Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Hola from a beauiful sunny afternoon in Iquique Chile. 

Our investigators Denis and her little sister are progressing very well. We have their baptism scheduled for this Saturday and it will be awesome! They have progressed so much and are changing everyday. The little sisters name is Esmeralda and she is just this little angel. From the beginning she has been so receptive and is the peacemaker of the home. The mom was a less active member but has been less active since she was 15 years old. There are 2 boys under 6 and the 2 girls and the mom is pregnant. We are excited for the baptism of the 2 girls this Saturday night. My companion is going to baptize Denis and Esmeralda wants me to baptize her. 

We had a miracle as this is our finding week as emphasized by President Bruce in our monthly vision. We had a reference given to us by the other elders in the zone and his name is Graham and is 20 years old. We finally get a cita with him and then we go and teach him. He tells us that he had a girlfriend who now lives in Antofagasta and she is a member of the church. Anyways the girlfriend had told him that people need to be pure and clean to enter the temple and so he had always had a curiosity about the church. Last week he had stopped the missionaries in the street in another sector and had wanted to learn more about the gospel. So we went to teach him and had a great first lesson and he came to church on Sunday and loved it. We went and taught him this morning and we set a baptismal date for the 24th so I am pumped! He is a potential missionary candidate too so we are excited. 

In Chile they celebrate Halloween  but it is really small. I think maybe 30% maybe of Chileans knows what Halloween is, but sure enough there was some little kids with their parents in the streets who were looking for candy. But more than anything on the 1st of November they have their own memorial day here. I forgot to take a picture of the cemetery but here in Chile everyone is buried above ground. Anyways on this day the cemetery is packed full of people and they walk to go visit their ancestors with flowers and things. We went with the whole zone to go contact them and talk about the plan of salvation.

we are really excited for our baptisms this coming Saturday and hope to see miracles continue to unfold every single day!   I pray that all is well. 

Elder Newman

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