Sister Dustin Phelps- Chile Santiago West Mission
December 2014-July 2016

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Flea Bag

Dear family! i finally got some pictures to load so hopefully you end up getting them! We have had some struggles this week but i cant complain too much! The one picture is with members from my first ward i don't have many from this area yet. One is of the port here in San Antonio but its super ugly right now because you cant see much thanks to the fog. But you get the general idea! the others are a sign that is a tsumani warning which is actually really scary because there are a ton of earthquakes here in CHile and the tsumani rate here on the coast is actually really high thanks to the endless movement of the earth! dont worry though I definately know the security routes to higher ground. Actually the people are being more accepting recently because there was a huge flood earlier this month in the north where it never rains. And yesterday in the South there was a huge volcanic erruption  that has never errupted in all the years anyone can remember. From what a can gather the people think they are being punished for the laws the government is passing and they are completely sure God is punishing them. Gladly many people need a message of hope and a loving Father in Heaven at this time so its all working out good. Hopefully the natural dissasters continue to avoid this area here of the mission! We have a baptism coming up for a young chap named Javier. he is 23 and a really good investigator, he always does his part with the reading and stuff. The only weakness is our teachings im really sure. But hopefully everything comes through and we have a baptism here on the 10th! What a good mothers day present! Also may 21 here is some sort of holiday of a battle with Peru so im pretty sure we´ll be celebrating in some sort for my birthday!
A few interesting things have happened this past week. There was an outbreak of FLEAS (yuck) all along the coast and guess who was lucky enough to experience it? Yup, yours truly! It hasnt been a fun experience but at least im not the only one scratching. Almost all the missionaries and half the population have them. We're getting our house sprayed this week i hope so keep your fingers crossed for me! Other than some other health problems though, all is well!
 Love you all tons and Remember to say your prayers always. Love hermana phelps

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

1st Tranfers, Moving over to the COAST!!

So I got transferred! I am now in an area called San Antonio...not the one in texas but almost. My sector is called LLo Lleo and its my first day so we only got off the bus and came to write so i havent seen much yet bu the air is freshly respirating in my lungs. I am happy for the change and even happier that I don't have to train or anything crazy like that. Time to just settle down and do some real missionary work! My companion is named Hna Cahuna from Peru. She seems pretty nice so I have lots of hope or the weeks to come. She also goes home here in 6 weeks so ill have changes again here the next transfer but that's okay! It was sad so say goodbye to Maipu, my place of birth here in Chili. Its crazy how much love you can gain for the people in your sector. I have been taking lots of pictures but the truth is i think something is wrong with the cord to my camera because i still cant send pictures.

Conference was super great! I went with a question of what is my purpose here as a missionary, why is it important to leave my family and pass through these challenges. The answer was obvious...because of families! They are the basic unit of life. Never can I remember a topic being so profound in a conference. It seems like every talk focused on marriage and families. I got to go on splits and watch the Sat. session in English so i learned the most but I feel like i got inspiration the Sunday session too! i almost cried when elder Holland started talking and i couldn't hear his voice! I dont know how these people do it to not hear the tones of the prophet or  understand the lyrics of the beautiful choirs. I guess i felt especially blessed to know English! One talk i particularly enjoyed was the one about dancing and hearing the music with your heart. I know a think or two about awkward dancing and let me tell you...if you're not hearing the beat with your it really even dancing or just random movements? It was special to hear of the natives of Arizona making an appearance in the conference. I have never been more grateful for my family. Immediate, extended, and those who don't have the same blood but are family none the less. We are all here for each other because everyone has their week moments. Heavenly father knew we would never make it home solo so he gave us families to help us feel his love here on the earth!

Nothing super exciting happened this week with the work in Maipu. I am a little sad you didnt send a picture of dad in the bee suit! you better have captured that candid moment on film! Easter was something else that's for sure. I have never had a clearer understanding of the role of the Savior in our lives. How blessed we are to have a perfect plan from the father who gave up his son so that we could be saved! Funny things this week include English lesson with some members, i will have to video tape the massive amounts of charades that go on. Hna Day spent 20 minutes cursing my language book about how all the sentences were wrong when i finally pointed out that she was reading the "find the error in the sentence" section. Chilean desserts for the week included that they eat hard cream of wheat with jelly after lunch. Its not quite as delicious as it sounds but almost! Have an awesome week. Work hard, Pray Harder!