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,
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