Officially a quartet, a return to the MTC and preparing to send off his MTC group and Mission President...
The cycle finished last week and so the schedule was full crazy and interesting things. By far one of the coolest/weirdest is.....I HAVE A NEW COMP!! Well, I should say I have an additional comp. We are now officially a quartet! Never in my mission life would I have imagined that I would have not one, not two, but three companions at the same time. Madness.
Elder Roberts from Yucaipa, California is the newest addition to the team. Over a week ago, before the changes, Roberts moved on over and the fantastic four was created. However, we don't waste all this manpower walking around all together. This week and for the weeks to come we have been doing divisions and working in the area everday. Two leave to visit the mission, two stay and maintain the area. It works magically. I've been spending a lot of time working with Elder Roberts and it has been a blast. He's such a great elder and I can tell that we are going to work really hard together. It's such a relief that he's a great comp since he'll be my last one! Elder Arroyo and Elder Ibarra now only have a few short weeks here in the mission leaving Roberts and I alone. The start of many hard goodbyes this cycle. It might be short lived but the fantastic four will be legendary.
So the week before changes: Tuesday, Elder Roberts joins the team. Wednesday, we accompany the generation that leaves this cycle to the temple for an amazing session and lunch. Thursday, new trainers meeting and 6 week training meeting. Friday and Saturday, work like crazy in the area. Sunday, church and weekly reporting. Which brings us to Monday. The day of the new arrivals. Also, the day that Elder Foust returns to the Centro de Capacitacion Misional (MTC) after 21 months! WHhaaa?¿!¡ Memories came rushing back the moment I entered those mas o menos pearly white gates. Good memories. GREAT memories. I've come a long way. I also advised my old teacher in advanced so that we could have a reunion in the place where it all started. Luckily it has been one of many encounters and we are planning that it won´t be the last. After fotos, fotos y mas fotos, we finally headed back to the offices in the combi with all the new missionaries. I stayed in the back with all the new ´gringos´and just answered questions the entire time. Once we arrived we had a short training meeting, ate, more training, then pizza. I loved being with all of the missionaries fresh out of the MTC. I will NEVER forget that moment in my life and tried to make it a good moment for all of them. However, you can't prepare enough for real mission life.
Changes followed on Tuesday morning. It was a big one this time in preparation for President Mann's arrival. Regardless, things seemed to run smoothly and soon enough changes were done! It marked the start of what will most likely be the busiest/weirdest/most exciting/saddest/tiring cycle yet! It really hit home last Friday during mission council. We revised the calendar and, oh boy, big changes are coming. One of the hardest strangest sights was to see the page of departures and arrivals. The Stutznegger's. Nebeker´s, and EVERYONE from my generation. It felt a little weird. However, there will be little time to, as the youths say, ´get caught up in one´s feels.´ Plenty of work and preparation to be done. Also, great things are happening in our area as well. Lots of support from the members and a lot of great investigators to be found. Things are good and the mission is as amazing as ever.
Love you guys so much! Thanks for the love and support.
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