Welp! I'm back already. This is the beginning of week 4 of this transfer already, how nuts is that? That means that I only have 9 weeks left on my mission, how even MORE NUTS is that?! Time flies way too fast. I hope and pray I can stay focused and go as hard as ever in these last months.
Elder Bradshaw got here last Monday just after we emailed. I hate his guts. Easily my least favorite companion I have ever had, ever. Just kidding, haha, I only said that cause he was reading over my shoulder. I actually love the kid. Elder Bradshaw, also known as lactate-face, is like the perfect medium between me and Elder Whitesides. He grew up in a puny town in Washington, so he get's Whiteside's obsession with small town crap, but he also didn't grow up on a dairy, so he is normal, haha. He loves trucks, so now Elder Whitesides can talk to someone who cares, but he also loves sports so now I don't feel like I'm in my own world! It's the best. We all get along so well and had a really fun week. He's really good at Spanish, so he's been teaching me all the swear words and slang, haha just kidding, but he really has been helping me a lot. We speak Spanish to each other a lot, it's helping me a ton. Needless to say, I am a happy camper!
This week we started to teach a couple named Felix and Elisabet. They are actually some people that I taught last year. We were driving down the road, on out way to somewhere else and I felt real strongly that we should fill up the gas on our truck...which is a really random prompting, but I rolled with it and when I got out to pump the gas I looked across the street and saw their house and remembered them! Elisabet was outside so we ran over and talked to her a little bit and they are both still way down to learn about the Gospel. Apparently the missionaries who replaced me and Martin last year never went and visited them. They were bummed because they still wanted to learn more. How sweet is that!! We were so pumped. She was real pregnant when I left last year and now they have a 1 year old boy, it's nuts to me how fast time flies like that!! Missionary work is a dream, I heart it real good.
Do y'all remember last years sweet Easter Video and the He is the Gift Video that the church did? Well the Church is way true and super awesome, so they did another video this year for Easter and it is a power house. Have y'all seen it? If not then GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW!! IT IS SO GOOD!! This is my favorite time of year to be a missionary. This whole week and the few weeks to come we are just focusing so hard on testifying of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. I feel the Spirit so strong each day as I stop random druggies walking on the street to tell them what I know about their Savior and how what I teach them about Him will change their lives forever. My favorite part of the video is when it says you can reach out, call out, cry out and He is here. At first I was all mad cause it was poor grammar. I thought it should have said "you can call out...and He will be there" like in the future tense, but then I realized that I am an idiot. He is already here. He always has been and always will be. He is always here, just waiting for us to come to him. All we gotta do is reach out. We just need to take His hand. He is here. I love that. The thing I have learned about more than anything else here on my mission is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know He loves us. I know that He died for us. I know that because of His death and His sufferings we can do ANYTHING. "I can do all things though Christ, which strengtheneth me." I too, glorly in mine infirmities because I know that because I am weak, He is strong, and because He is strong, I can be stronger than ever. I love that. I know that He lives today. I know that He is here.
I love y'all so much! Don't forget to say your prayers this week and do all you can to remember Jesus Christ and His sacrifice. Be happy and share the gift and light of the knowledge of our Savior and His Gospel with someone else, ok?!