, and wow, she´s awesome. She proceeds to tell us that she doesn´t drink, smoke, party, or live with someone in her apartment because she knows that´s not the right thing to do. Anyways, we set an appointment for Saturday. So Saturday, we go with a member, and she´s not there. We call her, and she tells us she was still working and to come back in 2 more hours. So, we pass by 2 hours later with a member, and she calls us and tells us she wasn´t going to make it. We invite her to church, and she says yes. So Sunday morning comes, and we go pick her up. She came to church, and she really liked it. In the Gospel Principes class, she wanted to give the prayer and was making a ton of dope comments. A recent convert named P that we´ve been visiting makes a comment about how she´s been having a tough time with her hair cutting business. I hear her say this every time we go over because she always complains about it. The church helped her out awhile, but then the bishop told her they couldn´t do it anymore. Anyways, Sunday afternoon, the investigator calls us and tells us that she has an idea to help P out. Anyways, we have an appointment tonight and we´ll see what happens. She´s really solid and we´re excited to keep working with her. We also found another good investigator, but some weekends she travels to Curanilahue, the same place J always travels to.   Anyways, that´s pretty much been what´s up with this week. 
 I  miss Elder S like none other. By the way, he wrote me and told me he never got a message from you on Facebook, and that he had already had his farewell... oh well. And yes, the C family came to give me my package yesterday! I was so excited to see that family.  I miss them so much. M told me ¨Elder Neilson.. how in the world is your brother Jon still single?!¨ hahaha so there ya go Jon, if you want ya know ;) But I got my shoes, shocks and peach rings. The rest, I´m sure she wasn´t able to bring. I´m gonna go as long as I can before I wear my new shoes, but I have a feeling that will be pretty soon haha. Anyways Mom, yes I will probably clean the house a lot when I get home. I´ve just learned how awesome our house really is. You really should have Jeremy make you some completos. Mom, you should also try and make some chilean empanadas... they´re so good! Also, the interview went well. It was like a whole 10 seconds! He didn´t even ask about me, just other missonaries in the zone haha. That´s crazy Kayla is already going home. Went by fast. That´s exciting that Brian and Robyn are on a cruise.. I´m so jealous. how are the kids doing? Quick question... is Teagan just messing around when he says he didn´t remember Tanner from before or is that legit? If so.. that means he won´t remember me either haha. Booooooooo. (Teaskie throws chip at TV.. Gran Turismo) Remember that Teaskie? Hopefully everything goes well with Robyn.. Seems like everything will be fine if she just gets checks up every so often. I´ll keep praying for her. How´s Grandma and Grandpa doing? How´s all the relatives doing? Steve? Dave? Julie?  What has everyone been up to?  Brielle is getting kinda red hair like me? Haha that´s cool.. and that´s cool Carter is loving preschool. He has Mrs. King? Wow.. is she really still teaching? To answer Heather´s questions about less than 6 months.. there´s some times where I´m ready to be home (for example when I get frustrated with the people I live with), but other times where I love being a missionary and am not ready to come home (like finding M). That´s how the mission is. Anyways thanks for all your letters and everything... hope all goes well and you guys continue to do work!!! Love you!!!!!

Day of Service-cleaning up the cemetery in Concepcion