I’ve been pretty bad at emailing the last little bit. Here's a quick update though:
The last few weeks have been really good! I realized that I haven't really talked about my situation or anything since after the new transfer.
The other Elders here in Passaic are Elder Harris who the Hispanics in our ward just refer to as "el grandote" (the big ol' guy). One said he looks like a young Trump. He's got a year on the mission and is awesome. He's from Las Vegas. He's currently training his companion, Elder Shields. Elder Shields is from a town of 2000 in Nebraska. Confession: upon hearing that initially, I thought he was potentially going to be a little odd. I had to repent a little bit because he's honestly super cool. We've got a lot of mutual interests, and he's learning really fast.
This email is called "sweaters" for two reasons:
1. One of the members here is amazing and bought us all really nice sweaters for Christmas/New Years. We wore them to Zone Conference together in his honor (see picture). We've been trying to coordinate to match up and represent Passaic whenever we have an event together.
2. We've been sweating a lot running from appointment to appointment. We have so many appointments right now that it's crazy. On Saturday we had one planned every hour from 10am to 7:30pm.
Elder Hansen has been working on acquiring bikes to ride around. We're not a bicycle mission, but the vehicle coordinator said that if Elder Hansen wants to maintain them himself, that he's free to do so. One night we realized 5 minutes before an appointment that it was actually a 30 minute walk and had to basically sprint there as fast as possible. We checked afterwards and it's a 6 minute bike ride there, so he's probably on to something there.
On a more upbeat spiritual note, this week's scripture is from 2 Nephi 4:15. I'll attach it as a photo in both English and Spanish if anyone wants it in a prettier format for sharing.
I turned 21 on the 2nd of this month, and instead of partying the worldly way, I was reading scriptures, teaching lessons, and eating awesome taquitos which I think is a pretty great way to spend a birthday. With one year older, there's a supposedly some requisite amount of wisdom that I've attained. If anything this year, I think one of my greatest increases in wisdom is my new understanding of how enjoyable the scriptures are. You don't have to take my word for it though. I really like Lehi's words about them in his final address to his family. Someone who's much more wise than me said it this way:
For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.
I have a really strong testimony that the scriptures can bring us peace in our lives. We have people we're teaching who can't read, but they still feel something when looking at the words, and sometimes learn things from it without even understanding what they're "reading".
If you've got a strong case of the Mondays, I'd encourage you to take a moment, find a peaceful spot, and read even just a little bit from the Bible or the Book of Mormon. I know it will bring a little boost to your day.
Have a great week everyone! Talk to you next week!
Elder Kai Reyes