Thursday, February 4, 2016

2/1 Traveling & Interviews & Stuff

So this week was a pretty busy one.. we did a lot of traveling. Tuesday we had to head off to Ilo to visit the District Meeting of one of our district leaders there, which takes a good chunk of the day out. It really is exhausting to travel and get back and then just go start working immediately, but that is what has to be done. Thursday we had to go back to Ilo as well, President Zobrist was in Ilo so we took advantage of that to go and visit with the stake president there with President there. The meeting went well. I dont know if I have commented it yet, but Ilo as a stake is really struggling. Almost none of the wards are having ward council, and when they do, it is super inefficient. But, we have been working with the missionaries a lot so that they visit their ward leaders and get them activated in their callings. We have seen such an improvement in the stake over the last month or so, it really is incredible. Miracles are happening in Ilo right now. We ended up not getting back to our room until like 11:30 that night (President knew, dont worry) and then the next morning we woke up early to go down to the stake center in Moquegua to get things ready for the interviews with President here. They went well, and President said he really enjoyed being in Moquegua. This week is also transfers week, and President told Elder Evans and I that we are going to have a transfer. We have both been here for the same amount of time, so we dont know who is going or who is staying. One thing that President did say is that 15 of the 18 zone leaders in the mission are from consecutive MTC groups, and we all go home about the same time that President goes home, and that it would be very irresponsible to leave the mission without leadership. So, long story short, a lot of zone leaders are going to be either training new zone leaders, or are going to be junior companions to district leaders to help train the next generation of leaders in the mission. I have no idea what is going to happen with us this change. I guess we´ll know on Saturday :)

Eduardo and Joanna came to church again this week. They are super cool. The ward council is really getting involved with them, and hopefully we can get them excited to get married as well. they have a hard time coming to church on time (as does everyone in this country). We start with priesthood meeting and end with sacrament meeting but that will change next week stake-wide. It could be an interesting sacrament meeting, considering that at 9:00 when church started yesterday, there were a total of 7 people in the chapel (the bishop was not one of those 7 haha). I kind of lovingly burned the whole ward council and basically told them that nobody would have a spiritual experience at church if it didnt even start on time. We all made plans to be at church 30 minutes early, and hopefully they all follow through with that. 

Thank you all for your love and support, have a great week!

Elder Matheson
Zone P-day trip to waterfalls

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