We showed up at 10:30 at the Chile Osorno Mission Office.
At 11 am we met with President and Sister Rappleye, the assistants, office Elders, and a senior couple Elder and Sister Poulson. It is a small world in the Church. Elder Poulson was a counselor with my dad in the bishopric in Yucaipa in 1970!
We were very nervous making a "cold call" on a mission president but it only took about 5 minutes before the smiles and nods of approval began. President Rappleye was totally on board. We were really surprised when he asked us to do three districts on our way home on Tuesday. He also said that he wanted us to present the program to the Osorno Coordinating Council (Mission President, Area Seventy, Stake and District Presidents) on January 26. He suggested a schedule for Tuesday.
- 10:00 am - La Unión District with Elder and Sister Stott
- 1:30 pm - Los Lagos District with Elder and Sister Erickson
- 4:30 pm - Villarrica District with Elder and Sister Biggs
When we got to each location Sally started training the senior couple on how to use the program. While she did this I was given access to the district computer and I obtained the necessary file from MLS. I uploaded the file into our server located in Curicó at the home of Brother Ben Ingram and initiated the data processing. Within about 1 hour we had the database results produced on a google doc spreadsheet ready for use!
The comment we kept hearing from the senior couples was "wow." It is truly amazing what Brother Ben Ingram has accomplished with the database and producing the results in an online, share-able spreadsheet. And now I can do everything on the fly without Ben involved at all.
The next stop was Los Lagos and the Erickson's from Seattle Washington.
The stop was Villarrica. It was cloudy the day we were there but we have been there before and it is beautiful.
After our meeting with President Rappleye on Monday we went around Lake Llanquihue.
Here are some photo highlights of the beautiful scenes we encountered.
Lake Llanquihue - Volcán Osorno is hidden by the clouds
63% of Chile's dairy products come from this area of Chile. There were cows everywhere.
These wrapped bundles of hay sure look like giant marshmallows.
Elder and Sister Livingston were our travel partners
A quaint church on the road around the lake
Petrohué is a huge attraction and very beautiful
We ate dinner in Puerto Varas at a restaurant recommended by President Rappleye. It was very good but a little hard to find. A beautiful rose garden at the restaurant.
Las Cascadas was located at the end of a gravel road. We had to hike in about 40 minutes to get to the waterfall.