Monday, February 25, 2013
10 months until Christmas!
Well I thank everyone for all the emails, the only bad thing about receiving many emails is that you don't have much time to reply, nevertheless it is wonderful to hear of home. Oh what a week
So on Tuesday we had a family night which Elder Smith made us Burritos Mexican style and it was a wonderful change from the normal food here. With a lot more flavor. (photo included)
Well learned that many times the Lord allows things to happen to remind us that He is in control, that things seems so dark and one hinds under a pavilion from him because he or she becomes so focused on one item and after drowning in a glass of water for a little bit he or she picks up his or her head and looks around and realizes that the glass of water is not very big.
This week some branch drama happened and some members did not want to come to church anymore, and resigned from their callings and I began to drown in this. I didn't know what we would do however; Sunday came and I realized that we have many more blessings here in Mejillones that I need to count more often. We broke the record of people in church with 36 people. (12 of which were primary + 2 babies) I taught primary with the help of Bro. Wellington (photo included) who has been inactive almost sense he had been baptized and we have been helping him a long to come back and he has come to a few sacrament meetings here and there. Which here in Mejillones like in Diego Portales in Arica in church we start with Priesthood and Relief Society then Sunday school, and then Sacrament meeting. Then we found his love for playing with kids and teaching youth, so we will continue to take advantage of that so that he reactivates two that the youth have a leader, and three that he learns more about the Gospel.
The point is I was super grateful for him in that point because he had so many ideas. We had a puppet show with la jirafa Elias. Who told the story about Christ's birth and King Herod, and how God Protects me and all of his children. It was hard but enjoyable and very helpful to have another pair of hands present to help.
Transfers happened this weekend: I will stay here and be TRAINING! YES! It's a dream come to true. Elder Smith will leave me this evening to go to Tierra Amarilla and as well be opening his sector with his hijo because we are both TRAINING! He was so excited well we were both so excited. I'll miss Elder Smith a lot he has definitely helped learn a lot and I'm happy for him.
Last news, in our mission this transfer coming up with only be 4 weeks long to realign itself with the MTC because of the age change shorter time in the MTC and such which means that all the missionaries from our mission will come home 2 weeks earlier. I don't know if that is true for all missions but ours yes.
Have a Wonderful day- because you can choose to
Elder James O. Gillespie