The name says it all! After 6 month, I’m finally getting moved out of Tierra Nueva. I’m actually sad I’m leaving but excited for the change! I will be transferring to Parajes 2 which is in the Las Torres Stake! So I’ll be heading back super close to the Aeropuerto area.
My new companion will be Elder Mendoza, from Peru, (just to add to my long list of companions from other countries). Anyway another cool fact about my next area, my district consists of the two zone leaders with the assistants. That’s a good thing I will not be the district leader here jaja.
On to the news of Tierra Nueva 2.
Okay so I haven’t really explained much but these past few weeks have been super hard. We have been struggling with finding those who are prepared and ready to progress. This week well we had our prayers answered. We found two families that are just amazing.
First familia Ariola, but in particular Daniel Ariola the father. We were waiting for the bus one day when someone passes us on the street and says 'hey how you doing elders?" and just walks off. Of course we jumped on it. It turns out he was receiving lessons from, guess who, Elder Cristalinas! (Elder Reynolds’s Trainer) about two years ago but he moved away and couldn't find any other elders so he kind of forgot about it. He asked us if we could visit him with his family and we put a date for Friday.
The lesson went great but the part that, for me, made it, was when I had an impression to bare my testimony of the Book of Mormon and share with him my reasons for being on a mission. I hadn't noticed but he had started to cry a little. Then he told me that he knew everything was true because for years and even during the last discussions with the other elders he always wanted to know what compelled an 18 year old kid to teach people in another place. He said he was thinking the same thing when I started to share my experience. He knew and I knew that it was Gods way of answering a prayer.
Second family. Familia Herrera. This story goes back a few weeks. Elder Martinez and I were on divisions when we got stopped by a drunk. It happens, so we listened and told him we'd come back another time. Fast forward, we are walking down the same street and we find the same drunk, but not drunk. He walked over to us apologized and asked "how can you guys help me?" We explained about God's plan and made an appointment.
We thought if he's serious he won’t drink when we come. We came and taught him and his family! We could feel he was ready to make a change in his life. We were able to see him in the church yesterday and I hope to hear about the progress he will make!