Monday, July 11, 2016

Week 55: New Mission President and another transfer in 4 Milpas

Our new Mission President, Pres. Myers, and his wife

Hello Everyone
I am glad that everyone had such a great time at the family reunion. It sounds like it was a lot of fun.
So last monday, we had to pay the rent for the house. And it was about 9 at night as we were hurrying to meet with our landlord. So my companion was in front of me and we passed a truck, and we heard someone call out "Elders!" So we turned around to see who it was. The driver who called out to us got out of his truck and said "Elders, I have a surprise for you." Then I saw two people getting out of the car. One was very tall and the other was a woman. I then saw that they had missionary tags on and I realized that it was our new Mission President. haha! So then and there, all sweaty and late at night, we met the president and his wife for the first time in our pueblo. He said he came to meet the district president that lives in 4 milpas.
Then the next day we had a multizone meeting to get to know our president. President and Sister Myers told us many things about their lives and it was pretty cool to get to know more about them. They also told us that in our lives there are 2 types of zones. 1 zone is called the comfort zone, and the other is the miracle zone. They told us that when we start to do the same types of things, we get comfortable and start to receive the same types of results. And when we leave the comfort zone, we enter into the miracle zone. But then when we get comfortable in the miracle zone, the miracle zone starts to transform into a larger comfort zone. And the point is... that we have to work even harder to leave the comfort zone to enter into the miracle zone again. And they challenged us to start to do things differently. That if we are scared to do something, we should do it anyways because that is how we are going to see miracles. 
We also had cambios (transfers) today, but my companion and I stayed the same.  Elder Ramirez is the first companion that I have had for more than one transfer in a row. Not counting Elder Lowry. But speaking of Elder Lowry he only has 1 transfer left and he asked president if he could spend his last transfer in Macapule. And he got what he wanted. He got transfered to Macapule for his last transfer. 
Also the guy who we rent our washing machine from, finally brought back our washing machine. So we rent our washing machine by the week. But the guy who rents it to us is not that smart. We pay this guy every week, so that he can just leave the washing machine at our house. But this time he decided to go pick it up and bring it to his house. This happened about 2 weeks ago. Since then we have been going to to his house pretty much everyday asking him to bring the washing machine back. And it took him 2 weeks to finally bring it back. So during that time we had to wash our clothes by hand. And wow! It takes forever. Every night after daily planning we go outside to start washing our clothes. But it is all good because we finally have our machine back. It shocks us every now and then, but the important thing is that is works. :)
We had a baptism this week. A little girl in the branch extension turned 8 years old and she wanted to get baptized. So we had to fill the font and get everything ready for her. And because there is hardly anyone who has the priesthood here the girl asked my companion if he could baptize her. So it was fun to have a little baptism. We had to fill the font with a little garden hose and it took about 5 hours to fill with water. But the fun part was draining the font. We had a lot of help from the members. Someone brought a big hose and we used that as a siphon to suck some of the water out. And during that time we also used buckets to bail all the water out of the font. It took about an hour to get it done, but it was pretty fun.
Also this sunday we did not have our super attendance of 32. We were actually missing many priesthood holders, so my companion and I had to preside, conduct, and bless and pass the sacrament. But these experiences have only strengthened my testimony to know how important the priesthood power is and how there are so few people in the world that have the power and authority to perform the ordinance of the sacrament and the other ordinances of salvation. 
But this sunday not all of the people that we assigned for talks came, so I had to speak for the remaining time. It was not too hard, but I just felt like I talked alot that meeting. I conducted the meeting, confirmed the young girl that got baptized the other day, and I had to fill in the remaining time. 
But that is about everything that happened this week.
I love you all so much and I hope that you are enjoying your summer. Stay cool for me because here it is super hot!
Elder Snyder

Zone Conference with Pres. Myers
Inside the Casa de Oración (our church)
The outside of the church

The baptismal font 

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