Monday, February 23, 2015

A Good First Week

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all enjoying the end of February. I can`t believe that its almost March. 

So we had a good week here. My new companion is named Elder Carrillo, he`s from Cancun Mexico, has about 16 months or so and is a great Elder! We've been working hard and are planning to work even harder this week. So changes were good. Elder Arias got sent to Tlaxcala in the zone with all of the branches that are really far away. He actually told me that wanted to go there so he`s happy. His companion is a really good elder too. We had a fair amount of changes in the zone too. Also they combined two districts, so we had three last change, but now we have two. Ours is the way it was, but the other is huge! It has 12 missionaries in it. Its a big district, and our new District Leader Elder Boxberger has a lot of work to keep up with all of the Hermanas and Elders. Oh, also our zone is mostly Hermanas. We have 12 sister missionaries and 8 Elders. Sometimes it feels like the relief society zone haha. We have a good zone though. Its kind of funny, the zone of Elder Arias right now is only Elders because its the places that are farther out where Hermanas wouldn't be as safe.

New companions - Elder Carrillo and Elder Hartvigsen
So we had a good amount of lessons this week. We`ve been working a lot with members which has been good. My knowledge of the area has been put to the test for sure as well. I only have four weeks here, but we`re doing all right. The Unidad where it's all apartment buildings that look the same is still a little tough sometimes but we eventually get to where we are going. So on Wednesday we ran into a investigator family again, I might have mentioned them. They are the Wisser family. We decided to pass by to see if they were there, and we had one of the most spiritual lessons of my mission. We really only taught one principal; God is our loving Heavenly Father, but it was super powerful. Jasmine, the mother asked us what she was feeling and why she felt like crying. And when we asked when we could come back they asked us if we could come back the next night. We had the next lesson of Friday and it was the same. They are super prepared. It reminds me of Doctrine and Covenants 50:18-23. We need to teach, and people need to receive the teaching by the spirit, and when that happens everyone is edified. We have another lesson tonight and we are excited for that.

We also had a meeting with President Christensen, and the Stake President, Pres. Quintero. It was a good meeting, but I felt a little pressure because my companion didn't know anything about the zone. I did fine though. We honestly have the best stake president in the mission though. He came and spoke in our ward last week, and was super direct because a lot of people came late. He basically said, "If you come late to sacrament meeting, its because you really don`t have a testimony of the atonement of Jesus Christ." It was pretty good. He also interviewed all of the suspended people in the ward, which was great because we've been working with a few and now they have a goal to work toward.

Today we also had to opportunity to see Meet the Mormons! Its really good! They are actually going to release it in theaters here for 2 weeks because it did really well in the US. We`re pretty stoked for that. I do want to see it in English to hear the real voices, but it was good to hear the real voice of the Costa Rican kick boxer. Sometimes I realized I know another language and its kind of weird.

Well, until next week,

-Elder Hartvigsen

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