I would like to start out by saying that this morning bright and early we were cleaning our house. I was cleaning the kitchen and downstairs and the upstairs including the bathroom. I now understand why missionaries are told to take shower sandals on their missions. When my companion was cleaning the shower, he lifted up some sort of a sponge thing, and out jumped tons of worms all over the place!! Oh my goodness, good thing I have always been wearing sandals in the shower haha.
So now it is official, I have been assigned to the Costa Rica San José East Mission, with President Hayes from Idaho. The moment the wheels of his plane touch Costa Rica on Monday night, the keys of the work of salvation in Costa Rica pass to him and we will be under his direction. I am sad to see the Wilkinson family go, but I am also very excited to meet President Hayes and to get things up and going with him. He was the head of the Department of Religion at BYU-Idaho so he knows the doctrine super well. I am excited to work with and learn from him as well. I know that he has been called of God, and set apart under the hands of an apostle of the Lord.
I talked a lot about the final meeting that we were going to have with the entire mission. We had it on Tuesday and it was amazing! President Wilkinson taught as if he were having a final interview with each of us. He taught about the temple, covenants and the atonement. I took good notes, but truthfully I probably won't remember much about that meeting in 20 years. What I will remember is the strong spirit that was in that room. It is hard to explain spiritual things, but it is enough for me to say that I know that my Savior Jesus Christ lives, and that through him we can live again. The spirit testified of that to me, and it grew my faith. I will remember how I felt in that meeting for the rest of my life. Hermana Wilkinson also taught. She pulled me up to translate for her and it went well.
The rest of the week we were running to get things ready for the split. Splitting a mission office is a complicated thing. But I think we are almost done. We are still running to get everything done but I know we will get it done. There have also been a lot of last minute projects that have come up to get done before President Wilkinson leaves. We have spent a lot of time this week in the office, but it needs to be done so we are working hard. However, we were able to get out of the office most days to have some lessons.
We have been teaching for a while a man named Uriel. He was a referral from a recent convert and he is amazing! He is a self-defense instructor and was named in the top ten in all of Central America. I know he is good, because he gave us some classes a couple of weeks back and I had some big bruises. Anyway, because of his work he hasn't been able to come to church. We passed by his house and asked him how he has been doing with his reading of the Book of Mormon. He said that he has read some, so we inquired about how much. He asked if he could show us in our Book of Mormon because he leaves his at work. He flips straight to Helaman and said "I am here, I would be further but I had to read Alma again to understand it better." I couldn't stop smiling. He was telling us how amazing the book is and how it really has helped him to be a better person. He said that he was surprised that it talked so much of Jesus Christ. He knows it is true. We testified of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and how it is an essential part of a testimony of Jesus Christ. It is the word of God and through it we can grow closer to our Heavenly Father. I love the counsel from Elder Kevin W. Pearson in the last General Conference when he said, "Search the Book of Mormon and the words of the living prophets every day, every day, every day! It’s the key to spiritual survival and avoiding deception. Without it, we are spiritually lost."
I hope that you all have a great week! I love you all!
Mi amigo Mexicano siempre me decía, "No se duche sin sandalias, tendrá guzanos fijo."