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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Week #45: Guadalupe (La Oficina) - 1

This past week has been full of stuff. Really. Like, full of stuff. I´ll have to see what I can fit in here to get a nice full General Email out to all of you, and still get the personal messages out there too.

Before I forget or anything happens: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA VAL! I hope you have an awesome birthday and I love you! I owe you a letter!

This last week, as I indicated in my past letter, was the week of transfers. I knew my future at that point, but did not reveal it. Now, I will reveal what all happened. To recap, I was told beforehand that I was going to be leaving my area, so I packed my bags and we emptied out the house. Then we came here to help out with the transfers. It was, as always, pretty crazy stuff. Well, not really that crazy. Most of that was my own fault... PROCRASTINATION! But anyway, everything looks okay at this point. One last note of craziness: I´ve got TWO ELDERS who are going to need help with their visas more than the normal... But, it´ll be okay.

So, Tuesday morning was the official announcement of the transfers, and I am with a new companion in a new ward....

My new companion is Elder Isaias Quevedo Espinoza (Elder Quevedo). He just turned 19 this past week, and he has 1 more transfer in the mission than I do. He is the Materials Secretary in the offices right now, and we´ve already spent some time together. He has been the materials secretary as long as I have been (in-training) Executive Secretary. He is from Sinaloa, México. So far we´ve been getting along pretty well. We both have the goal to be really good, like best friends by the end of our time together. Elder Ramírez and I did pretty well on that, getting along well, so we´ll hope for the same here.

My new ward is Guadalupe. It´s in the Paraíso Stake, and I´m liking it so far. It´s smaller, and it reminds me a bit more of my first area. The members are nice, and the investigators we´ve met have been pretty good so far. In fact, this weekend we´ve got a baptism planned.

Omar is a young boy who has been listening to the missionaries with his family for quite a while. His mother and his Grandmother are not able to be baptized quite yet, but he is. On my first day in the area, we were sharing a lesson with them when Elder Quevedo asked if he felt ready to be baptized. He said, "Yeah. I don´t know" or something, so we went ahead and did the Pre-Interview (practising the baptismal questions) and he answered well.

Elder Quevedo told him that he was ready, that he answered perfectly, and he ran out of the room while we spoke of baptismal dates. He came back and we put a baptismal date and he started to weep. Elder Quevedo got up and gave him a hug and Omar said, "Thank you" and I think that he felt "bonito" (beautiful, or really nice) and he was like that like the whole rest of the time. He was so excited. He really misses Elder Mills (a lof of the people in Guadalupe do) but even so he´s really friendly to me too. His family also accepted the date, and are happy for him. It was pretty cool.

The next day was Elder Quevedo´s birthday.

There is a river that separates our area (Guadalupe) from the area where the offices are (Laureles) and Elder Quevedo and Elder Mills spoke of crossing that river. Well, that morning we slept in our house, and we decided to go ahead and walk to the freeway, then drop down in the river, and cross it. It took some time to find a good place to cross without getting all wet, and there were a ton of trees, so we didn´t want to worry about what´s in there, but we went for it and found a good place. Then we climbed up, crossed the freeway, and and walked to the offices. It took about an hour, and it was pretty fun and adventurous. I´ll be sure to attach some photos.

We worked in the offices, then we canceled our food to go out as an offices family (the four Secretaries and the Assistants) to eat. We decided to go to a Mexican Buffet which is called Los Generales and it was a good experience. Really it was. There was some pretty good food, and even though it was a bit costly, I ate what I liked and the ambient was awesome. The architecture was good, and there was a LIVE MARIACHI BAND! So, that was pretty awesome. It was good.

Let´s see... The rest of the week... We had rain, yesterday we got SOAKED in the rain. I´m enjoying Guadalupe. I´m in THIRD NEPHI nowadays, I just read Chapter 7 I think. Getting close to the personal ministry of the Savior. Things are pretty well. P-days are crazy now. I guess for now I´ll close off this general letter and get to the personal messages. Take care all, and love every single day of life. Be sure to record your memores and experiences!

Oh, one more thing. With the photos we´ll name each of us (from right to left):

Elder Vazques (Assistant 1), Elder Mills (Financial Secretary), Elder Erekson (Executive Secretary), Elder Larsen (Assistant 2), Elder Miller (Records Secretary), and Elder Quevedo (Materials Secretary). Okay, so that´s the email. Take care all!

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