August 6, 2018


Valdivia, Calle Calle


Elder Avilés!


Hey everybody, just wanted to first say that this week we were able to have lots of citas with members, especially so that we could help them have a lot more positive attitudes. So we decided to sing them some hymns. One of my favorites in Spanish is "Families Can Be Together Forever". Also this week we had Zone conference which was super enlightening. And the focuses of the conference were as follows: Obedience, Positivity, Unity, and Commitments (with a few others). But I really, really loved what Hermana Isom (Wife of Mission President) said about being positive, "If we all, all day long have a smile on our face, we will be able to share with others the powerful positive message of the Joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with more power than you can even imagine. Even simply smiling when you are talking on the phone you can tell and feel the difference!" I know that this is true because even though nobody, especially not Happy Gilmore, is happy all the time, so just keep a smile and it will pass.

I also had a few wonderful experiences this week in my interview with the mission president, Presidente Isom, he said, "Without a doubt, the question that missionaries most often ask is, "What can I do to be a better missionary?" And what he always says is that you just need to be positive, and work with all of your heart, might, mind, and strength." I know that that is true that we just need to work hard with all our effort we can muster and we can do whatever is put before us. I love you all and will see you next week. CHOW HASTA SEMANA! 😁
Your favorite missionary -Elder Jarod Stirling


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