This week we had our first round of interviews with President Kimball, and they were probably the most interesting interviews I've had. With President Egbert, I would usually go with some deep doctrinal questions about the gospel prepared to ask him, but this time I simply decided to go and see what happened. I thought maybe President Kimball would just ask me some questions to get to know me and my story. Elder Mena and I had our interview together as the zone leaders to talk about the needs of each member of the zone, and then Elder Mena left for my interview. President Kimball simply asked how much time I had in the mission (perhaps to make me trunky...), and when I answered with 18 months, he told me how excited he was to see what I'll be able to accomplish in these last 6 months. Hearing that from him actually changed my perspective on the time left I have out here. I've been saying for a while that "6 months is a long time to do lots of things... I still have time!" not wanting to admit how much time I really have left. President Kimball helped me to realize that it really isn't a whole lot of time in the grand scheme of things and that I have to put it into high gear to accomplish everything I can now. I turned 19 months on Sunday, so now I've got 5 left to crank it out (or as President Kimball says, "rip it up").
The rest of the interview went a little something like this:
President Kimball explains the story of Christ washing his disciples feet and the grand example of service that was. He then says, "Elder Groesbeck, I have a question for you."
"I have an answer for you."
"Can I, right now, shine your shoes?"
Taken slightly aback, I wanted to tell him no, but then I thought of Christ's response to Peter when he said Christ couldn't wash his feet: "Then ye shall have no place with me." So I told him yes.
President kimball pulled out of a bag a shoe shining kit with a foot stand and everything. He lifted my foot up to it and began to shine my shoes. When he finished two minutes later, I looked at him with tears in my eyes as he said, "Elder Groesbeck. As you are here to serve the people of this mission, I am here to serve you. That is my purpose as your mission president. I want to give you something." He then pulled out of his bag a small booklet. "This is for you to fill with any spiritual experience you've ever had. The hope is that someday when the chips are down, you'll be able to open this book and read it. My words may not be able to help you much, but your own words will be able to do wonders in your life. Will you fill the book?"
I answered that I would, and just like that, the interview was over...
The following day, Elder Mena and I had four baptismal interviews to do at the two different ends of our zone (about 2 hours of travelling between them), so we busted out some divisions and set out to get all of them. The good part was that everyone passed, but the bad side was that we lost pretty much our entire day of proselyting. Oh well. If we can't have all the success we want, I'm glad the rest of our zone can.
Iré y haré,
P.S. I didn't really take any pictures this week, but Sister Kimball took one of us when we swung by our house during the other interviews. We never had time to eat, so we made some sandwhiches. See, mom? We do eat!
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