I was ponderizing (just love the new word I learned during conference hahaha) the question and I think Sister Stephens (and many others) really reinforced the importance of keeping the commandments (and mission rules). What a waste it would be of two years to not apply mission rules after the mission. Haha obviously I answered yes to the question President Searle asked me (right now thinking nuts this is going to be difficult) but my mother always said I could do difficult things. What an awesome little personal experience/revelation I had this weekend among many others!
This week I also got to work with Elder Black and Elder Selman in some companion exchanges! Elder Black is probably one of the most humble and righteous kids I have been able to become acquainted with here in the mission and Elder Selman is a farming kid from Utah. Very hard working and super loving. I learned lots of great things from them and I hope that I can continue to develop attributes so that others might learn something from me. We just got transfer calls and I will be staying here with Elder Puchoc for another 6 weeks (unless we have emergency transfers, I have learned to expect the unexpected). I am actually really excited to be able to work with him again and be able to learn lots more from him! Earlier today I was able to go back to Lucero and visit with the Vargas family (my adopted Colombian family) and eat an amazing lunch with them! I really do have to say that it will be a wonderful experience to be one huge eternal family after this life with so many people I have met and come in contact with!!
Love, Elder Slack