Great week. Lots of really rad stuff going on and surprises.
To start off we got the changes yesterday and well, I’m staying here in the central zone for another month and a half. It’s actually way weird because Elder Garrison is leaving and going back to Casa Grande, Where he came from. My new companion is going to be Elder Cantos from Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is way cool and looks like Mr. Bean from that “Rat Race”. Oh yeah, we also have the same time in the mission so we will be going home together in October. Other than that, I don’t know much about him other than he has been a Zone Leader for a couple of changes in the Guadalupe Zone. It will be my 5th change (7 and a half months) here and he will be my 4th companion in this area.
Other than that we have had a ton of fun and success this past week. We had two interchanges and got a ton of work done. The first interchange I got to be with my old pal Elder Mendoza from Cajamarca. He is a way cool missionary and taught me how to always find a way to connect with the people on some level. The other interchange I had was with Elder Melendrez, another way cool mssy. He taught me to teach with simplicity.
This week I have been studying a lot about faith and I was brought back to study a parables that I love. The first is found in Alma 32 and he compares the Word of God to a seed with great potential but in need of nourishment. The second is the parable Christ taught to his disciples found in Luke chapter 8, the Parable of the Sower. I love these two parables and the connection they make between seeds and soil, the Word of God and the hearts of men. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is and always will be a good seed. What makes the difference is the fertility or receptiveness of our hearts. Kind of cool to think about.
Also this week, we had the baptism of Melissa. A super rad girl that we have been working with. I don’t have any pictures because her baptism service was held up in the mountains where her family could be there to see her get baptized. But it was still way cool to get to help her.
To answer your question, some things that helped me get ready for my Mission and would have prepared me better if I had been more diligent were 1.) doing hard things before like more work and tougher things physically, 2.) being more diligent in my personal habits like reading scripture and saying prayers and building my own testimony and 3.) studying and teaching from Preach My Gospel more. I have been studying a lot this week in Chapter 10 of Preach My Gospel about teaching so that investigators understand and it’s been something key that we have applied with one of our families. I love the part that says, “Expounding the gospel means that you explain the meaning of doctrines and scriptural passages simply and clearly, relying on the Spirit to guide what you say. You use dignified but conversational language to help people understand the doctrinal principle. You ask questions to help them think about the principles and to see if they understand and accept what you have taught.” As we have used this method in our teaching this week especially with Domitila and Ana Lucia we have seen their understand of the message of the gospel grow. I wish I had understood this better earlier.
Ha sido una semana chevere.
Seebs til next week.
PS. Happy birthday Mom I love you.