What a crazy week it was, but it was fantastic as always. First of all, I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for all that I have! Thank you for all of your emails of gratitude, you are all incredible.
So this week was insanely tiring because we were waking up early basically every day of the week (regular wake up time is 6:30 am.) On Tuesday we woke up early to go to go with the Assistants to the Multi-zone Conference and help set up, and then on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we woke up for doctors appointments. I am going to start going to the same therapy place that my comp has been going to for his back, but I am going to go for my shoulder. They are going to help me strengthen my shoulder in these last 7 months of the mission so that I can reduce the probability of it dislocating again before I can get home for the surgery.
Well, we have changes, and they are very unexpected! My companion is going to stay here and recieve a new companion that has just 1 change more than him in the field (has only been out 6 weeks longer), so it will be a very green companionship. But I know they will do well. I have trained my son well, haha! Anyways, I am going to an area called Montufar to be companions with Elder Canada (note from Becky: pronounced with the accent on the middle syllable, and the a’s sound like “ah.” So it looks like the country to our north, but sounds different.), and together we will be the executive secretaries of the mission! First, about my area. The Montufar chapel is actually really, really special because it was the first Stake Center build in all of Central America! How cool is that?? My new area is actually pretty close to my area right now, and other than that, I don’t know too much about it. (Another note from Becky: the airport is in his new area, so if you are inclined to look it up on Google maps, that is the general area where he will be.) Anyways, I will have LOTS to do as an executive secretary. First off, I’m going to get to drive! We are the ones that take the missionaries to the airport when they are finishing their missions. Our house is the mission home, so every change, the missionaries who are ending their missions will stay with us. Tomorrow night that will happen, and it should be fun. We are in charge of making sure everybody has the pamphlets and Books of Mormon and other materials that they need, we handle everything that has to do with the cell phones, we do everything with baptismal registros. We also handle everything with referrals, passports, medical insurance cards, data of the mission, etc. I will be in the office all morning until about 4pm every day, and then we will leave to do normal missionary work from 4 until 9. So we are going to have shorter days, but we are going to baptize lots, I know it. One of the other big changes is that my p-day will now be on Saturdays. I repeat, MY P-DAY IS NOW ON SATURDAY. I do that so that all y’all can make sure to write me on Friday nights instead of Sunday nights. That will begin this weekend. Due to all the info and whatnot that is sent on Mondays, I will be in the office working like normal on Monday, and the whole office all has their p-days on Saturday. So when you write me, please write me on Fridays and I will now be responding on Saturdays!!
Miracle of the Week: This week, we were able to have our Stake Conference, which was fantastic. On Saturday, we sang a special musical number as a zone in the adult session of Stake Conference on Saturday evening, and then we all sang in the stake choir Sunday morning. It was wonderful getting to participate so much! Anyways, Donna and Mynor were able to come to the stake conference. Even though I won’t be here for their baptism, I am okay with that because we found them and have taught them everything they need to know, and they will be baptized very soon. Anyways, the talks were all fantastic, and a lot of them were centered around marriage and the blessings that come from it. I didn’t get the chance to talk to them about it, but I know that Donna and Mynor both really benefited from the conference, and I am grateful for stake leaders who are willing to act on promptings of the Spirit of what to speak on.
Spiritual Thought of the Week: This week, we were able to go to the temple with the stake, which was awesome. On the way home, we started singing Christmas hymns in the jam packed bus. There weren’t any more seats left, so we were standing up in the middle, which gave me a great opportunity to see everyone around me. It was so special to see everyone singing along. There was a mom singing along with her 3 daughters, to young women singing together, an 80 year old man singing next to a little 7 year old girl, there were lots of different people singing. Everyone singing! In that moment, observing everyone around me, I felt such a special spirit. It was incredible to see what Christmas does to all of us, how much it brings us all together. There is a quote from Bonnie L. Oscarson which reads, “The spirit of Christmas is Christlike love.” It is so incredible the special spirit that each and every one of us can experience during this Christmas season. I want to invite each and every one of you to reach out this week and help someone else feel the spirit of Christmas, which is Christlike love. Check out mormon.org for ideas on ways to serve others every day of the Christmas season. #LightTheWorld
This week, I tried fish in a way that I had never tried before! We went on Friday with the Diaz Family, which is Robin and his grandparents. They wanted to give us a nice big last lunch since we knew that one of us was going to leave. So we got there and lunch was fish. But, it was a fish with scales and the head and eyes and tail and everything that had been put in the frier. Just the entire fish. I had no clue how to eat it, hahaha! Needless to say, I was very careful as I was eating so that I didn’t get any bones stuck in my throat.
Thank you for all of your emails, and remember that this week, you’ve gotta write me on Friday night and I will be responding on Saturdays!
Dear Friends and Family,
Hello Friends and Family,