Thursday, January 26, 2012

We Love Our Missionaries!

The Santiago East Mission Received 13 New Missionaries on January 24 and 25

On January 25, 2012 we met with all of our new missionaries and their trainers in the Las Condes Chapel for an oreintation and lunch. We felt the great love that these missionaries brought with them, and we knew immediately that they would bless our mission in unusual ways. These missionaries were an answer to President and Sister Laycock's prayers for more Latin missionaries in our mission. We needed these fine young men to come and be the Angels that take the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who are searching for the truth.. The Lord needed these fine young men to come to the Chile, Santiago East Mission. We were so grateful for their safe arrival.

Thirteen total new missionaries arrived. Nine came from the Chile CCM, and the other three came from other CCM's in South America. Their names are: Elders Aguirre, Ayaviri, Ayuso, Bustamante, Carvajal, Cordova, Diaz, Insfran, Menendez, Rohre, Rossell, Vega, and Velandia. What a wonderful blessing they are to us and to the Chile, Santiago East Mission.

New Missionary Orientation
Las Condes Chapel, Santiago, January 25, 2012

New Missionary Orientation
Las Condes Chapel, Santiago, January 25, 2012

Elder Miguel, President Laycock
Santiago Airport, January 24, 2012

Sister Laycock, Elder Ayaviri
Santiago Airport, January 24, 2012

Seven Missionaries Returned Home in January

President Laycock, Sister Laycock, Sister Verastegi
Santiago Airport, January 5, 2012

It is a mystery to us how Heavenly Father causes us to love every one of our missionaries so deeply. It is as if they are own children. We want them to succeed in every aspect of their lives. We pray for them all to be able to return to their homes, remain active and faithful in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, find eternal companions, and create eternal families. We hope for all of them to gain the gift of eternal life through their faithfulness and obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. We love them all dearly, and we will miss every one of them so much. We look forward to seeing them often over the coming years of our lives. They inspire us in every way.

Sister Laycock, Elder Villagran, President Laycock
Santiago Airport, January 24, 2012

President Laycock, Elder Besich, Sister Laycock
Santiago Airport, January 23, 2012

President Laycock, Elder Bess, Sister Laycock
Santiago Temple January 2012

Sister Laycock, Elder Montecinos, President Laycock
Santiago Airport, January 24, 2012

Elder Deaver, President Laycock, Sister Laycock, Elder Hooser
Santiago Airport, January 23, 2012

President Laycock, Sister Laycock, Elders Montecinos, Hooser, Villagran, Deaver, and Lopez
Santiago Temple, January 20, 2012

President and Sister Laycock had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Santiago Temple with these Elders as they faithfully completed their mission service. (Actually, Elder Lopez will not finish until March, but we invited him to accompany us a little early.) Then we spent the day with them and showed them some of the important cultural sites in Santiago and learned together. We enjoyed a sweet lunch with them, and promised to stay in touch over the years of our lives.

It was difficult to say good-bye to them, but we know that their influence will be felt among the missionaries, members, and people in Chile forever. We are so thankful for their faithful service. We love them all dearly!!! We will miss them tremendously. They have been a great blessing to all of us in the Chile, Santiago East Mission.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

December Baptism

We enjoyed many baptisms during the month of December.

New Missionaries Arrived on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On December 13, four New missionaries joined the Chile, Santiago East Mission. We oriented them, interviewed them, had a delicious meal with them, and then sent them out to their areas to begin teaching and preaching the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were excited, and their trainers were looking forward to helping them be the best they can be. We are very thankful for these fine new missionaries.

Two Missionaries Returned Home During December

We love our missionaries. And we miss them when they go home, but we know the Lord will watch over them and help them to do and become all that He wants them to do and become. We know their influence will be felt in Santiago forever. We love our Missionaries.


Missionaries Blessing Lives in Santiago!

Christmas 2011 Activities at the Temple

During the month of December, we enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Christmas on the Temple grounds. It was a great blessing for our missionaries to get to bring those they were teaching to see the beauty of the Temple grounds and to participate in the programs and displays and tours of the Temple.

We feel blessed to have the Santiago Temple in our mission. We feel the powerful influence of the Temple in all that we are working to teach our Chilean Brothers and Sisters. As we teach and baptize people, we always try to point them toward the Temple. We know that we must help them to make and keep sacred Temple covenants if we want to truly establish the Church here in Chile.

When we bring people to the Temple grounds, they feel the sweet spirit that is always there, and they want to know more. They want to go inside and enjoy the spirit they feel in even more abundance. Our missionaries are able to attend the Temple quarterly during their service in the Chile, Santiago East Mission. This is a great blessing to all of us individually and Collectively. We have four Sisters who serve at the Temple. They always look forward to being able to serve there.

Christmas 2011 Mission Activity: Day Activities, Dinner and Fireside

Our mission Christmas activity on Monday, December 5, 2011 was a great success. During the day, we gathered
at one of the beautiful Santiago Parks where
we played games to build team unity
and love among our missionaries.

hen we went to the Lynch North Chapel for a Fireside and Christmas meal together. It was a wonderful day full of fun, learning, and love. At the end, we watched "A Christmas Carol" and ate real popcorn and empanadas. Our missionaries were happy to see this movie, since President Monson had talked about it in his Christmas Devotional talk on December 4.

We were very grateful to our Assistants, Elders Stark and Deaver, and to our Office Elders, Elders Orozco, Besich, Tooley, and Smith for their diligent efforts in planning and preparing this activity.

We all felt a renewed desire to serve the Lord as we reviewed our goals together and planned for the month of December to be a "White Christmas." We love our missionaries very much. They are obedient and diligent. They are working so hard to bring the true and restored gospel of Jesus Christ to their Chilean Brothers and Sisters.

Christmas 2011 Mission Day Activity