The Best Part of the Roller Coaster
Remember that giddy feeling you got the first time you were on a roller coaster and it picked up speed as it went down the hill? That is the way I feel right now. I LOVE the mission So much.
So . . . THE NEWS . . . Elder Cárcamo is headed to my birthplace Santa Ana. And so after 2 weeks getting to know my area I am now in charge of deciding where we go. My new companion is Elder Flores. He is a member of a branch here in Tartagal that got baptized about a month ago. He is super excited to be a member and to be here on a ´mini´mission.
This week a wonder lady was baptized! It was an amazing experience! I have never taught someone so prepared. She had been taught before by other elders more than 10 years back. Elder Cárcamo and I celebrated the baptism by buying a HUGE milanesa Sandwich.
I think one of the coolest experiences I am having is focusing on teaching by the spirit. This week I had the opportunity to give a talk in church. I had been thinking a preparing for it, but I really couldn´t decide exactly what to talk about. I really didn´t know even as I walked up to the stand. The words did come though. I talked about suffering and its relationship with life's purpose. I quoted Lehi in 2 Nephi 2 about opposition in all things, and the importance of following the Lord while we suffer. I shared the example of Joseph Smith´s leg infection and how all he wanted for the pain was to be held in his father's arm. I was inspired to say that in our afflictions, we too should turn to our Heavenly Father´s open arms. I know that He is there waiting to help us. Several people came up to me and thanked me for the talk afterwards. I thank our Heavenly Father, for saying what some people needed that day.
I think the biggest thing that I am learning is just to rely on the Lord to make the changes in these people. I do very little as a missionary to help people convert. I think I am mainly just here to cheer people on and to let the spirit teach.
1 - Baptism
3 - Elder Cárcamo leaving
4 - Elder Flores and I
*Elder Taylor Ball*