Well I made it here! I am serving here in Copiapo! It´s about 8 hours south of Antofagasta. My trainer for the next 3 months is Elder Fuller. He´s from Idaho, seems like things will be great!!! I don´t have really much else to share...just got to get to work. Also it just seems like Arizona here in Copiapo. Don't have much time this week to write but my P-day will be Monday. I´m glad to hear from everyone and sorry I can´t respond that much this week. Happy new years! hope everyone the best!!! Off to work!!!
We are pleased to inform you of the safe
arrival of Elder Grant Arthur Eagar in the Chile Antofagasta Mission. We are
thrilled to have Elder Eagar serving here with us. It was a pleasure to
greet him at the airport today and spend some time getting to know him.--Hermana Dalton
Well today Elder Eagar heads to Antofagasta, Chile. He will be leaving the CCM around 3pm today and have a nine hour flight to Santiago Chile. From there he will then board a smaller plane and fly from Santiago Chile up to Antofagasta. That flight should only be 2 hours. He then will report to the Mission President. Some where down the line we should either be getting a phone call or email to tell of his arrival to his mission.
Elder Eagar called on Christmas. He sounded so good. He is loving his time at the CCM but is so excited to leave and meet new people in his mission. As the mom of course, I cried a bit but I was so impress with how his testimony has grown and how he has turned into such an amazing young man. I have always been so proud to be able to call him my son. This new adventure is just icing on the cake. Love that boy of mine so much!
My goodness, I can´t believe my time here at the CCM is
almost over. There´s not much to really talk about since this last week has
been about getting ready to leave. My district is real sad that we´ll be
parting ways but it´s for the better!! Other than that, I´ll be leaving here
Monday the 28th in the evening and arriving to my mission sometime in the
afternoon on the 29th. I am extremely excited for that but also very nervous
for the things ahead. You just gotta have faith, as George Micheal's would say.
Its crazy to think that Christmas is just 2 days away, here
we´re in our own bubble so it just feels normal. But I am very excited that I
get to celebrate the Saviors birth here at this time. I know that Jesus Christ
lives. I know that he is our Savior. I have felt his comfort and strength in my
life. I am so excited to tell the people of Chile next week about this. I hope
that everyone has a moy Feliz Navidad.
Elder Eagar with Elder Josh Rolph
This Elder was so nice to deliver a special Christmas gift to Grant for me!
Wow, time fly´s when you´re serving the Lord! Things are
going well here at the CCM. The weather here is comparable to Arizona during
the winter. Cold in the morning but nice and warm by the afternoon. This past
week we had 78 people leave, which was half the CCM. So right now its pretty
empty with less than 80 missionaries here. Our zone has pretty much dissolved
with us being the only district left. It feels real empty here. In other news,
using Spanish is just coming with time. I´ve been trying to improve my grammar
so I don´t sound like an idiot when I talk. Spanish is different to English in
a few ways but also easier since you don´t have to use many in-between-words if
you understand what I´m saying. My district is still awesome, we feel like
we´ve known each other for years, since we see each other all the time. We´re
getting really excited to leave to our missions but we know we´ll miss each
other. Other than that life just goes on here at the CCM...
For a spiritual reflection...this past week there was a
couple things I had been praying and looking for to have, or receive an answer
to. Well while reading in the scriptures in the morning the spirit was
overwhelming and I received what I was looking for. And I know that Heavenly
Father hears and answers prayers. That as you search and read the scriptures it
allows for personal revelation to come. And most importantly it allows you to
come closer to Christ.
I´m grateful for all the love, support, and prayers! I hope
to hear more from y'all!!!
