Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Week 18 - Transfers! A New Companion and a New Assignment

Me and Elder Ochoa
I am glad to hear that the whole family is doing well. It sounds like everyone had a very exciting and busy week. I completely forgot that it is almost halloween. Your costumes all looked fantastic. And, Mom, I laughed out loud when I read that you were a little offended when Elly was raiding your closet looking for grandma clothes. haha! I'm so glad that Jon was able to translate the video that I sent for you. (I forgot that it is all in spanish.)

Okay so this week many things happened and the most exciting was cambios!! So mi papa (trainer) Elder Lowry was transfered to Obregón to be a Zone leader. So that means that I am still here in Macapule and my new companion is Elder Ochoa. He is from Oaxaca, México. So yes, I now have a native companion. And the best part is that I can understand everything that he is saying with the exception of a few words, but that all comes with experience. But the crazy thing is that I am now the District Leader here in Macapule!!! Yeah, I just finished my training and now I am the district leader. I still can hardly believe it, especially because since I have been here in the mission, I have not even had an interview with our Mission President yet.  Elder Lowry and I were so surprised when we found out.  So that means I am in charge of the 10 missionaries in our district which also includes the zone leaders that are in our district, and I have to lead the trainings that we have every week. It is a lot of responsibility for someone who has just finished training and who does not speak perfectly yet, but I have faith that the Lord called me to be a district leader because he knows that I can do it. But we will see how it goes this week.  :) 

Elder Ochoa is from my generation, so we have the same amount of time in the mission. And I am compañero mayor (Senor Companion) so that means that I am in charge of all the rent, the luz (the electricity bill), and I am in charge of leading the lessons.  For this, I'm really hoping that my Spanish will be good enough. 
As for the "hurricane" I honestly had no idea that there was one. haha! It didn't even rain here! Actually I dont think that anything really changed. We would have LOVED to have had more clouds, but there weren't even any of those this week either. 

So most of the exciting things happened this weekend. But I am so excited for this opportunity to serve the Lord as a district leader and I hope that I will be able to help the missionaries in our district. I know that these callings are inspired because there is no way that the president without an interview would know that a new american missionary who just finished his training would be ready to serve as a district leader. But, I have faith that the Lord is going to help me during this time because he would not call me to do this, if I was not ready and able to do it. 
But if you have any advice on what I should do, I would really appreciate it. :) And extra prayers would be good too!

Well that is pretty much it. I hope that everyone has a great week and that you are all able to feel the Savior`s Love.
Elder Snyder

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