This past week has been crazy!!! I don´t know
where even to begin, so I guess I´ll start with my new area since that´s
where all the questions are right now...
My new area is pretty
good. I´m really glad you gave me that lantern for Christmas because
we´ve been without power pretty much for 2 days. It usually comes back
at 12 am and leaves and 3am, so not much use for us. It´s quite
different not having power and water at times. I guess it´s time to put
on my big boy pants and be a man. I mean after all, I´m twenty years
old now... But anyways, the area is going pretty good. I´ve got to
know the majority of members and the church is amazing!! It was build
about 2 years ago, so it has a generator, AC, and its almost like a US
Chapel....almost. Our house is alot cleaner now, after a week of
cleaning. I actually think now I can live
in it. The bugs aren´t even that bad. However, I´m still living on
rice, and beans. My companion and I are doing great and we have a
couple of families and people who are really progressing, so hopefully
some baptisms soon. The branch is good, but they lake a little bit of
desire to work and help strengthen the ward. However, they´re
improving. So in a nut shell, that´s the new area.
coolest thing this past week was a Special Mission Devotional. We had
the opportunity to meet Elder Anderson of the 12 and listen to Elder
Rasband from the Presidency of the 70 speak to us! AMAZING!!! We were
all seated in a big room waiting for another meeting to end. Mind you, I
was sitting right by the door. Then, Elder Anderson and the other 4
general authorities came in. We starting moving around for a picture,
and so they turned to leave again. However, before Elder
Anderson left, he turned around, shook my hand, and asked me how I was
doing. I can´t believe I said, ¨Estoy bien¨ to an Apostle of the Lord.
Anyways, we lined up and took a giant picture with the whole mission.
After, we each shook the hand of all the general authorities. The
spirit was super strong and all of us were very reverent.
Elder Anderson left for another meeting, he bore his testimony. Super
powerful testimony. Then, we listened to the Area President, and Sister
Rasband. She said something were interesting. She said, ¨Always
smile! And learn to have the smile of forgetting yourself and serving
the lord.¨ I really enjoyed that doctrine. Then the powerhouse speaker
stood up! Elder Rasband is the most powerful missionary I´ve ever
seen! He gave us a lesson on the spirit , D&C 50 and how to be the
lord´s missionaries. Afterwards, he opened up
the floor for a Question, Answer session. I can´t describe the
feelings, and lessons I learned from Elder Rasband. When we come into a
meeting with a desire to learn, the spirit teaches us lessons that only
we can understand. That´s because they´re personalized just for us.
This experience has been one of the most spiritual experiences of my
life and a memory I will always remember. I´m so grateful to Heavenly
Father for this opportunity!
So yep, it´s been a really, really
good week! Thanks for all the birthday wishes and I hope all is going
well at home! Thanks for your support and prayers! It really means
alot! I love you all!!