Things here were really good last week. There were a few times where we were stuck with nothing to do but we have been getting better and have found some more people to teach. We recently have found 2 people who could be baptized as long as we can get them some support from the members and from their families. One is an 11 year old that is a friend of a young man here and it turns out that he reads the bible and attends a catholic school, he actually has a pretty good knowledge of things. His names is Ezekial, we shall see if he continues to progress. The other person is the daughter in law of Ana Perez. Her name is Carolain. We went to a baptism of the Zone Leaders and she was there with Ana and so we began to talk to her and she wants to change her life around. She is the wife of Ana's son that is in jail. We are super excited for her because she really isn't doing the best things with her life and we can see that she really wants to be different. Our hope.. or at least my hope for Elder Naylor and his new companion is that they can help Ezekial and Carolain get to baptism! (We still haven´t been able to find Yohana again.. and Romina told us that she isn´t interested.)
Yes, you read that right.. Elder Naylor and his new companion. We are splitting up. He as you can imagine is staying here in 8 and his new comp is Elder Barela from Idaho. It is actually Elder Neilson's kid in the mission. Elder Barela has 8 months in the mission and this is his first time as senior comp. I have heard he is a great kid and I know that him and Elder Naylor will find lots of success. I am so proud of Elder Naylor and the missionary he is becoming.
Now you might be wondering what is happening to me. I will go step by step. Ready? Here we go! So we got up to Ana's for a charla with Carolain and just then we received a call from President Smith. I answered.. "Hoy es el dia!" "Elder Abel?" ..... small talk.... "Well are you ready for your change, you are never going to believe it." uh.. first thought was that I was going to train again here in Cerro 8 and I was thinking.. yikes! "Elder Abel, you are going to Salto." "Salto?!" "Yeah, you are going to be zone leader up there with Elder Correa. I know that you were up in Obelisco and I think that you would be a help to the missionaries there and to the zone." I expressed how I was actually having desires to go back.. and he said, "Well I am super glad because I didn't know how you would take it." I love it. I am super excited. It definitely will be different to be up there again just because I wanted to venture off to another zone outside of Cerro and Salto but if that is what the Lord thinks is best for me then let´s do it. I am going to write Irene and tell her so if she wants to be there at the terminal when I get there then she can. I head out tomorrow at 1:00 PM and arrive at 7:00. Also, Elder Huamali is headed up there again too! I am super excited.. I don´t know if I am ready to be a zone leader but here we go. I definitely have learned a lot just living with them here, so we shall see how it goes!
Cerro 8 is awesome. It definitely isn't easy but oh so worth it. I am so grateful for the ward here. They are so great to us. I am grateful for the time that I have had and for the many things that I learned from Elder Huntsman, Elder Figallo and Elder Naylor. Elder Naylor truly is a blessing in my life and I know he is going to be a great missionary. I can see that he has the desire to do the will of the Lord and I know that it will help him tons! I am sad to leave him but so excited for all that lies ahead of us in our missions. I am also sad to leave all my friends here but with me going back up to Salto, I am guessing that we will be able to hit all my areas when the parents come so it is more of just a "see you later" which gives me comfort.
Come what may and love it! Onto the next adventure.. let´s go!
I love you all and I am so grateful for your love and support, for the emails and letters that you send me. I am truly a blessed elder and I feel lots of gratitude in my heart for all of you. May you all have a wonderful week! I love you! Until next Monday!
Elder Taylor Abel.. a ready to work harder missionary!
Gonna miss this guy
Sleeping out under the stars