HEY! What's up! this week went by super fast again! We got transfer calls!! Elder Henderson is getting out of here and going to Louisville and my new companion is from Peru and his name is Elder Torrico! I'm sad to see elder Henderson go but still super excited! Elder Torrico only has a few months left on his mission and he had never been to the U.S. before his mission so Spanish was his first language so I'm going to try and improve my Spanish as best as I can! I'm super excited! the new mission president is really changing things a lot! He's been here for a few months but he's just barely starting to change everything the way that he wants it! like 2 of the area's have been changed into a "zebra area" which means that there is a Spanish elder there with an English elder and they do both Spanish and English work! he's white washing one of the areas of Spanish elders (which means he's taking both missionaries out of the area and sending in two new ones) and our Zone Leaders said eventually Spanish elders wont share an area with English elders and only do Spanish work, they will have the areas most populated with Spanish people and do all the English work there as well, so times are changing here in the GKLM!
This week was pretty good! Elder Henderson was a little sick at the beginning of the week but we still managed to have a decent week! we taught a couple of pretty good lessons. We weren't able to get a hold of Auerelo this week but were going to try and find him next week! I was able to talk to elder Torrico a few days ago and he told me he doesn't have a bike so its going to be pretty interesting to see what happens haha hopefully we can find one at the mission home on Tuesday maybe when were in Louisville! on Friday we had a zone conference and a guy named Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the first quorum of the Seventy came and talked to us and it was a pretty cool zone conference! it was pretty long but it went really well and I learned a lot! I think one of the biggest lessons I've learned about missionary work, and I know I talk about it a lot, but is its not about how many people you baptize or what leadership callings you have, and being obedient is not about saying how obedient you are, but its all about sacrifice. As a missionary you sacrifice 2 years and doing a lot of stuff you like to do, and sometimes it can be pretty hard, but in the long run it is so worth it. He read us a scripture in Doctrine & Covenants 97:8 " Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice—yea, every sacrifice which I, the Lord, shall command—they are accepted of me." and he told us that you will know your mission was successful when you are sacrificing things you care about to be obedient and he told us just like the scripture said that the lord will except our sacrifice.
It seems pretty easy to do missionary work when you put it that way haha so im excited to see what happens with this new companion! He has actually already served in Georgetown, the very first 6 weeks of his mission so he already knows the area and the members here so that's good!
With our 14 year old investigator named Jennifer we made some good progress this week! she told us straight up that she wants to be baptized and just not tell her parents in México haha and we can technically do that because her Aunt has legal guardianship over her but we all decided that it wouldn't be right! so we are working with her to be able to call her Parents and tell them "I know this is true and I'm going to get baptized" so we are going to keep working with her a lot!
Also a pretty funny story this week so every Saturday night the whole Zone does a conference call and they send in a request to the missionaries praying and they will pray about it and as a joke elder Henderson texted "pray elder Follett will get a package soon...no just kidding pray for....." and then said what we really needed divine help with, so the sister was praying and she got to our part and said what we needed and I sighed in relief because she didn't pray for me to get a package and she finished the prayer and said "and please bless Elder Follett in Georgetown Spanish to get a package this week, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." and I was super embarrassed haha the whole zone heard that and were all pretty confused and elder Henderson got a good laugh, BUT on Friday I got a knock on the door and the UPS lady had THREE huge packages all addressed to elder Follett! haha I was pretty surprised but happy! So thanks for the 2 Christmas packages, I haven't opened them yet don't worry!
My Miracle packages!
My Miracle packages!
Overall this week has been pretty good and I'm really excited to keep working here and see what happens! I love you guys a lot! Have a great week!
Para siempre Dios esté con vos!
Love Elder Follett
Trying to fix Elder Henderson's Bike
Missionary work at it's finest. 6:30-7:00 every morning we're exercising! mostly "stretching" because were so exhausted from biking haha but to explain the shirt, we found a sleeveless white collared shirt and the little sleeve cuffs still with it so this is what happened!