Santiago, Chile Temple

Santiago, Chile Temple
Santiago, Chile Temple

Monday, August 29, 2016

"Everyday is an adventure and i’m loving it."

to start off with i have a bunch a pics but this computer is super sketch and i don’t want to loose another memory card.

this was one of the weirdest weeks of my whole mission. so about 4 months ago i was in a trio for about a week so i thought  i knew what it was going to be like but it is not what i thought. it’s not that bad but it is just different. so the new guy is pretty cool. he is from ecuador and he is a young in the mission (6months) so he is still really obedient.  the cool thing about him is his english is super good so it is fun to talk to him in english or it is good to ask him somethings about spanish. the other cool thing is we are always talking. when you are just with one other guy some times there are moments of silence but with 3 we are always talking. it keeps the day moving faster. it is going to be a good change.

our investigators are going to GET BAPTIZED!! they are pretty much ready. they still have to gain a *testimony of president monson but we are going to help them out with that this week. they want to do the baptism this saturday so it is going to be another crazy week with the font, interview and clothes. we are soo excited. they have changed sooooo much. i have seen the full change and it is sweet. i let you know how it all goes.

we are still trying to find new people to teach but we are struggling. it’s hard to keep contacting and asking the same people for references but that is where we are at right now. i know that the Lord will bless us if we keep doing our part.

We should be changing houses soon. we are living in a bigger city and we have to take a 30 min bus ride to get to and from the sector. well we found a house in lontué and we should be changing this week and next week,. it is going to be great because we are going to able to save time and money.

nothing too big is going on here down south. the mission is just moving along. everyday is an adventure and i’m loving it. i know that the gospel is true and that God love us. i’m grateful for the testimony that i have gained here on the mission. it has changed my life.

elder mag

*You can also see the above video by clicking here

Monday, August 22, 2016

15 Months in the Mission

it’s been a slow week but it hasn’t been too bad

lets start off right away with our investigators . tuesday i had the craziest lesson of my whole mission. we ended up teaching about *prophets and the **10 commandments... it was a solid lesson of about 20 min. and then out of nowhere we spent about the next 2 hours talking about some problems that they were having in their family. we ended up giving them both a blessing and leaving with them with homework to help with their situation. we have seen them everyday since and they are doing a lot better. they are progressing and we are happy. we just hope that we can help them to the end.

other than them we don’t really have anyone else. we are looking and looking though references and contacts but we haven’t found anyone. the work is pretty slow right now but we are hoping that that changes. lontuè is a special place. there isn’t anything like it.

so we got the changes and both me and my comp are staying together but the twist is that we are going to have another elder with us. we are going to be in a trio. the other elder is a new kid... he has about 6 months. his name is elder espinoza  and he is from ecuador. i have no idea how it is going to work out. i hear that trios are fun but it is really hard to teach and contact with 3 so we will see what happens. i think that there were an odd number of elders so hence the trio.

the good news is that im going to have new missionaries in my district so i can now use the same lessons and twist them up a little bit. i’m pretty excited about that.

this past week i hit 15 months in the mission. everyone is talking about how the school year just started and im going to be home before it ends.   that is crazy to think about. im getting old in the mission but i still feel so young. some of my best friends in the mission are going home in 6 weeks and that is going to be sad. a lot of the guys i knew from my first change.  a lot of them are from utah so im sure im going to see them after the mission.

love you guys. thanks for your love and support. The Church is true.

elder mag
*video about prophets

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**video about the Ten Commandments

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Monday, August 15, 2016

"If you want to be a better person, go on a mission."

so today is some catholic holiday and because almost all of chile is catholic it is also a national holiday..... it has taken us all morning to find a computer place that is open. but miracles do happen so here we are. 

this week was good. the best news is that our investigators have received  their answer.... THEY WANT TO BE BAPTIZED. we  had a really good lesson with them yesterday and it came out during the lesson. we just have to finish teaching them everything and they have to leave tea behind for 2 weeks. we still have to teach tithing and that might be a problem for them but still we are pretty excited. we are thinking about the 3rd of september. so pray for them. the sad part is we have changes this week and i might be going. we will see. other than them we don’t have very many people progressing. so when we aren’t with them we spend a huge chunk of our time finding people to teach. 

the mission is going well. i’m really liking what i am learning right now. i feel like if a person wants to learn about how to be a better person in this world all he has to do is go on a mission. i feel like im growing up a lot but at the same time i still feel like im the same kid i was before the mission. ill let you guys be the judge in 10 months. 

sorry this isn’t a very long letter but whateves. 

