¿Última vez en mi tierra, Puno?
We went down to my land of Puno this week. It may have been my last multi-zone conference where I am directing, teaching, and inviting the missionaries. I may or may not (totally do) know my transfer already. Either way I am going to save that for when transfers arrive in two weeks!
Anyways, we had to fly because President was in a rush to get back. We had a layover in Lima and I saw the ocean for the first time in a while… My sweet pacific ocean! The conference was super spiritual. This transfer has been really focused on our 1. Who are we? 2. For what have we been called? During all the splits last change, my companion and I have felt that we need to focus on helping the missionaries remember our purpose. As I was reading a “Missionary Commission” given by Elder Mckonkie, I even got choked up! In front of 60+ missionaries I almost cried, but the infamous “Grampa Daybell cough” saved me from the tears. It hit me in that moment the privilege that I have to be able to say that I represent Jesus Christ in all His perfection, even in all my shortcoming and error. What a humbling and sacred calling!
What also impacted me in that moment was this: That was my last conference in this assignment. After about a year of getting to know the missionaries, serving them, and teaching them, I will soon leave to another sector and another assignment. I cannot explain adequately how precious this time has been to me. These missionaries are so impressive. I have grown to love each one like family through this service. I may not see some of them for a long while! Honestly, that thought saddens me. I am going to strive to “not cry because it’s over, but smile because it happened.” You know I am quoting Dr. Suess. Somebody get on his temple work if it’s not done yet, that man was a genius.
I say it every week but… I love the mission! I continue to change for the better.
Sigue sonriendo! –Elder Daybell
Elder Carlson, Elder Jensen, your truly, and Elder Clancy.The sons of the Cusco Moms Club.
Rugby for the first time in the mission! ft. Elder Clancy
Papachos restuarant with the zone leaders
President trolling me becuase of my panay (traditional Quechua lady) bag.