Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015 Working overtime (and undertime)

hello all,

im gunna start out with a general thank you for all the letters  i got, i would love to respond to each individually, but 1 hour is a lot less time that it would seem. but it seems my christmas list of letters passed on to my birthday.  i wasn’t really expecting much because i forgot that you guys actually know when my birthday is. no i haven’t told my companions, they think it’s in january. but don’t worry we will celebrate it. i sneakily mentioned that lunch would be complicated saturday because of general conference, then i told them that we could talk to the relief society secretary, or we could just order two pan pizzas from dominoes (they are having a special and our money comes this week) so we will celebrate without them realizing. also we´ll probably buy churros or something  thursday for my 1 year mark.

and well other than that i can’t stake my usual claim on the, "this will be short because this week was normal." so i guess the question is, where to start?

how about tuesday, so there we were, in an average district meeting.. side note, i now have the smallest district in the mission... 3 elders,(i´ll explain, don’t worry.) when we got a phone call that a few elders in the mission got sent home, and so there was some filling in to be done until we get more missionaries, and one of the elders in my district was given special transfers to go fill in. so we sent our companions to go work and i went back with the elder to go pack and get ready to leave.

they were working out the travel plans and everything, and so we didn’t know exactly when he would travel, so they just had us waiting in the house for 2 days so that we would be ready at any moment, waiting in the house is kinda poopy.

but anyways he got transferred and the three of us were kinda just standing around wondering, "well, what now?" so we talk to the zone leaders about how we manage everything, and they let us know that the three of us will stay in a trio for now, and that we now have both of the areas to work in. the only thing is that elder matos (our new companion) doesn’t really know his area very well. for like a week and a half they were in the house because his companion had an infected toenail and then we had exchanges and stuff like that, so basically he only has like a week in his area. so basically we are opening an area, but we have another area as well, fun stuff.

so then thursday we went and worked. to complicate things even more,  lots of stuff is changing in our area which was progressing a lot in these last few weeks.  thursday we had to drop 2 investigators, one of which had come with us to church twice, and then friday in the morning during our study 2 more (some of my favorite investigators) dropped us out of the blue.

needless to say (but i will anyways) i was feeling pretty stressed. i had no idea how to keep up with all this stuff being piled on me. but then i studied that morning a lot about faith, and i realized something. i have no idea what i am doing, but the lord does. the lord has charged me with this right now, and it’s his work, i don’t need to be stressed out, i just need to work, and it will all work out.

i also found much comfort in a scripture in mathew 25:23 which tells us, "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things" now I’m not claiming that i have two areas because I’m better or anything like that, but it doesn’t matter what the lord gives me, i want to prove to him that i will be faithful in any situation.

so friday i worked feeling a lot better.  saturday i felt a lot worse. we started working and i felt kinda not so good, so we went back to the house so i could puke. i did, and then i felt a little better, but i slept to recuperate my strength, afterwards i tried eating a yogurt in the night, the result was more puking. so that night i prayed pretty hard. i understood i needed to work and i wanted to work, so i prayed that i could get better to be able to work. i got the impression, "why are you asking me, you have two priesthood holders there and you haven’t asked them for a blessing yet." so i did.  the next morning i felt normal, went to church gave a talk, worked all day, and didn’t puke.

so if there is any advice i can give to all of you from this very hectic week, trust in the lord. you may not know what you are doing, but he does, and that’s enough.

anyways, that’s it for now, be good, love you guys, peace out

Elder Gándola

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