Thursday, April 7, 2016

Slang in the motocarro...November 16, 2015

So this week was kind of crazy with errands for the zone, anxiety with transfers, and just some good ole teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We did some house checks with the house secretary and then had to re-run the zone later in the week to change water filters with some guy that helps the mission out (he had zero plans and we spent about 8 hours doing 3 hours worth of work... explains a lot about where I am at) then we did a stellar house revision looking for some answers!  I definitely felt like Sherlock Homes and wouldn't be a bad career just didn't quite call my attention like I had planned! Maybe military would do (just kidding mother).
I kind of got a kick in the face this week re-learning lessons I thought I had learned a while ago.  Long story short, while kicking and playing goalie I always learned that while taking care of the little things, the big things would all fall into place!  I guess it is safe to say that I just didn't take care of some of the little things this past week and it ended up taking time away from things more important. It caused lots of stress for me this week and I learned plenty of lessons... 
I will give one example...
We had our meeting this week with President Searle and our stake president and we rode home in a "motocarro".  The people here speak terrible Spanish and they use so much slang I learn a new word every week.  The thing is,  I have picked up Spanish quite a bit and people are surprised to hear me speaking like I do (some say that I am from one part of Colombia where the people are lighter and have different hair colors because of my ability to speak) but we got in the motocarro and I started speaking to this man with lots of the words they use here (don't worry they aren't bad just lots of slang) and he was laughing up a storm.  He then proceeded to ask who we were and from what church.  I quite laughing and realized I had no right to respond.  I felt like quite the loser telling him we were representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 
What an excellent opportunity I have to learn so many wonderful lessons and be able to change so many of the things I do in my life to become more like the person God knows I can become.  I have all the authority to preach the gospel but I have a constant battle to have the power part of my calling. It has been a blessing to see the hand of God in my mission and feel the spirit testify through me!  I hope all of you are doing awesome and that you have a super week!!
Love, Elder Slack

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