I would like to apologize in advance, my English, especially
grammar and spelling is starting to tank because of all this Espanol. Life is
going pretty well here at the CCM. Its staring to get empty since about 50 or
more people leave each week and not many people come during the holidays..oh
well, just means more pizza for us on Tuesday (pizza night). After this week
its just our district and the new people that showed up yesterday, for our
zone. There's other zones here but that's the smallest our zone has been since
I've been here. Other than that, things are going great. Since our trio was
split up, my Spanish has been improving so much because Elder Shelton lead most
of the lesson beforehand (he took 4 years of Spanish). Now, Elder Brayton and I
have to lead lessons which its improving our Spanish. Sitting in class all day
is starting to become a drag but that's all I have to complain about. I'm
excited to get into the field. Our district has been getting sick, except me.
There's some viral respiratory things going around and two companionship's in
our district have gotten Bronchitis and Laryngitis. But I take my vitamins so
I'm good. Can't believe its already been over 3 weeks here.
This last Sunday we got to watch the John Tanner movie. It
is extremely powerful. The faith that that man had is undeniable. I was truly
touched by his example. I learned from him to never doubt the Lord. He never
did, and even though he went through so many trials and hardships, his faith
and dedication to the Church will never be questioned. He literally gave
everything he owned and had to progress the Church in its early financial years.
I only hope to be that faithful and converted unto the Lord.
Thank you so much for all the emails that have been sent,
and hope you enjoy this.
Buenos tardes! Can't believe its been two weeks already!
Life here at the CCM isn't to shabby...although the food is starting to become
repetitive. Sadly our trio which was receiving a reputation as the 'Fantistico
Trio!', was split up. Elder Stradling was transferred to Provo and Elder
Shelton became assign to his old companion, so now it's Elder Brayton and I as
companions. Being a District Leader isn't bad at all, kinda fun actually. Our
Zone Leaders are heading to the field next week so its possible I might get
called to that position...ya'll find out next week. Spanish just keeps coming,
we're teaching 'investigators' each day and even though they're not real
investigators the spirit we feel and are lead by is. My district is awesome and
even our zone is. We get along so well compared to other groups. Also this week
I was able to give my first blessing to one of the Hermana's who was sick...it
was a neat experience. Oh yeah, sobre-nombres (Spanish for nickname) are given
to me quite frequently. Some include, La Machina, Mr Incredible, Buzz
Lightyear, Po from Kung fu Panda, and Andy Dwyer. We're all having a good time.
Tuesday night we had a prerecorded devotional from Elder
Bednar, and it was great. His main focus was about forgetting yourself and how
Christ whenever he was faced with pain, trials, and temptation, he focused
outwards instead of inwards. It was pretty powerful and really to much to
share. I know what I'm doing is right and I can feel and have seen the Lord
Thank you to everyone who's sent messages, I enjoy them and
hope for more.
Received our first letter today from our Elder.
Here it is:
Wow! This has been quite a week! The first 3 days were quite
and adventure and lots of information given. They seemed to pass by so slow but
now days are just blending together. Spanish is used all the time and I´m
already catching on. Each day here we learn about as much as you would in a
week of a regular academic Spanish class. I´m already able to give basic
prayers, testimonies, and conversations. The second day here I got assigned as
District Leader, which was a lot to take in.But its not that bad.I'm in a trio
right now and its pretty awesome. Elder Brayton (from South Carolina) and Elder
Shelton (from Virginia) are awesome guys and we get along so well. Both of
them, another Elder companionship and a Hermana companionship in our district
are going to Antofagasta!! Two of them are from Mesa but I didn't know them
before. Our zone overall is pretty awesome, we are like our own branch pretty
Its so amazing here! I've felt the spirit so much here. At
times its overwhelming about how much they throw at you and you feel like
giving up but that's when you have to realize your purpose and know that
Heavenly Father will bless you as you obey. Obedience is stressed so much here.
There's the regular missionary handbook rules and then there's specifics for the
CCM (Spanish for MTC) and we have to remember that " obedience brings
blessings, exact obedience brings miracles". So sometimes the rules seem
tedious but I sure do need a miracle to learn Spanish. Theres so much more I
want to say but I would be here all day trying to type it out. Happy
Thanksgiving, much love...