Well, here I am again in the cyber, but this time with my new comp!!!! I can´t believe the first week of this transfer is already up. It went so fast. I suppose I should start at the beginning though…
Well I must be honest. Monday night was something less than pleasant as we sent off the missionaries heading for the south of the mission, including Elder Lobato. I really am going to miss that guy. The last six weeks of my mission were just incredible as we realized how much we have grown as missionaries in the last year, and how much we learned together in our short second time being comps. He´s going to do great things down in Comodoro.
Monday was spent in the terminal making sure that everyone got on their buses on time. Joy… We almost had an emergency with the ticket of one elder that was going to Puerto Madryn. The office had bought his ticket for 10:15 but told us that he was leaving at 11:15. Luckily the woman working in the bus office was nice enough to let us retain the ticket and we transferred him to the later bus. There were a few tense moments there. I got permission from President Lovell to have a mini missionary from our ward–Martin Costa– accompany me until Wednesday when Elder Kimball got here. We finally got out of the terminal and back home at midnight. And then at 5:30am the alarm went off to tell us to go back to the terminal for the second wave of buses. We rolled back into the pensión at 9 so happy that everyone had arrived and gotten on their buses without any huge problems. Transfers. They´re fun.
Well it was fun in the sun working this week. Martin and I worked around with our investigators for a day and then we finished off having a lesson with Mamá and his dad. His dad Tati is not a member. Working on that one. Wednesday morning I got the happiest call from the assistants telling us that they were in the truck with Elder Kimball in tow on the way to Roca. 😀 I wasn´t expecting him to get here until that night.
Elder Kimball is…really tall. This guy is 6´6´´ and it´s kinda weird having a companion who is taller than me for the first time. He actually spent the last month of his mission at home in Sandy due to a surgery on an intestinal hernia. Tasty right? He´s just so full of energy and excitement to be back in the field and we have hit the ground running. Literally, the bicycles are actually in the repair shop. Hehe hooray for mission joys. I must say I have never had a companion who is just this good at making me smile and laugh. He´s quite the peaceful missionary, and is really good at keeping his cool. I´m the luckiest missionary in the Patagonia right now.
Well we decided to have a really good week when we decided that we would invite every single investigator to be baptized on a specific date in every single lesson. It´s amazing the things that happen when you just decide to be lovingly bold on that one. 🙂 And can I just say that I love the members here? References are just the way to go, and there is such a healthy supply to be had here.
Our weekend was slightly crazy as our time between 5 and 9 both Friday and Saturday was tied up traveling to and from baptismal interviews in Villa Regina and Allen. Woohoo for the buses that are overcrowded!!! I got to do the interview in Allen for an amazing 12 yr old kid named Enzo. What a boss. He needed a little bit of help with some of the questions for the interview, but he hit the ball out of the park when as we finished I asked him to simply tell me why he wants to be baptized. He told me about a simple kneeling prayer that he said asking Heavenly Father if he needed to be baptized on the 26th and felt an undeniable witness from the Holy Ghost that he indeed needed to be baptized. As he said it the same feeling came over me. And I could not deny it. This 12 year old boy had received the power of the Holy Ghost witnessing his repentance and desire to be baptized. Absolutely amazing.
Elder Kimball and I were a little bit pressured this week with the crazy lack of time to get things done, but we had some miracles. The other day we were knocking a couple doors and an older man came out, and told us that he wasn´t in the mood to talk to us. Yesterday on the way to lunch we found the same man, Enrique waiting for the same bus as us. He told us that last Saturday his wife passed away after two years of battling cancer. As we shared a bit more of the plan of salvation we both decided that we need to go back to his house. It´s the simple small daily miracles like these that let me sit back and take a breath as I realize that God´s hand is indeed in my life. I don´t need to have fear that he´s not guiding us. I just need to do my part, do my duty, and have the faith necessary to believe that He will guide our footsteps, inspire our minds, and touch our hearts as we serve our brothers and sisters here in Roca.
Our rock star this week is Florencia. She is a 10 yr old friend of a recent convert. We started teaching her a week and a half ago. And for the past two Sundays she has gone over to the Contreras house at 8 am to wake them up so she can come to church. We are hoping to baptize her on the 9th of February, so we are praying and going to fast that we have the opportunity to teach to her parents the importance of this decision. Flor is the best. Shy to the bone but she has a smile to melt your heart, and the greatest desire to feel the love of her Heavenly Father. I love that I get to meet such amazing people that are such examples for me. They teach me more than what I feel I can teach them.
I am so happy to be here, and have my companion with me finally! I truly am blessed to be companions with Elder Kimball. He is one of the most humble and effective missionaries have met. Sorry we still don’t´ have a picture yet. I´ll get back on that one soon. But we´re going to have an amazing week, and I´m excited to let you know how it goes! Love you all, and thank you so much for the prayers, letters and support!
Elder JJ Davis