Well Folks changes have come once again and you are probably very interested in what has happened to this guy. Well even though it is extremely strange and never happens.....I have stayed Zone leader here for the 3rd change in a row with my companion and we are staying together another change. I am grateful for the chance to keep working and making a difference here in Oeste I have been blessed by the Lord so much to be here in the mission when the Lord is hastening his work.
Lots has happened from miracles to conference to changes to personal revelation and I find myself not knowing where to start.
We´ll start with changes. Well changes here in the mission now are crazy. We had gotten used to the way that President Heaton did changes and it was very predictable but now it is likely that every change 50% of the Zone leaders change every change so you always wonder what is going to happen. All Sunday we awaited our call that normally the ZL's get to tell them where they are going or what is going on in their zone. I am still waiting for that call.... I recieved the changes that they send to all the zone leaders Monday but I would like to know why some things happened. I have felt all day yesterday like the Vine in the mormon message by Elder Christofferson where he talked about a tall beautiful plant that was growing so tall but giving no fruit so the lord of the vineyard prunes and cuts it down and the plant laments. Why did you do this to me?" and the the lord of the vineyard says "I am the gardener and I know how I want you to be and the best way you can give fruit and live up to your potential. Lets just say with these changes they took out all the sisters from our zone and closed two areas in our zone that were going to be important areas for us and changes out lots of missionaries. But God's will is what matters and if it is what He needs we will find our true potential.
A great thing that happened with Changes is I am going to be a grandfather!!!! My son is Training and I will be able to see him and take a picture with him wednesday! We are stoked. I will send it next week.
Now Conference. Well in our Zone we put a huge focus on Conference this last month we have been preparing and capacitatiing members and inviting people to come and inviting people to invite. We had worked so hard and we truely saw much fruit from our efforts. We had many investigators in attendance. Me and my companion also participated in another miracle. Me and my companion had worked so hard to be the example for our zone inviting everyone in our ward making zone Goals and ward goals. and when it came down to this last week we found that one by one all of our investigators told us they could not go to conference or that they had emergencies and were in the hospital or something serious came up. All the saturday Sessions we had waited and called but our investigators just disoloved we could not believe it. But instead of waiting and watching the inbetween sessions stuff I sent most of the zone back to their areas to look for people and those few left over worked with us outside and we invited everyone that passed by to come and enjoy conference.
Not going to lie not 1 of the people that we invited Saturday or Sunday, because we did it the both days,came to conference but we had spiritual experiences and God saw us working as well as our stake presidency. And for that God rained down his blessings. A member brought a friend of his and his daughter to Sunday morning session and an investigator that we thought was not coming found the courage to fight his depression and made it to the last session on Sunday. We were so happy because Sunday morning we truely thought we were going to have a weekend without any investigators in Church to have the spritual experience to listen to the prophet but we had 4. It was a miracle.
Something else that happened this week was we received two other sister missionaries and we opened a new area mid week but now with the changes they are both leaving and we have to explain to a bishop that there will be more coming. (or I think so)
Other than that Rodrigo is in the hospital again because he is retaining lots of liquid so pray for him. He had changed so much it truely is a miracle. He and his wife have begun helping us a ton in the work of Salvation. It is amazing to see people start to understand that it is their job as members to share the gospel.
I wanted to share a little bit of personal revelation that I recieved from General Conference, just a little. Someday I will show you what I do with my conference notes to find the revelation from God. I wrote down tons of Questions and all that God could answer were answered in conference. It was a miracle and I received so much instruction. I was amazed. Something I received was the need that parents have to show their children how to study really study the scriptures. I think it would´ve been something of great value for me as I grew to have my parents show me the answers they received in there personal studies of the scriptures. Showing me what I needed to do in my own study. It is never to late to start.
Something I recieved as revelation from God is that all my life I am going to feel as I live my life that I am so far from perfection and I cannot let that get to me I know but it is something that will always bite at me. But what the lord Gave me Through his servants was what I needed to do in those situations= rely on the atonement. Not only for all my pain and suffering and for forgiveness from my sins but also to help me understand that I am not going to ever be perfect and I must rely to receive the strength I need to say I will just keep working harder. I cannot be the best teacher, the best missionary but I can work on it as a life goal like president Uchtdorf said. And use the atonement every step of the way.
I love you all so much This is a long email. I hope you enjoy it!