Well this week has been pretty neat. We had changes on Tuesday, and I'm now serving on the opposite side of the mission. My area is called Presas in the Zone of Tezontepec. I'm still a district leader, and I'm the youngest missionary in my whole district (in terms of time in the mission). My companion's name is Elder Niro, and he goes home in two cycles. I'm hoping I get to kill him (missionary terms) to get all of the stuff he doesn't want to take home with him ;)
It's been really interesting to see the stark contrast between the two areas I've been in thus far in the mission. Just about everything is the exact opposite. The people in the streets here say "buenas tardes" without us even having to say anything, the members absolutely love coming with us to our appointments, our investigators come to church (we had 6 at church on Sunday as opposed to the 0 or 1 we had almost every week in Valle Dorado), we receive references every single day from the members (one brought his girlfriend to church and said, "Hey Elders, here's a new investigator for you!"), there's no one who plays the piano but me (in Valle Dorado, all of the young men played the piano), the area is huge (like 10 times the size of Valle Dorado), and lots of other good stuff.
The only bad thing is that the area book is SUPER disorganized. Like, the missionaries that have been in this area in the past have been extremely frito when it comes to that. And so, task numero uno is organize the area book and get all of that in order. I asked the second councellor in the bishopric if he could get me a giant map of the area showing the ward boudaries and the different colonias in our area. I've been super lost this past week, so that'll help me out quite a bit.
What I've discovered in this week here in Presas is that there are quite a few investigators who have come to church more than 5 times but haven't been baptized yet. Nor do they have a date to prepare for. This is bad. I mean, it's good that they've been to church a lot, but it's bad that they haven't been baptized. Heck, they could be baptized this Saturday if they wanted to! All we have to do is find out why they haven't been baptized and then fix it. They're souls just waiting to be saved, and if I'm the humble servant of the Lord that needs to do it, then so be it!
As I mentioned concerning the piano, there is no one in this ward who plays. They sang the opening hymn acapela, and as they prepared for the sacrament hymn, I went up and asked if they wanted me to play. Of course, they said yes. I think I'll be getting a lot of time to practice/show off over the course of these next few months if I don't get changed :D
Overall, I'm just super excited to get to work here in Presas and see what kind of a difference I can make in this area and my district. There are a few things that I already feel need improvement, but bit by bit, I'll be working with everyone to make us all better missionaries and servants of the Lord.
Iré y haré,
Elder Mitchell Mark Groesbeck
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