Monday, December 14, 2015

You Never Know...

Shoot. I don't really know what to write. We were sitting in my district leader's house waiting for the changes and one of the elders, who has a bit more time than I do, said, "You think as you get older in the mission you'll get used to getting changes, but then changes come and you get all super nervous again." It's true! I was pretty nervous, with no idea what to expect. Finally, late last night a member passed by our house to let us know that I was leaving the sector...and so was my companion. The closed the sector down! Now there will be just one companionship working in RumiƱahui. It's for the best, but it was still a huge surprise. The move us around so much in this mission. I guess I like to get to know other places and people, though. I'm just sad I won't be able to keep working with the people I was working with - though I'm sure the elders that are left there will do a good job.

So, now I'm in Ibarra, a city not even an hour north of Otavalo. It seems pretty cool - it's got all the modernity of Quito (it has decent-sized mall!) without so much of the hustle and bustle. It's a district here, with I think three or four branches. It'll be interesting to work here! My sector is apparently really big, extending way out into the fields, even including another small town about 20 minutes away, Atuntaqui. My companion is Elder Flores, yet another Peruvian (you kind of have to get used to that, here). He's one of those Peruvians that talks super fast and half-mumbles everything so I'm having a bit of trouble understanding him, but whatever.

What else can I say? I'm kind of still in shock, I guess. The fact that I'm low on funds doesn't help, either, and there was almost no food in the house when I got there.

Well, this week was our Christmas lunch with President! It was fun. We had a gift exchange and other stuff in the mission home in Quito. It was a fun distraction I guess.

Gosh I'm sorry but I just don't know what to say! The mission keeps moving on. The Lord will just keep trying and testing us. That's kind of frustrating, but a reality. Maybe I should just accept it and smile about it.

I love it out here, even though it may be hard. It's definitely the best thing I've done with my life.

 My (old) companion and I at the Christmas lunch.

Hooking up with one of my trainers, once again.

With President!

With the Sanchez family! Andres, Jhon, and Blanca. I feel confident they'll get to their date the 25th, even though I won't be there!

With Victor Piedra, our awesome rescued member.

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