April 16, 2012
Well, the strange things just keep coming. It has been another week of challenges in the mission. I'll get right to it. Tuesday morning at 6:40 the Zone Leaders called us to tell us that we would be having yet another special transfer!! Elder Reyes was heading out, and I was getting another new missionary. I am now with Elder Cabrera, another missionary who is waiting for a visa to go to Mexico, and who has about 5 weeks in the mission now! Needless to say, it has been another week of getting used to things! It is pretty crazy to think that in the first 8-1/2 months of the mission I had 2 companions, and in the last 3 weeks I have had 3. The members here are really confused as to why I show up with a new companion almost every day! My new nickname in the mission is the Babysitter.
Yesterday I completed 10 months in the mission! Pretty crazy to think about how 10 months ago we were saying goodbye. Has it gone by fast for you guys? It has FLOWN for me. I really can't believe how fast it all has gone. Every time I come up to a month mark I get to think about all the things that I have learned from the mission. In ten months I have learned things that I couldn't learn in any other place or any other way. The mission is truly amazing! It has changed the way I think, the way I act, the way I live. It has been the most challenging but most rewarding thing I have done in my life.
This week has been interesting with another change, but we have seen some successes in the work! We are working with two partial member families that are dominating most of our time. One of them is a young couple, Maicol and Viviana. They have 2 little girls, and they are awesome! Maicol has been a member all his life, but Viviana has never joined the Church. They are super poor and have to get married. We put a date with them to get married the 11th of May, and if all goes according to plan, she will get baptized the 12th! We are also working with Ramon. Ramon's wife is a member, and he has been going to Church steadily for over a year, and he still hasn't been baptized! He knows everything, but he just doesn't want to get wet! We have been really working hard to find what his doubt or struggle is--still haven't figured it out. While preparing something to share with him, I found something that really impacted me. I was preparing a message based on Mosiah 18:10.
And it came to pass after many days there were a goodly number gathered together at the place of Mormon, to hear the words of Alma. Yea, all were gathered together that believed on his word, to hear him. And he did teach them, and did preach unto them repentance, and redemption, and faith on the Lord.