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

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 01:53 PM.

Andrew was allowed to email his mother on Mondays, elders' weekly planning day, when in addition to grocery shopping, housekeeping and doing laundry, they must write to their mothers and the local bishop.

Life experiences

"If anything, (the mission) teaches them vigorous scheduling and time management," Amy Linares said. "He turned 21 over there. He came back acting like a 50-year-old man in terms of life experience."

In addition, Andrew returned 2 inches taller, she said.

Swapping experiences with fellow CHS alumnus Justin Mozina, who returned in October from his missionary trip to Zimbabwe, Andrew said he was warmly welcomed by his Chilean hosts.

"They accepted us from day one," Andrew said. "They love our presence even if some of them don't want to hear our message."

Now that he's returned home, Linares wants to find a job and head to college.

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