This has been a wonderful week. The work is progressing, as am I.
First, I will start with a cultural moment. Food. Well, here in Chile I have eaten on a few times "steak" (essentially a little piece of meat sautéed in oil). I have always thought that the meat tasted a little different, but I just decided that it was cooked "a la Chilena." However, I recently discovered the real reason why the taste was different. Instead of being cow meat, the meat is from a horse. That´s right—horse. I was a little, hmmm how should I put this, "weirded out" to think that I have been eating the meat of a horse. Apparently, here in Chile almost all of the "steaks" that they serve us are horse steaks. They say that the meat is "less expensive and more healthy." I couldn´t help but to laugh as Elder Boyd began to neigh one day after eating our horse meat. Also, I have been privileged to have a cow tail soup. Thus far I have avoided "guatita" or pig stomach, but there is still plenty of time for that.
Victoria and Marcelo are doing great. They are reading and praying. We are really excited for them. They weren't able to attend church this week because Leon (Victoria´s seven-month-old grandson) kept them up all Saturday night and they did not even here the door when a [Church] member passed by to take them to church Sunday morning.
This week we also put a baptismal date with a young woman named Yoselyn. Last Sunday after General Conference we decided to knock a few doors. It was already late, so we went "light hunting," knocking only on the doors of the houses with lights on. At the first house we knocked, Yoselyn came out. She was not able to let us in at that moment, but she took a Book of Mormon and accepted an appointment. The day of the appointment, I was on interchanges* in another area. When I returned to my area and to my companion, Elder Boyd told me that we had found gold. Yoselyn thoroughly enjoyed our visit and eagerly accepted to be baptized.
The Lord is truly blessing us and helping us to find his children.
Elder Boyd and I are getting along really well. The Lord gives me great companions. Tomorrow Elder Boyd will turn twenty-one years old. I am going to try to do something special for him. What? –I still don't know, but we shall see.
I love you all dearly and deeply. I am sorry it was so short this week, but next week I will be sure to write a novel just for you, Mom!
I love my mission!
[*Editors' note: the term "interchange" refers to a missionary's temporarily pairing up with someone other than his regular missionary
companion. The temporary companion is either a fellow missionary or another member of the Church. Usually, an "interchange" lasts no more than a few hours, but on occasion it may last for several days.]