Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lots and Lots of Work

Well Mom's been giving me updates on Grant's spelling bee thing and i'm impressed! I was watching the clips and realized I didn't even know how to spell the words he was spelling! haha, but that last word he got out on i'm pretty sure they just made up. Definitely not a real word. So way to go Grant! Haha, and i'm also jealous of all the snow you guys are getting. I have been wanting to see snow the whole winter but i knew it was never going to happen. But it HAS been very cold this week. But today it's hot again, so i'm guessing the cold times are basically over now. Back to the heat again. And that's awesome Kendall will get to perform at the Mavericks game!! That'll be super cool! I knew i should have joined Golden Girls back in high school to get to do cool stuff like that. Haha:)

Well this first week as Secretary has been CRAZYYYYYY. Until last night i hadn't gotten more than 4 or 5 hours of sleep any day of the week. So some of the things i have to do apart from the obvious things like make sure all the missionaries have all the pamphlets and books of mormons they need, is deal with all the phone problems that missionaries have, which involves talking to the phone company here on a regular basis. And also ordering all of the office supplies and mission supplies online through the church store, also i'm in chare of all of the referrals in the mission, for example passing them from one area to another. And then lots of other stuff! So it's a lot of work!! But to start off Saturday was really really cool. Remember the Gonzalez family that Elder Peralta and I baptized in my first area? Well if you don't we baptized 4 of the 6 members of the family because at the time the 2 oldest daughters didn't weren't ready still. Well this Saturday night they got baptized here in the church by the Mission offices. So i was able to go see the baptism and see the family again! And it was SOOO cool! I had missed them so much! And the other family we baptized in that area with Elder Peralta also went to the baptism so I got to see like 10 of my converts at one time! And it was AWESOME!! The best part was seeing their reactions when they saw me, the hermano was freaking out and the daughter started to cry she was so excited. Haha, ahh it was just really really cool. The hermano Jose baptized his 2 daughters and it was soooo cool to see how much they've progressed since i left and how strong they are in the church. It was honestly one of the coolest experiences in my mission. Then Sunday almost all day we were in the offices preparing things for the new missionaries who were going to get here Monday. ! And then Monday and Tuesday, oh man... it was chaos. So Monday morning the Latinos got here and we took them to eat and had to do a bunch of paperwork (which is my job) and do a bunch of other things to get them ready. And then when the Americans got here in the night me and Elder Barrera were in charge of the dinner and setting everything up and coordinating everything because the President and the assistents went to the airport to pick them up. So we had a big dinner with the new missionaries, some of the trainers who traveled from out of town to stay the night and then the missionaries who were finishing the mission. So in total it was about 25 missionaries. But then Tuesday was even crazier! Because that morning Elder McCoy left for Monclova for his new area and so he wasn't there to help me out anymore, which was kinda tough at first because he really didn't have much time to train me on all the things i have to do. But so the morning was full of trainings and classes for the new guys and trainers, and i had to give a 20-25 minute training too to them on all the things i do and what they have to do as far as materials and letters and packages and all that fun stuff. But Elder McCoy didn't really explain all that much about what i had to do so i just kinda winged it.. haha but it turned out well. And then i had to make sure all of the areas that are opening had their materials and celulares and all of the things that they needed before they left to the bus station to go to the new area. And everyone and their dog was calling me to try to get me to send materials or other things with the missionaries who were coming from here in the offices back to the other zones. So i was running all over the place basically the whole entire day. I was seriously EXHAUSTED by the time everyone had already left. And next change will be even crazier because we are going to be opening 7 areas and 15 missionaries get to the mission. So i'll be very busy in the next few weeks trying to get everything ready. But i like it, it's A LOT of work and everyone is always calling me asking for stuff but it's cool. I like being around President all the time because i get to learn a lot from him. So yeah it's been good! 

Well that's the exciting stuff i can think of right now, haha. But i hope you guys have a GREAT week! Cover up, take pictures of the snow for me! Love you guys!!!:)

con mucho amor,
Elder Bird

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