The District with the ZLs
Well family and friends...this last week the mission changed a lot. We had our first leadership council with President Moreno and all the Zone Leaders in the mission here in Guayaquil..it was an awesome experience. Also being able to see there are a ton of new leaders here in the mission. So President told us that now we can play sports on PDAY for 2 hours and its limited to Basketball and Volleyball...so today we got together as a zone and had a blast playing basketball. I havent played in so long and I feel super sore but it was a great way to strengthen the unity in our zone. I feel like it helped out some of the Elders that have been stressed or that maybe dont get along too well with their companion. And after we played basketball we went and bought lunch too...Ill see if I can attach some pictures. Also another thing that changed is now with transfers they are going to give us a 3 day notice so we can have time to say goodbye to the members and to our converts and investigators. Before it was instantly...the APs would call us and tell us we had an hour to be in the bus terminal or our new sector..so thats a nice change as well. So with President Torres..he had some zones where he would send Elders to ´´punish´´ them(Like our zone)..and then he also had some sectors where he would send Elders to reward them( Galapagos, Santa Rosa, Huaquillas, etc.) But President Moreno has done away with this as well...Before it was only the Elders that baptised most that would go to the Galapagos but now hes sending missionarys there for revelation which is a lot better. One change that is a little sad is that when the new missionaries finish their 12 week program there isnt going to be a test for the mission pin..as a matter of fact they have done away with it completely. They dont even sell them anymore in the office, and he is not going to keep the hymn President Torres wrote as our mission hymn. Another thing that is cool is that we do not have to go to the office Mondays so we have more time to enjoy our PDAY. Really the mission has changed a lot, the APs arent stressed like they always used to be, they dont give as many machetes hahaha. Also we can go to the temple every 3 months! So we are already planning a trip to go as a zone this month!
So last week in the letter home I talked about Jonathan a little and he is struggling...he didnt come to church this last week and isnt answering our calls so we are thinking about dropping him for a little while to see what happens. But keep praying for him! These last couple of weeks we have been teaching a kid named Anthony who is 15 years old. He had been going to seminary for almost 3 weeks before the members told us he wasnt a member.. they just all supposed he was. So he is going to be baptised this week! And we are preparing his mom, Martha, and his brother Bryan for a later date to be baptised! So if you guys could pray for them that would be awesome!
So I have been pondering on these 2 scriptures a lot this last week... I feel like it really explains my purpose as a missionary. The first explaining the final goal, and what we need to do or share with the people here so that they can achieve it. I know that as missionaries we Teach Repentance and Baptism converts. And its so important...now every single day we invite people to repent so that they can be ready to meet God..and a lot of people dont want to humble themselves and do it but there are few people that do want to repent and progress. And I know that its these people that will be saved and that can have their eternal family after this life. And I know my role as a missionary what I have to do is invite everyone to change their lives...and I love it! Because every has their agency and we work with those select few that are ready to change their lives. I love this gospel it really has changed my life!
I love you guys!