Monday, April 14, 2014

Not on Fire and Tons of Pictures

 Hola Familia
Another week flew by here in chile. The big news here is that their is a huge fire in valparaiso which is close to where I am. Not close as in we might have a fire but close as in we can see the smoke. It is the biggest fire they have had in valpo in their history. Over 1500 houses have been burned and as of last night 33 people have died. It is a really sad thing. Alot of the hills of valparaiso are burned completely and it is still going. It keeps restarting and going farther. So yesterday the men in the ward went after church to help out in the stake in valparaiso. We have just been told to wait and maybe after a few days we will be going to help too. 
This week was good we did a lot of great things. We had a great experience this week with an investigator. I dont know if you remember elias piña. We have been teaching him for a long time now and yes he is still struggling to stop smoking. We stopped teaching him for 2 weeks and then about 2 weeks ago we passed by again and started teaching him. He has a great desire to learn more but he still has doubts and obviously he needs to work on the smoking. But we thought that he hadnt gone to conference but he went to the sunday night session. It was so great and was perfect for what he needed. He said that he loved the choir and the organ and that it was what he was imagining for the church of jesus christ. He really has had a big boost in testimony, he just needs to overcome some other things. one of his doubts was about tithing and it was in this session that they talked about tithing. It was just what he needed and an answer to his prayers. Now he isnt as confused with tithing. He understands the importants of tithing. It was great to see that. We started teaching him like my second week here and are still working with him. But I have seen so many changes with him and how he understands so much more now about the church of jesus christ and his gospel. I love seeing these changes in people. 
We are getting down to the last week and a half of this change and I will have almost 6 months here. We are thinking that I am going to change for that reason. I have loved this area and would love to be here with my companion elder Artiga another change but we will see. 
I love you all so much. It made me happy to hear that you have started reading preach my gospel this week mom. I hope that everyone can read it. I have learned so much about the gospel and church from that manual and I know that it is written for all of us. And I hope that everyone has everything you need for emergencies. We have been talking a lot about that here in our mission and we have seen this week the importance of being ready. I love you!! Study the scriptures everyday. I hate the excuse that we dont have time. We all have at least 5 minutes that we can devote to the lord to study a little. 
Les amo
Elder Hamilton

Zone Conference

 I asked him about his scripture cases. A man in his first area made them for him.

 From the fire in Valperasio

 Beautiful Sunsets 

I also wanted to add this article I found this week. Great to be in the Vina Del Mar Mission

Glorious weather

Chile’s Viña del Mar rewarded for its weather

In a list ranking the best climates in the world, the Chilean resort city of Viña del Mar was top of the table.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014Category: Tourism
Viña del Mar was elected as having the best climate in the world G. Küppers (JordiCubero)/WikiCommonViña del Mar was elected as having the best climate in the world G. Küppers (JordiCubero)/WikiCommons

Beating out locations such as Morocco, Barcelona and the Canary Islands, Chilean resort city Viña del Marwas proclaimed as having the best climate for living. In a piece by photographer and writer Ed Darack for Weatherwise Magazine, Viña del Mar was described as being “globally renowned for its white sand beaches” and “absolutely beautiful weather”.

Aside from the sunny days and limited rainfall, Darack also noted that the coastal city is “free from the threat of ferocious cyclonic storms and tornadoes.”

The ranking used a number of criteria, including average high and low temperatures as well as the number of cloudy days, in order to find “humanity’s hypothetical optimal weather place.”

Las Palmas, the largest city in the Canary Islands, came in second followed by Morocco’s northwest coast. Sassari, on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia was next on the list, with Barcelona, Lisbon and San Diego next.