What an incredible week it has been. I struggle with words so very much, The reason why is because its so hard to explain all of the emotions and feelings that I have felt recently. Its literally impossible. This past week I felt lost in time and days and weeks constantly trying to do what the Lord wants done. I have felt like this before, but this time its different, While driving in a taxi going to the next things in the day and I was thinking, do I really want to be busy like this always, never stopping, never having time but constantly being on the move, doing, acting and then the Spirit helped me understand it a little more, ¡Of course!, he said. When you are constantly, actively doing and acting in the Gospel you achieve true happiness, true joy. I hope and desire to always be busy serving the Lord and helping others come to know him more.
This week we had two events, Zone Trainings and Zones going to the temple. Ever month we train the zone Leaders in a meeting called Concilio, They then have 5 days to prepare a training based on what we taught in concilio, and then transmite the vision in the Zone Trainings. We try and make it to a few of the Zone trainings during the week to see how the missionaries are doing and how the Zone leaders and Sister Trainer leaders are doing. I had the Chance to go to Casa Grande with Elder Olsen. Back to my tierra, it was so great to be present during the training. They did a wonderful job and it was great to sit down with a few of the missionaries and see how they are doing. There was one elder, Elder Maddox, he is a new missionary and he remindes me of myself when I started. He has been struggling with spanish, so it was neat to speak with him for a few minutes and just tell him to Trust in the Lord and everything will be okay.
I also had the chance to talk with Elder Olsen on the way back. He is such an incredible missionary, a pure example of diligence in the Lords Work. He has been here in the office for 2 months now as the personal secretary and it has been a great blessing for the both of us. We have had to learn so much. When you come on a mission its so great because you are able to Grow and become who the Lord needs you to become because nobodies knows you and who you were before the missionary. Well, thats not the case for Elder Olsen and I, we know and knew each other before, and so its been different. It was a great time to just look at him and tell him, I dont care who you were before the mission, or what social status we had before, it doesnt matter, now is the time to love complete one another and grow. So we started reading a book together in our spare few minutes in the night. Act in Doctrine, Its been really great. He is so very intellegant so hes been helping me with many things. I mean theres a reason why the Lord put us back together, he is trying to tell us something. We are just beginning the journey.
We were blessed, Elder Craft and I to go through two Temple sessions with about 60 missionaries in the space of those two sessions. What a neat expierence. I really tried to center the sessions on Christ and Christmas and understand the True meaning of Christmas, and what better place to do so then in the temple. I learned many many things during those two sessions. The greatest thing I loved though is how Heavenly Father answeres our questions, the way I learn the most in the temple is by others. I think thats why we dont make it to the celestial room alone. We have great, wonderful, brothers and sisters with light in there eyes to help and understand the Love of our Heavenly Father and his Perfect Son Jesus Christ.
I learned a great lesson on humility yesterday by two great examples.
The first was an elder, Elder Simper. He is a great friend and one of the most humble missionareis Ive ever met. He is always learning and trying to grow. Anyways we finished a District Leader Training meeting and he came up to us after and asked if he could receive a Blessing of Comfort, What love I felt looking into his eyes and trying to understand what he was feeling in that moment. Humility opens doors to all blessings. We spoke with him and his companion about a few things and then gave him a blessing.
The second was after the Birthday party of Sister Vaughan at the Mission home. We had finished a very nice night of celebration and about to head home to finish the night when President Marler asked Elder Craft and I to stay for a few minutes. Well ya of course, we normally talk about missionaries, upcoming trainings, and the things that are on his mind. So, we entered into his office and he looked at us humbly and said, Elderes, I need you to give me a blessing. For health reasons that were getting in the way of the work, he just needed to be better and healthy. Elder Craft anonited and I sealed and blessed. It was one of the most tender moments of our missions. After praying night and day for President and for his wife, to being able to place our hands on his head and bless him was a very touching and powerful expierence. After he said, Thank you, Thats what The Lord told me I needed to do, and I was just being obedient.
This upcoming week is The Christmas program whowww!!! Its going to be incredible!! For the Program I am the head of the contacting team, ps my team is going to beat Elder Crafts team! I will also be juggling with Elder Smith, he is awesome and I am in a courtet singing Hark ye Hearld Angeles Sing. Its going to be a full Christmas Packed Week!!! I cant wait!
I hope we can all Share the Christmas Spirit with all, there is no better and great time than to shout it out for all to hear! ¡Joy To the World! Jesus Nació!!!
Dejavuiiii with Elder Craft
Dont worry, we asked before!
Car ride in the back
Shades in Cajamarca
President Caught his first Fish in peru!!! it was a miracle
I love these two so very much!