Pretty tranquil week here in Central Zone, Trujillo. Not too much going on for this week, as for like big news and big stuff. But there is always rad things that happen each week.

To start off, my new companion Elder Garrison is way cool. He’s not actually from Detroit but from Boise, Idaho. He is definitely way funny and a straight character. We are actually way different, but we get along well. He’s got 11 months in the mission and always is stoked to work, which I love. Our teaching style was a bit different at the beginning but we are figuring it out and work well together. I’m stoked to work with him.

Also this week they opened up the whole ward, which defines our working area, to all the missionaries. Before the ward was split with one side for the Elders and one side for the Sisters but President Marble removed the limits and now we share the whole ward. I actually like it a lot because our side was tiny before, hahaha. I don’t know how the Sisters feel about it though LOL.

This is where we study each morning for a few hours.

Some weird stuff that has gone down this week: I saw someone crashed into a light post, knock it over, completely ruin their car, then back up and drive away. A drunk guy tried to fight us because he thought we didn’t celebrate birthdays, then he said we were US spies. Oh and also the power went out in all of Trujillo and at church there were no microphones. This sister gave what looked like, from her hand movements and the tears in her eyes, the gnarliest talk ever. However no one heard a single word because of the lack of power.

This week we were also able to do a service project for a rather cold man whose door we had knocked on. I think that, in the beginning, he was just stoked for free work ( and even better that they were Mormon missionaries who were going to work for free). But after the service project was finished, you could notice something different in him. He was more interested to know why we would want to serve him. We gave him a brief explanation and he decided he wanted to come to church to see what the Mormons were all about. And he came! This experience made me think about principal the Saviour taught in The Sermon on the Mount. The scripture reads in Matthew 5:14-16:

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

As disciples of Christ we really carry His light. I love being a missionary because I can focus 100% on sharing that light. Hope you are all sharing the light back there. Have a happy Valentine’s Day and save me some “ Smarties Hearts.”