This week has been incredible/interesting/overwhelming/exhausting. So many things have changed and I'm just trying to adjust. Luckily, I'm in a great area with an amazing new companion. His name is Elder Choc and he's from the Yucatan. We will only have 6 weeks together because he is going home at the end of this cycle (like most of the mission it seems). I've got a lot to learn in these 6 weeks! Elder Choc is awesome though and is definitely helping me out a lot.
The impact of being a zone leader still didn't really hit me until Friday when we had Mission Leadership Council. All leadership of the mission there with the Stutz's and Nebeker's made for an incredibly inspiring and spiritual experience. I learned so much and truly felt the weight of my new responsibility in a very healthy and motivating way. Hopefully I'll be able to apply all that I learned and truly help the elders in the zone. It truly was an incredible experience and I look forward to the next one.
Well, I'm pretty exhausted right now from playing basketball with the zone and I can't think of much else to say. OH, I KNOW! My new apartment has a washing machine!!!! It's amazing. Just that we have to hand fill it with water and pay a lot of attention as it changes cycles so that we can drain the water properly and not flood our apartment. Still miraculous though.
Today's the day. Changes. Sorry I didn't write a post last week but things have been crazy. SO! Last Sunday I got a call from President Stutz and he invited me to be a Zone Leader! I knew that these changes were going to be interesting, but not that interesting. I feel completely honored and overwhelmed with the responsibility. I know it will be a lot of work but it is also a great opportunity to serve and develop further as a missionary. Lots of studying and prayer will definitely help and prepare me. Hijoles...
Another interesting and heartbreaking side affect of this new assignation is that I am moving to a new area. This past week and yesterday especially I spent a lot of time saying goodbye. Uhhh...I hate goodbyes. You would think it gets easier, but it feels a lot harder. It was especially hard to say goodbye to our new converts Demetrio and Rodrigo. They were baptized Saturday and it was an incredible day. These wonderful people were truly converted to the Lord. I just know that 15 year old Rodrigo is going to be a great leader in the church in the future. Especially with the help of an amazing father like Demetrio. The love and care he shows for his son is incredible and I admire their relationship so much. It's sad not being able to stay with them and watch their progress first hand, but I'll definitely be looking out for them and checking in from time to time.
However, the hardest/easiest goodbye is still pending. JMoney, JTown, JBreezy, Yohnson, Hijo de Juan, Mi Hijo Elder Johnson and I...will finish our time as companions today. Heartwrenching, terrible, devastating, world collapsingy? Yes. Do I want to continue much further? No. Mainly because I'm pretty sure he reads this (Johnson don't read any further). It'll be a hard goodbye. He has definitely become one of my best friends in the entire world. He was an amazing companion and the past 4 1/2 months have been awesome. I'm pretty sure he's ready for a break from all this craziness by now though. He hasn't killed me or anything else yet, so I must be a kinda ok friend. I'll be sure to refer him to the ¨Friends¨with Foust support group I'm sure somebody has formed by now. I'm so proud to have been his first comp and to have had the priviledge to witness his tremendous growth and progress. I can't wait to see what incredible things he does in the future. The goodbye is easy in a way because I'll still see him here on the mission and we've made a blood pact (which may or may not have happened without his knowledge) to meet up after as well. The companionship is over, but Johnson and Foust isn't (I just know he's either rolling his eyes or puking...ni modo!).
So. Today's the day. New comp, new area, new responsiblity. All that, AND I'm coming up on a year here on the mission. So many emotions, but I know everything will just be amazing. Love you guys like crazy! Help out your missionaries. Feed them, find them work. The missionaries will feel amazing and I promise you will, too. Have a great week!
con muchísimo amor,
Wow, so I reallly don't have too much time today (I know right, que chafa soy?) BUT! I'll try to give you the run down.
So this week, the weather continues to be this crazy mix of extreme heat and downpours. I love the rain, but I feel like I'm going to get sick with all these crazy changes. Plus, it drips wáter in our house but only on the stairs. It's tile too, so it makes for a deadly combination (especially in the mornings). It has been fun though!
The work is going great as usually. We've really had some great success with contacts as well. We've found some great people who truly seem interested. We also have some amazing investigators that have their baptisms planned for the 18th. They're amazing and I love visiting them. It's also weird to think that the 18th is the last Saturday of this cycle! The time is flying by. Changes will come soon enough and I have a feeling that I'll be the one moving. Who knows though. It will be a sad/exciting day.
Today we went to center and Zocalo with my dear friend Elder Gardner and his companion. I've been a few times now, but it is still awesome to go (especially with awesome people). For breakfast we ate Krispy Kreme and for lunch....guess what I found.....QUIZNOS!!!!!!! I made Johnson get a chicken carbonara and he loved it (of course he did it's the best flippn thing to ever happen to chicken in sandwhich form!!!). I'll definitely come back to visit.
Well, that's about it! Just to end things...a list of stupid things I've done this week (that I can remember).
1) I ate most of a boneless wing until I realized it didn't have a bone in it.
2) (this morning) Johnson and I accidently got on an only women's bus.
3) I was contacting a guy in a little store and he puts his hand out across the counter while talking and for some reason I thought it was to shake my hand (it was not). He did keep on talking like nothing happened, but Johnson was in the background dying...
Don't I make you proud Mom and Dad?
Well, mission life refuses to slow down! It's crazy thinking that pretty much everyone is out of school and enjoying their summers already. Also, I'm getting dangerously close to my one year mark and it's kind of freaking me out. Like, how the heck did that happen? Time's just flying by!
There's not too much to report so I think I'm going to bring back...The List (most of you probably already know that Elder Foust loves making list for about everything (and usually counting wrong or starting and ending the list with 1))
1) We are officially halfway through this cycle already so the thought of changes are starting to plague my mind once again. Luckily this time, I'm prepared for (almost) anything.
2) Thursday we had interviews which were amazing as usually. Pres. Stutz is incredible. Full of life and full of love. I learn so much from him and left incredibly inspired after our interview.
3) Related to #3, after my interview we saw some members come ready to pull the weeds at the church and President told everyone to stop watching and help! He also told one hermana to take some money and buy some flowers to plant around the church. We got it all done pretty quickly and the church looked great!
4) Last week I made homemade peanut butter cookies in the church for the district meeting. No one uses ovens around here and so I was surprised the one in the church even worked. The first batch got a little too done, but the second turned out great and everyone loved them. Obviously I'm trying to gain their love and respect through their stomachs. Hopefully they don't expect something EVERY week.
5) So yesterday we went to eat with some members who have a gigantic fish tank in their living room. They also have some giant fish along with it. Well, we were all sitting there in the living room, waiting for the food when I hear a splash and suddenly I'm drenched with wáter. One of the monsterous fish jumped and I just happened to be in the splash zone. It was a ton of wáter, too. My hair, my entire back, and the front of my pants all got soaked. I'm pretty sure I smelled a little fishy too.
6) It's pretty weird that I can now be considered a 'bishop's son.' Good luck Bishop Foust, love you and know you'll be great!
All the way in Mexico and I can still bug people with my wonderful listing habit.
ANYWAYS! Love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!
Sorry this is so late in getting posted, it has been a pretty CRAZY week back here at home too.
To email Elder Foust, his address is: firstname.lastname@example.org