Justin will be spending the next two years serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. He will be serving in the Chile, Osorno mission and teaching the people of Osorno the gospel. He will spend two months in Mexico City at the Missionary Training Center learning Spanish and being trained as a missionary. In mid August he will leave Mexico and head to Chile. We will be using this blog to post weekly emails and pictures from Justin and to keep you all updated on Justin's adventures in Chile!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 28, 2015 Letter!

Hey fam!!!!! and friends!!!!!
Hope yall are well! this week was awesome! so many blessings from the lord with our investigators. We have had a couple lessons with juan and his wife and grandson and they are awesome, they are really nice family and are just understanding things more every day! they came to church as well and really liked it so its really cool that they are progressing and we are working for that baptismal date, because that is the first step in this church is baptism! So many wonderful wonderful blessings come after we follow tha example of the savior and are baptized by imersion, we recieve the gift of the holy ghost! how awesome is that? Then so many wonderful things follow! They are really doing well and the Lord is blessings us forsure!
Also this week we had some lessons with jose and carmen and one was at a members house and we were praying for what members could help us and we just found the perfect members that get along with them so well it was awesome! The lesson was about plan of salvation and we watched a video of jesus christ where the spirit was so strong in the room it was such a great feeling! I just love feeling tha spirit so strongly, reminds me of the good ole priest qurorm days! (For you priests reading this! Take advantage of it, you guys are way lucky you have no idea! those leaders we have are some of the best!!!!) No worries dahl i got your back. 
But in the lesson with jose and carmen it was so perfect cause the members and them got along so well and jose didnt have glasses and the miembro gave him his pair, sweeeeetttt! also they came to church and said they wanted to bring their grandaughter, so that was pretty cool! 
also for some reason this week everyone has just feeding us so much food, just like giving us bags of bread, empanadas, a box of cookies, a legit box! so that was sweet! But this week has been so great! its funny sometimes little bad things happen, but its like the light takes over the darkness, you cant remember the bad at all! The blessings of the Lord are so awesome!
Also we go a new person in our house whos from utah and in training and hes cool, but its just weird that i am not he youngest person in the mission now so weird! hahaha but i still got a lot of time and a lot of work to do! We are working hard out here, sure its tough sometimes, but thats life! Nothing is better and more beneficial then this gospel and following the example of our savior! I hope you all tune in and watch conference this week, member or nonmember! what ever you are going through, you will recieve your answer through conference! 
Thanks for everything yall! you guys are awesome!
As my dear older brother would say "Im livin the dream"- Jake Wertner
Love Elder Wertner

P.S. today me and elder cleverly went down by the river and there were wallrusses (no se how to spell this but yall know what i mean)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Yayyy for Monday emails!!

Hey Yall!!! (trying no to forget my southern roots)
So his week was really good. I've learned the mission goes by weeks not days, events that happen are what i remember! 
Tuesday was awesome! The Lord reallyblessed  us. First the other day about a week or two ago it was late at night and time to go home and we felt the prompting to knock on a door, it was freezing and raining but we knocked on the door and a man came to the door and said he didnt have time but to come back (I have heard that one before) So we didnt think much of it........ Then on Tuesday,  we went to his house on and had a lesson with him, he said he has been looking and praying for what church was right and his brother who lives in Santiago has been a member for like a year, he actually told his brother a couple days before that if the missionaries came by his house he would let him in, and then like the next day we knocked on his door. We have another appointment with him and his wife tonight, he is really receptive. What I realized is how the lord is preparing people, its all about timing and the promptings of the spirit, if we knock on a door 99 times it can do nothing but that 100th time could be the time they really need it and have been praying for. how awesome is the Lord, he is looking out for us individually and loves us all!!! I just love it!
Jose and carmen accepted fecha for baptism and for the 17th of octoberand we were teaching them and carmen was like crying in the prayer and they are doing good and doing everthing they need to and are really receptive! so we are going to keep working with them so i hope it keeps going well! This week will be a little tougher cause its the week of the 18th..... Here thats their national independence day, its like 4th of july but a lot more eating and partying so its a little tougher to get appointments with some people! But im kinda excited cause all the food, the food here is unreal! I had my first pichanga the other night and its unreal, such different meats and potatoes, but the appointment ended at like 955 and we had to run home, i had to eat so much and so fast! Its so good yall have no idea:)
Also the youth here are way strong, the two young men in our word just have the best and strongest testimonies, it amazes me how much faith they have! Just makes me so thankful for the leaders we have back home!! This past saturday we had a noche de hogar (Family home evening) They love those here! They're so fun and there was a decent amount of people, we played a game which was super fun and everyone loved and shared a video about Christ and how He Lives, love those videos about christ, my testimony is strengthened every time i watch them! and they made little pizzas, which i havent had pizza in a while so it was sweet!! Also i finally got my package this week so thanks mom and dad! It was awesome i was so excited plus i got some no flea infested shirts which rock, hahahah! 
Well i just want all of you, Family, Friends, Anyone who is reading this, I want you to know about my testimony of Jesus Christ and this gospel! My testimony is strengthened everyday and i am just so thankful for the sacrifice and example of Jesus Christ! This gospel is true and i am 100 percent sure of that! There is nohing in my life that brings me more joy!! I love you all! Thanks for the example you constantly set for me!!!!!!
Love you!!!!
Love Elder Wertner

