It's been a rather long week this week. I feel like the thought of my having changes and that it would be my last week here in Presas made it pretty long. With the majority of the new people we found, I thought, "well... Elder Gallegos will keep teaching them..." I began saying goodbye to everyone yesterday at church, thinking the whole time, "this will be really awkward if I don't have changes..." We got the call for changes this morning, and it turns out I do, so any potential awkwardness of not having changes has been successfully avoided. The ward is pretty bummed because now they won't have anyone to play the piano for them during sacrament meeting, but maybe it'll motivate someone to start learning the hymns so they can help the ward out. They enjoyed the piano for four and a half months, so I believe it's time for someone else to step up to the plate.
We had stake conference yesterday, and both President and Sister Egbert came. The coolest part was that Sister Egbert gave a talk! She doesn't speak a whole lot of Spanish (she's gotten a LOT better over the past few months), so when they announced that she would speak, I was super excited. She gets really nervous when she has to speak Spanish in front of people, so all of us missionaries in the conference were praying super hard for her. She nailed it.
Afterwards, Elder Gallegos and I were running around trying to see which investigators came to the conference (there were a TON of people there), and Sister Egbert called me over in the midst of the chaos.
"Is he ready?" she said in English.
"Yeah, is he good to train?"
"Oh yeah. He's more than good to train."
"Perfect. We're not sure yet, but President's thinking about having him train this cycle."
So... It's pretty much a 95% chance I'll have a second grandson in the mission tomorrow. Elder Gallegos is a champ, so he won't have any problems training. The genealogy I have in the mission will grow far and wide as I continue. Ah, the mission is grand.
Hermana Damiana, one of our recent converts here in Presas, gave us the best quote ever this week. She's a great grandmother of 80 years old who was baptized in September against the rest of her family's wishes. She told us the other day that she was talking to one of her sons on the phone and he said, "I heard that you've changed."
"It's not that I've changed," she said. "It's that I've grown closer to Heavenly Father." Ugh, she is the sweetest little old lady ever, and I shall miss her dearly.
I've reflected on what she said quite a few times, and it really is true. Yes, the gospel changes us, but the reason it changes us is because we grow closer to our Heavenly Father. We become more like Him. The light in our eyes will grow brighter, and others will be able to see it more clearly. They'll notice the change within us, and will often ask about it. When they do, we can simply reply, "I'm growing closer to God. Would you care to join me?" And then quickly give said referral to the missionaries ;)
It's so easy to be a missionary when we are examples of living what we believe. There is no need to fear or wonder what we should say. The Lord will give us the words. He promised to in Doctrine and Covenants 84:86. I have relied on that promise every day over the past 10 months, and the Lord will always come through for us if we come through for Him through small and simple means. Don't read your scriptures. Study them. Don't say your prayers. Pray. They're things so simple and yet so profound that we often take them for granted. Don't.
Iré y haré,
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