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This has been another really great week!
On Wednesday we will have another change meeting (or in your case, transfer meeting)! :) We have all been working really, really hard in getting everything ready. My good friend Elder L is leaving the office at last. He has been here almost nine months! When I came to the office he was the youngest, with only two changes. Now, more than five months later, he´s leaving and I´ll be taking his place with the most time here.
One of the wonderful blessings of my mission is that I get to meet so many great elders who have dedicated their lives to the Lord. It is sad to see them leave the mission. My mission "dad" is going home on Wednesday! If you didn´t know, all the missionaries who are leaving come to our house on their last night, so I will get to talk to him for a while and ask him more questions about his mission. He is such a great guy!
We have had another really successful week in our area too! Lately we have been focusing a lot on finding new investigators. A lot of our investigators have not been progressing, and so we decided to put more emphasis on finding. I was telling Katie in the email I sent her that as a missionary you literally have to talk to everyone! A missionary who comes to the mission shy and fearful needs to change. He has to quickly make the decision to open his mouth, at every opportunity. That´s what we´ve been doing this week. We stop every single person on the street and share a short message with them, inviting them to listen to our message in their homes. Some say yes, and some say no, but the important part is that we keep searching and inviting, over and over again!
Also, Elder Villalobos and I have discussed with each other a lot about how we can make our lessons more powerful. There are three things we should to in every lesson: testify, invite, and promise blessings. Every investigator we teach needs to repent to receive the promises blessings of the Lord, and they can only receive them if they fulfill their commitments. Some of the commitments are, as you know, assist church on Sunday, read the Book of Mormon, and pray to know if our message is true. I have come to realize that one of our goals is that our investigators teach themselves everything we cannot teach them. If they go to church every Sunday, for example, they can come to know that the Church is true and that it is presided by divine authority. An investigator cannot be converted if he does not feel the Spirit witnessing of the truth.
I have been trying really hard to improve my relationship with Heavenly Father. I know that He is there and loves me and I want to feel His presence even more in my life. Through prayer He has spoken to me over and over again, and will help me throughout my entire life.
I love being a missionary, and I hope I can help hundreds and thousands of people "come to Christ, and be perfected in Him."
Have an amazing week!