What a week! Hope all is well especially for those who started BYU fall semester. May the force be with you. This week my zone leader had to have a small procedure done in the hospital and was sedated for it. So, it was funny to see him afterward saying some pretty strange things… For instance he asked where the nurses (we) were and his companion told him we were in Guatemala. Then he responds, “okay Elder, Im not stupid, I know Guatemala is in Mexico. There’s no way the Hermanas are there…” hahaha That was a highlight of my week.
Later we were able to have a zone conference with our president and I really enjoyed learning from him. One thing that really stuck out to me was a story that he told. When he served here in Quito, his mission President was President Heward. Pres. Heward was the 2nd mission president in Ecuador and was invited to a South American Mission conference in Brazil. When he was there the area president, Elder Faust, pulled him aside. He said, “We need to hasten the work in Ecuador. Those people are ready for the Gospel.” To which President Heward replied, “Of course! Once the Gospel had been in Ecuador for 50 years (like it has been in Brazil) we will see much success, even as much as Brazil.” Then Elder Faust quickly responded with, “President, we don’t have 50 years.” Wow. Its been about 43 years since that conference and I am starting to understand the rush. There will be a temple here in Quito in a few years and I’m not sure we’re prepared for it. The 2nd coming is at hand and is anyone ready for it? I want to prepare the people here. I want to talk with everyone and share the Gospel like it has never been shared before! Wow I am so pumped.
I even got to see a miracle this week with someone we met named Maria. We walked into Theresa’s store hoping to visit with her, where we found her and Maria talking. We invited Maria to stay for a quick chat and taught about the Restoration of the Gospel. She was very interested and related to us that she knows we were sent by God to teach her. She says that she was about to leave the neighborhood, but was so thirsty and decided to stop by the store to have a cold soda. She sat with Theresa for about 5 minutes when we walked in and asked to share with her. When we left the lesson she commented that a thirst for water turned out to fill her spiritual thirst for the truth. That was awesome. Sadly she doesn’t live in the ward, but we are praying for the missionaries in her neighborhood to go and visit her. Miracles are little, but oh so sweet. I love this work!!