Awesome week full of cool experiences and memories. I don't know how I could ever forget some of these things. I love finding new people who have been prepared by the Lord and even though we aren't baptizing like all the other areas, I know we are still doing all we can, which is all the Lord is asking of us. As I have a lot of friends entering the mission field, especially my buddies from high school, I have seen how much the mission has blessed my life and how some of these guys have no idea what they are about to do. The journey is a long tough one, especially when you throw in learning another language. It is weird being the one trying to give advice to them and encouragement. I don't feel any better or bigger than them, but I know what they are about to start. I know the things I could have done better in the first few months. I just hit 5 months and I have learned so much. I learn more every day. This week we had so many learning experiences.
We also had a multizone conference. We do these every three months so this is my second one. We talked a lot about integrity and being the same person wherever you are, whoever you are with, and whenever. We talked about not being two-faced. As missionaries we teach repentance to the people. We tell them they need to have faith and repent and be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost or else they will not be able to enter into the reign (Kingdom) of God. It is a simple and direct exhortation (if that is a word). It is hard to do that when we ourselves aren't perfect. It is a super humbling thing, teaching the gospel. We realize how much we need to do and in what things we need to improve and progress. I love it, because it really keeps me in line. It is a great tool to keep the missionaries in check.
Just remember, no one is perfect. We all have our faults but if we are honestly trying to improve and do better, we will be OK. Heavenly Father loves us and knows our intentions. In 3 Nephi 14 it talks about how He knows us and our needs. But He wants us to put Him first and not worry about where we will sleep or what we will eat. It we seek Him, we will be blessed. Gotta run guys. Love you all.
Elder Wes Wilcox
p.s. Got to see Elder Tadje this week!! Good times!
Multizone conference with Elder Tadje
Multizone conference with and Elder Chiroque
All these animals were in this guy's front room
Elder Chiroque y Peter Sulcaray, a returned-missionary
The three of us