Monday, May 5, 2014

Big surprise this week

So, the big surprise this week.......I changed areas, Again!

An Elder in our Zone had problems with his knee, and it was decided to switch him out of his area (which is big and full of huge hills).  So they looked around and found my old area (really small and super flat) and 2 and 2 made 7!

I got a call on Tuesday, asking if I could go to the Stake Center to meet with the ZLs, and they broke the news.  I was kind of in shock, we had heard that someone was going to move, but somehow you just never think it will be you...

The fun part is I officially have 9 months in the mission, and I have never changed areas in normal change day (I have changed companions, just not areas).  It also means I will probably be in this zone another 3 months (but who knows, I am officially a special case).

I left my son Elder Rodriquez with his new companion and I went with Elder Capacho.  He is kind of fun because he is from El Salvador.  He is from the other side of the country than Jessica, but it is still kind of fun to feel connected with her.  Especially getting ready for her birthday on the 13!

My new area is the biggest in the zone, but is still small compared with Tatumbla.  I am enjoying losing any sign of a panza (fat belly) that I might have gained in Guaymuras.  I like the ward and it is also fun because one of my best friends in the mission (Elder Head, from SLC), started his mission here.  I feel like I am surrounded by friends (which I can´t see, but I feel).  

It was also an interesting week because I had to go to my first consejo de la Mision.  It is essentially when the President, his wife, the APs, and some other chosen elders talk about how to work better and support the missionaries you are over (yes, I am still DL).  This time they talked a lot about working hard and working smart, which from what I hear, is what they always talk about.  But, it being my first time, I was interested.  The president showed the video Gracias a El (the cool movie the church did about the life of Christ, but in Spanish).  He told us to focus our message on Jesus Christ.

I will be basically working a lot this week learning a new area, all the random paths, the people, and the members.  

I know that sometimes God throws us curve balls.  Not because he hates us or because he wants us to suffer, but because he loves us and wants us to grow.  I have a testimony that as we rise to meet these challenges, that we are strengthened.  I know that we are prepared to face them, but sometimes we need to look for heavens help.

I love you guys.  Thanks for your prayers.

Elder Henrie

Another random happy moment of this week was when we went to Dennys with the ZLs.  It was wonderfully north American and delicious.