Dear Family & Friends,
So.....the rumors are true. This last Sunday Elder Perez(my companion) and I were called as zone leaders for our branch. There are five current districts and there are two more coming in on Wednesday. I never could of thought that I would be in charge of seven districts. Granted being a zone leader in the MTC and being a zone leader out of the MTC are completely different. It's still a lot of responsibility on me to always be an example and to do the right thing. Now my days got a lot harder and more stressful, because I want to do my best.
The branch president gave us a quote when he had the meeting with us and it said "The Lord will shape your back for the burdens that are placed on it." I know this to be true. I have experienced it before. How else was I suppose to work 13 hour days with only 4-5 hours of sleep? Day after day and not be exhausted or tired.
I am excited for this calling, it will be good to better myself as a missionary and a person. I am making so many new friends and I love them all. I am going to be sad when I will have to leave them. Less than two weeks before I leave for the Philippines.
The language is tough but it doesn't matter. I know if I keep my faith, work as hard as I can, that I will be blessed and I will learn the language in no time. I get emails from people I met in the MTC and are already in the field, and they have already had a baptism in their first week! That's crazy! I'm so excited to get in the country.
So, I think since I have been here I haven't gone a day without drinking chocolate milk, let alone a meal! I am gaining a lot of weight, probably the heaviest I have ever been. Oh! One thing about the language that is really cool. I can understand it so much better than I can speak it. That's so weird how it works. Well, time is running out it's time for me to go to breakfast. One thing that I would really love is pictures. Everybody here has got these huge albums of pictures of their family and friends. I'll be honest, I'm a little jealous. So if it's not to much to ask, I would love to have pictures from everyone! At least a few before I leave for the Philippines. I heard it takes two weeks to send mail to the Philippines!
Thank you all for you love and support!
Mahal Kita Lahat! - "I love you all"