This week has been quite fantastic to say the least. No time for beating around the bush, so I'll get right into it.
The first week of every other month, the zone leaders go to a training called the leadership council to learn about what we need to teach our missionaries in the zone training. Normally it's held in President's house with lots of food made by Sister Egbert afterwards, but back in October, they held it in the chapel (without food) because the zone leaders needed to "elevate their vision more." Every Monday we have the chance to talk to President, and he told us that the leadership council for this month would indeed be held in the mission home, and yes, there would be food. As I silently celebrated with Elder Grajales, I casually asked what time we would finish, so as to not give the impression we were entirely focused on the food. Don't get me wrong, I was thrilled to be spiritually uplifted and what not, but when you get a break from all of the tortas and mole for a genuine american meal, it's pretty thrilling.
And oh my goodness, thrilling it was. The council went well; lots of notes taken, doctrine learned, and spirits uplifted, and then we entered the kitchen. Sister Egbert had whipped up a full course Thanksgiving/Christmas meal for us with turkey, mashed potatoes, STUFFING, steamed carrots, and to top it all off, apple pie. I stacked my plate high with food... twice. I left feeling so fat.
On Thursday we had the zone training, and everything went swimmingly; I thought we would run out of things to teach and just finish early, but we taught everything in the exact allotted time and even had time to sing "God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again" for Hermana Preciado who goes home after this cycle.
We then headed out on exchanges; I went out with Elder Galo, my zone leader back in Tezontepec who's now a district leader in my zone for his last two cycles. I must say, that missinary is power. We had a super successful day out in the most dangerous part of the mission: El Cerro (The Hill). There are actually quite a few receptive people up there. Elder Galo says it's because they see all the bad things that happen and feel that they really need God. I'm okay with that. While we were up there, we walked into the house of some less active members to find a completely baren Christmas tree and all of the ornaments and lights off to the side. We immediately offered to help them decorate it. To my surprise and utter delight, they agreed :D
Now, you all must understand that Mom is very particular about how a Christmas tree is to be decorated. There are layers that must be filled, beginning with the inside. "Depth, children, is the key to a good Christmas tree." That may not be a direct quote from her, but that's what I've understood throughout my years of helping her decorate it. Anyways, you have to put the some ornaments in the center, some on the outside, and some in the middle; "it's like depth, but not as much".
Before, it was somewhat of a chore having to decorate our Christmas tree, but not having had the opportunity to do so for 3-ish years, I rather missed it. I was all over that tree. Elder Galo would go to put an ornament on, and I would normally move it to a better position. Elder Galo noticed this, so he instead placed hooks on the ornaments and then handed them to me to be placed on the tree. Sorry Elder Galo... But that tree looked absolutely fantastic when we finished with it! I'm thinking of going professional.
We also started getting our own house ready for Christmas; last night I set up our little Christmas tree, and wrapped some Books of Mormon and DVDs of the Restoration to look like presents underneath.
Funny story of the week: Sister Egbert totally spoiled the changes for us last night. Normally it's pretty anxious waiting for the changes, but last night, I told Sister Egbert I would probably go to the doctor to have him check out my finger (long story; it has/had an infection). Sister Egbert was like, "All right, you'll be traveling by bus for about 3 hours tomorrow. Your companion has changes, so you'll want to help him pack tonight." You're the best, Sister Egbert ;)
So yeah, Elder Grajales has changes. This time tomorrow I'll have a new companion, and I haven't the slightest clue who it could be. I'm more worried about having to find my way around all the parts of our area; I have a really good general idea of where everything is, but there are still some recent converts that I don't even know. Ah well, we'll see how it goes. Have a merry Christmas season, everyone! Look up the video "A Savior is Born" and share it with EVERYONE!
Iré y haré,
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