Monday, October 27, 2014


Hey, my family!

It's the end of October, and Halloween is coming our way!

It's great to hear the traditions are continuing at home, while I'm learning and experiencing new ones here. ;) 

This week has seen another Conferencia de Zona, my first one being in Zona Linares, and a Noche de Postre y karaoke with the rama! It was a super fun week, and spiritual as well having the opportunity to listen to our leaders during the conference. 

For the Noche de Postre, I made mom's pumpkin bars, but with a twist...squash! There's no pumpkin to be found anywhere here, so I had to adapt the recipe to use zepallo, a type of squash! Oh man, it probably doesn't sound as good to you as it was haha, but the zepallo bars came out GOOD! I literally had to carve out the squash, as nothing like it comes in cans, and it took hours of work and even hours in the oven as our gas-powered oven was running out of gas! Momma, you'd be proud! :)

 Just as well, things have been turning out real well with the missionary work we do each day. ;) Longavi has the ability to grow so much. Elder Mariano and I are working, finding new people and helping others come back to a knowledge of the Gospel. This week, one of the young men, Alvaro, received his mission call, and we had the opportunity to be there with him as he opened it. Since then, he's come out with us twice and it's been so awesome to hear his testimony as a convert and his animo to serve a mission in Trujillo Peru in another three months. With a few months in the mission already, I know better and feel even more convinced that the Gospel is true. 

It is true.

Alright, my family, I have to get going! I hope that you have a wonderful week this coming week, and a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We're having a baile de disfraz in the rama! ;)

Mucho amor de su misionero,
Elder Trent Sellers

P.S. I need to mention that I met a man from Bay City, Michigan! His name is Seth and he is an English teacher here! He knows Kryziacks, Aunt Dee!!

Conferencia de Zona, de Linares y Parral

Conferencia de Zona, de Linares y Parral

One of the young men from Longavi, Alvaro, opened his carta de llamamiento! ¡Le toca Misión Peru Trujillo! 


Seeing as there is not much calabaza (pumpkin) to be found in Chile, I had to adapt mom's recipe for pumpkin bars using zepallo (the nearest relative, a type of squash)! They came out GOOD!

They didn't win the contest, but I was real proud of them! They're still not as good as mom's pumpkin bars, though. ;)

Zepallo (the nearest relative, a type of squash)

Noche de Postre, y ¡karaoke!

Noche de Postre, y ¡karaoke!

Monday, October 20, 2014


¡Buena semana, mi familia!
¡Todo bien, acá!
It's been a real busy week, and I'm getting to do a lot here in Longavi!
Just this weekend..
On Saturday, we had a baptism in the morning! ¡Gladys se bautizó! That was super cool for only my second week here! In the afternoon, I taught a guitar class, we held mutual and spent time with the youth, and then spent hours cleaning the chapel and talking with la familia Cárcamo, the family of our Branch President, about the rama.
Sunday I was able to confirm Gladys, and then gave one of the two talks for Sacrament meeting about learning and teaching within the Church.
Just in the weekend, there was a whole lot to do!
I'm so grateful for the opportunities that I'm having here. I love Longavi, and I'm really looking forward to the experiences of these next few months!
This is the Lord's work. It's so neat to see it come forth in a small pueblito in the country of Chile. This is the Church of Jesus Christ. It is true. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who restored the very same church, and today we have a living prophet Thomas S. Monson who guides us and helps us understand our Heavenly Fathers will for us.
I love you, my family. I hope you have a great week this week. Not a moment goes by that I don't think of each of you.
Mucho amor de su misionero en Chile,
Elder Trent Sellers :)

Trent's answers to some questions from Mom:

