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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Returning to Penasco a Year Later...

Hello Everyone...
I hope your week was wonderful...We had an amazing week this week running around doing companion exchanges with all of the missionaries...
Sunday I also had a chance to Skype the Fam...Everyone looks so great and sound so good even though my little brothers voices are a little deeper haha..On Sunday night we were invited to the Presidents house for a Special Mothers Day Dinner...just the 4 assistants the President and the Wife of the President...It was a very nice casual dinner where we ate Sister Robinsons favorite dinner (Fried Tacos).haha and President had cooked it all...we walked into the house and President had his apron on working quickly in the kitchen and the Sister was relaxing...Brought back so many memories of when we cooked the dinner for our Mom on Mothers Day haha...We had our normal meetings Monday morning and our companions left to Nogales that day to start exchanges there and one of my Companions and I stayed back to teach some really important lessons Monday night...then we left Tuesday afternoon to arrive in Penasco to start more exchanges haha...We arrived late Tuesday night and then I left alone to go to a town north of Penasco that is called Sonoyta (border with Lukeville Arizona)...We had the best exchanges out of the whole transfer...The missionaries are really progressing personally and progressing in the branch there...

I then headed back to Penasco on Thursday to have some exchanges with the Zone Leaders...I got off the bus and I was walking with the Zone Leaders heading to the church to grab another bike for me and we got stopped 2 by members and investigators that recognized me it was wonderful to just run into the wonderful members...But as I explained to my family on Mothers Day that these exchanges are not just to visit old friends from old areas...So we spent the whole day teaching new investigators and new converts that I hadnt even known...It was so great to see that area still growing and progressing, while there we went to the First Branchs Branch Counsel...where I saw pretty much the same leaders as I did about a year ago...haha But I felt like they looked at me differently...Every decision that was made in the Counsel..they always gave me time to comment saying Elder Child how can we do this better...or what could we do in this situation...I always gave them my 2 cents (weird how I always had something to say haha I am turning into my Mother) and the Counsel always took the comments well...It was a great experience to be able to see the growth of the branch...exactly 1 year ago we were in a Branch Counsel and we put the goal to have an average attendance of 200 people in Sacrament Meeting...(We were at 130 people) They gave an update that for these last 2 trimesters they have had an average of 240 people attending Church) They now have the goal of getting to the 300 mark...haha As I have said..this Branch is progressing fast...We might split the branch but that is a work in progress haha...

While in Penasco on Thursday at about 7 o clock at night we got a phone call from some Elders here in Hermosillo that were having some difficulties..They, not knowing that we were 7 hours away, asked if we could help them in their Studies the next day to give them some help...we told them that we would be there...so we finished up with our Exchanges for the day (luckily we had gotten to all of the Elders in the Zone) headed to the Zone leaders house packed our stuff, while one Zone Leader made us a dinner of beans and tortillas....ate some dinner then headed out to the bus station at 12:30 A.M. Friday or half hour after midnight and then Headed back to Hermosillo...It was quite the experience traveling at night...It was very interesting why God puts us where and when...I found myself sitting next to a young man that I recognized as a member from the other Branch in Penasco...and we started talking...about his life and future plans..I remember very clearly that a year ago when I met him for the first time he was super excited to go on a Mission...now he was not very excited to serve...So I spent a good hour and a half talking to him and reading scriptures with him. He was reexcited to serve...and he told me that we would start filling out his papers in this week...after that conversation I slept like a baby..only being interupted by other Babies that would start crying on the way...We got to the bus station in Hermosillo at 7 in the morning, I quickly brushed my teeth, washed my face, and fixed my hair in the bathroom, took a taxi over to the Elders house and we started studying at 8...It was pretty hectic but we could really help those Elders out...we hope they will keep being happy and excited to be a part of this great work...

Here is my week in 3 paragraphs haha...I did a lot of traveling and running around but I throughout this week I felt that God was putting me in every situation for a specific reason...So it was a great tiring week...but thanks to the Temple Session at 7 o clock this morning we are pumped and ready to go this next week....

Love you All 
Elder Child
 
                                     The long road to Sonoyta..(kind of weird traveling alone)
 
 
                                                              Exchanges in Sonoyta
 
 
                                   My Comp and I on the 12:30 AM Bus Ride To Hermosillo
 
 
                                             Mothers Day...A little Blurry but all smiles...
 
 

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