Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 16 in Orizaba

Turns out I'm not the one from the prophecy....

Well. I feel different. Today is the start of my last transfer in my mission. A transfer is a period of 6 weeks. In between every transfer there are different changes with the missionaries. There are 17 transfers in a mission. This is my number 17. I never thought I would feel any different but I do. I always knew that the mission was going to end soon but now it's like I can see the finish line. And I don't want to cross it... 

That's how old missionaries feel. 

Anyways, we'll make sure to do our best this transfer. I'm still with Elder Howard, so it's pretty certain that he'll be my last companion. We're going to work hard and try to get the restored gospel to as many people as possible. 

This was a pretty special week. On Tuesday we had a visit from a seventy named Elder Falabela. He's from Guatemala. He taught us about the atonement of Christ and about charity. 

On Monday night I found a little black scorpion in the house. I killed it. I hope there aren't more. But our roof is made out of tin with a weird barrier right below it and they say that that's a really good place for scorpions to be. The good news is that apparently these ones aren't lethal, they just hurt a ton. 

We had a really special experience this Saturday. Elder Howard has been really sick this whole week so we decided that it was time for him to go to the doctor. So we went to the doctor and he diagnosed him and gave him medicine. But long story short, he sent us to another doctor that lived about 40 mins away in a place called Ixpan. We had no clue how to get there so we just hailed a taxi and said where we were going. When we got in, the taxi driver introduced himself, told us that he had lived in Phoenix for 6 years working for a constructioin company, and that his 2 bosses were Mormons and that they were some of the best people that he had ever met. He told us all about them, and about what he thought about the world and everything. He ended asking for us to come and visit him, and so we scheduled a lesson! We're super excited to see him. This was a lesson to me on the impact that living like a real Christian can have on people even years into the future.

I'm grateful for those 2 men in Phoenix that made an impact on this man's life, and we hope to be able to make one too. He said something that really made me think: "You can tell me all about what you believe, what you think, and who you are, but all I have to do to know you is to watch you. How a person acts, even when they think that no one is looking, is the perfect way to tell who they really are. And every time I've met one of you guys, you're living like Christians." 

Integrity is what we do when we think nobody is looking. It's the outward reflection of the inner mind and heart. We cannot become like Christ unless we have integrity.

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