We are good on meals! The Relief Society President (wife of our Branch President) organizes lunches and we are fed every day by members, save P-Day. The mission gives each of us about $35.000 pesos Chilenos to give to the branch to help members with the costs of lunch.
In the house we have a gas stove-top oven (finally an oven! --- we didn't have one in Conce!), a microwave, a refrigerator, and an electric container to heat up water.
We get mail here regularly every month. The zone leaders go to Conce the beginning of every month for Consejo with President, and they bring the mail with them from the office. It'll take longer to get here, but it'll get here. ;)
We do our laundry when the others aren't haha, and we hang our clothes on lines that he have inside the house!
Elder Mariano and I are good friends! We're having fun working together. He's crazy and almost always up beat. It's so cool having a Brazilean companion! I'll probably be here for six months. It's especially a trend here in Longavi, with the callings that we hold as missionaries.
Thanksgiving isn't the same here, but we ARE having a Halloween party that us missionaries are in charge of ON Halloween! Christmas we usually spend with la familia Cárcamo (the Branch President's family), but they are going to be leaving the branch real soon and there will be some big changes. We shall see! It will be so cool being here in the campo for Christmas!
Ahh, I thought of some things for the next package! ;) ...
- Pilot G2 pens
- spacebags (one of mine broke over cambios and those have saved me!! Thanks for suggesting them so much, momma.. ;) )
- customizable stamper (one of the missionaries had one at home --- it would be so cool to be able to stamp our passalongs with our names and number!)
- Nutella (I had to leave a lot in Conce, dang it!)
Ah, and real quick, momma, I'm sorry for having to take so much out of my account recently! This first month here is going to be rough financially since we have to spend so much on bus rides and transportation, and bike repairs. Our trips are reimbursable, but our receipts only get to Conce once every month with the zone leaders! I'm going to take more money out today to help me get through the money and to cover bike repairs when I take it in. That could come out to $20.000 or so! Got to fix it up, though.

Welcome to Longavi!

That's the entrance to the pueblo!!  I got pictures by those two guys last week but they were deleted from my card by the virus!! I'll get some more by those guys this week! ;)

                Hahaha we went fishing by that big field today!!!  It's a big farming field, and there's a river that you can see
                that runs right along it. We were fishing above and to the left of that very same field, us four missionaries with
                a less active member and his friends! We live in 2 Poniente by the colegio in a casita with a huge palm out 
                front that looks like a pineapple!

Bicis, campo, y los Andes

Mi bici, y mi basura por el momento jaja.
This bike has a lot of problems, and I have to take it to get it fixed!

Bautismo de Gladys

¡Los misioneros de Rama Longavi!

Fishing in Chile (thinking of you, Uncle Bob!)

How's that for a mountain?!  I think of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit when I see it, thinking of the Misty Mountain.

Monday, October 13, 2014



¡Que campo hermoso!

Wow, what a sector it is, and what a week it has been! I made it here on Tuesday, taking a bus from the terminal in Conce, through Chillan, Parral, and up to Linares, and then from there back down to Longavi with Elder Mariano.

Longavi is way different than anything I have seen in Chile, yet! It is BEAUTIFUL!

The town itself is a small pueblito, with a plaza full of shaded trees and benches in the middle and surrounded by local shops. The majority of sector, however, goes way out, and to the ANDES!

The sector is huge, and literally touches the Andes Mountains! They don't look too far either, but they're yet hours away! Elder Mariano and I work as far as an hour bus ride or so will take us! 

The church situation is a whole lot different, too! Longavi is a rama, instead of a barrio, and the group of units is a distrito, instead of a stake. There is a lot to do here, and the missionaries do a LOT of it!

Just this Sunday, we were each assigned home teaching companions to go out with to visit less-active members, and Elder Mariano and I were called as Young Mens President and 1st Counselor! Elder Mariano and I are also edificadores de la rama. We are given a certain amount each month by the Church to fund activities in the rama. 

The missionaries here, with the llamamientos that we have, are able to do a lot more than other missionaries in the mission. It's a really rare situation, and a huge opportunity! I'll have to explain more about that. ;)

Overall, things are real good here! We live in a casita, four of us missionaries, and do our own laundry. Fortunately, we have a washer, but we do have to hang-dry our clothes. ;)

Dad, I did get your card two weeks ago! Thanks for the pictures. :) And, of course, the package! Thanks, momma and my dad, for everything that came with it! I had to cram as best as I could in my luggage for cambios! Unfortunately, I had to leave some of the peanut butter behind, dang it haha.

Also, I got a card from Aunt Dee! Thank you, Aunt Dee! I love hearing from my auntie in Michigan. ;)

Ok, got to go, my family! So much to tell!

¡Les amo, muchísimo, mi papás, y Pan!

Mucho amor,
su Elder Trent Sellers

con Rodrigo Inostroza

con la familia Lopez

con la familia Escobar

con Hermana Juanita, Hermana Ursula, y la Pamela

con Alejandro Inostroza y Cecilia Soto

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Hey, momma, my dad, and Pan!


