Sunday, March 4, 2012

Time flies...

Every time we come or go from our apartment we enter the elevator to ascend or descend 15 floors...
There in the elevator is a large mirror.
Some days we wonder if we REALLY look that old and tired
Some days we are SURE we have aged 10 years
We are seeing time fly by so quickly....

We have flown to the north and to the south of our mission for zone conferences.
We have arrived and our suitcase has not.
We have left the house by 4am and arrived home sometimes after 10pm.
We have driven to the zones close by and have felt the hours flying by as we try to
teach, inspire, and motivate these great missionaries.

At this point we have had interviews with 126 missionaries.
While President Prince interviews each missionary, I talk with their companion.
Each one has commited to "stay in the line" of the mission rules.

Not giving into temptation and obeying with exactness is the commitment!
(I keep hoping that soon I will be able to speak on a topic other than obedience!)

One great sister missionary had to fly home for medical reasons.
She valiantly tried to carry on
The spirit was more than willing -
the knee was weak. 
Sister Leguizamon has a contagious laugh and smile.
She has served faithfully and will be missed...we do not have enough sister missionaries!

Sometimes the challenges of life are BIG. 
This past week we had to deliver the news to one of our missionaries that his father had passed away...
( medical problems)
Receiving and delivering that message was hard.
This Elder has only been in the mission field 2 weeks.
This valiant Elder was just finishing up medical treatment.
This marvleous missionary packed a backpack and flew home for his father's burial
and then flew back 4 days later with a determination to make
his mother, his father, and his Heavenly Father proud. 
What a great example for his younger siblings and for all of us.

Birthday cookies are a highlight of zone conference!
 This conference we celebrated those who had birthdays in Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb.
                                                      Calima Zone                                         Villa Colombia Zone
                               Elders Guerrero, Cisternas, J. Jensen, Bussey       Elders Almendares, Escárate, Hansen, Menendez, Paez, Ocon

                                                Palmira and Tulua Zones                                San Fernando Zone
                                       Elders Fuentealba, Chicoma, Tauaese, Salavarria, Mendoza,            Elders Rocha, Valdiviezo and Hermana Torgerson
                                                          Candia, Kennedy, Vasques, Ramos
                                           (not sure why Elder Tauaese got into this picture!)
                                                          Zona Belén                                               Zona Medellín
                                     Elders Mendez, Mendoza, Venable, Jara, Parada                            Elders Gomez, Naranjo, Allauja, Canari
     Elder Parada                                                  Zona Pasto
                                                                                                   Elders Llontop, L. Martinez, Pino, Vilchez, Gonzales, Day
We took our Choco Elders to dinner while we were in Medellín.
These Elders are probably the farthest away and the most isolated of our missionaries...
they live in the jungle - literally.
Elders Borg and Haycock are in Istmina. 
During our 2nd week of "La Semana de Siembra", these Elders found
410 new investigators to teach. 
Elders Holden and Jara are in Quibdo.
They found 60 new investigators to teach.
The people in these cities are humble and receptive. 
We are impressed at the dedication of these Elders and impressed with how they can eat!!

                             Choco Elders - Jara, Borg, Haycock, Holden            Elders Jara, Borg, Haycock

Elders Borg and Haycock - Istmina Elders
Elders Holden and Jara - Quibdo Elders

These Elders fly in and out of Medellín for zone conference.
They happened to miss there flight back...which did not make us happy.
We changed their flights for the following day and upon arriving they learned that the roads between Quibdo and Istmina had been shut down by terrorists.
  Upon hearing that news, I had the distinct impression that they missed that flight for a reason. 
 Our Elders had been kept out of harms way.

We have finished zone conference for 8 zones.
We are teaching and practicing commitments and bringing investigators to baptism.
We are trying to inspire the missionaries to teach the doctrine of Christ,
remember their missionary purpose, and help the investigators overcome obstacles.
Here are our zones....but this time will fly by fast as changes are coming soon.

Zona Villa Colombia
Zona Calima

Zona San Fernando 
Zona Tulua
Zona Palmira
Zona Pasto
 Zona Medellín
     Zona Belén


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