Just because I'm pretty sure there are some rumors spreading a little too rapidly, I'd like to confirm that I am completely fine! Yes, there are certainly big problems going down in the boundaries of my mission' but I'm pretty sure the whole thing has only increased my perspective that the Lord calls inspired leaders. In any other situations I'm sure the idea of moving over 100 young adults into safety would have been considered quite daunting, but here we're a team. The mission is so well organized that everything moved like clock work and there was not a moment of panic. Though I'm sure there was a ton of stress on President's part. Right now all the missionaries are living in the boundaries of Morelos. They closed the four biggest zones of the mission and every area in Morelos is now stocked with two additional companionships. Elder Chiser was a little shocked when he found out he was training....but I think he was a little more shocked when he found out that he now was going to have six more companions. They walk down the street like an army and it's all quite amusing. There are still a few elders living in the offices and doing random splits with different areas everyday, but overall everyone's settled into a random corner and really happy. I'm so excited for our district meeting tomorrow because our district is going to have gone from 7 people last week to 35 people this week. GOSH, its going to be awesome. Plus all my dear friends are now so close to me that I just want to go to Cuernavaca everyday so I can run into all of them!
The break down:
-Last Saturday we received a call that transfers would not be happening Monday.
-Monday we received a call that we would find out about transfers on Tuesday at district meeting. (1st trip to Cuernavaca)
-Tuesday we found out that they were pulling the sisters out of San Andres (the other companionship that lives with us) and closing the area for a time. We gained Hna Harmon as part of our trio. (2nd trip to Cuerna for district meeting)
-Wednesday we headed to the offices (3rd trip to Cuernavaca) to drop off Hna Ayala and say goodbye...then we hiked to the estrella oro (where we were supposed to meet the zone leaders) which really isn't that far away from the offices...but if Hna Neuberger is leading to an unknown destination....well it took us a half hour, but we talked to some really cool people and ran into two sets of zone leaders who let us in on some transfer secrets so it was all good. We waited for about 20 minutes and then called about all the missionaries in our phone trying to figure out which was the number of the zone leaders. Which resulted in some super funny phone calls. We finally got in touch with the zone leaders only to find out that they were in the offices :l so we hiked it back (this time it only took 5 minutes). Biggest secret surprise that was going down in the offices that we got to also know about, our zone leaders were becoming the APs....after only being our zone leaders for a week :/
-Thursday we received a call that we needed to be at the offices at 9 am
-Friday morning, as we were leaving the house, we received another call that we didn't need to go....only to receive a call two hours later that they needed us in Cuernavaca. So we dropped everything and headed out to pick up our new companion. (4th Trip to Cuernavaca) Her name is Hna Hernandez (also) and she's from Vera Cruz and just awesome and bubbly and perfectly happy about life, basically the description of every missionary I know. She was a little bit sick and apparently had been sick for about 5 days.
-Saturday Hna Hernandez called the doctor and he asked her to come in for a check up....two hours later we got a call that she had forgotten all her cards and couldn't check into the hospital...so the never failing Tepoztlan sisters headed to Cuernavaca (5th Trip) to bring her insurance cards and money.
And so this week we never had a full day of work, only about 2 hours every night, which made things rather interesting and us determined to make every moment count just a little bit more. Fun fact: it takes an hour and a half to get to Cuernavaca by bus...and then the same amount of time to get back...plus waiting for buses...
But despite it all we were still able to find quite a few blessings. The German Family that I believe I mentioned last week, was one of the most amazing lessons I've ever had. We were laughing so hard the entire time with there adorable children and just about other things. They have officially nicknamed us Mary (because I'm American) and Maria and its just amazing. When we asked them what there belief in God was they went off on a tangent for about 30 minutes where they basically described and talked about everything that we had planned to teach them. I'm pretty sure I've never heard anyone say that they believe an apostasy happened after the death of Christ and that there needed to therefore be a restoration of the truth except at church. Also, that the only way that God could do that would be to call a new prophet for our time. My comp and I just sat there gapping. They're not promising us anything but even if were just planting a seed with them it will certainly be the greatest seed Ive ever planted!
A quote that I really liked this week comes from the always incredible Elder Holland (can't remember it word for word):
"Imperfect people is all God has ever had to work with. Don't focus on your imperfections, look past them. Better yet think of all you can become if with His help, and then do it!"
I'm not here to be perfect, my imperfections get me down each and everyday. But when I truly put it all in the Lords hands, that's when we see the miracles, that's when were lead by the spirit, that's when every single moment becomes sooo worth it that there aren't even words to explain. Let the Lord morph you into your most perfect self! He wont do it against your will but with His help we can truly accomplish all things :)
With an abundance of love,