I also got to spend some time with Elder De La Cruz. He is a brand new missionary from Ecuador and I was super impressed at how humble he is and how much he knows for being out such a short amount of time. The Lord is truly hastening his work in these latter days and confides so much in us to do it.
Even though my week did go by so fast I learned an amazing lesson this week while reading a talk given by Neal A Maxwell titled "Meekly Drenched in Destiny". It was an incredible talk that talked about humbleness, patience, and being meek. I was able to learn a ton more about controlling thoughts, actions, or words for when they are really important or necessary. I think more than anything the mission has given me the opportunity to practice these things.
God has blessed us with so many talents, abilities, and habits that we first have to find out what they are. Many of our qualities (even when considered strong or maybe not so good) come from God and as it says in Alma 34:32 "we are to prepare to meet God". The talk gave me an opportunity to think about what qualities I have and see in what ways I have to refine myself so as to do the will of the Father. I am grateful for the time I have to be a missionary and realize that I am a child of God and that he has given me time here on Earth to refine myself. "In a comfort zone we rarely grow. In a growth zone we are rarely comforted". THAT IS WHY GOD SENT US HERE TO EARTH!! We never could have progressed like we can on Earth! I guess I would like to challenge each and every one of you to find in what ways you can "refine" yourself! I love you all and hope you the best week with the best blessings!
Love, Elder Slack