October 13, 2012
First of all, I'm sorry that I haven't written you a
letter! I'm a little bit behind in the world. This week has been the
busiest week of the mission. I think we totaled out with about 18 hours
of sleep from Saturday to Saturday---we are a little tired :( But
anyway, transfers are done...and no one died! Ha ha ha So as you can
see...I'm still in the office...until at least the end of November.
Obviously, the Lord still has something that He wants me to learn. This
week was so busy....we weren't able to get to our area once...so as far as
that goes--this week was a bummer!!! It is extremely hard for me to have
so many investigators who are doing so good...and then for circumstances
beyond our control, we aren't able to visit them. I just have
confidence that the Lord continues blessing them, and helping them as
long as they are in my thoughts and prayers. Tomorrow, if everything
goes good, we will be in our area for the whole day! I cant wait!!!
Friday we were able to go to the Temple in the morning. Absolutely
Amazing!! I needed that, and it was great to feel the peace and comfort
of the temple! I know I've said it before--but I'll say it again. Go
to the temple!!! Every single week! Don't let a single week go by
without going to the temple. Test the Lord--see how He blesses you!
See how He pours out His Spirit and His blessings! I have seen the
people here sacrifice everything to attend the temple. It is in our
background...please go there!!!
Here is one neat story from this week.
The missionaries who are going home always leave on Wednesday. Well
Tuesday at 10 PM, we received notice that one of the flights wasn't
going to work out for a missionary from Chile. He was only going to get
to an airport that was 15 hours away from his house...and then he was
stuck. I was extremely overwhelmed to say the least. I had to somehow
find a way to get him home, and I didn't have a clue what to do. Well,
I knelt down and said a prayer that everything would work out. After, I
just felt calm and confident that everything would work out. I
started investigating the area, looking for the mission that
corresponded to this area, to try and see if the Assistants from that
mission would be able to pick him up and let him stay with them until
we found him flights. Anyway, it just so happened that the airport
happened to be in the mission where Tom Essig's Dad is President!
Coincidence? I don't think so! Anyway, with some
connections we were able to make adjustments, and we were able to help
him get home on time!! In the end we didn't even end up needing the
help from the mission there, but it was comforting to know that option was there! I
don't know if that made any sense, because it was a
big story really condensed. Moral: It's amazing how the Lord works.
Because the Lord sees past, present, and future, He does everything to
bless us in many ways. Did He call Tom's Dad to be mission
President just to help me feel comforted that everything would work? I
don't think so. But, I do think that He saw that situation, and knew that President Essig would be able to help! All I
know is that it was an answer to my prayer, extremely unexpected, but
Story for the week :) This week my interesting
experiences include....driving a giant van to the airport....driving the
Toyota Hilux Ambulance all around Santo Domingo at 2 o'clock in the
morning, making a payment to a dueño in Florida, and learning to forget
about myself. The office has helped me to forget about myself.
Everything we do here is for other people, and it has really helped me to
just not worry about myself! It's amazing how when you are serving
someone, your own needs and desires seem to disappear. I feel like that
is something I never fully understood in my life before. I guess I
lived a kind of me me me me life, and it should have been a everybody
else kind of life! I'm grateful that the Lord has given me a weakness,
but is helping to make it a strength.
I love the mission. I love the
things that I learn. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and His
Gospel. I love the plainness and beauty of His divine plan! I want
you to know that I know this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I am
proud to bear what to me are the two most important names in the world.
The name of Jesucristo and the name of my father and family. It is my
daily goal to make sure that I live worthy to bear them. Thanks for