"he aqui, hemos obrado muchos grandes milagros en esta tierra..."
(for behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land)
WOW, how is everyone!!! i had quite the week!
last monday, after writing everyone, we went to the district meeting, then had a zone meeting after, where we got all excited for the 40 baptisms we have as a goal as a zone for may. and then interestingly enough, while in a trio with elder Johnson and one of my zone leaders, the zone leader gets a call and tells me i have cambios!! (transfers), and that i had to be in the offices the next day at 10:00 am.....what!? what a surprise!! it was cool though, because when i heard that there were 2 families, and suprisingly not more, that came to mind and that i was gonna miss a lot: Zobeida and her family, which i will never forget, and Isabel and her family (the big family in the baptism photo that i sent last week). i will miss them very much, as well as my son, elder johnson, but i know ill see all of them again. It was cool. though, cause another elder in the zone, Elder Mcgavin also had the same situation and had cambios! so we had to be up really early and ready, to be on the 7:00am bus from cuauhtemoc to chihuahua.
GOODBYE CUAUHTEMOC :(
...at this point elder Mcgavin and i are on the bus and we still dont know where our next areas are gonna be, nor do we know who our companions are. but we are happy, and i had actually been on companion exchanges with elder Mcgavin a few times already so i know him a little bit. but we just talked on the bus ride.
we get to the offices, and the assistants tell us that we are both gonna be companions, and that Elder Mcgavin and I are gonna be opening area!!! in a ward that was closed! (meaning, they had previously before taken out missionaries from that area, and it was without missionaries for a few weeks.)...can you imagine, a part of this word without authorized ministers of Jesus Christ?? sad... anyway, SWEET!!! we were both really excited and felt really happy to know that we were gonna both be whats called "co senior companions". (hence im not a district leader anymore but its all good :)
My new companion, then, is Elder Mcgavin. he is from Holladay, Utah, and is an awesome missionsry. (another gringo!) this makes him my 9th companion here in the field, and of those 9 only three have been with native Elders. but hey, its all by inspiration! actually, its really cool because we had no idea why they did this change at the start of week 2 of 6 (at the beginning of a cycle), but then i think wednesday night president called us and told us that it was pure revelation, meaning he had the impression to change us all of a sudden and knew that we would be the best companionship to open up the ward again. and, he told us that our mission is to basically do whatever the bishop of the ward says and to develop a good relationship with him. So, we are doing our best to do that, while at the same time doing our best to work hard and talk to EVERYONE! I love our area because i really feel like im camping. our house is small enough to be a large tent, our area has some areas in it that are dense in foliage, and when it rains, it pours! and oh my goodness, ill have to get pictures of this, but the streets areall so steep and hilly, its unbelieveable. i struggled for the first few days ut im good now :)
i think sunday was the best day of the week, because we got to know all of the members and we also got to cheer them up and excite them to work with us by giving talks in sacrament meeting and singing a special musical number. (elder mcgavin can sing really well).
I am grateful to be in the city again, and though its gonna be extremely hot these next few months, i know that the Lord has already blessed us with so many people and with lots of success. we had a great first week in working and now that we actually have materials (still dont have everything in our little house), we will be able to work and follow up better.
oh, and to close, today we hiked one of the "hills" (mountains, really) that there are here in the city, chihuahua. Its called cerro grande (big hill), and it was really fun. even though i dont know the zone too well, i feel that we all bonded great and had a fun time. it took a while, but we finally got to the top, as you can see in the photos. I loved taking pictures up there and am definitely gonna get a picture of the city printed and put up in my future house someday. i really love photography!
well, i love everyone and am excited for us all to have a good week! i testify in the name of Jesus Christ that any and all problems and trials we have in our lives are made possible to bear through the atonement of Jesus Christ. whatever you are going through, remember to keep praying and keep going. "its not how many times we fall, rather its how many times we pick ourselves up and keep going that makes us champions" - Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf
i love you all!!!
November 2013 - 2015