Elder Jared Moser has been called to serve in the Chile Santiago West Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah on August 22, 2012.

We will use this blog to post his e-mails, letters, and photos from his mission, to record them for him and to share with his family and friends.

Feel free to make comments, but he will not have internet access and will not see the comments until he returns home.

For readability, some spelling, punctuation, and capitalization have been standardized.

Mailing Address


Elder Jared H. Moser
Mission Chile Santiago Oeste
Casilla de Correos 149
Pajaritos 1921
Maipu, Chile

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


November 26, 2012

Hello!!  Looks like everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!  Thanks for all of the pictures dad!! Those pies look mighty good!!  And it looks like Tyson is enjoying his whip cream!  a lot!! That is what Blake said about Jordan, that is really cool!!  And that is awesome that Collin is coming here!  I know him a little bit so that will be fun.  He is lucky he gets to come to the best mission in the world haha..  This week was really good.  For Thanksgiving we had a zone dinner and it was the worst Thanksgiving dinner I have ever had! haha..  We had rice, papas fritas and fried onions and fried eggs, the Latins cooked for us haha.. it was a pretty interesting Thanksgiving dinner!!  Afterwords me and my comp went and ate some complatos and ass for our real dinner and that was a great Thanksgiving dinner!!  I was going to send some pictures, but the computer I happen to be on won't send them so I will next week!!  This week we did a lot of service for the members and they really loved it. Francisco, the one who is going on his mission soon was working in the local and a flayte came and put a gun to his head and took all the money that was in the local and so he was pretty shaken up about that all week, so we did a bunch of things for him and stuff.  He is great and always comes out with us so it was good to be able to serve him a lot this week and make him feel better.  This week was just another good solid week in Chile!  It has been a lot of fun here! and I feel like I have grown a lot spiritually for the month that I have been here.  It has been cool to see how much I have learned in this time..!!  Dad, thank you for grandpa's Patriarchal Blessing!  I still haven´t gotten the package, but we will see tomorrow! And dad can you send me the email address of all my sisters?? And also Kade Izatt too, if you could ask him that would be great!!

Well have a great week everyone!!

Elder Moser

Oh and a couple more things!!!  That is awesome that Susan Bednar called the house to tell you that she had talked to me!  That is crazy she remembered who I was and everything after an all night flight! haha   That is just really awesome that she would take the time to do that!  And this week I felt my first earthquake!  I was just sitting in a lesson bearing testimony and the ground started to shake!  I thought I was just that awesome until I realized it was an earthquake!  It was a pretty fun experience, wasn't too big, but big enough to feel it pretty good!  Well have a great week!!

Monday, November 19, 2012


Hello everybody!  It was another great hot week in Chile this week!  I figured out why it feels so hot all the time here.  I guess over Santiago there is a lot of the ozone layer burnt away so the sun is just super intense here and it makes it feel hotter than it really is!  But it has been really nice.  I have been enjoying the nice weather a lot!  Today we went to a gym in a guys shed to work out and that was a really good experience because he had a baby just die and he was pretty sad about that and we gave him the talk from the last conference to listen to, so hopefully everything goes good there!  One thing that is really hard here in Chile is that it is super hard and expensive to get divorced and also expensive to get married too so people just don't get married and we have three investigators waiting for a divorce right now and they are all pretty solid so hopefully those can all go through pretty soon!!  There is one couple that is waiting and they have been coming to church for a long time but they are just waiting for a divorce and they are super strong in the gospel and have a really strong testimony so it will be exciting when they get their divorce finalized so they can get married and baptized!  They are both super excited to get baptized. Chileans don't have the best desserts in the world besides their ice cream, that is better than American ice cream.  But their cakes and everything else are pretty bland so we decided to make "Better than the Book of Mormon" cake for a couple families here and man they have loved the stuff!!  It is pretty funny watching their expression after eating something that good cause they just never had something that good before haha.  We have been trying to get to know and become friends with the members a lot more and it really has helped.  Already we have received lots of good references and we have been working with part member families also and that has been really good to work with them. The Spanish is still coming along!  Chileans are just super hard to understand!  I understand about 90 percent of what my comp says when he speaks Spanish but not quite there yet with the Chileans!!  Half of my sector is typical Chilean houses and apartments, pretty old and humble stuff and part is called the new side and it actually feels like I am in America when I am walking through there except for all the gates, but there should be a picture of the new side with this and I will try to take more pics of the old side this week.  Thanks for sending all the pictures again!!  Looks like everyone is having fun!!  Looks like Landon is gonna be playing pro hockey by the time I get back!  And happy birthday to Ryan!  Looks like he had a good one!  And ya, Elaina is in school this semester and will attend next semester as well.  She is supposed to go straight to the Peru MTC, so that should be fun!!  Wow, I kind of forgot about Thanksgiving!  It just does not feel like November weather!  Sounds like it will be fun with everyone home!!  Everybody here always loves looking at the pictures of our family and think it is crazy that I have 6 sisters!  They can't even comprehend it!  It is fun telling them about the fam.  Well I got to go but thanks for the email and all the pictures!  Have a great thanksgiving!!!!!  And eat a whole bunch of pie for me, maybe like two whole pies or something like that. They definitely do not have pie here in Chile!!  Have a great week!!

