I told you a little bit about the changes last week, right? Well, last Tuesday, while I was working with Elder Elkins, Elder Cardenas (the other new zone leader) called me and told me he was coming that day, not on Wednesday. So we rushed home, got Elder Elkins packed up and ran on over to Morales (70 minutes on bus) as fast as we could. When we got there, it was almost time to get to bed, but we got permission to stay there in Morales for the night.
When we saw Elder Cardenas, the very first thing he did was come up to me, shout "HEEEEEEYYYCOMOESTAAAAAAAAAAAAA" and give me a hug. That guy is super super super super super super super super happy- honestly, I think he's insane, he's so happy. But almost immediately after planning the next day, we set new goals for the zone.
The next day, we had a district meeting with all of the zone (because we're also technically the district leaders for the Hermanas), and we explained the new goals and challenged them to live a much much higher mission standard. Missionaries in Zona Puerto Barrios contact at least 30 people a day, teach at least 5 times a day, etc. Immediately after we put this goal in practice and gave the elders a few helpful tips on how to do it, we saw results. Every area finished this week having in between 35-60 new investigators, and the number of people with baptismal dates doubled. That was pretty cool.
My new companion, Elder Reyes, is a good missionary. He's here to serve, and wants to learn how to do it better than any other missionary, which is good. As long as a missionary is here to work, and not to waste time, I get along fine with them. Maybe one of my favorite promises in the scriptures ins this: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
I love that promise. Those whose hearts are pure, meaning whose innermost desires and actions are to serve the Lord our God, will see him. Likewise, those who are purely dedicated to Him will see the miracles that He brings to us. There's also the promise in John 17:3
"And this is life eternal- that they know thee, the only true God, and thy son, Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (I don’t know if that exactly how it reads, I was translating from Spanish)
The plan that God has for us is that we can do more than just SEE Him- we can laugh with Him, be with Him, live with Him in pure happiness forever. That is because he is our Father- the Father that we've always had on our side, who's always willing and able to help us.
Be pure. "Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord." Someday, you will see God. Someday, you will have eternal life.
Elder Jeffrey Reed