Here in Mixqui, all of the members are very interested in the mission cycles to know who has changes and where they're going. This past weekend was time to receive said changes. I had told everyone that it was much more likely that I left due to my 3 cycles and two companions that I had had here. Some were sad (or perhaps secretly excited, but who knows) and wished me well.
Yesterday afternoon, after much waiting and anticipation (and hitting the refresh button about a thousand times on my email inbox), the changes finally came. I opened the excel document from the email, and the first thing we saw was "Elder Morales - cambios; Elder Groesbeck - queda". For the white folk, "Elder Morales - changes; Elder Groesbeck - stays". I almost couldn't believe it; I had been preparing myself mentally for whatever the Lord had in store for me (if I was going to leave or stay), but I wasn't really expecting to stay! Upon thinking about it, though, it makes sense. After this cycle, President Egbert leaves, so he's moving all of the zone leaders with more time down so that President Kimball doesn't have to worry about putting up new zone leaders in the coming cycles; there were about 6 zone leaders that dropped down this cycle, Elder Morales being one of them.
My new companion is Elder Espinosa--a new zone leader, so I'm currently training him to fulfill our responsibilities. He's from Mexico City (really close by), and from what I've seen in these past few hours, he's a great missionary. Heck, President brought him up to a zone leader, so he's gotta be good. He's about to hit the year mark, making him my first companion (apart from my sons) who has less time than I do. Upon analyzing the list of zone leaders, I realized that I (with 2 others from my generation) have the most time in the mission field. Now I feel old... but not trunky!
In other news from this weekend:
Martha was baptized! Backstory time! She's been investigating the church for about a year and a half; her children are already members, but she was always looking for that answer to know that it was true. Elder Morales and I started visiting her and put a baptismal date for this weekend (the 21st). She agreed to the date despite the hundreds of other baptismal dates she's had, and we continued to teach her. Last weekend, he who was once known as Elder Clark (the tall white guy in the middle) returned to Mexico to visit some old wards. He walked into our sacrament meeting on Sunday, and she knew that she wanted him to baptize her. It was the answer she had been waiting for. When she told us that, we said, "Martha, if that's what you want for your baptism, we'll make it happen!" Long story short: we did, and it was an absolutely beautiful baptism.
Other news story from this weekend:
Marisol and her daughter Jaquelín were also baptized! That's right! It was a double baptism weekend! Lots of support from the ward in both baptismal services, and the spirit was very strong. There's quite the party in heaven for these ladies, and great good will come from their being members of the church.
And that's all the time we have for this week. I'll see if for next week I have some pictures with Elder Espinosa. Until then, iré y haré.
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