love you guys. The Church is true

elder magnusson

the story of the plunger is kinda funny. we were without a toilet for 3 days last week.... (its a good thing we have keys to the church). anyway so we had to buy a plunger. we took the pic right outside of the church after interviews with president. literally as i have the plunger up to his head, president drives by in his car. he totally saw us. it was kinda funny.

 these  pics are us picking cabbage. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

"The mission is sweet."

this week felt like it lasted for forever but it was still good. 

first and foremost our investigator got baptized!!! it was probably one of the most stressful baptisms that i have had but he did it. first of all we couldn’t find clothes for him until the day of. let me tell you, i am going to have clothes ready a week before my next baptism. also we thought that it was only going to take 3 hours to fill up the font with water,  but we had no idea it takes 7 hours to put hot water in the font so we had to put a bunch of cold water in. its all good though. it wasn’t that cold. and the last thing that we had to deal with was the guy had his toe cut off 4 weeks ago and he couldn’t get it wet so we put a bag over it but it still got wet. it’s a bummer but it is what it is. he was really happy though.

also our other investigators are progressing really well! they are the couple that lost a baby at 5 days. anyway every time we have lessons with them the lessons goes super well. they really want to progress. they went to church yesterday and they stayed for all 3 hours and they loved it!!! we are really happy for them. the only thing that we have to help them with is the word of wisdom. but they really do have the desire. i feel like this week is going to be the real make it or break it week with them so pray for us. 

sorry this letter is going to be really short cause our time is going to cut because we got back late from p-day today. we went to a national park of chile. its called the siete tazas. its a huge river that goes though the mountains. it was honestly one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen. the water was crystal clear and super clean. it reminded me a lot of yosemite but the water was way better. we just hung out there all day but our time is getting cut because of it. the worst part about it is we had to wake up at 5 o’clock to go but it was worth it.

love you guys. the mission is sweet. thanks for your support!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hello - Goodbye

Elder Magnusson will have the wonderful experience of working under two mission presidents.  After serving as mission president for the Rancagua  Mission for the past 3 years, Pres. and Sister Waren (right) went home on July 1, 2016.  Pres. and Sister Harris (left) took their place.
You can read about the role of a mission president and his wife by clicking here.

Both mission President's wives have maintained a blog to chronicle their experiences as they serve as mission presidents.  I appreciate reading about their experiences as they keep track of our missionaries and run the mission.  Below are the links to their blogs for your reading pleasure.

Pres. and Sis. Harris' blog address:

Pres. and Sis. Warne's blog address:

I appreciate all that Pres. and Sis. Waren and Pres. and Sis. Harris have done to help Elder Magnusson and all the other missionaries serving in the Chile, Rancagua Mission.

Monday, August 1, 2016

"Another week full of miracles"

this was another week full of miracles... the Lord is so good to us missionaries.

first off: our investigator is going to get baptized this week... he is a funny dude. he is about 60 years old and has been a Jehovah Witness for 40 years. i will keep you updated on how it goes.

2nd off:  our 2 families are progressing!!!

the first family is kinda hard to find but we had a suppppperrrr sweet lesson with them and their family. the wife is a member but has been less active for a long time. but she wants to get married in the temple. she said it’s her only goal in this life. the husband isn’t really sure if he believes in God but he said that he is willing to do his part to find out. they have 3 teenage kids and one baby. they all want to know more. the only problem is like i said -- they are kinda hard to find but we have a lesson set up with them today. let’s pray that they are there.

the second family is soooooo gooooood. they are progressing so well. yesterday the wife went to church without here husband cause he had to work but he said that they both are going to go next week cause they want to bless their two kids. anyway the wife said that she liked church.  yesterday at night we stopped by their house and taught them both about the Book of Mormon. it was one of the most spiritual lessons of my mission. she had a baby die when she was 5 days old. we read Moroni 8 with them and they were so happy cause they thought that the baby was in hell cause they never baptized her. it was so nice to testify that they girl is saved. it was honestly such a good lesson.

i also went on a division with a kid in my district that has two week in the mission. he is from california and his spanish isn’t that great. it brought back soooo many memories from my first change. let’s just say that that was a hard change for me. we were able to talk a lot about the mission and i hope i was able to help him. he is such a good kid. it was just weird to think about the struggles of the mission life.

definitely the highlight of the week was picking cabbage with a part member family for 3 hours yesterday. it was so much fun. we went with them to a field and helped them out. it was nice to relax and joke around with them. they told me that they could tell that i was a “rich california city boy” kinda  funny.

overall it was a good week. i can’t complain. i know that God is leading this work. we are just the tools in his hands. i love the mission and i love this work. i never thought i would say this but i’m kinda nervous and scared to go home. i want to stay here for more than 2 years.

 i know that God loves us.

elder mag