Addresses: Pouch Mail: Elder James O. Gillespie
Chile Antofagasta Mission, PO Box 30150, Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150. Mailing letters: Elder James O. Gillespie, Chile Antofagasta Mission, Casilla de Correo 70, Antofagasta, CHILE. E-mail:
James Gillespie [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Thursday, May 31, 2012
We will not won't give up, let up, or shut up until we have paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ.
This week Elder Marín and I ran more than I have ever before in a white shirt and tie.
This week we had two companion exchanges. The first was Tuesday, I came to Pozo Almonte with Elder Kennedy (from Idaho) and the second was Friday with Elder Zangara (from Argentina) again in Pozo, and with them both I learned quite a bit about contacts lessons everything. I had a lot of fun. In Chile a house has a door and then about 75% of the house have a wall/fence around their home and generally to touch the door you stand outside the fence and knock on the gate and shout, "Alo" and then sometimes people come out. However Elder Zangara he would just open the gate and walk in and go straight to the door. One house we approached one house and they had a dog, a big white dog, who was very aggressive as we approached inside the fence, barking jumping showing us his teeth etc., and then once we got the gate and knocked the gate he just walked away to the other side of the yard, as we waited a little a noticed that the house has a doorbell on the house itself, and I pointed it out to Elder Zangara. So we entered and rang the doorbell, and the man inside was very suprised that we rang the doorbell and told us that his dog never likes people coming in. Just so shocked. I enjoyed the expressions he had on his face.
Anyways that´s a side story of the main event of the week.
Elder Zangara came up to Pozo to do an interview for baptism with Elizabeth Flores, and she passed. She was baptized Saturday, May 26th 2012, and that day was crazy. As I mentioned Elder Zangara was here on Friday and we needed to reexchange our companionships, and Alto Hospicio is about an hour travel. In the morning Elder Zangara and I started to fill the font and then grabbed a taxi for Alto Hospicio. We went to his pension only to find out that Elder Marín and Elder Ruiz (Companion of Elder Zangara) were in the church. (It´s about 12:30 at this time and the baptism is at 4) Elder Zangara and I quickly walk down the chapel (15 minutes). Find out that the baptism clothes are in the pension so Elder Marín and I take their keys and return to the pension find the clothes (15 again) and luckly Elder Howard shows up (who lives in the same pension) and we give him the keys and we take off for the bus station. (Another 12 minutes) We wait to talk to the...director I guess you can call her...she knows when the buses come and if we can buy tickets, and there are no seats for the rest of the day...What! so we have to catch a taxi down to Iquique about 20 minutes and from there we can catch a taxi back up to Pozo Almonte (no taxi stop exists in Alto Hospicio, you can get off there but not on a taxi) Finally at about 2:15 the taxi is ready (you have to wait until it is full and not many people go up to Pozo Almonte from Iquique) and we finally get the the chapel at 3:20 we set up the chairs in the rooms and we begin to make the program, and the font is still filling up. We think we are good everything is done, and then we hear the water stop. (the font is not full) The pump failed (We didn´t know that yet though) all of the water in the church stopped running. (oh as well there is no gas for the caliform, so the water is cold but we didn´t care) so we turn on everything that we can outside for water (the church here has a reserve tank [it was empty]) but we hear water start running again into the tank so we figure soon the water will start going into the font, (3:50) we run across Pozo to the ciber where we print the programs and the printer is broken. grr whatever so we take a taxi the the church (3:58) and on the way pass the Family of Elizabeth walking so we had one minute. The water never started back up...so running back and forth between the pump, the breaker box, and the font finally the pump starts up again, and the family arrives. We start the service and by the time we are ready to go to the font it´s full. And Elizabeth is baptized.
We were tired and we didn´t have any lunch so we went and ate food and then had English class and then contacted. It´s was good