(Excerpts from his email)
I am doing good, a little sad. I have changes so tomorrow i am leaving Huicholes. Its been short but amazing. I am gonna miss this ward a lot but i just don’t know what is gonna happen tomorrow. Sounds like a crazy week but a good one. I feel like the weeks are flying by but its been awesome. I loved my district i loved being here but its time to move on.
M: Well son, change is always hard and yes, there is a purpose for you to be moving. It was not a long stay in this area, only one cycle or two? What do you mean you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow? Is changes different some how?
EP: just two cycles here. Nah just changes are always weird. New area, new companion, new everything. Gotta get used to everything again. I just hope that my new area is good and we have people progressing because i am leaving a bunch of awesome people that are progressing super cool. I am gonna miss it a lot here.
M: Funny how that was your sentiment about the last area! You just have to know that you did your work there and that you need to trust that someone will pick it up where you left off. If they are ready, the Lord will see to it that they progress.
EP: ya i feel good about this area because it really is a super good ward. The members are awesome and my companion as well. I don’t worry too much about the people i just would love to be here to be with them haha
M: So it's being comfortable again and having to step outside the box and be uncomfortable for a little while! Sometimes that is a good thing.
So a story please
So a story please
EP: um ok so we got a great family. The mom is Guadalupe and her sons Bryan and Javier. so they come to church yesterday and the mom is like hey so Bryan got mad at me cause he told me that you guys were gonna come today at 10 in the morning to baptize him and we weren’t at home at 10. Is that true? I was like no we were just gonna come and explain to you guys about baptism and explain what it is and why and everything but yes we are planning on baptizing him and Javier and you very soon. And she was just like ok come by after church and we can talk. so we go with them that night and explain baptism and everything and the two boys are like practically jumping out of their chairs like ya we wanna get baptized we love going to church its just awesome. And the mom was like ya me too. So a brother that went with us to the lesson was like ok Hermana and why are you gonna get baptized. She said well my boys love it there. We have gone to a bunch of churches and they never like it and i can see that they really want to be there. They want to be with you guys and they are changing and becoming better children. I see that the people in the chapel are good people and i want my kids to be like them. I always tell them. Look at everyone here and see what they are doing. Learn from them. It was pretty cool. Just the fact that people notice the difference in us as members and we need to live up to what we do. Like dad said we cant teach something if we don’t live it. We need to live the gospel first to be able to preach it. And when we live it, it preaches itself. People notice the difference in who we are and how we act. This family is super cool. Gonna miss their baptism though
M: Great story and you are right, more often it is our actions not our words that people believe. It is wonderful that in your ward there, these investigators feel good and that there are examples there for them to follow. No matter that you will not be there for the baptisms, you have planted a seed and helped it to grow, that for you is good enough. I love her reasons for joining the church, chances of them staying strong is good. IS your companion staying or does he have changes too?
EP: he’s staying
M: That's good that he gets to stay, at least you will know what happens to the family and the others. How are your other investigators/converts?
EP: they are all good. Everyone in church. Everyone still good. Gonna miss them but i know they will be ok. Blanca came to church this week with her daughter so that was awesome
M: That's good, did you tell Blanca you were leaving?
EP: no we went to her house but she wasn’t there. I think were gonna go again later. But i gotta go, i will talk to you guys in a week we will see what happens. Love you guys have a great week.
Last Monday in Huicholes