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

Monday, July 21, 2014

E-mail and photos

Hola!  Well, looks like you guys had a pretty sweet hike up to the lake!  That's cool with all the snow and stuff - looks like it was a good day!  I think I can hear the mountains calling my name from the computer!!  And that looks pretty crazy what Kim and Missy are doing there, haha.  I wanna give that one a try for sure :)  Hopefully everything goes well with the kid that is gonna be baptized.  It is always a bummer when they decide to wait, but it is always good to be sure, and hopefully it all goes through well!
   This next weekend  will be the last transfers that I will have and it is only going to be a transfer of 4 weeks, so I hope I don't get changed for the last 4 weeks!  That would kinda be a bummer, but it might have to be done cause me and my comp go home on the same day, so he might have to put someone in to learn the sector.  But just have to see what happens!  Things have been going pretty good here in the ward and the sector!  Saturday the ward had an activity finally - the first time in a very long time so that was great.  We had a porrotada, or a bean party, haha.  The people really like beans here in Chile, so they made a huge pot of beans and everyone came for lunch. Turned out pretty good and had some less actives there, so that was good. The bad part was that everyone ate a TON of beans, and we had church the next day.  You can imagine what happened.  We had to leave the windows open to air out the chapel, and that ain't no joke, haha.  Then there was a ton of leftovers too, so all the sisters took them home and that is what we ate for lunch yesterday, and I have a feeling we are gonna eat that all week long :)  It is gonna be an "airy" week this week!  But anyways, other than beans, it turned out to be a good week for us!  We are progressing a lot with a couple part member families, so that has been really good.  One couple is really close to getting married.  We have been bringing a lot of couples from the ward to their house and they have been accepted really good so that has been nice to see.  The wife will get baptized as soon as they can get married.  It is kinda tough down here in Chile, so they are figuring out what they need to do now.  The husband got baptized when he was 8 and went inactive at 9, and he has about 36 years now so he is like teaching an investigator because he does not remember very much.  But they are both very receptive and their daughter loves going to primary - she has 9 years.  We are also teaching two other boys - nine and ten year olds.  Their grandma lives with them and is an active member, but their mom does not want them to be baptized.  Really do not understand it.  Don't know why a mother would not want her kids to be baptized in a church where they teach great values.  So we have been trying to talk to her and stuff, but it has been pretty tough.  The kids read the scriptures and pray every day with their grandma and want to be baptized really bad, so guess we just have to pray that the mom will soften her heart a little bit!  We are also teaching some kids of a less active that is coming back and they are really great - Oscar, 16 and Camilia, 14.  They have been progressing pretty good, so they should be getting baptized here this next month!!
   Good to know about the talk!  Still have some time but I guess I will have to start putting some stuff together her soon.  Kinda tuff without a topic cause I have learned so much stuff, I could never put it into twenty minutes!!  Anything special you guys want to hear about? any certain topic??  Well I hope that you all are all doing good!  I hope you guys get some more sweet hikes in!!  Have a great week this week!  Oh not sure if I told you already, but I will get home on Tuesday the 26th of August.  I think it is at about 10:30 in the morning - the ticket is bought so it is a sure thing now.  It leaves Monday night at 8.  Well, I will talk to ya all next week!  Love and miss you all! :)

Elder Moser

 Limbing a tree for a recent convert.

 Bean Party !!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

E-mail and photos

Hola!!  Those are some pretty good pictures you guys got of the Tetons again!  Looks like you guys had a pretty good day on the lake even though you did not catch too much, but it looks like a pretty day!  Haha, and  holy cow, those are some pretty sweet cow costumes Carrie!  Hope you guys got some free food!  And thanks for all the birthday wishes!  The senior couple that is in the office right now are pretty much like my grandparents here in the mission cause I was in the office with them for a long time and stuff, and so they always spoil me and my companion a lot.  But anyways, he called me as soon as the package got in and told me that I had to come and get it since it was my birthday!  So I did get it today!!  Thanks a bunch!!  I think that they sent a picture of me with it to you guys too!  But wow - corn nuts, kinda forgotten about those things, but sure tasted good!  And I definitely have enough jelly bellys to finish the mission off with, haha.  But Muchas Gracias!!  I actually had a pretty good birthday here yesterday too. The inactive lady that I told you about a few weeks ago had a little surprise party for me, so that was really nice.  She made a big homemade cake that was super good!  So that was really nice of her!  They even smashed my face into it, haha.  I will try to send some pictures of them with the cake and stuff so I hope that my computer lets me send them!  Some other members said that they have a cake waiting for me tonight and then a couple more later this week, haha.  So the people here are really very nice, and they sure treat the misioneros good that is for sure!  Might gain a little weight back this week though with all those corn nuts and jelly beans and cake, haha.
   Saturday we were able to have a pretty cool experience.  We got to go to the temple with Winston and Patricio!!  We have been working hard with them to be able to do some family names and stuff, and Mom, it turns out that on the list you sent me all the ordinances had been done except for one male and one female!  Looks like you are working a little too fast on those names Mom, haha.  But it is ok.  The temple had a big list  of names and it turns out that pretty much all the Mormons in Chile went to the temple on Saturday, and all the temple workers were going crazy!!  There were huge groups of young men and women that came in without scheduling, so they were actually rejecting people cause they did not have enough time and priesthood holders to do all the baptisms, and turns out we were not able to do the baptisms.  They were able to do confirmations though and that was good.  They both felt the spirit really strong and liked the temple a lot, so it was a good experience, but it looks like they need to get going on the temple that they are building in Concepcion!  Don't know if it is like that every Saturday, but it sure was busy!!  But it is always nice to be able to be inside the temple for a little bit and get away from the world.  I am always amazed every time I go into the temple and how peaceful and quiet it is.  That is definitely one of the goals I have is to be able to go to the temple as much as I can!! :) 
   We were able to have some good lessons this week with some of the part member families, and working hard trying to get some of these people married!  There is a couple that is very close so we are hoping to see some weddings before we have to leave the ward!  Sure am liking it a lot here.  There are a ton of great people and the work is going good!  Gonna be sad when I have to leave!  Today is my six week mark, so that means one transfer.  Crazy how fast the time has gone by!!
   I hope that everyone is doing good up there!!  I love and miss you all!  Have a great week this week!!

