Hello everyone!How have everyones first couple weeks of the year been? We can officially start saying I come home this year. Which is nuts. After this transfer I only have 5 transfers left. Its a little wierd, and they say this last part of your mission is the fastest. For the first time in my mission I have been feeling trunky! (or anxious to be home)I think it has a lot to do with my companion though. He goes home at the end of this transfer in february, and well, He's always talking about home ha. I cant blame him though, the man hasnt been home in 2 years! Sometimes he gets me really excited about going home though, and then I realize I still do have 8 months left though ha.
He is still super focused on the work though. We have a goal to have baptisms every weekend before he gets home. And we started it off well! We had the baptism of a young man named Leo yesterday. (I shall attatch a photo) And the rest of weekends look like theyre really lining up well so that we can hit that goal:)
This week was very busy, but we were still able to get a good amount of work done in our area. We had the transfer meeting on tuesday. My companion and I stayed together. We got some really good elders in the zone. And we got sister missionaries for the first time in the history of the Izucar zone! We share our branch with them and Everyone is really excited for them to be here. We are too, they'll do good.
Then we had zone meeting this week. But because our zone is so big the elders dont come to us, we go to them. So we actually did 3 zone meetings over the course of 3 days.
As I was preparing and praying for what to share in my zone meeting, I was able to come up with a lot of good things. President Reeves asked us to talk about reaching our potential, so I focused on that, and I talked about discouragement, and how destructive that can be to us as missionaries. But it really is true for all of us.
I won't share with you everything I shared with the missionaries, but I'll share a quote I used from President Uchtdorf: "Brethren, our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward."
I really like that quote. We're not perfect, and we're not supposed to be. Perfection comes in the next life. To God, it doesn't matter how many times we've messed up in this life. We still always have the oppurtunity to leave bad habits behind. To forget past sins and move on. The Atonement of Jesus Christ covers whatever we've done in the past, we just have to do our part. Every single one of you have divine potential. Your father in heaven loves yous, and wants you to succeed. Never be discouraged at the things that happen in this life, they are part of his plan.
I love you guys, and hpe you have a great week!