And it´s P-day! I think. Really not sure what day it is anymore.
It´s Saturday! And I´m in Comodoro! For what looks like will be my last P-day in the mission. (Next week I´ll be travelling again of course.) This week went by way too quickly as always. With the upcoming mission tour with Elder Zeballos the time left here in the office is pretty much over. Meh. Don´t want to leave. But only so much that can be done about that now is there?
Well last week we went out to our area last Saturday after our pseudo p-day. (We really spent all of p-day with President helping him with random things. Yup. That´s my life! 🙂 ) We met tons of people and got quite a few references that we´ve cashed in the past couple of days. We are finding tons of families once again and are trying to make as many appointments to come back and teach. Fingers crossed! Sunday we were more than happy to attend church here in Los Kilometros. Vladimir our less active came again! Tons of happy right there. 🙂 Luciano and Carolina also came with their girls. So although we had no investigators we were quite happy with the less active successes. After church we had lunch with President and Hermana Rogers before getting on the plane to Rio Grande, our last stop for the zone conference tour. I am pretty sure I was unconscious for the entire flight. As was Elder Almiron. We´ve been pretty tired lately. But we went straight from the airport out to the zone leader´s area to work for a couple of hours. We visited the Sanchez family that I met last time around in Rio Grande. They´re great. Just need to read the Book of Mormon a bit more. So we read Alma 24 with them. Really powerful chapter. As we left the lesson we were treated to an incredible Tierra del Fuego sunset. Seriously. The Sun was still going down at 9:30. It was so cool. I love being at the end of the world.
Next day we met up with President and Hermana Rogers to go out to Tolhuin, the home to the newest church group in our mission. It is smack dab in the middle of Tierra del Fuego and is named so for being the heart of the island. We went out mostly to check out the new rented building that we are now using as the meetinghouse. It´s pretty big. Now we just need to fill it. 🙂 Also in Tolhuin is a really famous bakery that most people stop by when on the island. So of course we went. The facturas (pastries) were to die for. We kept going back for more until we were stuffed. We then went out to the lake to snap some pictures and started our travel back to Rio Grande. And this is when the miracle happened. So we were driving along the highway when we saw a sedan coming in the opposite direction. As we got closer it started making its way out of its lane and into ours. So President started inching his way off the road until our car was completely on the shoulder. Well the sedan made contact by ripping off the side mirror, but nothing more. President pulled off the road and you can imagine how shell-shocked we were having barely avoided a head on collision at 80 MPH. We turned around to see if the car had stopped by they just kept going. So we headed back in to Rio Grande. None of us really slept too well that night, but we are all so grateful for the prayers of so many people that keep us safe as we travel. It wasn´t until the next morning that President Rogers noticed that the car had indeed done more damage than bust our mirror. He showed us that it had also dented in the back driver side door and fender. Yeah. Not sure how we didn´t die. Angels are real. Again thanks for all of the prayers. I attribute my intact safety record on the mission to people back at home. 🙂 You´re the best! And don´t worry, we are perfectly fine right now.
Then we had zone conference. And boy is that zone a young one. But it was still a good zone conference. Elder Gonzalez and I ended the conference by giving our testimonies. And that was my last zone conference in the mission. Crazy stuff.
After the conference we went out with President Rogers and the zone leaders to go and do some shopping for furniture and appliances for the new apartments we have recently obtained as we open new areas. It is really hard to create cash flow in the mission so as we have been traveling President has been going with the zone leaders bringing his credit card to make the purchases of several thousand pesos at a time. Opening an area. Pretty expensive. Opening a mission with dozens of new areas. Yeah. It´s been fun. 🙂 That ate up the rest of our Tuesday.
Wednesday morning we hopped back on the plane back to Comodoro. There was a temperature change from 23 F to 68 F from to Rio Grande to Comodoro. Pretty crazy right. After being so cold for the few days before we stepped off the plane to a nice spring day. Well of course we got back to a nice big pile of work in the office due to the on coming transfers and the upcoming Zeballos tour. So much to prepare and so little time. That night we opened up the transfer board and started working with it. We have 6 elders and 4 sisters going home. 8 of those 10 are members of our Mission Leadership Council. And then we expect to receive 10 elders and 12 sisters the first week of December. When we were trying to see who out of all of the incredibly young missionaries should train, I told him he could put my card back up anywhere and I would be happy. He didn´t buy it. Darn.
Thursday went by really fast as well. We ended the day helping President with the first skype meeting with the Mission Presidency and all of the District Presidents. It went really well. Lots of good ideas for next year. Trying to help the districts to start doing things together with their youth and their YSAs. MMT has really helped our districts out a ton. Sacrament attendance has gone up in every single branch in the last three months since starting our Missionary Member Temple program and it has also yielded about a dozen baptisms. So we´re pressing forward. 🙂 We also did more work on the transfer board. We´re bringing a new financial secretary in to replace Elder Larsen so that he can go back out to the field full time before the end of his mission. And we´re also bringing in another elder to help out the carters. And there is a new assistant. They keep telling me that I´ve already had my 17 transfers. I still find that hard to believe.
Yesterday we made it out to our area again to check up on all of our references. Our appointment with Vanessa fell through, but we did teach her mom! And that´s enough to make anyone´s day. And! Guess what! We finally found the Julio family again! We taught the grandma and Franco (Valeria´s oldest son) the Restoration and a lot about the Book of Mormon. They really liked it. We have a return appointment in a few hours. 😀 The whole family is supposed to come. Hooray! After working in our area we headed back to the mission home to finish working on the transfer board. Well we were plugging away and after more than a few prayers and changes we feel really good about how we finished. Thinking it was only 10:15 we looked at the clock. 1:00 AM. Well that explains why I´m so exhausted today. But ya know I couldn´t be happier. There is no time to do anything but give everything I have. And here I am, happy as can be.
Well next week is going to be great. We head up to Trelew Monday afternoon to pick up Elder Zeballos and start the tour with him. We have the Trelew Confrence on Tuesday, and afterwards head to Comodoro for that conference on Wednesday. Pte. and Hermana Rogers will fly afterwards with Elder Zeballos to Rio Gallegos as we take the truck down the same afternoon. We´ll be in Rio Gallegos for Thursday morning and then we take off in the truck to El Calafate to take our flight to Ushuaia. Ushuaia and Rio Grande have their conference on Friday and we fly out the same afternoon to El Calafate. We´ll stay there until Saturday when we drive home to Comodoro. And that´s how my last week on the mission looks. It´s gonna be great!
Well I´d like to finish with a couple favorite scriptures I read this week: Alma 17:9 and Alma 26:
9 And it came to pass that they journeyed many days in the wilderness, and they fasted much and aprayed much that the Lord would grant unto them a portion of his Spirit to go with them, and abide with them, that they might be an binstrument in the hands of God to bring, if it were possible, their brethren, the Lamanites, to the knowledge of the truth, to the knowledge of the baseness of thectraditions of their fathers, which were not correct.
15 Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting adarkness and destruction; but behold, he has brought them into his everlastingblight, yea, into everlasting salvation; and they are encircled about with the matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work.
Well the time is short. But I am so glad and grateful for every day that I get to strive and push and give everything that I have to become an instrument in the hands of my God. I love this work. I love how it has changed the lives of so many people that I have come to love. And I love how it has changed my own life. Missionary work is the best. And I am determined to make the most of this last little sprint. Until then, and I can actually say it this time, see ya soon! Love you all to pieces!