Ha-ha sorry if my lateness is giving someone anxiety. Today happens to be one of the many national holidays so pretty much everything has been closed. I am writing from the only open cyber in Pico. Kinda nuts. It´s packed. How is everyone? I cannot believe how fast this week and let alone month has absolutely flown by. Since when was it the end of April??? So weird!!!
This week was rather incredible. Not nearly as crazy, and sadly without baptism, but stay tuned in the letter for the good news about that. Shout out to my comp Elder Smith though. Holy cow he is so much fun to work with. This was our busiest week together so far, and we have been so exhausted every night when we roll back into the pension but man are we having fun. I´ve definitely come to love working with other missionaries. It´s great to get to know other elders and their teaching styles, but Elder Smith and I get along because we love to work and we work hard. Missionary life. It´s the best
Total perk of being the comp of the District leader is having divisions with the Zone Leaders once a transfer. That was crazy. We split the city in half for one day and went to work finding new people to teach. Again as always our agendas are splitting at the seams with new addresses of references. There is never enough time to teach people! Ah! I love this feeling. But the good thing is that we´re using what time we do have rather wisely. But it´s pretty cool how many people you can teach in just one day when you have 4 missionaries in an area as incredible as Las Heras.
So we confirmed Norma and Sabi yesterday in church. Best day ever. A little calmer than their baptisms needless to say. I cannot even tell you in words the difference in Norma´s life. When I met her she was always stressed and always on edge. This sister is incredible. She is a single mom of four kids living in Las Heras, and somehow she holds it all together. But last night E´Smith and I paid them a visit to give a quick lesson to the sons Mañuel and Leo. They´re both on the board to be baptized in a couple weeks. They´re teenagers and have a pretty heavy habit of sleeping in on Sundays. Anyways that was just the best visit ever. There was such an incredible spirit of peace and joy just spilling forth from both Norma and Sabina. No one can tell me the influence of the Holy Ghost is not real because I have seen and more importantly felt with my own investigators the change that comes into our lives when we live the gospel. I wish that I could just have a film roll to show about her conversion. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to know her and her family. I have done a lot of things in my life, but I´ve never felt this kind of joy that comes from bringing a soul to the knowledge of the Gospel until now. Best part? I´ve got a year and a half to just keep doing it.:)
We also had couple lessons this week that we more than sour. It´s pretty tough when we´re in a lesson or a home and it seems almost impossible to invite the Spirit, but I´ve definitely changed a lot of my views about how to do so. I thought that as a missionary that I would be bible bashing and defending my beliefs a whole lot more. But I´ve come to learn that that just isn’t the way to convert. Yes it is absolutely necessary to stand and defend for what we as a church believe in, but I´ve promised to myself that I will never participate in bringing contention. I can certainly say that as a missionary the quote is ever the more true that the single most important thing in our lives as members of the Church is to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. If we have that we have the confirmation that we are standing where we should be and we have the guide to progress. As missionaries we don´t teach about petty differences in how we interpret the bible. We have a much higher duty to teach the simple and pure doctrine of Christ, and invite others to participate in it through their own experience.
Well I´m out of time. Sorry that there wasn´t many events to share. This week was a pretty large blur of walking long distances all day in between teaching a ton of lessons. Rest assured that I´m safe happy and having the time of my life. I hope that the same can be said of all reading this. If not, I promise personally with all my heart that Christ is waiting. There is not a challenge or trial in the eternities that He cannot help us conquer. The peace and support that only He can offer is only a prayer away. I hope you all have a great week! Talk soon!