October 1, 2018


San Vicente - Talcuhuano


Elder Ethan Ashton

The Whole World is Covered in Rain

So I'm reading all my friends emails and it seems like it pretty much rained in the Western hemisphere. In Arizona, Mexico, and here in Chile. We suffered through short sleeve weather one week and the next week raining cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, you name it. I actually turned out pretty dry (the pants are awesome, the jacket well....) I ended up with a head ache on Saturday and I'm starting to lose my voice again. This kind of thing always happen.

This week was super eventful. We had two echanges this week, one with the zone leaders and one with the assistants. I went to the Zone leader's area and led the assistant in my own sector. Everyone tells me to expect an assignment soon. Like district leader or something like that. So we'll see. This is only week 3 of the transfer and things can change.

Ever since I hit my year I started to think about what I needed to do to end my mission on a successful note and well I started thinking about that so I could start now to achieve these goals. I realized soon after that I shouldn't be thinking in terms of what I need to do for year, but what abilities I will need for the rest of my life. I'm personally still thinking about these goals/abilities and consulting my patriarchal blessing more than ever to see what I need to do. It's been to take a deep analysis because then I'll be even more prepared for life in general.

During our exchange with the assistants we were doing an analysis of the exchange and the Assistant commented that my teaching was very good. This didn't make any sense to me. I thought my teaching was terrible and that my trainee was better at teaching than me. He then explained that sometimes the Spirit gets offended when we don't have the confidence we need in ourselves. I mean just imagine how much confidence Joseph Smith needed. Imagine how much confidence Jesus Christ needed. I then imagined how much confidence I'm going to need. So I immediately put his counsel into practice. Well my teaching began to improve a lot. I then realized how much I've come along since day 1 and I'm so proud of where I am. I might not have the most baptisms in the mission, or the best scriptures, or the best teaching, but the Lord trusts me enough to put me where I need to be at every moment I need to be. Like what you guys taught me about trust. You have to keep it and honor it to get more of it. The same applies here.

We keep searching for those who are prepared to receive us and keep looking for opportunities to go to the temple. I hope this week we can go.

Thanks for the support and please stop telling me that I'll be going home in a year because it's going to be a lot sooner than I want.


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