Great letter. Thanks for that. Just seeing the mountains cooled me off.. Heat is all in the mind as they say here in this country...
This week has been
great actually. Monday we had the interview with the new president. It was
really cool what he was saying, his willingness to help and the appreciation he
has for his missionaries. He already carries himself like an old mission
president. He is very caring and has a super strong desire to get to know his
missionaries and know exactly how he can serve us. He is willing to leave with
us and eager to do so, and has openly expressed his disgust for doing just
administrative and paper work. He wants to work, go out and wear out his shoes.
Also Hermana Douglas has been really great. She is super social and so
determined to learn Spanish is unbelievable. In the interview with her she
really lit a fire in me. She asked me exactly what I wanted to accomplish for
the next 3 months of my mission, what she calls the ¨prime¨ of the mission. She
told me to consult the Lord and write down whatever He impressed me to do. That
was truly what I needed. I´ve got a specific vision of what I want to do. Both
hermana Douglas and President Douglas are inspired leaders.
Today my comp
and I woke up, headed outside to find a few ripe mango, with which we made an
great mango smoothie. I love this country. Literally the trees are FULL right
now with mangos an avacados. They are both so good here. Anyway, I took pictures
of the whole spectacle, from start to finish, and I´ll be sending you pics of
that.. maybe not this week but for sure the next.
After this we´ll be
headed to Hato Mayor, an area in my zone, to make burritos. A mexican missionary
knows how to make them really well, so a group of like 10 missionaries are going
over there, Elder Pinkston is coming up from Bonao, and I think Elder Wilkinson
may be able to as well, but that´s a little less sure. It should be awesome.
Then at 3:30 we´re going over the a bowling alley for a zone activity. I
told President Douglas about it yesterday and he approved, in fact he said he
may just pass by and join us. He is so very different than President Lee.
As for this week, transfers are coming up next Wednesday. I honestly am
not expecting a change as far as our companionship goes, but that´s fine with
me. Elder Castro and I have actually become pretty good friends. I´d be ok with
one more with him.
Let´s see.. I think that´s it as far as the mission
goes. A lot of changes and exciting things happening here. The seasons are
changing, and I´m about finished. Just 2 more transfers. One time training. End.
That gives me so much motivation. I will not coast, this is the prime of my
mission. I can´t coast, the Lord expects so much more than that.
all I have for this week. I love you two. I can´t wait to see you. 3
Till next week, not a second wasted,
Elder C. Rufus