Well it sounds like everyone has been staying pretty busy, but still enjoying themselves, so I hope everything is still going great over there.
This past week has been a pretty interesting week. Last Sunday was the Novaliches Stake Conference, and after the meeting we met with President Bertin and members of the bishopric in our ward as well as the sister missionaries in our ward to discuss area borders. So before the transfer started that area that had normally been the sisters area was given to the elders, and vise-versa, and that had been the pattern for quite some time. So the first few weeks of this transfer everyone we visited were a little confused as they were used to having sister missionaries. Well within the past few weeks we've been discovering more and more why it had been like that, although we also understood more of why the switch was made. Our area (previous sisters area) was a little more middle class and a bit more civilized meaning safer. The problem with that is previously the sisters had been struggling with finding people to teach in that area because they were middle class and tend to be a little harder to talk to. The Sisters area (Previous elders area) is a good half and half mix of middle and lower class, but maybe a little more of the lower class meaning easier finding, but not as safe. So there were some concerns that started surfacing about the sisters area, and so in our meeting we made adjustments to the area borders so that we could take the unsafe areas from the sisters and they could have some of their old area. So this cycle has been quite the change up as far as areas with being open area in the first place, and now having some more shuffling going on, so it has been kind of a fun adventure, and I keep joking that we should just have this much shuffling all the time, as it seems to help a lot with finding people to teach.
It is pretty crazy to think that this cycle is already coming to a close and that the sisters in my mtc batch will be going home next week. It only seems like I've been in the area for a week. Although it only seems like a short time, there is definitely a lot I have learned these past 5 weeks and I'm hoping I can take those things and apply them. During church yesterday one of the area 70's Elder Augustin attended our ward because his flight to Legaspi was canceled. He shared an interesting insight on conversion. He stated there were 3 steps to conversion.
1. What you know
2. What you do
3. What you become
So yesterday and today I have been pondering on those 3 steps and realized a lot about myself and about those that we teach. Sure we may come to know that we have a Father in Heaven and a Savior Jesus Christ, we may come to know that the Book of Mormon is true and the Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. We may know all the ins and out of faith and repentance and what they mean, but unless we act upon those things, or unless we are doing something about it then it is useless. Because the end goal is what we are becoming, how we are becoming more like Christ, how we are becoming His disciples, how we are changing for the better. Unless we are doing something based on that knowledge that we have, then we will never become what we want to be. As I was thinking on this I remember a less active member who we are teaching who has been somewhat offended because he has been told off by church leaders on a couple different occasions that he needs to control his temper at church activities. The phrase he kept saying over and over again was "That's just who I am, and If you can't accept who I am then that's your problem." While he was speaking the little voice inside my head kept screaming "YOU'RE MISSING THE WHOLE POINT!" That's why we have the gospel, that's why the atonement was made, that's the good news is that we all have the chance to change. We all have the chance to learn and grow and become like our Heavenly Father. Yes it's going to take some humility, yes it's going to take some patience, yes change isn't always going to happen in an instant, but it there and it's possible. It may take some prayer and fasting, but it's possible and it's worth it! In Christ's own words, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weaknesses, I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." (Ether 12:27). Even Moroni, "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness..." Change is awesome and it's possible, we just have to be converted.
Well that is about all I have time for now. Things are still going great here, and I hope things are just as great or better over there.
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell