Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mother's Day and Diligence

Hello, hello friends and family!

I apologize again for the lack of details these last couple of weeks! I shall repent and try again....

How are you all?! I hope things are going great back at home and in your crazy busy lives with work, school, etc...The Chilean life is grand. I love it...so much! Yesterday was awesome talking to the family for Mother’s Day. It was a great treat to keep the energy up and moving. Well, unfortunately yesterday the energy was completely destroyed after we went to lunch...3 gigantic pieces of steak and a mountain of mashed potatoes later....there was no hope. But yes it was very much delicious ;)

The work has been moving great here in Galvarino. We are now teaching 3 people in our focus group: Emilia (age 10), Yessica (age 40) and Joseph (age 10). They all have accepted baptismal dates and are very excited to be baptized. It has been so awesome being here in their progression. It is so amazing to see how the spirit works in their lives. I will give more updates on them later when we teach them this week but we would love if you could all pray for them to receive answers to their prayers and achieve this goal of baptism. Thank you!

Something awesome that I learned in my scripture study this last week was about how the Book of Mormon repeats the word Diligence many times throughout the book. It stood out to me as I was reading in all the small books between 2 Nephi and Moroni. I looked up the definition for Diligence. It says, to strive constantly and valiantly, particularly the service of the Lord and obedience to His word. I really love this definition. It gives us an idea of how we must be working, and acting every day of our lives. I know that if we are diligent in keeping the commandments, serving the Lord and obeying every word, we will have His Guidance and love every second of our lives.

I love you all so much and I really do appreciate your love and devotion to serve the Lord. I hope you all have a great week this week and I will talk to you all later!

Love,

Elder Callister

What we do when we get bored on the bus.....




And just one more for fun!


Papa Johns in Chile, Futbol and Clowns



There is a Sister here that says I look like the clown picture below....I had no response.



More fun pics


Just keep running....

This is our running partner....Presidente May! ;)


Back from the dead....

Hello my amazing friends and family!!

Very sorry for the delay in writing. I was very sick last week and was not even able to get out of bed... but I have risen from the dead and I am ready to go again! Wooo!!

Last week was very busy, not so fun from the sickness but manageable. We had the baptism of Emanuel! He was so happy and we could feel the spirit so strong in his testimony. I know that the spirit has changed his heart and that he is a true disciple of Christ.

This week on Thursday we have another baptism of a girl named Yadranka. She is 10 years old and soooo excited to be baptized! We are very excited to see this family be a completed family with everyone baptized and ready to go to the temple. I love this work so much!

A thought from my studies this week:

I have seen the effects of what occurs when one obeys the commandments and when one does not obey the commandments so many times in my mission. Every day I see it. I feel a need to express my desire for all of you to continue to be faithful in the gospel...doing the simple things and putting emphasis in these little things...things like reading your scriptures, saying your morning and nightly prayers, and going to church, all with an intensified focus on searching for the comforting feelings of the Holy Spirit. He changes lives. These things are so essential in our spiritual progression and our learning here in mortality. It has brought me protection and has allowed me to feel a constant love from my Father in Heaven. Obeying or disobeying the commandments does not only affect you, it affects the people around us too. As we obey, we can and will be a light unto the world and literally save souls. I love the Lord and I am so grateful for his Gospel. I love each and every one of you and pray that you feel the Lord’s love each and every day. I hope you all have a beautiful week this week. Que dieu vous benisse (French: May God bless you) :)

Love,

Elder Callister




Huge Sandwiches! Working hard and loving my mission!

Howdy Yáll!

Forgive me for not writing for such a long time! I don’t think I will ever get this writing thing down (timing wise).

I hope all of you are doing great! Life here in Chile has been awesome! We had a baptism Last week with Ramón Moisès Palma Palma! He is so amazing! His life has changed so much these last few weeks! We have another baptism this next week April 8th and we are super excited for him! His name is Emanuel. Please keep him in your prayers!

We have been having so much fun here! Doing service projects, Eating Giant Completos, zone activities and a tone of other great stuff! Life is so amazing in the mission and I hope that everyone can have this experience in their lives. The work is amazing and the gospel is true. Keep on pressing forward in all that you do and the Lord will bless you in every aspect of your life. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love,

Elder Callister










Ramon's baptism! - an interesting menu choice; and what will Elder Callister look like in 50 years??

Baptism pics of Ramòn!



The plate: Watita....I wasn`t a huge fan of cow stomach...


My comp and y in 50 years.... ;D