Excerpts from his email
May 18, 2015: hey mom well elder Bednar came today so tomorrow we have p day i will talk to you tomorrow just wanted to let you know so you don’t freak out. love you
May 19, 2015: hey mom so these two days were pretty awesome. elder Bednar was really cool. just hearing him and being in the same room was crazy. track sounds super cool ty gets to go to his first states and food at headmasters house. the last two days were awesome cause yesterday elder Bednar came. Listening to him and elder de Hoyos was super cool. they teach the same doctrine and the same principles but in a way so simple and understandable its crazy. the gospel is so simple but its the little things the little details that make all the difference. and today was a special p-day on a Tuesday so we went to the soccer hall of fame. It’s not open on Mondays so today was like a once in a mission opportunity. it was super cool. we spent like 4 hours there.
M: Wow, I did not even know there was such a thing. Is it all Mexican players or world players too?
EP: no all over the world. it was like a huge soccer ball with pictures and videos about all the best players and the important stuff that happened and then there is a huge area with a bunch of interactive games. how hard can you kick the ball. how fast can you run. how high can you jump. human table soccer. it was super sick.
The 49ers helped build the hall of fame so they have a plaque in the hall.
M: That's pretty cool, like I said, I didn't know it even existed. Makes you want to go and see the ones in the US for other sports.
So a story for this week.
EP: Well this week was full of mini miracles. I got a new companion elder Rubio and he is awesome. super excited to work and just a chill guy. We worked super hard got the 40 lessons and felt super good going into Sunday. Sunday was a little hectic but we got 3 people in the chapel. two kids one that’s gonna turn 9 in June and one who is 12 that both have baptismal dates. and then we had 3 investigators show up alone. their families are members and they came with them to church and it was super cool. we don’t know if they want to get baptized or anything but coming to church is huge.
M: Ah, and the little miracles begin, awesome. Sometimes it takes finding the small things and taking baby steps before we see that there really is some progress. So where is the new companion from? How long has he been out? Do you have the same responsibilities?
EP: ya it was cool. a good week and the zone did really good as well so that makes me happy haha. my new companion is from leon guanajuato. He’s got 16 months in the mission the same as elder Castaño my last companion. and yes we are still the zone leaders here.
M: Well, i am glad that things are looking up. I am guessing that the place your companion is from is in Mexico. Funny that you have never been assigned to a US missionary, but I guess that make sense. So what happened with the grand daughter of the lady who fed you the other week?
EP: ya its pretty close to here. yup never had an English speaking companion but my comp now speaks good English. ya she’s the 12 year old that has a baptism date.
M: So you good son?
EP: yes mom everything is good. I’m doing good but thank you for everything, love you guys so much.
M: You sound good. I am happy that you are in a better place, not that it was ever really bad, and I am sure that your growth over the last few weeks has been huge.
EP: ya my companion has helped me a lot. He’s just excited and happy all the time and that helps me be more happy and excited and positive haha.
MOM: Yes, sometimes it is the people around us that makes us better.
EP: haha that’s what elder Bednar said. A sister asked how we can know our faults and weaknesses to get better and he said we can ask the Lord in prayer ad the Holy Ghost will reveal it to us or we can get married and have a family and our family will never let us forget our weaknesses. but it also applies to what we do good. well i gotta go love you