Monday, September 7, 2015

A 2 Year Camp Out

Fist off i just gotta say S/O to my cuz who heads into the MTC this week, what a stud, I know you will do awesome! And S/O to the collierville 1st ward cause the leaders are awesome, once Bryce and Chad go in thats everyone from our group!!! yall rock!!!So this week was good, started off slower but the end of the week was so awesome! 
This week I had my first inter cambio, idk what they call it in english mission but like inter switches? I dont know its where you switch for a day, I cant remember the word hahaha, but I  was with the district leader Elder Swanson and I went to his sector. It was cool to go to another sector and work, we got two people for baptism dates which was so awesome, and my Spanish got way better this week, it was awesome!! Sometimes I get a little worried about it but then I realize I havent been in the mission for super long and now I know a lot, like I can understand basically everything everyone saying. The Lord blesses us!!!
Sunday was way awesome, fasting really works! We were way blessed. Also hahahaha this sunday we woke up and like got a call about day light savings and stuff and like started freaking out cause it was after studying and we would have been late to church and church would have already started, but then I guess someone was playing a joke on us cause Chile doesnt do daylight savings anymore, they just stopped doing that haha I dont know why but I like it! so we were good and on time with church! At church we had about 4 less actives come that we have been working with which is way awesome. We were excpecting two investigators, joes and carmen, to come cause they said they would and then 10:10 came and they werent there..... then 10:20..... nope and I was just praying and they showed up at like 10:30 and it was fast Sunday and all the members were bearing their testimonies and it was so awesome!! You have no idea how happy I was when I saw them walk in, it was so awesome! Then after, like all of the ward went up and hugged and kissed them (in Chile everyone kisses on the cheek as a hello so no its not weird) and they were just so welcoming. Then jose was like yeah we are coming back every week now, hahah it was so awesome! I'm saying hahaha cause im so stoked!!! Tonight we are teaching them again so it should be good, its a huge step here when investigators or members assist church cause its not as easy as you think to assist church, some walk a couple miles in the rain to get here, so its so awesome when they come! 
Also our members and Bishop are really starting to work with us, we had ward counsel and it was awesome, our bishop was leading it and getting everyone involved and it was so awesome to see that cause thats what we have been needing and praying for and it just helps so much when you have ward members helping and buying in! 
Everything this weekend is starting to click and its awesome, now we just gotta get rid of these fleas...... just kidding mom they're fine:)
My Spanish is getting a little better each day, the Lord is blessing me, as long as I try my best and put in the effort he will do the rest and I know that is 100 percent true!!! 
Wow the food here is so good too, I love it, when a member has us over for Sunday lunches with members, nothing is better! The weather has also been way good, this morning when I woke up I didn't see my breath as much which sounds funny and you think im kidding but it was awesome, plus we got some wood for a fire! Also, thanks old man for your sleeping bag! cause its clutch and this is like a 2 YEAR CAMPOUT ITS WAY FUN!
Thanks for all of yalls examples!!! I love you all so much! Keep doing your best and remember the Lord is there every step of the way!!!

Love you All!
Love Elder Wertner

P.S. Im sending pics and yeah I still can throw it down a little!:)