Elder Padilla arrived into Dulles International Airport at 9:30pm Monday Nov 14. He was released by President Jon Dionne Tuesday Evening. He is now doing all the things necessary to prepare to go to BYU-I in January. He will be speaking in his Manassas 2nd Ward on Nov 27th at 1pm. (8001 Barrett Drive, Manassas VA)
Some Photos of the honorably returned Missionary...
This week we started to really focus on the members and get them working in the missionary work. We had stake conference last weekend and it ended up being another one of those meetings like ''Hey members, we need to do our part in the missionary work and wake up and realize that its not all the missionaries job.'' I feel like they've said it a million times now..I'm hoping that one of these times its going to stick!! hahaha
Elder Christensen and I are trying to help the members have their own spiritual experiences and talk to their friends and family members, that's all! Just talk! hahaha it seems so simple, but little by little!!
I'm super happy all the time and its super funny cuz when I contact someone in the street they ask like ''why are you so up beat?'' and I say ''its cuz im going home in 21 days.....I mean, it's cuz the gospel has blessed me so much in my life...and...'' hahahahaha
This is SO CRAZY!!! I'll be home so soon!!
So we found a family in the ward and they have 2 kids of the ages of 10 and 12 and they've been attending church their whole life and they aren't members!!! its like WOW!! you arent member?....''you wanna be..?'' and they say ''ok, yeah you can baptize whenever you want'' hahahahaa that was my favorite part!
So today we had a zone activity and it was pretty fun! We played water balloon capture the flag (its still hot here, so thats why) and ping pong, ''sting pong'', soccer, and FRISBEE!!! I literally get so pumped whenever I see a frisbee here because I love to play and it's really not that common here, everyone here thinks it's just a game you play with your dog in the park.
So our zone is called ''Zona Guasave'' (Wasabay) and this zone when I got here was the zone where everyone got super discouraged to get sent to because its the lowest part of the mission and super far away from the mission offices and that's been the reputation of this zone ever since I got here, well, it's changed! The zone leaders told us that in their leadership conference that they had, president and the assistants gave time to them to explain to everyone else what they've done to have so much success!! It's so crazy, we were like the scum of the mission but now everyone's looking to us now to set the example for the mission!! It's so Awesome! We were so pumped to be together today and the craziest part of everything is that we're the smallest zone in the mission.
This Saturday is Jesus' baptism and he's progressing a ton! Haha he invited his neighbor to his baptism and now we're teaching her and we'll see what happens there.
We found a few families yesterday and I'm just pumped about all the great things we're seeing here.
New dunkin donuts? Sweet!
Well you know what they say:...You can never have too many dunkin donuts. (ed- Its Krispy Kreme)
Well it's my last transfer. I'm still in Guamuchil, still district leader but now I'm training. His name is Elder Christensen and he's from Salt Lake City, Utah! He's super great and ready to learn! He also knows a ton of spanish so that helps!
So I had to go to Obregon to pick him up and they didn't want us traveling late so we stayed the night with elders and so that's why we haven't had the chance until now to write...yeah, I'm pretty tired..but really pumped.
This week will be really fun and we're gonna work like monkeys to get this ward back on their feet!
Don't remember everything that happened this week but what I do know is that 5 more Mondays and I'm home with lukey bear.
The conference was the bomb diggity and I watched half in Spanish and half in English...I'm sorry but it's so much better in English.!