Mission Letters

Week 100

Hey, hey, heyyyy! How’s everyone doing? I hope you are doing good, fabulous, maybe even extraordinary? This week has been so crazy. Just changing your mindset can bring miracles into your life. Let’s get into this week.

A few highlights:
Monday we pretty much chilled with the district most of the day. In the morning, Elder Staheli found a balancing toy. Cool to see him figure it out. We went to the river and took a picture together. We skipped rocks and talked a bunch. Fun to appreciate mother nature with your fellow comrades in the work of God. We went to the church right after and played Apples to Apples. I don’t really have any rocolection of playing it. I might have played it once in Costa Rica with a family there, but I don’t remember to well. I, of all the people, won. Kind of funny. Then we tossed around a volleyball for a bit and called our families.
 
Tuesday we raked leaves in the morning for the members we live with. It was actually a lot of fun. A lot work, but fun. We had an amazing District Council that reminded me of the importance of personal confirmation. It is SO importante to receive personal confirmation of things that are happening in your life. I still don’t know why I am with the companions I am with, but God promises that he will reviel that to us someone, when needed. We went to Costa Vida as a district right after. Fun to eat a social distanced lunch with the Sisters. Kind of had to yell to talk to them. Hahahaha We participated in a young women’s activity. That was interesting. We had about fifteen plus young women staring at us as we used random object that brought to describe gospel principles. We spent an hour and a half doing just that. So awkward. Elder Bowers also said goodbye to both of our ward mission leaders. Good stuff.
 
Wednesday was transfers day. We ate breakfast with Rusty (Name has been changed). Good meat lovers omelet. Then we got Elder Bartlett. He was at our cottage, just returning from a doctor’s appointment. At a food bank he dropped warehouse selving onto is foot, behind the steel toed part of his boots, shattering one of his left ring toe joints. His tendon was also split in half. This accident happened on Tuesday. So he was still freshly wounded when we was transfered here. He now rides around on a scooter. We dropped of Elder Bowers, stayed bye and did a bunch of Facebook work. We also had a baptismal interview for Sister Blomquist and Sister Anderson! Hurrah for them!
Thursday we went the food bank. Elder Bartlett had a bit of PTS. Food bank shelving… Got some IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit juice from the food bank. I enjoyed one of my last interviews with President Thompson. My last one will be coming sometime soon.
Friday morning I got my trunky papers. We also saw an amazing Thursday Devotional for missionaries. I really liked it. How we need to pray kneeling with our friends we are teaching. How we should ask for a moment of silence after the prayer has been said. I plan on implementing this in our lessons. We called a bunch of our friends to set up future lessons. Pretty much, that was our day. We just set up lessons, visiting people to set them up. Fun times.
Saturday we helped the city of Orchard Parks set up scaffolding for Christmas lights and such. I had to climb about 4ish feet up to actually put support bars up. I really liked doing that. By the end, we had a super good system going. We had a member lunch. Super good Mac & cheese. Got some cookies from the members we live with and spend some time doing my plan during ZLC.
 
Sunday was a full day. We had church, lesson, member lunch, church, lesson lesson, lesson, dinner, lesson and then zone kickoff. We had an amazing lesson with Julia (name has been changed). She is doing amazing. She is reading and praying everyday, feels the spirit when she reads the Book of Mormon, which is God testifying to her that the Book of Mormon is true. So I tried to put her on date for baptism and she is going to pray about it!!! Wooo! We also enjoyed an object lesson with a member family. Email me if you want to know the secret.
So yeah, Elder Bartlett is my new companion. Elder Staheli is still with me. God bless us we can be exactly obedient and receive the blessings that come from doing just that.
I was thinking of something I could share this week that would spiritually lift you, my readers. I have come to realize that when we are not changing in a good way, we are changing in a not so good way. I’ve noticed when I knowingly disobey a mission rule, there is a difference in my life. I was reading in my mission call letter and I found something so interesting.
“You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church. As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president. As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
I want to focus on this part of the letter. “As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president.” When we missionaries send in our acceptance letter, we are promising to the Prophet that we will maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of our mission president. No if, and, or buts. We promised, and if we do obey, God promises so many blessings. I have seen so many blessings come from simply obeying “dumb, stupid, small” rules. God is good, everyday.
Con amor,
El Gringo Cr

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