So, we found out changes! Elder Rapela is leaving Maldonado, and I´m staying with Elder Stewart! He´s from California, and it´s his first change as zone leader. So I´ll get to train him, I´m so excited for that! It´s been such a good change though- Elder Rapela is so awesome, we´ve gotten to be really good friends.
We had our leadership council this week with President, and we talked about the culture of the mission. We are seeing some divisions in the mission with a lot of missionaries, and we want to be more united. We talked about the Culture of the mission, and how we were going to make a culture of obedient, happy, fun, Preach my Gospel missionaries. SO, me and Elder Rapela were trying to figure out how to do that with the zone. We love the missionaries in Maldonado- They are ALL so awesome. We decided to have a formal/informal zone conference. Yesterday we went to Pan de Azucar, which is a little city by maldonado, and it´s the only place in Uruguay with hills. There is a famous hill with a big man made cross on top, and there is a trail to hike up it. So, at the base we had our zone conference. We talked about the culture, and we had a really open conversation. We invited the missionaries to think about any trials or pains that they had from the culture that we may have had, and to think about Christ as he carried His cross up Calvary. With that in mind, we hike up to the cross. It was so cool, when we finished that conference (We finished it on top at the base of the cross) we decided that we were going to be obedient, happy, fun, Preach my Gospel missionaries. It was a really cool to see the missionaries catch that vision!
We are also working with Dora- She is starting to progress again! We´ve really had to teach her at her pace. She´s growing, and she can see that the gospel is changing her. It is super awesome to see. We are also working with the Familia Rodriquez to help them get married, the Familia Perez, to help them get married, and we are also trying to have more contact with the familia Berrueta- A new family that we found!! They are so prepared!
I know that this church is true. My desire to serve the Lord and BE His hands grows more and more everyday. Remember that you don´t have to be a missionary to do good. In fact, you actually do so much MORE when you serve where you live. Trust me! Go find someone who needs you!!