Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hey hey hey, its P-day!

This weeks been stellar. I had the pleasure on Sunday to baptize three more members of the Sanchez Family. God did an amazing work with them. I love to be with them and feel the love they have for us. Almost all the family are members now, just 1 left to go :)  The Sanchez family amaze me with their conversion. We are going to the temple today to do baptisms for the dead for their ancestors. Its gonna be glorious. Uniting families forever is essential in the plan of God.

On other notes, Elder Decker had his birthday yesterday. He´s 21 now, so we went to a nice Peruvian restaurant. The food was amazing, but we almost all got sick afterwards haha! It was a fun time. 

My friend from the last email is doing a lot better. He´s happy, smiling, and it looks like all the prayers have worked. He thanked me a lot for my help and said he would come visit me in California one day. I'm just happy that he´s doing well.

The Mission is not about what you want. It’s about what God wants. You can serve for the honors of men or the honors of God. If you give yourself to him and are obedient, you will please Him. That's what he wants. Total surrender of our will so that he can change us. I love being a missionary. I´ve never been so blessed. I´ve never had so much peace. I´ve never seen the influence of God so much in my life. I know that Christ lives, and others need to know it.

Love you all! Till next week!

Elder Pomar 

Monday, April 25, 2016

I was gonna talk about other things today, but an experience I had today really touched me. One of my friends was having a hard time with personal matters, and it really hurt me to see him suffering. He cried and looked at me, an I couldn’t help but have my spirit cry out in compassion. I´ve been passing though some rough times, but I have soooooo many blessings from the Lord. When we feel and see what others pass through and find the way to get out of our selfish sphere, we see that we are not so hard off.

The other thing I learned was the importance of studying the scriptures. There were like 4 days where I couldn’t even study because of some secretarial duties. Tuesday we woke up at 3 am to take a sister to the airport. We had an early morning mission meeting, and so on and so forth. I felt so empty this week, and I know that its because the scriptures have power. Read them often. Read the Book of Mormon and the Bible everyday, and you will have power that the world doesn’t know. It’s thanks to the scriptures that I know that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God. Depend on him, rely upon him. And remember that every trial and heartache will be for your good. May God bless you all, and we´ll see each other next week!


Elder Pomar

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Subject: Everything is alright / Todo esta bien / Tudo está bem

This email is only to let you know that all of the missionaries in the mission are ok, there is just a lot of rain in Chile right now. All are safely in their houses, you don´t need to worry they are all safe!

Este correo es solamente un aviso de que todo los misioneros están bien, hay mucha lluvia en Chile, pero todos los misioneros están en sus pensiones y todo está bien, no necesiten preocuparse, todos están bien protegidos!  

Esse email é só para avisar que todos os missionários estão bem, esta chovendo muito aqui no Chile, mas todos os missionários estão nas suas casas e tudo esta bem, estão bem protegidos!

Elder Pomar y Elder Serrano
Secretarios Ejecutivos
Mision Chile Santiago Oeste
Alberto Llona 1580, Maipu

as the Chileans say, ¿para qué vamos a estar andando con cosa? This week has been reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllly stressful and full of work in the office. I only want to lay down and sleep haha!  I have not been able to work in my sector almost all week long because there was a mix up with a passport and a missionary couldn’t go home Monday (I almost had a heart attack). Luckily everything worked out and the missionary went home on Thursday. 

But it’s all right! It’s in the furnace of affliction that we can be molded, right? and not everything is bad. I´ve made some of my best mission friends here in the office. We went to the costal cities San Antonio and El Quisco today for pday with presidents permission, so we took some hip pics and got a breath of fresh air. I´ve also been pondering a lot and I realized something: True change comes when the Holy Ghost makes you understand true doctrine. when we come to feel by the power of the Holy Ghost that we need to change, we do it. It sounds better in my head, but there ya go. 

Enjoy the pictures, love you all, and have a great week!


Elder Pomar

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Yeaaahhh thats right! I´m 20 years old. That’s really weird to think. Well, just gotta roll with it! yesterday I thought I was gonna die of all the food that people gave me to eat. We went to eat with the pensionists at a peruvian restaurant near the office. Oh, peruvian food is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. Some of the best meat I´ve eaten in Chile. Every time we contacted a house, Elder McDermott would say to the people: "but ya gotta let us in! Its Elder Pomar´s birthday!!" We laugh a lot with Elder McDermott and Elder Serrano. Elder McDermott is the funniest guy I´ve ever met. His technique didn’t work a lot, but it gave us 1 miracle. We contacted this lady who was leaving her house to buy bread for dinner, and she let us in after we promised to bless her home. This family was really in need of help. They´ve had a lot of hardships, and the 9-year-old grandson who lives there has heart problems. 10 years ago the missionaries passed by and had left a Book of Mormon. Lucia, the grandmother, has read it from cover to cover since then. I just get so humbled in thinking how much God blesses me when I don´t deserve so much. You just gotta humbly go in stride, helping them to come unto Christ. 

And conference... Whoa. Just incredible. I was really touched by Jeffrey R. Holland´s talk on Sunday. The love of God is really infinite. And it was really funny to watch the priesthood session. We watched it as a zone. All the missionaries were groaning the whole time because it was all "palos" (now to understand what palos is ya just have to speak to your friendly neighborhood chilean cause there is no translation) about how we have to get married after the mission. I still got a long time before I gotta think about that. As a sticker that my dad sent me says:

"Trunkiness never was Happiness"

haha Love you all! Thanks for the birthday wishes. Have a great day. For those of you who are not LDS or Mormon, as they call us, I invite you to let the missionaries in. They are true messengers of Jesus Christ, and it will only bring you happiness. The joy I feel is unlike any other. It’s surreal, because it’s a spiritual one. God is our father. He loves us. He sent his son to die for us, and God continues his work today through living apostles and prophets. The bible is the word of God, and I solemnly testify that the Book of Mormon is as well. As I read it, pray about it, and apply it, it’s changed me for the better. You wont regret letting those smiling young men in your door.

Catch ya next week!

Elder Pomar

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hey every one!!!

yeah, SO RAÚL, MAGALI AND CONSTANZA GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! It was such a wonderful experience. We had technical difficulties with the font again (I’m starting to think that its impossible not too haha!!), but it all was great. A lot of non members came. They all just look soo happy and its cool to see the changes in their faces. They look happy.

And God has not stopped blessing us. We received a new companion this week called Elder McDermott. He´s gonna be the new mission financial secretary, and so we´re in a trio with him. He´s so much fun. A total character. He´s from St. George Utah so he´s my second gringo companion.

We found a family of 6 Haitian immigrants this week. They are incredible. They don’t have anything, but they are sooo happy. They just light up when we come over, and every time we leave they begin to clap there hands and say good bye soooo happily. They just want to be baptized. I speak to them in broken French/criolle (the little that I´ve learned), but the spirit helps them feel the peace. I love them.

Well, that’s about it. I’m gonna do something so I can remember more about what I’m gonna write haha! I know that God lives, and he communicates with us through modern prophets. We will listen to them today and tomorrow in General Conference. Listen to their counsel, and you will be happy.

Love you  all!!

Elder Pomar