As I mentioned, I'm leaving Lorenzo Arenas after six months of being here, and heading to LONGAVI, a pueblito en el campo --- in the country! I'll be companions with Elder Mariano, a Brazilian missionary who is super funny and medio loco! He was in Pedro de Valdivia when I had a mini cambio there two cambios ago, and we had a blast.

I'm sad to leave all of the amazing people that I have had the blessing to meet these past six months here in Lorenzo Arenas, but I am also super excited to get to know another part of this beautiful country and to meet other amazing people that are waiting in Longavi. I have a lot of packing to do, and I'm just a little anxious of the huge change that awaits, but more than anything I am super excited to continue my mission there!

This past week, itself, has been a great last week in Conce! It was a huge blessing to attend all of the General Conference sessions Saturday and Sunday in Gleisner, our stake center here in Concepción. I was able to listen to the prophet, his counselors, the Twelve Apostles, and other leaders of the church, again, in a country foreign to my own. Six months ago I was in México, and watching Conference there. Elder Archibald, my companion from México was here with me, too, this time in Chile, and it was awesome to reflect on these past six months between conferences.

I am very grateful for the blessing it is to have a living prophet of God in these latter-days. I am grateful that I have the blessing of receiving his guidance, even here in Chile. I am also, of course, grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the Lord here. I know this Church is true. I know this Church is the Church of Jesus Christ, restored and again here on the Earth to lead and guide God's beloved children back to Him. As Elder Bednar explained in Conference, I don't just invite these people to know a church, save that I have had spiritual, converting experiences that have affirmed to me that this is true. 

Ok, family, I love you! I have a lot to do back in the sector, and a lot ahead. ;)

Amor de su misionero,
Elder Trent Sellers

Marcelo jumped too high celebrating a goal playing FIFA against his little brother and punched a hole in his ceiling! haha

¡Bacán! Amadeo has taught me so many Chilean modismos (sayings) in all the time I've known him, and so bought me a book full of them! His wife is not a member, yet, but she is super nice and I hope she will be taught by the elders sometime in the future.

The missionaries of Lorenzo Arenas, as depicted by Obispo Rivas

The missionaries of Lorenzo Arenas, as depicted by Obispo Rivas

Zone t-shirts!

Zone t-shirts!

Zone t-shirts!

Attack of the pterodactyl! There's a park of dinosaurs here that we came across contacting people in between sessions by the stake center!

¡Hola, Conce!


Vista hermosa

¡Hola, Conce!

One last trip up the hill!

One last trip up the hill!

One last trip up the hill!

Swinging in the park

Swinging in the park

Sunday, October 5, 2014


¡Buena semana, mi familia!

Thanks for keeping me up with things on your trips, momma, my dad, y pan! This week we are all in different parts! I love seeing all the photos and hearing how things are with the family up north! ¡Hola, familia Benesh!

It's been a good past week and a few interesting things happened.

Earlier in the week, Elder Requena and I found out that one of the inactive members that we had just begun teaching had passed away. I won't spend too much time on it, but it came as a surprise to us and we were able to help the family with things and teaching others about the Plan of Salvation at the velorio (memorial service). I have a testimony that Heavenly Father has provided us a plan of happiness, and I know that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we will be able to live with our families forever.

Sunday brought surprises --- but much more lighthearted! Obispo Rivas called us in the morning, an hour before church, and asked me to speak! One or two of the talks had fallen through, and they needed a speaker! And so I prepared a few scriptures and ideas in mind, and headed off to church to speak about the Sacrament. To my surprise, the local area authority, Elder Wilham, I believe his named is spelled, came! No pressure! It went super well, and I was able to leave my testimony with the ward --- something I had been hoping I might be able to do before cambios that are in a week.

I have been here in Lorenzo Arenas for six months! I am so grateful for the time here, and I have really come to love the ward and people. I'm not sure about cambios, but I believe I'm going to be leaving. I'll miss the people here a whole lot, when I do.

Ok, my family, I have to get going! I am so horrible with managing my time here! Luckily I still have time in the mission to get better at that!

I hope you have a wonderful week, momma, my dad, and pan, and have a great time during all of your travels! Lucky!!

Mucho amor de su misionero,
su Elder Trent Sellers

¡Hombres en Negro!

¡Hombres en Negro!