Monte and Julie Family

Monte Nevitt
Mision de Chile Santiago Norte
from July 1977 to August 1979.

I served in the "Mision de Chile Santiago Norte" from July 1977 to August 1979.

My mission preseident was Berkley Spencer, a great man who lived and taught by the Spirit. By way of background information, I served first in the Recoleta war with Elder Emiliano Leiva. It was in a pension' on Avenida Santo Dumont that I went through the intensice process of learning the balance of the discussions and struggled to learn enough Spanish to recognize my full complete sentence of that beautiful langugage. We served in a small ward which was led by Obispo Chacon'.

A transfer some four months later took me to "Renca," another srea of Santiago where I served with Rick Carpenter for a month, then with David Shipp of Conyers, Gorgia, for about six. Renca brought the most painful period of my mission with homesickness for Recoleta and the carefree days of being a Jr. companion. As a Senior companion and as a trainer the added pressure of being responsible was a difficult adjustment at first. Nevertheless, the Lord blessed us greatly. Some of the more powerful conversion stories took place in this area. Time doesn't permit me to go into detail in sharing all those stories in this format. When I boarded the train for the transfer to Villa Alemana, I cried I think through the entire hour and a half trip toward the coast. It was during the period in Renca that I began to unselfishly serve others and the Lord. I began to "lose myself in the service of others" and was blessed accordingly.

Four months in Villa Alemana brought trials as the Lord tried, chastened, but ultimately blessed me as well. The caliber of converts that Elder Hunt and Elder Potter were blessed to be associated with was outstanding.

The last seven months of my mission were spent way up north in a remote town of Tocopilla. I served as a branch president. So mid-week, but particularly on Sunday's I split time between proselyting and organizing and supervising the Branch. I served with Elders Cofre, Vera, and Maxfield. Tocopilla was up North and the people were much more distant and cold compared with the warm hospitality shown by those down south. Those first few days and weeks no one would return a smile and hello on the street. With time, however, that changed somewhat. By the time I left people would greet us openly on the calle.

I've rambled on about where and with whom I served, without coming close to sharing the heart ache, the joys, the trials, the intensity, and the power of the experience. I left Chile a better person two years after arriving because of the daily and constant interaction with the combination of a beautiful and humble people and of the interaction with the Spirit of the Lord on a continual basis. When all is said and done, when all the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared (it has now been over twenty years since I left Chile), I would hope that my meager efforts to serve the people and the Lord would have accomplished may very well be the change that was wrought in my heart and inner being. I received a phone call some months ago from one of the daughters of a family that we had taught and baptized. She is married and living in Chicago with her husband. Her parents have come up to live with her. She simple asked if there was any chance that I remembered them. I honestly answered that not a month goes by that I don't think back to her family and to the many others that it was my privilege to know and love during that special time of my life.

Erik Rasmussen

Alan Nevitt
Mendoza Argentina Mission
August 2000-August 2002

He writes to all you Nevitt Knights and apologizes for not writing for a long time but says he just hasn't had time. He says to tell everybody thanks for all the letters, and that he loves you.  Julie sent him a Questionnaire with Multiple Choice answers for him to check and here's the good report she got back:

Q: Overall, How do you rate your Mission so far?
A: It's the best things that I have ever done in my life.
Q: How have you companions been so far since you have been in the country?
A: No complaints whatsoever.
Q: How do you feel about serving in Mendoza Argentina?
A: The Lord knew what he was doing.
Q: How is the Missionary work?
A: If it were any better we would have to carry a Baptismal Font around with us.
Q: How many Baptisms have you had so far?
A: NO ANSWER! (He's had a lot evidently. The Mission Pres. called him up in Zone Conf. to report on how he and his Comp had had so many that month!)
Q: What is your housing like?
A: Large pension with other Elders beside my Comp.
Q: Where do you do your laundry?
A: Stake Pres. wife's house next door.
Q: What do you do on P-Day?
A: Sight seeing, Exploring, Sleep!!

March 2010
Well I suppose it’s about time I write this thing. I served in the Mendoza, Argentina mission from August 2000 till August 2002. The mission comprised of three provinces MendozaSan Juan and San Luis. I believe San Luis is the other province, but I never went there so I’m not 100% sure on that.  I served in six areas San Juan, San Juan Tunuyan, Mendoza San Rafael, Mendoza Godoy Cruz, Mendoza  again in San Juan, San Juan and finally in Tupungato, Mendoza. I had 11 companions and served as a Trainer and District Leader. My mission president was Douglas Stimlie, and there was another one for the last 8 weeks of my mission, but I can’t remember his name, Gonzalez or something like that.
I was in the MTC for eight weeks I remember thinking I was a dead man once I got to Argentina because I had such a hard time with the language. I remember pleading with Heavenly Father in the temple to help me learn this language, as a result I can probably justify in my head alone that the church must be true due to the fact that I did master the language and even today 10 years later its quite easy for me to speak the language with ease. 

However I digress, the mission was a great experience for me to realize that the world is much larger than I am and people all over the planet are just as competent and loving and caring and just as much children of our Heavenly Father there as they are here.  I had an interesting realization one day as I had one of the first conversations that made perfect since, I had always thought that these Argentines were just dumb or something because they couldn't understand me and I couldn't them. Once I began to grasp what they spoke about and thought about and loved and cared about I realized I had always been the ignorant one.  It was a humbling experience and from that time forward I had, and will always have, a love of the Argentine people.

I had many great experiences not only with the Argentine people, but with companions as well.  I can remember many times listing to a companion bear his testimony to people and couldn't help but feeling as if I was the one gaining from the experience, more so than the investigator.  I learned to love service in the mission field. I feel that service provided to our fellow man is a direct way for our Heavenly Father to help his children, and relished the opportunities afforded us to help our Argentine brothers and sisters.  

I remember one day when it had been slow and we noticed a man moving a pile of dirt and looked like he needed some help.  So for the next two hours we shoveled and wheel barreled this monstrous pile of dirt to his back yard just in time for some carpenters to arrive to build his back fence.  Afterwards the man had some questions and comments for us. He said he had been praying all morning for some help to get this task done so he wouldn’t have to pay the workers to move the dirt.  And that’s when we asked if we could help. So he asked us 1: why we would work so hard all dressed up as we were, and 2: if we would come back to share with him and his family what this Mormon message was. That’s what I love about service; we are helping Heavenly Father answer people’s prayers and thus an instrument in the Lord’s hands.  Also, if we had just asked the man if we could share a message with him he would have told us to get lost because he had things to do. I was transferred before he ever finished the discussions, and have no idea if he ever got baptized, but I do know that he will never feel the same way about the missionaries, and it’s all because we took the time to lend a hand one morning.

I’d never in a million years even for a million dollars trade the time I spent in Argentina.  Y esto lo se con certeza, que amo con todo mi corazon la gente de Argentina.

Mike Rauma

Jensen Nevitt
Guatemala Mission
August 2009 - August 2011

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