Two years in Chile: Crestview missionary returns with new life lessons

Andrew Linares

Left, Mormon missionaries Andrew Linares and his Colombian partner walk a rural road outside Santiago with the Andes as a backdrop. Top right, Andrew Linares embraces his mother Amy the day he returned after two years of mission work in Chile. Bottom, recently returned missionaries Justin Mozina and Andrew Linares give their experiences in Zimbabwe and Chile, respectively, a thumbs up.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 01:53 PM.

CRESTVIEW — It's understandable that Andrew Linares has garnered a Spanish accent and struggles not to lapse into the language.

The Crestview High School alumnus returned home this week after two years as a missionary in Chile with the Crestview Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Linares, 21, served in nine sectors in the Santiago area, including two rural communities outside the country's capital city.

Missionaries, referred to as elders, don't get to choose where they will be assigned, but Linares said he requested to serve outside the United States.

"It's really amazing the way we can serve people when we talk about God," he said. "You don't go there as a tourist. You create a brotherhood with them."

He and his partners made most of their rounds and appointments on foot, and experienced Santiago's humid weather.

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