on monday my companion went to culiacan for immigration and i stayed with Elder Martinez whos companion also had to go to culiacan. he stayed with me till tuesday afternoon. he was pretty fun and i had forgotten what it was like to have a comp who doesn't speak english. tuesday night we went to pick up our companions and elder day brought me a package from you guys! thank you so much and i think i got everything. later we ate with some members and while i was saying the prayer a baby cockroach crawled on my hand haha . i kept my cool finished my prayer and smashed the sucker on the table. after i cleaned up the mess we ate some really good tacos.
Wednesday i went on splits again but this time with my zone leader Elder Reyes. his areas in downtown la paz and theres not much work. even though my areas triple his i think we walked more in his area haha. a lot of people from the U.S live there and dont wanna listen to us. it was still a good learning experience.
thursday we had a zone meeting. it started at about 10 and when i looked at my watch i totally realized it was my one year mark! i remembered getting dropped off at about that same time haha.
in of the zone meeting one of the leaders was talking about health and he shared the weird Al "I'm fat" song, it was pretty freaking funny. after my zone decided to go to sams club becase thursday was the day everyone got their money for the month and no one had food. so we got a sams card from a member and went to sams club. after we went to little ceasers because we gave up our lunch to go buy food. when we finished my companion remembered it was my one year day so he got all the elders to sing happy birthday to me as loud as they could. after that we went to the house to drop everything off and went to work. that night i bought my self a coke cuz my comp didnt wanna go get hambergers with me (he said they are really not good for you and that its really dangerous....) ever since hes been with me he always give me a hard time when i buy coke. so we went to a little store and i bought myself a big coke hahah. he wasnt happy but i was.
friday was the only normal day we had haha.
saturday was awesome! we watched the first session and most of the second session in english but right in the middle the satellite went out thanks to the storm. so we had to watch it in spanish. after we went out to eat but the streets had become rivers, for some reason here they dont do the whole drainage system, thats just not their style i guess. so we got soaked getting to the food and back to the church. we got lucky and watched the priesthood session in english. i loved all the sessions on saturday.
sunday we watched conference again in english and again freaking loved it. after we visited some less actives and talked about the conference. it was a good tool to help people get excited to come back to church.
today we did the normal and then just bought a shirt because this could be my last monday in la paz. changes are next week and i could be leaving. pretty crazy i still feel like i just got here!
hope every one had a good conference!
one thing i learned that i loved in conference was from one of the new apostles Elder Stevenson said: "do not focus on what i cant do, but what i can do"
Elder Renlund said " its not about me , its about the lords work"
and i think Elder Cook said " it doesn't matter the speed ,but the direction" or something like that
i loved these testimonys because I, and i think every one, feels inadequate to tackle the responsibilities we receive but these men taught me that God calls the weak to do his work, and in his work we are strengthened and we just have to be worthy enough to be a part of his work. I've been out a year and my spanish still isn't good, my teaching skills aren't all that great and i cant contact people in the street to save my life. I've been thinking the past couple weeks " what am i doing here? i'm not doing any good! i'm just holding my comps back! but i realized this week that i can only do what i can and Gods grace will make up for the rest. as long as we really do all we can and stay worthy we will become who God wants us to be. we just need to be diligent and patient.
before the mission i had a testimony but i didn't realize it. in the mtc i realized it and the past year i've been strengthing it. i was thinking about what would have happened if i hadn't gone on the mish, and its not something i ever wanna live haha. i know the book of moromon is the work of God, i know Joseph Smith was a prophet and i love him for it. i know Christ is the savoir of humanity. in the name of Jesus Christ amen.