Baptizing an old investigator, saying goodbye to a great companion and leaving the "house of prayer" on the side of a mountain...
Okay, well tomorrow is the day of changes and it looks like I'll be saying goodbye to the zone Ixtapaluca and the little house of prayer on the side of a mountain. I have made this place my home for the past 6 months and it is definitely going to be a big adjustment. This entire week we have visited pretty much all the wonderful people and families that we have found in these past cycles. It is obviously hard to say goodbye, but I just feel so blessed for the success my Heavenly Father has given to me in this area. There are just so many incredible people who are so willing to truly come unto Christ and accept the message of the restored gospel. The greatest blessing of all is that they are almost all young families and couples that are making these changes and taking these steps together. Yesterday, we had a LOT of them attend the church services and I felt overly happy and grateful as I saw each one of them participate and listen attentively to the talks and lessons. It made the experience of giving my last gospel principles lesson in the Casa de Oracion that much more special. I will never forget this wonderful mountain and all the wonderful people on it. Although it will be nice to end a 6-month long leg day.
Another area also means another comp. The Wolford and Foust Company will suspend its services until further notice. This incredibly tall, baby-faced, Utahn but Midwesterner at heart has definitely made leaving even harder. Like, why? I have to leave Ixtapaluca AND Wolfy? Not fair. He has definitely been the main reason for the great success this past cycle. Always upbeat and ready to work, he just makes mission life fun and amazing. I'm going to miss working with him everyday. I'm also going to miss singing at the top of our lungs every night and every morn, being laughed at as a fall EVERY SINGLE DAY, talking in a British/Southern accent wayyy too much, and just spending time with my best friend.
A week of goodbyes is always hard but I did have an amazing surprise that definitely lifted the mood. Last week I recieved a call from an old investigator back in Arboleda, my second area when I was with mi hijo Johnson. He was getting baptized on Saturday and wanted me to baptize him!!!! This kid was an amazing investigator and an awesome friend. We worked hard with him for 3 months to prepare him for baptism. It just wasn't his time. However, we knew that one day he would take that step and looky, 9 months later (WEIRD) now was his time. Our trip back to Arboleda brought back a bunch of crazy memories. It's crazy how here on the mish it seems as though the area you're in at the moment seems like it has been your entire mission and will forever be your only area as well. Heading back and recieving notice of my changes definitely shattered that illusion. Anyway, hijoles, Saturday was a very special day. I love this kid so much and at 18 years old, I just know that he is going to continue doing great things in the church. I will never forget that incredible feeling of giving him a soaking wet hug right there in the baptismal font. Planted seeds eventually do give fruit people. Tengan paciencia.
Well, here I am again. Another Monday before changes. Probably one of my last changes before the big change back to the good ole U.S. of A. Ew, weird. That's enough talk of that. Anyway, have a delicious day! (I imediately regret writing that)
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