I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! The weather here has
finally warmed up and to be honest, I think I miss the bitter cold
more than this humid heat hahaha it is hotttt...maybe I am just too
used to winter. But life couldn't be more fantastic.
Like it says it my title, this week is transfer week!
I will be staying here in Arlington Height and got called as district
leader. Elder Hughes is going to Bloomingdale to become a zone leader!
Which is cool because he is still in the Schaumburg stake, just in the
opposite zone. I will be receiving Elder Tedders on Tuesday as my new
companion and I am way excited! I'm not going to lie, I will miss
Elder Hughes a lot. He has become one of my best friends, we did a lot
of work as a companionship. He will definitely be someone I keep in
touch with at home. Also, I would appreciate all of your prayers and
support in my new responsibilities as district leader, I will need it!
This week was really busy and really cool!
On Tuesday we went to the temple, and on Wednesday we had a mission
tour where Elder James B. Martino came to our mission! He is such a
powerful speaker and really motivated all of us to do better as
missionaries. I came to feel as if I could be doing more for the Lord
in my service as a missionary. I feel like I can give him more!
Before any freaks out that I am being to demanding on myself, here is
an awesome quote from Preach My Gospel: it explains that when we study
from the scriptures with the companionship of the Holy Ghost, "Your
faith in Jesus Christ will increase. Your desire to repent and improve
will grow." Growth excites me. It drives me to push and to stretch to
become the best that I can become. I encourage you all to listen to
the promptings of the Holy Ghost more often in your lives, it "will
tell you all things what ye should do." And your life will become
energized and enlightened with the Spirit. This is the promise of the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. Life is meant to be bursting with joy and
excitement, so let it happen. Choose to be blessed. Your circumstances
might not change, but I promise YOU will.
Our teaching pool right now is still recovering from our loss of
investigators as few weeks ago, but with the warm weather, lots of
people are outside! We are working on finding people to teach and we
have crazy experiences everyday. You would be amazed by how diverse
our tracting is. There is definitely a major of Hispanics in the
places we choose to contact, but I have met so many people who can not
For example: The other day I knocked a door and an Indian man opened
the door. Without saying hello he said, "come in". So my companion and
I walked right into to his home. He motioned for us to sit on his
couch and his wife came in to the living room. We talked with them in
the most broken English possible...I spoke so slowly and tried to use
the most words but they still could barely understand. They were so
nice! They offered us water and we found out they were from India.
Their daughters were still in India studying at school. They also told
us they were Hindu. Since they spoke such little English, we could
teach them anything, so I asked them if we could say a prayer. They
readily agreed and even tried to repeat the words of my prayer as I
said it. Such wonderful people and such incredible culture. It
definitely has opened up my eyes to serve around such amazing people.
Hahaha I don't know if that story makes too much sense, but I just
felt so much love from that man and his wife, it was great.
The work continues to progress and I continue to grow! My whole soul
and heart is in this work. I love it more than I could ever describe.
If you are debating serving a mission, please don't, just lose
yourself in the work and you will never regret it! It has been the
best 8 months of my life thus far and will continue to be the best 2
years for my life.
Con mucho amor,
1319 Butterfield Rd Suite 522