Elder Moser


Monday, November 12, 2012


Hola everybody!! It was another great hot week in Chile!  Thanks for sending me the forecast and the pictures Dad!  The one of Mason made me laugh pretty good!  It was great!!  And the weather looks like it is gonna be pretty nice for the next while!  So, I got some pretty sweet news. After the missionary announcement, Elaina decided she wanted to go on a mission and she has been called to the Lima Peru West Mission!  And she leaves April 10!  I thought that was pretty awesome!!  That should be great for her!  Well the work here has been good!  President King is trying to get us to work with the members a lot more and stuff and so we have been doing that a lot more trying to get a lot more referrals than we were.  Something I learned yesterday that I thought was pretty crazy was that in my ward here there are 900 members and we only have about 100 that attend, and that is how it is all over Chile!  I thought that was a crazy number!  We are definitely trying to work with inactive members a lot here too and that is just as tough or tougher than getting investigators to come to church!  Our Bishop here is great and really tries to work hard with the missionaries so that has been really nice!  He definitely holds the ward together!  We have been trying to get some baptismal dates set with some of our investigators but it just quite isn't happening yet, but hopefully in the near future some of the ones that are almost ready will be ready!!  There should be some photos attached with this but I'm not sure if it worked - the computer is having some major difficulties so sorry if there is not any!  There should be one of me and my companion with Francisco, the local kid going on his mission soon.  We have splits this week and it should be interesting because my district leader is from Argentina and I can't understand a word he says! So that should be fun for a day haha.  We will see how that goes!!  Here in Chile there are always random old couches sitting everywhere so we are trying to take pictures on them whenever we see them so that is what some of the other pictures are!  And also our shower died this week and all the shower heads here are really junky so we just decided to be safe and make a shower with three shower heads just in case!!  I hope you enjoy the pics!  Sorry my letter is so short!  I ate up all my time trying to figure out the pictures!  But I hope everyone has a great week!
Elder Moser

Monday, November 5, 2012


Hello!!  Thanks for sending those pictures Dad!  It was great to see what everyone was up to in the states for Halloween!  Looks like everyone had a bunch of fun!  And thanks for sending the forecast!  That is a great idea!  It is good to know since we can't check or anything.  And yep that looks like us on the picture from Google Earth you sent, I think!!  It is hard to tell because I never see a birds-eye view of anything!  Just a 5 foot 6 man's view, but that looks about right, everything looks the same though here in Chile so I might be wrong!  And the thing you described as a garage sale. That is a huge part of Chilean culture.  It is called the feria. Every weekend and a lot of other days during the week everyone sets up a little stand with food or whatever they want.  Most of it is just trash and they fill up the whole street and that goes most of the day and then at night they have a big crew that comes in and clean it all up for the next day.  It is such a big mess on the streets every day after it is over!  We as missionaries aren´t allowed to shop in it because Monday is one of the days they don´t have it.  And about the apartment, haha, ya the pictures I sent make it look pretty stinkin nice and it really isn´t bad at all!  Until you have to shower and sleep then it gets a little tricky!  They don´t have insulation so it  gets super hot or super cold depending on the weather, but it really hasn´t been bad at all yet!  It is a lot nicer than what a lot of the members are living in!  It is so weird when you said you got the snowblower out!  Here the flowers are just blossoming and it is getting hot, it is just weird to have my seasons backwards!  I tried to take more pictures this week but I forgot to bring my camera to the internet place so I will have to do that next week.  And about the tomatoes and avocados, well, the only explanation I have is the Lord blesses missionaries!  At the MTC I still got sick when I ate that kind of stuff but I prayed I would be able to eat that stuff because members have them for every meal and I haven't gotten sick from them yet and I eat it just about every day.  I try not to eat a lot but I eat a good amount and I'm fine!  Pretty awesome!! A lot of people get offended if you turn down food, so it definitely helps out a lot to not offend them!  I'm super thankful for it!  And I am glad the Church is true there in Bedford!  We had Stake conference here this week and the Church is true here too! President King came and talked and it was great to hear him!  I did get the Dear Elder last Tuesday so I think it takes a week and a day to get to me which is really good.  Well this week we taught a lot of lessons but right now everyone is kind of stagnant.  There are some that are looking pretty promising but it is a super slow process for them all which is good!  Just for an idea the average for us is about 30-35 lessons a week including member and investigator, and we do about 100 contacts a week.  Keeps us pretty busy, but it has been fun teaching lessons to everyone.  Elder Myers is a great companion, and he really knows his stuff and is a great teacher. He goes home the day after Christmas so it will be sad to see him go!  One thing I am thankful for in America is the hamburger meat!  We made hamburgers for lunch today with the member kid and in the ground beef from the store we found all sorts of things!  like string and plastic and stuff like that.  He just says it is normal and you have to pick through it before you can cook it, so I am thankful for clean ground beef back home!  Chilean people really don't look that much different from Americans.  There are some that I could not tell the difference from them and an American.  I thought that was interesting, the guys more so than the girls. The only thing we have to really worry about here in Chile is the flaytas. They are the gangsters down here. It is kind of funny because if people in America wore what the flaytas wore down here well I would mistake them for being a little on the femmy side, but I guess they will still take your money no matter what they are wearing! But missionaries usually don't have too much problem with them so it isn't too worrysome. It has really been a lot of fun down here and I am super glad that the Lord sent me here on my mission!  When are Mom and Megan going down to Columbia?? We taught a Columbian guy the other day and he was so much easier to understand then the Chileans!  It would be fun to go to Columbia!  I am sure they will have a great time there!  Well I hope everyone has a great week this week!  Thanks for all the prayers!
Elder Moser.
haha, oh ya, one more thing I wanted to ask you, Dad.  You had to wear your suit everyday in Florida????  How did you do that? haha, We were dying walking back from Stake conference yesterday and that was only for a half hour in the sun!  Crazy!  Couldn't imagine wearing it all the time!!