Monday, December 21, 2015

¡Feliz Navidad!

Hooooooooooola mis queridos, como están?

This week was really good. Out of nowhere on Tuesday, President called one of our zone leaders Elder Moser and asked him to help the new financiero in the office this week so he can feel more prepared, and so his companion Elder Kauffman was with either Elder Sorenson and I or Elder McNeil and Elder Pineda all week. Because of that, we didn't have much time at all to work in our area, but it was still a great week. The point is I still filled my purpose as a missionary, even if it wasn't in my area. But we did make some good contacts in our area and are excited to go back this week and teach them in this Christmas season.

On Saturday we also did a big Christmas activity in one of the big parks here. We got a projector and a screen (my comp's sheets tied to a chalkboard) and showed a bunch of Christmas videos, contacting all around and trying to bring people in to get more investigators, and just bring the Christmas spirit. It was really cool and a lot of fun. But it definitely does not feel anything like Christmsa still. I can't believe that time has gone by this fast that Christmas is already here, and the fact that it's like blazing outside everyday doesn't help at all, but I'm excited nonetheless.

Elder Pineda (Elder McNeil's new comp) is fitting in nicely in our crazy pensh, and we're becoming good friends. He's a super nice guy and really funny too. The new people in our district are also getting comfortable, it's gonna be a great transfer.

I've had kind of a shift of mind this week that's really helped me to enjoy being a missionary more. I've been really worried about my performance as a missionary in terms of numbers, and tangible statistics you can read, especially as a district leader, where I'm expected to set the example for my district. But I've come to understand that yes, numbers and goals are important, extremely important, and help us to complete our purpose as missionaries, and become more effective, but the more important thing is that I'm being a respresentative of the Lord. I'm doing the things he would do, and loving the people as He does. If I try my best to love the people and be a good missionary and we didn't teach any lessons that day, that doesn't mean I failed. If I feel like I really loved the people, and tried to follow the Spirit, then I'm satisfied. I'm still figuring out this whole life/mission thing, but that's something that I realized this week that's helped me a ton.

I am incredibly grateful for the sacred opportunity I have to serve as a true respresentative of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here in Roca, to dedicate this time to help His children in this area. At this special Christmas season, I want to bear my testimony of Him. A savior has been born. He lived, He suffered for every each and last one of your sins and shortcomings, He died, and now He lives again. He's calling your name, extending His hand, waiting for you at every moment to come unto Him. His love is inifinite and unfailing, and I have felt it countless times in my life, especially on the missionary. "For unto us a child is born, a son is given: and the Government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6) The first gift of Christmas. Remember Him.

I love you all dearly, and hope you have the merriest of Christmas!

Elder Grondel

1. This is a bus that we take sometimes, the dude has it all pimped out because it's his bus haha. Kind of blurry, but you can still see it

2-3. nativity that we went to for a little while at the other chapel

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