Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hey Everyone!

Here it begins.... The Last week of the transfer. Now’s the time when you have to leave everything on the court, because it could be your last chance. With President Barreiros, anything is possible haha!

I’ve been in splits a lot the past couple weeks. This week I went to a part of San Antonio called Barrancas, and let me tell you, I’m so very very grateful for my sector. It was hot and constantly smelled like fish almost everywhere we went. We had fun and did what we could, and we had a really cool experience. As we were heading back home, we passed a woman who was smoking, and as we rounded the corner, I felt the strong impression to go back and talk to her, and I couldn’t deny it. When I told my companion, he wasn’t too excited because he had already talked to here and she didn’t want anything. and she’s atheist. We went any ways, and even though she was hard at first, she eventually softened as we were just kind with here. She invited us back, and before we went she told us: We say we are atheists, but we never stop believing. I was sooooo happy to hear that! A triumphal moment from listening to the spirit.

I’ve been trying to be a lot more active and less fearful. For a really long time, I’ve been too timid. Too afraid, but as I’ve been reading the scriptures, there’s one that always stands out to me:

"And if men come unto me, I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble, and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me. For if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them"

Ether 12:27

I know that as I strive to do my best and improve my weaknesses one by one, the Lord will cover me with his grace. I do nothing. He does everything. It’s only by his grace that I can become the person he wants me to be. I’m loving every minute of the mission here in El Quisco! The time to change everything, is right now.

Love you!

Elder Pomar :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Buena Buena Everyone!!

I can’t believe its P-day again. Well, here we go!

I had an awesome experience Monday. While we were walking to our sector to work, I felt the impression that we should go out of the way to visit a less active family.  We went to the house, and they weren’t there. As we were walking away, I felt the impression to go back, so we did, and then I felt that we should turn left and knock on the door of the neighbor. As we did, out came a less active that we hadn’t found the whole transfer because we couldn’t find here address!! The cool thing was analyzing the impressions afterward. Literally, it was a still small voice, with short impressions. "arenas estay" "go back" "left" "here". They were thoughts that were so so so easy to ignore, but because I listened the Lord blessed us big time.

We also recently found another family of less actives who had moved to the ward 6 years ago, but had no Idea where to find the chapel. We have two of the family members committed to baptism, and literally every time we go back, we find an new person to teach, whether family or friend. God blessed us with a gold mine!

It was a little hard this week because our bikes were down, and I lost the phone for a few days. I realized how blessed I was when i got them both back! We’ve been traveling a lot in buses since our sector is really far from the rest of my zone. But that’s alright. More time to read the Book of Mormon!

Speaking of which, I realized something the other day. We’ve been challenging people to read the book of Mormon in 6 months, 2 pages front and back daily. That means to read it in a year, you need to read ONE PAGE daily. I’m almost 19. If I had read ONE PAGE everyday from when I’ve started seminary at 14, I would have read the book of Mormon FIVE TIMES by now. Think about it. Reading the book of Mormon FOUR TIMES before the mission? The audio of the book of Mormon delays 5 MINUTES to read a chapter. There is no excuse. Commit yourself to find the five minutes of your day to read and read the book of Mormon every year!

Love you all!

Elder Pomar

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hey Everyone! 

Sorry for the mishap the other week.  I didn’t use my time wisely haha!  This week has been short.  Time here on the coast absolutely flies.  Our bikes have been out of commission since Elder Araya bent his rim, so we’ve had to walk and take buses.  My wallet's been crying from all the travels!

In spite of all the difficulties, the Lord has been really merciful with us.  We´ve been finding a lot of golden investigators!  WE have one person who is set to be baptized at the end of the month named Miguel, a 20-year-old college student who is looking for the truth.  We found him because we decided to do one last contact by our house before throwing in the towel, and voila!   We´ve also found a lot of people through part member families, and we are so excited with all the potential the sector has.  Now we just have to organize ourselves so we don’t waste too much time traveling.

I had a few fun experiences, one of which being an encounter with a 7th day Adventist who tried to convince us through his logic that we were wrong.  He kept saying the same arguments over and over and over again for a really long time, but we just stayed quiet, and bore testimony.  He got frustrated because he didn't understand how his logic didn’t even phase us.  The answer is the spirit.  If I have a spiritual question, I need a spiritual answer.  God loves us so much that he wants to give us answers that we know by feeling and not by human logic.  That's why I love this gospel.  We have so much freedom, so much potential to learn and grow. We just have to be humble and do our work and ask!

We were coming home from an appointment and we decided to take a shortcut through the forest at night.  We got a little lost, but we found our way out.  I was half expecting a zombie apocalypse to happen while we were in there. That was a fun experience, but not something I want to repeat haha!

Finally, this Sunday I had a really spiritual experience with the sacrament.  Its one of the things sooo fundamental, that we take it for granted.  I prayed with all my heart that God would help me overcome my weaknesses and I felt a warmth and a love come over me that was indescribable.  Don't take the Sacrament for granted!  It’s meant to be a spiritual experience between you and your Savior.

Love you all!

Elder Pomar

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sorry, but I had a lot to do this week. Here are some photos of my sector. Love you! I’m doing fine :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hey everyone!

Times short this week, so I’ll give a little review. My new sector is huge. To get to the limit of our sector, we have to take a 2-hour bus ride with a 2 way fare of 20 dollars. Needless to say, I have a lot to get to know! My sector is totally tourist, and filthy rich. Its one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and the hotels on the beach are GIGANTIC.  Sometimes I have to force myself to stop staring so much haha!

My second day here, I swear I was going to die on the bike. After not riding for six months, we biked almost 30 kilometers full of hills. I recognized that I cant do it alone. I need to depend 110% on the Lord here. We have a lot of great investigators, and we have high goals, so we just need to "sacar la mugre" and kill it this week!  Thank you for all your support! Love you all and keep firm in the faith!

Elder Pomar

I’ll send pics next week. The computer here doesn’t recognize my camera