I´m really liking my new area, let me tell ya! I´m in the capital of Salta with mountains all around me. It´s really beautiful here as well because the altitude is pretty high here so it´s not hot anymore (in fact it gets really cold at night). Our pension is really nice but also small, plus we share it with 2 other elders. Every day, we have to travel about 30 minutes by bus to my area which is basically a big hill overlooking Salta and its surroundings. So every day, we have a great view of Salta and the surrounding mountains, mounts, and hills that make the phrase ¨Salta la Linda¨ very true (Salta the beautiful). My companion is a really great guy and very dedicated. We´ve been working pretty hard because we want to make this area a whole lot better than it is right now so we´ve been searching for God´s chosen ones so that they can come into the fold of Christ. As Zone Leader, we have to call every night to verify about the district leaders and their district´s efforts and so we´ve also been talking a ton about how to help all these missionaries be more successful. Until now, the zone isn´t very successful so we´ve been trying to come up with different ideas to change things up a bit. But, we´ll start this week with all that and we´re also planning to do a few divisions with those who are struggling a little bit more. Surprisingly, I´m not any more tired than before which is a giant blessing that I´m going to ride for as long as I can. Haha
Anyways, I´ve been thinking a lot about the Christ-like attributes which are really important, especially during the mission! I´ve come to really recognize how proud I am and how much I want to change that kind of attitude. While chatting with my comp, Elder Fewel, we came to the conclusion that all sin and all the traps that missionaries fall into really come from pride. As mentioned in the New Testament, if we can´t learn to become as a little child in this life, it will be really hard to get into heaven. Christ often times referred to children as the Kingdom of Heaven because a child is very meek and humble. I don´t know exactly why we come to believe that we can start doing things on our own without the help of our loving Heavenly Father but pride gets in the way of seeing that fundamental truth and even begins to destroy our souls (Jacob 2:16). The simple truth is, we wouldn´t be here if it weren´t for our Father in Heaven, we wouldn´t have a family, we wouldn´t have those precious moments that make life so sweet, and we wouldn´t have the possibility of being eternally happy as a family if it weren´t for Him. So, now I would like you to all ask yourself this question: Do I deserve the blessings that I have received until now in my life? Then..... Kneel down and give thanks for the millions of blessings that none of us deserve.
I love my family. I love my mission. And I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that I am imperfect but with the help of the Lord, I can be humble and clean once again. I know it, I live it, I love it!
I haven´t taken pictures quite yet so next week, I´ll send a bunch.