Weird. That’s how much time I have here in Mexico.
TWO YEARS AND NINE DAYS! ........
.......AND I'M NOT TIRED YET!!!!!!
I obviously have some time left to go and I don’t even want to start the count on that. It might enter my mind for unwanted reasons but I have used all my witch powers to keep it from hitting the ‘’feels’’ area. I think I’m doing an amazing job at doing it but I am a little worried it is just going to hit a lot harder when it finally comes. However, you can say that the past month has occupied my time pretty well with a new mission president, divisions, changes, conferences, temple trips, baptisms, visiting converts and so much more. I am going to work myself into a big pile of nothingness and that is just fine with me!
The level of responsibility and work load may have greatly increased during this last month but I feel the Lord has constantly reminded why I was supposed to stay a bit longer here in Mexico. One such reminder was the baptism of an incredible hermana. She is a true force to be reckoned with and her testimony bears powerful witness of the greatness of this gospel. She is incredible. There are also some other baptisms planned just perfectly enough that I could be coming home a little wet. We’ll have to see what He has to say about that.
It turns out however, that not thinking about my departure date has created somewhat of a problem. I have no time! And there are a lot of ‘’too lates’’ next to my checklist. One inspired thought helped me resolve a lot of the aching conflict burning inside of me though: The people are the most important. I am not a tourist and there are a lot of amazing, cool things I want to bring (and I have some stuff) but I came here for the people and want them to know that before I leave. I’ll be back to Mexico and I’ll spend plenty a little more money and time on all that other stuff. For now, I want to spend time with the people I have come to love and do it as a set apart representative of the Lord. Sadly, there still just isn’t enough time to make all the visits I had hoped for.
There are plenty more things to write, stories to share, tacky jokes, etc. However, the time has come as it has every Monday for 105 weeks. People to see, things to do. This won’t be my last post so don’t faint or start a witch hunt. Love you all, have a great week!
Things are crazy around here but are going great! The Manns are amazing people and it feels that they are exactly what our mission needs right now. They really hit the ground running! It is going to be very hard though to have time to do much. I still need to buy some things and I want to say goodbye to some areas but we have and probably wont have a Pday at least for a few weeks. It was also soooo hard to say goodbye to the Stutzneggers. I love them so much and I know the Lord sent me to this mission to have them as mission parents. You should thank them for taking such great care of me and helping me soo much throughout these 2 years. I already wrote and sent with them a letter. The greatest blessing though is that the Lord really is protecting my heart from feeling ''trunky'' even when your silly mom makes comments about how soon you'll be coming home and even though every elder and his cat reminds you that you are officially the oldest person here on the mission. Luckily, the Lord knows that I have no time for feelings like that. I don't think I'll feel completely fine until I'm on the plane. SO MUCH TO DO! So, I got your package which was a great surprise! Thank you guys, love you! Hope you have fun watching fireworks and what not. Meanwhile I'm signing paper work to renew my visa for the 3rd time. The recently had a policy change where they will no longer let you just pay the much cheaper late fee. YOU HAVE TO RENEW! So, instead of 400 pesos, I'll be paying about 4,000! Let's just say that I might be the last missionary who will be able to extend... Well, I don't want to write a post because I'm exhausted but feel free to share on the blog that I'm fine, happy and working hard with any pictures that you can find.
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