Finding your way around Chile can be a challenge. Signage is, at best, unremarkable. If you miss this sign to some beautiful waterfalls you miss a truly beautiful scene in Chile.
Here is the next clue. We've already been on dirt roads for 30 minutes and asked 3 different people for directions!
This is what we were looking for. It was worth the find.
It is called "Salto de Itata" or the Itata River Falls. No guardrails to be found.
The Itata River also goes by Coelemu, another small branch in our mission.
Our apartment has become the mission's bed and breakfast. Sally has quite a reputation for being a great cook. Of course, I've known that more than 40 years. All of the hermanas love to stay with us.
Sally has given a wonderful recap of our activities.
"We hope you have had a great "day off", today, and have enjoyed your last holiday of the summer. I am always sad after Labor Day, because the summer is over and school starts, and winter is on its way. However, in Chile, I'm happy because it is almost Spring time!! The blossoms are on the trees, the flowers are opening, I don't need to turn on my caliente cama anymore, and we are opening our windows for part of the day! I don't have endure winter again until almost 2015!"
President Troncoso helped us last Tuesday as we were looking for a house for the Scholes. They get here the first week of April.
It was amazing to witness the dedication of those humble chilean members. They all accepted the assignment to be assigned to the neighboring branch and help fortify it. If you are a faithful church member here in Chile you never get our of the saddle. You may change horses but you never get out of the saddle.
"We then had a short meeting with the 4 missionaries that are serving there and gave them encouragement and hopefully a vision of what can happen to that poor little branch, as they try to work with the members and increase the attendance. I think we will be attending there often. I met some cute kids; Filipe, Vickie, and Joaquin. I gave out hair clips and candy and took their pictures. No one speaks a word of English, except the Branch President. In the other Branch there are two women who can speak some and we have a great time trying to talk to each other."
So that has been our experience here as we strive to establish the Church more firmly here in Chile.