Well, yet again i'm gettin' changed after a short time in this area. On Wednesday i'll be leaving Arraijan for my new and possibly last area. I'm not sure why they are changing me so fast because my comp has 3 going on 4 changes here and i have 1 but oh well, i hope they send me far away to Bocas del Toro or David, somewhere far away where I've never been. I can't believe i only have one area and two comps left. Elder Brown already went home last week, and i remember being with him when i had 3 months and he had 7 months and we talked about how the mission was never going to end and that was kinda our joke sometimes, and then talking about what the first thing we'll do when we got home and wow now he's there already and soon it'll be my turn. And instead of you guys picking me up, i've decided that i want to go home first and enjoy the USA some and then come back to Panama with you guys. I don't want to be a missionary when i visit Panama so that i can swim and other things. As to whether we go back in dicember or march... undecided still haha. But i'm totally pumped for the Hawaiian family vacation that you have planned.
So on Sunday afternoon we had a world wide conference with the apostoles and they announced how they are going to make big changes in the missionary work integrating technology into it. They said how in the future missionaries are going to be using Facebook and social sites to find and teach people and how they are really stressing working with members together. It was cool and i think the whole thing about working with members will work but here in less developed missions, changes like that are long ways away, especially the whole Facebook thing.
As for investigators, we have this way positive guy named Jose O____, not sure if i have told you about him or not but here's the story. This member gave us a reference for her friend that she works with and that has been looking for a church, she said that she had gone to lots of different churches but hasn't liked a single one yet because she wants a calm family oriented church and not a dancing falling to the floor church... sounds like a golden investigator right? I thought so too. So we went to her house and she wasn't there but her husband was, so we gave him a pamphlet to read and put another appointment for the both of them. We passed by during the week just to check on them and found the wife and she said how she was ready for the appointment the next day but only for her because she said that her husband doesn't want anything to do with religion - and we said, well he asked us if he could come too and we said yes, that's ok with you right? And she was way surprised but ok with it. When we show up for the cita, the wife wasn't there but he was and we decided just to do it and it was a way good cita. The next cita, the same thing, the wife didn't want to come out because she was tired but he listened to us again. And apparently he went to church but got lost on the way and never arrived. And this last Sunday we went and picked him up so he didn' t get lost and he loved church and said immediately how he's coming next week alone and that he now knows how to get there and wants us to come over again to teach him. Anyway the point is that our leaders teach us to talk to everyone because maybe the person that we contact isn't the prepared person but someone in the house is... this is the perfect evidence of that, the Lord sent us to him through his wife and now he's progressing beautifully. When i asked him how he felt reading the Book of Mormon he said that he feels a change, everything is better like leaving the world. i think he'll get baptized and he's already married so we don't have to worry about that. Too bad i won't be here to see it all happen!!
M____ sadly is not progressing, he still likes the church but his work has him tied down and he can't come to church plus it's slow going getting him married. Also he lives in a ghetto area far away from most of our area and so we don't visit him as much.
I'm way interested to see what's gonna happen in the coming weeks with the change of mission presidents. This change meeting President Ward is having everyone come in to Panama City to have a giant meeting. I love President Ward and Hermana Ward, it'll be sad to see him go but I'm getting to the end of my time too, so i won't get to really know the new mission president nearly as well as President Ward.
Elder Christenson is in the same ward as Ryan? That's super weird, the world is way too small. I know him, not way good but he's cool. It's weird to think that someone i know from here will be in my house on Sunday.
To answer your questions, i'm here in Arraijan but here we have two zones here, one is Arraijan and mine is Alegre, so that's why you saw me in the Alegre blog photo.
Well my time here in Arraijan has been short but i liked it here. The changes are all related to getting things in order for the new President, especially us older missionaries, so that's OK. I'm happy and sad to leave because i like changes but i wanted to stay here more time, i really like the ward but oh well, my theme is I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord. Take care and i love you guys!