So, last week we had changes. My new companion is Elder Cabrera from Tegucigalpa. Honduras. I usually get along well with Hondureños so I was pretty happy to hear that. Elder Cabrera is calm and he's a good worker. He likes to make sure that what he's doing is exactly for the salvation of the people here in Guatemala. He is 20 months into the mission, and is probably going to finish his mission here in Puerto Barrios.
We also opened up another area in Puerto Barrios! My old area was split in half again, and I was assigned to the farther and more dangerous part of the area. So I had to hand over all my old investigators to the hermanas. I’m sure they’ll do a great job. The good news is that we still have Entre Rios.
We've been focusing a lot with the members on an idea that we've had for Christmas. When Christ came into the world, he came to be the light of all, and we must remember that he also gave unto us to be the light of the world and to let our lights shine forth. Like the hymn says:
Brightly beams our Father's mercy from his lighthouse evermore,
but to us, he gives the keeping of the lights along the shore.
Dark the night of sin has settled, loud the angry billows roar;
eager eyes are watching, longing, for the lights along the shore.
Trim your feeble lamp, my brother; some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
trying now to make the harbor in the darkness may be lost.
Let the lower lights be burning; send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman you may rescue, you may save.
Our Lord has entrusted us with His lights. What are we doing to let that light shine forth? Or have we been content to keep that light for ourselves, that only we benefit from its glow?
We need others to be able to see that light. But that others may see it, it has to be strong. Never stop feeding the fire of your testimony. There are two kinds of members in the Church: those who build a bonfire of a testimony or those who light a fire just big enough for their own needs and pleasures.
See "Patterns of Light" by David A. Bednar
Love you guys lots! See you next year! (for the family, Christmas!)
Elder Jeffrey Reed