"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." . . . . .
3 Nephi 5:13 in
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
Thursday, July 23, 2015
My Joy is Full!!
My District! My companion on the left.
July 20th, 2015
2nd week in Ajusco and I do believe I’m acclimating
real well! So much has happened and soo
much hasn’t happened this week that I think I might just be good to call it a
post right now.
Nah . . . so first a little bit more
info--my comp, Elder Sierra, is from Colombia . . . not Columbia. (Supposedly
there is a difference.) He has 17
months in the mission and is probably the skinniest kid I have ever met. He’s buying special protein to help him gain
weight ... I wish I had that problem!
Ajusco is high in altitude (9600 feet) and
absolutely beautiful. There are ponies
and moomoos and sheep and grass and fields and even a little bike trail (if
only we had bikes) and volcanos and hills (lots of hills) and really it is just
the cutest little giant pueblo you ever did see! My calves have never hurt so bad in my life
and the bus ride down the mountain to get to the city is about as life-threatening
as rafting class 1billion rapids! I LOVE
week we worked hard trying to build up our area. The truth is that when I got here this area
was dead. Now we have a few investigatores and a few future-investigatores and this week looks
promising! I’m really learning how to
talk to everyone and how to understand a Colombian accent. In all my emails I got this week people said
how my Spanish must be getting so much better with an all-Hispanic
district. Oh, how I wish you all were
right! HAH! I haven’t learned one new thing of
Spanish. Sadly my whole district says I’m
already good with Spanish and so they won’t help me. Elder Galindo from Honduras is fluent in
English and he won’t help me! I asked
him to correct me when needed and he was all "ehhh, you’re
fine". So yeah, my Spanish might
go a little downhill but at least I have Elder Galindo to talk to in English
every now and then, so I don’t forget the basics of English.
Oh yeah, also this week I went with Elder
Galindo in his area for intercambios
and it was real fun because he knows a ton about American movies and he kept me
entertained for a whole 24 hours with lines from movies and just funny American
stuff that I’ve missed a lot. Also this
week both my comp and I were down with a cold which was a little rough, but now
we are doing much better and ready to work.
Hmmmm . . . what else? I had my first interview with my new Prez this
week and my whole idea of missionary work was changed! That
man is truly inspired! I love him! He taught me how to love the people and after
loving them the rest falls into place. It’s
something I might possibly be lacking so I’m super grateful for this insight
and help from Prez. It was such a
powerful interview, we were both crying and wow the Spirit was so strong. This past week was a bit slow, but things are
picking up here in Ajusco and I’m ready to give it all I’ve got. Missionary work is so rewarding--so hard and
stressful and painful at times, ya ya ya; but so so so rewarding. Oh how I love it all . . .even when it’s
hard. When it’s hard I learn even more
so really, always it’s a winning situation.
I’m grateful to be here in Ajusco serving and giving it all I got.