Well it has been one packed week. I picked up a cough at the beginning of this week and it hasn't wanted to leave me alone. The members tells me it has to do with the heat and my back sweat. I told them I was doomed to have a cough the rest of my mission then because I am always sweating!!!!!
Anyways, I will be officially transferring out of the Cauayan Zone on Wednesday! It has been a lot of fun here in Cauayan, but I am ready to see more of the mission and meet more peope! On Sunday, a lot of less active members came to church and it made me happy to see that before I left. I got to see almost all of the seats filled up at church.
On Wednesday, Elder Sorronda and I had to come up to Cauayan because he is going to be a trainer. I worked with another Elder while he was in his meeting. On Thursday, I had splits with our Zone Leaders and I was given the opportunity to work with Elder Posadas. We went to one family of his that I could tell were the joking type. The problem was that the parents were not active. I knew I was kind of going to have to be straight with them, when Elder Posadas asked me to teach the lesson. I was pretty direct when I told them that they needed to be better examples to their children. They made the excuse that they needed money, but if that was the problem then how were their kids getting to church? It kind of seemed like the Father had many excuses as to why he couldn't come to church, but in the end it came down to the fact that he wasn't willing to exercise his faith. At the end of the lesson, the parents weren't joking anymore and I could tell that I had struck a chord with them. Although I love to joke with others, we need to realize the importance of attending church and repenting of our sins. Our lives should be centered around our beliefs, we can't only go to church when it suits us well. We should be making a valiant effort to return to our Savior, because he sacrificed everything for us.
On Friday we had a specialized training, we watched a video that was to train new mission Presidents. At one point it said, why would [we missionaries] think this work would be easy when it was such a great challenge for Him. Jesus Christ preformed miracles on this Earth and yet people still dwindled in unbelief. That part of the video really hit me. It made me realize I need to put more faith in the people I am teaching. If it was that hard for Our Savior, it will be that much harder for me. I won't give up, in fact after that day, I had a renewed sense of purpose. I know this work won't be easy, but the joy and happiness it will bring me in the future can't even be described.
Well to end on a funny note, this morning I bought 10 donuts and 2 sodas, and because of this fact, I was not able to eat lunch. Lesson learned, 10 is my limit. I ate 7 with ease last time and was still hungry for lunch but I guess 10 is just over doing it.
Also Happy Fathers Day to my dad and to Grumps and to Grandpa Matthews. All 3 of you have left a deep impression on my life and without you men I would not be the man I am today! Grumps, your still weak and you have strings hanging out of your shirt.
I love you all and will talk to you again in a week!