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New Jersey Morristown mission
Our cute boy has been transferred and with new responsibilities. He will miss Red Bank, his awesome companion Elder Dove, and all of the people in that beautiful little town that have become like family to him. Red Bank holds a special place in this momma's heart too. I am so grateful to those that took such good care of him while he is far from his home. Here is an excerpt;
I'm going to Elizabeth Port! 614 S Broad St #303, Elizabeth NJ 07202 is the address of the apartment. Elder Dove served there for 6 months. Elizabeth is his Red Bank. And I am going to be a trainer! Wow! I'm getting doubled-in. That's cool. Being a trainer is a really important calling and I'm really honored that God trusts me that much. Voy a ser un padre. And to make things even more humbling is I got called to be a district leader! So I went from a regular proselyting missionary to a trainer/ district leader. I'm actually really excited. Also really stressed. But mostly excited. Time is going to fly by. Elder Dove is telling me all about Elizabeth and apparently the ward building (yes, ward not branch, there's like 150 people that come every week) used to be in a Gentlemen's Club. Which I think is super funny. And there's a lot of work to do there. Like a lot of work. So tomorrow we're going to transfer conference tomorrow and I'll receive my child (new companion) and then we'll go to Elizabeth and then on Wednesday I teach my first District meeting. In a new area. With a new missionary as a companion. Being senior companion. One of mine and Elder Dove's best friends (Elder Justice) is my zone leader up there and I'm so excited because I love him so so much. And the AP's are super cool and basically everything will be good and fun. Also, the AP's are my new roomates. It's going to be awesome.
I've been reading "Jesus the Christ" again and there's a few quotes in the first chapter that I wanna share with you.
"Nevertheless, man never lived of whom more has been said and sung, none to whom is devoted a greater proportion of the world’s literature. He is extolled by Christian, Mohammedan and Jew, by skeptic and infidel, by the world’s greatest poets, philosophers, statesmen, scientists, and historians. Even the profane sinner in the foul sacrilege of his oath acclaims the divine supremacy of Him whose name he desecrates."
I really like the first chapter of the book because it really just talks about Jesus's influence on culture and modern philosophy. Which is something you don't really hear about as much because the most important thing He ever did was descend below all things so that corruption can put on incorruption. However from any point of view that you look at Him, within His 3 year earthly ministry he accomplished more and influenced art, philosophy, and modern thinking more than any person that has ever lived. And all of which becomes immensely more meaningful when we can come to know that He is the Son of God and the Savior of the World.
This week was super good! We had my homie Nelson come to church and that's a huge thing. He's going to be baptized this next month. And I had a lot of really good lessons with some less actives. Marta bought us pupusas because I'm leaving and we ate together and she told me how much I touched her life. And tonight I'm going to the Tlatelpas and they're going to feed us a lot of food. So basically I just feel very loved. I'm going to miss it here but I'm also ok with leaving now. 6 months is a long time to be in one area and I feel like I've done all that I needed to do here. And this area is expecting several baptisms coming up and that makes me happy because it hasn't baptized in like more than a year. So I feel like I fulfilled my purpose.
Right now I'm eating a peanut butter and jelly quesadilla and it is surprisingly good.
I love you so much. SO SO MUCH. I think about you every second of every day and I am just so thankful every day for my family. Here are some pictures and know that I love you.
Called to Serve June 2016-2018
My son is currently serving a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This Blog is for family and friends interested in following his adventures for the next 24 months.