June 6, 2016
En el Paraíso de Valparaiso (In the Paradise of Valparaiso)
Well really the only part of my mission that I hadn’t yet been to is now my last sector! VALPARAÍSO. It is a sector that is VERY well known for its large hills, dogs and the beautiful view of the houses stacked one on top of another. Our pension is about 5 blocks from the ocean so every other day we take a run out to the ocean for exercises. It is a really pretty place and I am grateful to be here!
My last companion will be Elder Briton Vail. He is from Olympus and says he had seen Katherine and Seth in school! Kinda cool! He has a year and a half in the mission and is an awesome Elder. Looks like I will be finishing out as a zone leader.
I am going to try to work my best! We don’t have anyone with baptismal dates or progressing right now. These past couple of days, I have been analyzing how we are going to work together and what changes we can make to have more success. Hopefully I can get my thoughts organized and get things going!
The other day I started feeling a little bit stressed out as I thought about the changes I want to see in our sector, in our investigators and especially in myself in my last 6 weeks as a missionary. I fasted yesterday and received a lot of answers to my prayers. I feel like the scripture in Ether 12:27 is something that every person has to learn through their own experience. "I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." I still feel week as a person but I guess that is part of becoming dependent upon Christ. Our human weaknesses sure do suck sometimes but if we allow them to change and humble us they can be a huge blessing. I am so excited to work hard, get teaching and get the work going here in Valparaíso. Have a great week!
|Perla (The Huitranan Family) came to say goodbye.|
|Francisca, her 6 year old daughter, gave me her Barney doll so I could remember her.|
|They also gave me Jorge's (5 months) binky. hahaha|
|Saying goodbye to the Jones|
|Enjoying the ride to Vina with my beloved Elder Ashcraft.|
|We have a waffle maker. God is so good.|
|Elder Vail, my new comp|
|As zone leaders, we carry the materials for the zone in our suitcases.|
|I had to bring 2 boxes of books in mine....|
|Looks like that poor guy has come to his end. haha|
|Pink ties and our sweet elevator!|
|Some of the beautiful views we have here in Valpo!|