Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7, 2017

Awesome week, even though it was super hot and exhausting. 

Bolivia has a naval base (pero no hay mar?? but there's no sea?)

Helped out Hermano Jose Alberto with another noria!

Had a dope multi-zone conference, got to see some homies before they ended their missions.

Sid was MIA this week. Its been too hot for the tree so he was probably chilling downstairs. Arnold says hi:)

I've tried making puns in Spanish. Apparently, they're not as popular as they are in English:/ Nevertheless, I will continue my quest.

Washed motos as a zone activity to find more people to teach. Had lots of success!

Sunday Elder Bariere and I broke our fast and ate lunch with Hermano Heiver. This little loro (parrot) was just chilling on Elder Bariere's head. Looks like he felt a little too comfortable cuz he just let one drop on Elder Bariere's ear hahahahahaha

I read one of my favorite passages from the New Testament during my personal study this week:

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justifiedrather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
We should not be puffed up in self-righteous pride or try and bring others down. Instead we should love and support each other. In reality none of us are perfect, we are all sinners in the hands of a loving and just God - all of us have need of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. No one is of more or lesser worth in the eyes of God.
Doctrine and Covenants 18:10
10 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God
YOU are a child of God. He loves YOU and has a plan for YOU. Don't ever forget that.
Les extraño,

Elder McClune
PS: Yesterday was Dia de la Patira en Bolivia!

July 31, 2017

Lots of service this week!! We dug a noria (well) a little more than 3 meters for Hermano Juan Leon Salvatierra. Drained, cleaned, and deepened a well for Hermano Jorge y Hermana Carmen, two less actives. And we helped move an Hermana from a different rama (thats what they call the congregations here)

Arnold when visiting with us again. Sid got a nice tan.

Elder Bariere and I had a really powerful lesson with la Familia Rojas about the Atonement, the sacrifice that Jesus Christ did for us. I could feel the Spirit as I testified that through the Atonement we can be made clean, that we can become better and more like Christ. During my personal study I came across this entry for Peter (one of the original apostles) in the Bible Dictionary;
Peter was one of the greatest of men. It is true that the New Testament recounts some mortal weaknesses, but it also illustrates that he overcame them and was made strong by his faith in Jesus Christ.

Through faith in Christ and His Atonement, we became more than we ever could on our own.

Love and miss you all! Thank you so much for your love and support:)

Les extraño,

Elder McClune

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Area: "I was made for Riberalta baby"

July 24, 2017

(Internet cut out so no time left)

I'M AN UNCLE!! My amazing sister gave birth to a beautiful girl, Elise Jene Demartino. I can't wait to meet her:)

This has been one of the best weeks of my life. I have been so incredibly blessed. I can't express how happy I am right now.

My sloth friend “Sid” is still chilling in the same tree. Occasionally if he’s feeling wild he’ll shift his position or even change branches. Sid is living in the fast lane.

Elder Bariere has a more gringo name than I do: Hans Gerard Bariere Nordenflycht. He's pretty much a Chilean viking.

Hermana Claudia was baptized this last Saturday!! She was nervous but so excited! Her testimony was so beautiful, she shared how happy she felt thanks to the gospel, and how she's never felt closer to God.

I’ve been studying Bolivain Sign Language so that we can communicate with la Familia Menacho (Pretty much the same as ASL, just a few slight differences). I can bear my testimony, ask and answer basic questions (how are you? Did you do your reading? etc) They continue to read the Book of Mormon. They committed to getting married and to being baptized!!! The gift of tongues is real.

Miracles are happening here. This truly is the Lord's work.

PS: My pensionista says that we're going to be eating monkey this week!

Les extraño,

Elder McClune

July 17, 2017

I love the mission. Still tough but man I love it. I was made for Riberalta baby.

Couple fun facts about Riberalta: It's in the Amzaon Basin. Super hot. Theres a TON of super red dirt. Reminds me of Moab (holy trunky hahaha). Every house gets their water from una noria (a well). Some are lucky enough  to have a pump, but most just pull it out by bucket and rope. The people don't have much but they are so humble and loving. Food here is crazy, stay tuned because I'm going to try armadillo, monkey, osrtich eggs, pirahana and a bunch of other wild stuff hahaha.

I found another home dog. His name is Arnold. He loves to follow us around. He just chills outside or next to us during lessons. One time he got in a fight with another dog. He walked up to a wall and peed on it to mark his turf. Another dog got ticked and peed where Arnold peed. Oh snap it just got real. Arnold wasn't about to take that so he peed again. This repeated like 5 more times hahahahaha (I have no idea how they have so much pee)

Had some great lessons this week. One of our investigators, Clauida, prayed about the Book of Mormona and recieved the confirmation that its true:) My heart almost burst I was so happy. She's going to be baptized this Saturday!!

Crazy cool experience. Elder Bariere and I are teaching a deaf and mute family, familia Manacho! I remember a few signs (like son, reading, sorry, book, excellent etc.) from school, my friends, and my mom. Obviously not enough to teach a lesson but it helps haha. We are going to buy a book of signs so that we can practice testifying. But for now we teach with pictures and a "whiteboard" (white paper laminated with scotch tape). They read the Book of Mormon, prayed, and they know that its true!!!

This last Saturday we had 3 baptisms, Juan Jose (17), Raquel (15) and Ruth (11). We woke up and our house (and almost all of Riberalta) didn't have power or water, so that stressed us out a bit. But we were able to fill the baptismal font and get everything ready. It was a beautiful service. Elder Bariere baptized Ruth, I baptized Juan Jose and Raquel. Juan Jose is a stud, that dude has got such a powerful testimony. He wants to serve a mission! Raquel and Ruth are awesome too, I love visiting with them. Their little brother always goes nuts when we visit, running in circles yelling "Los Hermanos!! LOS HERMANOS!!!" hahahahaha. We're hoping that Hermana Blanca, the mom of Raquel y Ruth will be baptized this Saturday with Caludia!

Wish I could send pics but alas, that technology has not yet arrived to this internet cafe. Quizas proxima semana.

Les extraño,

Elder McClune

July 10, 2017

literally have no time, sorry!
It was hard to say goodbye to Elder Santos. Love and miss that guy.

Cambios were insane and unexpected. I got sent to Riberalta. Had to fly here, only could bring 20 kilos with me. Its super hot here. Super beautiful, red dirt and lots of vegetation. The people here don't have much, but are super friendly. My new comp is great-Elder Bariere from Chile. We've been working super hard. We baptized Juan Leon Salvatierra (John Lion Savetheearth, epic right??) We are working to have 4 more baptisms this Saturday!

Also saw a sloth just chilling in a tree. Hasn't moved since I took that photo hahaha

One night Elder Bariere and I were chatting about misc. stuff. Apparently theres a ton of empanadas in Chile. He was telling me about a pizza one an I was like "O, como un calzon?" I didnt actually know the word for calzon in Spanish. But apparently calzon means womens panties hahahaaha ya live and ya learn

Sorry this was so short, didn't have much time today. Hopefully I can send something more detailed next week. Love and miss you guys!

Elder McClune