Elder Moser

Thanks for the package, Dad.
Elder Bertagna

 Winston and Patricio at the Temple

 4th of July steaks

Zone Barbeque

 Birthday cake !!!

Monday, July 7, 2014


Hola!!  Well, it looks like everyone had a good Fourth of July!  And those are some nice photos Dad!  They are looking good!  That is too bad about your battery, but that is good that you were able to get some anyways :)  And Happy Birthday Rosie and Halle!! Sorry I forgot to say that last week!! :)  I decided I could not let the Fourth of July pass without doing something so we decided to buy some steaks and cook them up on the grill, but man, Chilean meat just sure ain't the same as gringo meat.  It is as tuff as nails.  Sure am excited for that steak at Texas Roadhouse :)  I sent a picture of me with the meat and the grill, and it is a good thing I cooked that in the dark.  I realized just now when I sent the picture how rusty the grill was haha, whoops...  Wow, sounds like you had quite the adventure with that car of Grandmas.  Kinda funny, while we were in the bus on our way here to the cyber today I was thinking about what I was gonna write and stuff and I was thinking about the car, and I thought, huh, wonder if Dad checked the fuses, haha.  Looks like that was it!!!  Think I received that revelation one week late though, haha.  But I am glad that you got it up and running though! 
   This week we should be going to the temple, but the names you sent should be enough.  The converts that are going with us have a few family names too, so it should be fine.  It has been fun working with them on their family history.  They definitely have to start from ground zero, that is for sure, but they have a lot of names right off to do baptisms for though!  They have been pretty excited about the whole thing.  I think it will help them out a lot being able to go to the temple and do all this family history work!  I was surprised by how much the family search website has changed - that is pretty awesome.  All the stuff they have on there now sure makes it a lot easier to do all the work!  Looks like they are still doing a lot of indexing and stuff here in Chile so they have not been able to find a lot of names through the records, but still a few, so that has been good!  
   Our convert, Silvia, works at a place where they make suits and stuff for businesses and stuff so last week she surprised us with a brand new suit that she had made herself.  It is pretty nice.  It was super nice of her cause she does not have much.  So that was pretty special! 
   We had another good week this week here in our sector.  We have been working super hard trying to do as much as we can and we have been finding lots of new investigators and menos activos.  We are finding most of the investigators through the menos activos, so that has been pretty cool working with a ton of part member families. It is good and bad sometimes cause a lot of the menos activos talk bad about the church and stuff in front of their family who aren't members, but we have had some success though, so it has been good!!
   Sorry for not being more clear about the go home date, but ya it is the last Tuesday of August.  It is the 26th - pretty sure I will be arriving in the morning on the 26th.. 
   Hey Dad, pretty sure I forgot my pin number on my personal debit card... whoops. Think you could look that up for me??  Thank you!!
   I hope that everyone is doing good and enjoying summer up there in the states!!  Looks like it is gonna be a pretty nice week down here in Chile for winter, haha.  It's alright for me! :)  I love and miss you all! 
Elder Moser

Dad one more thing.  So, my comps parents don't support him at all on his mission and he asked them if they could send him money to get some things before he goes home, and they told him no.  So I wanted to help him out a little cause he has no money of his own either.  One of the things he really wanted was some leather scripture cases for his Bible and Book of Mormon, and it is gonna be about 85 bucks in total.  Don't know if you would want to help me out a little on that or I can just pay for it if you want.  But do you just want to make sure I have a couple hundred dollars on my card?  I am gonna try and get some stuff here soon too.  And if you could check on that pin number!  Thanks dad!  Have a great week this week!