Well I have been transferred to Etchajoa, which is a small town that is like 30 minutes from Navajoa. It is another branch, but I have heard a lot of good things about this branch and I imagine that it cannot have as many challenges as Alameda. But the most interesting part of this transfer is that I will be opening the area. President Myers did a white wash here. He took out the old missionaries and put us in. So I will be opening with a missionary that is very new. His name is Elder Martinez and he only has had 3 transfers in the mission. But because none of us know the area, right now I am in intercambios with one of the zone leaders who actually served here in Etchajoa. So he is going to be showing me the basics of where everyone lives and what buses to take. Hopefully I dont get lost :) Sounds like it is going to be quite an adventure here.
Yesterday we had stake conference. So we got to go to Mochis again :) It was really cool because one of the members of the 70 was present and also the president of the temple in Hermosillo. The name of the 70 was Elder Felix. He is from Oaxaca. He gave really great talks. I was able to go to all of the sesions of conference so I was able to learn alot from him. One of the things that we talked about was that we need to align our desires with God's desires and that when we do that, we will be able to experience true joy. He also talked about D&C 9 and that when we want an answer to one of our prayers we must study the answer out in our minds first and then ask God if what we have decided is right. And when we do that 1 of 3 things will occur. 1st - we will have feelings of comfort and peace that will confirm what we have chosen is correct. 2nd - that we will have a stupor of thought and that we will feel confused or frustrated or worried or feel anxiety and that will tell us that what we have decided is wrong. And the 3rd is that as we pray we will feel neither of these 2 things. That when this happens it is because God trusts us enough to make our own decisions and that we have to trust that he will help us make the right choice. He also said that the majority of answers that come to us will NOT come when we are on our knees but when we go out and act.
Well our house here in Etchojoa is definitely one of the worst houses that i have had. I like to compare it to the 3 degrees of Glory. When you first enter, you enter into the telestial world. The first 2 rooms dont have a floor, the walls are made of concrete and it is full of trash. The next room is the terrestrial world. It has a crappy floor (but at least it has a floor) it has the fridge and the tiny kitchen and all of our materials. Then the last room is when we enter into the celestial kingdom (it is where we sleep). This room has a nice tile floor, with painted walls and the most important thing…AC! I have heard rumors that the Elders before me had a cat and a dog as pets in the house. I will see if there are any stray animals that come lurking by. But one of the first things that we are going to do is clean up the house.
I am pretty excited to work here. I also know that I am going to have to work hard because my companion is going to need my help.
Well that is about it. I will let you know of our adventures here in Navajoa.
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