Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Today we had transfers. Now that I've finished training Hna. Pacheco it's time that I move on to another area. And after 6 months in Las Fuentes I'm ready for a change. So today, the president paired me up with Hna. Cabrera and sent us off to Agua Caliente.
Q: But Hna. Lance, after 6 months serving in one area how do you now feel leaving it?
A: Good question. To be honest, mixed feelings. 40% Relief, 30% Excitement, and 30% Tristeza
Q: Interesting combination. Could you explain more?
A: Sure thing.
Relief because after 6 months in the same area you've reached a point when you've tried everything. Walking down the street you pass by at least 10 people that you've contacted and been rejected by. Everyone is an ex-investigator, and those crazy members never seem to change. It's releaving to know that I've done my part and now someone else can come in and help with new ideas.
Excitement because now I get to BE that new person. New territory. New faces. New members to work with. I can give new ideas and perhaps help the area progress more. And like in every area I've had before, I can become a better missionary here.
Tristeza because I have to leave Fuentes...
Q: Intriguing... after half a year in Fuentes you're still sad to leave it?
A: You bet'cha! That place became my home. I literally walked down every street in that area... or to better put it, climbed every hill. I learned a TON about how to be a better missionary, disciple of Christ, and even more important, I grew to know my Savior better there. There is a reason I will forever call Las Fuentes my Gethsemane.
Not to mention the members. Sure, there were a few wackos and algunas que are "Sunday members" y nada mas. But there were several who really became my family. Converts that I've been able to help grow and have seen progress. Less actives that were starting to gain their testimonies again. As to the investigators, they are always hard to leave. I've worked so hard on some of them to help them gain a testimony. For example: I started teaching Rosalio and Lupe with Hna. Bautista. About 4 months ago. They were progressing mas o menos. Read the BOM, loved our visits, but never went to church. Then Hna. Pacheco came and they went on vacation to visit family in Chiuauah (I think that's how you spell it). A month latter they came back and called us saying that they wanted us to stop by again. So we started teaching them again... but Rosalio had a lot of doubts. He like to listen to us, but thought that being strong in his faith meant that he shouldn't doubt his Catholic upbringing...... long story short, yesterday we went to visit them and Rosalio said that he wanted to be baptized. I nearly cried.. I can I leave them now?
But here we are. New area. New start. Lots of hills... Wish me luck!