Transferred to Ixtapaluca, conducting a great Zone Conference and "LIVING ON A MOUNTAIN!" ( and it's not a monastery, we checked)...
Holy changes!!! I'm sorry that I haven't kept you all updated but there has been a dramatic change of events! I'm in Ixtapaluca! Yep, I said goodbye to good 'ole Villada and now I am currently on the side of a mountain on the frontier of our mission. My new area is part of an 'unofficial' branch that was formed about 4 months ago and is currently having its Sunday services in a 'Casa de Oracion' (House of Prayer). It's a member's home that transforms every Sunday into a little church building. It's pretty awesome!
The people here are great and my fellow missionaries in this zone are amazing. The only interesting thing that I still have to get used to is that I LIVE ON A MOUNTAIN! (Already mentioned it, and overreacting) BUT I LIVE ON A MOUNTAIN! I mean in comparison to my old areas, which were completely flat, it's a pretty big change. This first day was probably the roughest. My comp, Elder Turnbull from Toronto, Canada (totally cool and awesome and Candadian), helped me wheel my incredibly heavy suitcases up to our house. We were in our suits, the sun was blazing, and we live pretty far up that mountain! There were so many times that I thought we were there, but nope!! Higher and further and sweatier. After a little over a week, I'm getting more accustomed to it. Especially since the majority of our investigators live even higher than we do. Funny how that works right? The views are incredible though. We get to look at a beautiful, green valley and breathtaking mountains/volcanoes everyday. We can also see pretty much our entire mission and downtown. Makes the climb a bit easier.
Last week also included all of the craziness of September 15, Mexican Independence Day! I mean, it wasn't too crazy for us since we were inside for that entire time. Stayed in the house from Thursday night to Saturday morning. Made for a great day of studying and cleaning. Plus, we enjoyed all the left over Pozole the days after. Everything is worth it for pozole.
The 15th also gave us the opportunity to plan for Zone Conference on Tuesday. We taught a workshop on the talk ''Becoming a Preach My Gospel Missionary'' by Elder David A. Bednar. We felt prepared and it went really well. Overall, the conference was awesome. Focusing on being, ''anxiously engaged'' and staying motivated especially when the going gets tough. Something essential in order to reach our true potential. Pres. Stutz definitely turned into the high-energy highschool football coach that was exactly what we needed to leave the conference inspired (and ready to climb a mountain!).
This crazy week of transition ended perfectly with our trip to the temple today. These changes definitely caught me by a bit of a surprise and it definitely has not settled down since then but life is incredible and I know I'm exactly where I am supposed to be. This area is going to give me the perfect opportunity to reach my true potential. I mean I have to give it my all! Yesterday I completed 14 months! Times a 'tickin away!
con muchísimo amor y piernas doloridas,
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