This week was fantastic. The trips to Cordoba have been fun. I am literally writing this email from about 100 feet from the temple here in Cordoba. I have spent 4 of the past 5 nights traveling in bus to and from Aimogasta to Cordoba, which would be about the equivalent of driving from Houston to Albuquerque. Not exactly a short trip, and even worse on bus. No chickens on these busses, but there were dogs. Visiting the temple on Friday for the open house was really amazing, a once in a lifetime opportunity in my eyes. It almost didn't happen though, the people organizing the trip called us 4 hours before we were supposed to leave and told us it was cancelled because a family of 6 had cancelled because they did not have enough money to go on the trip. When I heard that, me and 2 other missionaries thought, if it is an issue of money, we can take care of that so that everybody would be able to go. And we all payed double so that the family could go, we filled the bus up, and got to go to the temple.
The temple was awesome, I saw what felt like half of my first area. It felt more like a homecoming than anything. I talked with the bishop, his counselors, my old mission leader, just about everybody! They told me that my converts were still active, that Hector is about to get the Melchezidek Priesthood, and that life is good in Rio Ceballos. The highlight of the trip was seeing Catalina, my first baptism, helping and working in the temple as one of the tour guides. There was a spirit in that temple, and even though it has not yet been dedicated, there is no doubt that it is a special place.
Sunday was fast and testimony meeting, we had 20 people show up! 2 weeks in a row with 20 or more people, that is a record for Aimogasta. We are definitely doing some good work there. Emilia is going to have her baptismal interview this week, and should be baptized this Saturday. We caught a combi (a rented van) to the capital after church to be able to participate in branch council, and I taught the branch council how to do a visit, and how to fellowship nonmembers and less actives who come to church. All in all, a really good Sunday, capped off with another bus ride to Cordoba.
Today all day we had a special training on how to be a district leader. It was really cool to be here in the mission home again, which literally on the temple grounds. They talked a lot about showing love for members of our district and how to do effective interviews and exchanges.
Tonight I head back out to La Rioja at midnight. We have a zone meeting tomorrow in the morning, followed by an exchange with the zone leaders, followed by a zone conference with the mission president on Friday, followed by exchanges with the assistants to the president, then a baptism, then stake conference, then the skype call home! It will be a very fun and jam packed week, I am looking forward to it.
Sounds like y’all had a busy week! Congrats mom on the new calling. Tell Jake and Luke that they need to stop skipping school like their older brother used to do!
Love you all, looking forward to Sunday!