Montage (2/22/16)

It´s been a great second week out in the field! It sometimes feels like I´ve been here forever. All of the different Colombian things in my life have become normal, habitual, and I´m loving it.

Sometimes it´s hard to get going in the mornings. To want to go out and preach religion in the heat all day. But, as soon as I get going, man it is fun! When I realize that I am a missionary of Jesus Christ, in Colombia, I can´t help but smile from ear to ear. It doesn´t make a lot of sense that I love it so much, but I guess that´s partly why it´s so amazing.
Earlier on this week, I found myself musing on the “montage” effect. You know, when you are watching a movie, and the main character is in a new situation, and then it shows a few difficult “learning experiences,” but with a little time and practice, the motivational music starts playing, and then it transfers into a montage of only really awesome times, and then the hero is super well-built and handsome and wise.
well.
Things aren´t quite like that on the mission. And thank goodness. I want to savor every last second. I love the people, I love the food mostly, and I love the work of the Lord.
con amor,
-Élder Mortenson
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The Heat Never Bothered Me Anyway (2/15/16)

Hola mundo! Estoy en Barranquilla!

My first week has been almost all really good! My trainer is Elder Hernandez from Peru! He’s really awesome. I´ll send pictures next week, right now my card isn´t working on this computer.

Colombia is awesome! All the people here are super kind! We teach about 8 lessons a day, which is so awesome! We have a branch of 90 active members, and some 600 inactives, so most of our work is with them.

This week, I very much have loved reading 2 Nephi 4 in the Book of Mormon. As misioneros, often it is difficult to feel like we are being diligent enough, fluent enough, worthy enough, smart enough, spiritual enough, or just enough in general. But, in the end, this is not our work. This is the work of the Lord. He is the one that will convert the hearts of those we teach. All we can do is try to teach powerfully and pray that the Holy Spirit will be with us. At the end of the day, and at the end of 2 years, we will never be able to teach a perfect lesson.

But, like Nephi, at that time I hope I can say that “I know in whom I have trusted”. And therein lies our joy.

Con amor,

-Élder Mortenson

Agallas (2/4/16)

 

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a “baptism by immersion” of the Spanish language. I now know that that was only the beginning. This last week, I’ve been with Élder Felix, from Chile. He speaks no English. And no one in my district, and none of my teachers speak English either. It is hard, but it has helped so much to speak Spanish almost all of the time. If week 1 was like baptism, weeks 5-6 have been diving in, head first.

 

Over the course of my stay here at the CCM, I’ve learned a lot about the work of the Lord in the Mission field. On Tuesday, I’m flying north to my Mission Field ¨El Campo¨ where I’ll begin in earnest to live the work of the Lord. Living, eating, breathing, sleeping, missionary work. I’m learning to need the Holy Ghost with me like I need to breathe, because without the Spirit, my breathing doesn’t do anything to progress the work.

 

I love the words in Doctrine and Covenants 31:3

 

“Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall bring glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.”

 

Translation: It’s time to dive in. To Spanish, to the culture, to the work of God.

 

Yo necesito a crecer agallas.

 

Because I´m not coming up for air anytime soon.

 

And I can´t wait.

 

A Dios,

-Élder Mortenson