(Excerpts from his email)
Well you guys definitely have to watch conference there were some awesome talks. Changes are interesting. i am in Pachuca Mexico again. the same zone i was in when i started the mission but a different ward. It’s a little tough cause we really have like nothing (prospects) and i left so much but it’s what i gotta do. i did it in my last area, i gotta do it again i think it will be a little more difficult cause the area is a little more difficult but were gonna go to work and my companion is super good so we will see.
M: So who is your companion, where is he from, how long has he been out, do you have new responsibilities?
EP: his name is elder Castaño. another Columbian hah. he has 14 months in the mission. yup new responsibilities again. right now i am a zone leader. so me and my companion are like responsible for the whole zone. we work normal we just have some other responsibilities. we have to plan trainings and we give reports for the zone. the zone is like 20 missionaries. so last cycle i was district leader. i just had like 4 missionaries in my district and i had to report to the zone leaders.
conference was good though i recommend the Holland talk from Sunday morning. it was a little weird cause president Monson only spoke once and his talk was really short but it was a good conference. the priesthood session was super good like always. the theme was super family based. focus on families and if your not married yet hurry up and get married haha. it was interesting.
M: I love Elder Holland, he always speaks to what I need. We will start reading conference as soon as it is available. Okay, about the married thing, I think that needs to be in perspective, one finding the right woman, two finishing school and then yes, marriage.
EP: his talk was super awesome. he started with a story that was just crazy. you should watch the talk not read it just to hear how he tells the story. his emotions make it better haha. another apostle(elder oaks i think) just said that many people think you need to finish school before you get married but that is not understanding the eternal plan god has for us.
well this week was pretty uneventful. we spent pretty much the whole time knocking doors and talking to as many people as we could cause we don’t have a lot of people to teach right now. we walked and walked and walked and walked and a lot of people told us no and ya. well we were walking around forever and no one wanted to listen to us so we said a prayer in the street and asked for help to find someone who would listen to us. so we finish the prayer walk around the corner and knock the first door on the street. the lady whose house it was comes walking up the street and is just like come in. it was super weird we didn’t even tell her who we were or anything. we go in and she leaves us at he table and starts doing stuff around the house. i just look at my companion like what is going on is she a member or something? she finally comes back and says ok I’m ready now. so we start teaching her she had never talked to missionaries before but her mother in law has gone to the chapel a few times for relief society classes. she accepted everything super well and even accepted a baptismal date. unfortunately she didn’t go to church this Sunday so we don’t know what really happened. it was just super weird.
M: Oh but an immediate answer to the prayer for someone to listen to you! That is the coolest most important part of the story. A prayer was sent up to a Father in Heaven who really truly does listen to us and He answered it as He felt was necessary. I am sure you will go back and see her and maybe she will listen again, maybe not, but the fact is your prayers were answered and that is cool. Thank you for the story and the lesson on prayer anywhere is heard. So you good son?
EP: i am good. tired super tired but good haha. my feet hurt from walking so much and walking on dirt paths again but I’m good. just gotta go to work. work work work there’s nothing else i can do
M: and it will get better, it always does as long as you stay positive and you continue to practice perfect obedience. I'm proud of you son. I know that things are not always as you would like them to be and I know that you don’t always share with me everything, but I also know that you know what is right and you have grown into an exemplary young man with a purpose. Your heart is in the right place and so I know you will be well. Even the not so good times are good cause you are in the service of your Heavenly Father. I am reading in Mosiah about King Benjamin and he says that when you are in the service of your fellow mem, you are only in the service of your God. I know that, I have that scripture memorized from seminary, but sometimes when you read it, like I am now, trying to really read and understand, it takes on a different meaning, it makes so much more sense. It also makes serving not so difficult even when it is really difficult! So keep serving and working knowing that you are serving our Father in Heaven. I also read in Mosiah about the blessings that immediately come from being obedient and following the commandments, so I know that you are receiving blessings and will continue to as you serve. Tired, I know about tired, but we can be tired and still work really hard. So you have the right attitude and mindset and heart, so I know you are good.
EP: yes thank you i also read in Helaman this morning. i am almost gonna finish the book of Mormon again but anyways i was reading in Helaman and Nephi was sad. he was afflicted because of the hearts of the nephites. but the voice of the lord came to him and said blessed art thou Nephi because you have been working all thy days. something like that i don’t remember in English cause i am reading in Spanish haha. i also noticed that i have read the scriptures more in Spanish than English and i know the scriptures better in Spanish than English. but i know its gonna be hard but its better when you gotta fight for it. we will see. hopefully this week will be better. just gotta stay excited and work. thank you for everything i will talk to you guys in a week. love you. have a great week