Our mission has a lot of different facets but the real neat part of our mission is that we are called to serve. We do a lot of different things but the thing we like the most is when we are with the missionaries. This was one of those weeks. On Monday, we needed to deliver a mattress and other stuff to Durazno so we took advantage of this and inspected all of the houses. We were impressed with the cleanliness of the houses. They have really been working.
|Taking Elders Guerra and Holland to Oro Conference|
|Nothing like ice cream on a cold, rainy day|
|Visiting the Zone Leaders in Melo. Elder Padilla goes home this week and Elder Montiel is coming to work in the office|
Friday we did a lot of office work and got ready for Saturday. Saturday was a big day. First, we had to do our weekly cleaning of the apartment. This doesn’t take too long but when you add my haircut and a few shirts to iron in the mix it is a busy morning. Renee spent the morning getting ready to feed Elder Rodriguez and Caudle as Elder Rodriguez leaves the office this change. I hope you can see just how much fun the missionaries are. They make us feel young and part of the group. Elder Rodriguez came into the office a little apprehensive about his assignment. He soon settled in and made his mark in the office, just like the others. We are going to miss him.
Today we went to Toledo to do the presentation for the Capilla Abierta for them in two weeks. What a warm and friendly branch. They have a beautiful chapel and the members are exceptionally warm and friendly. We had a good time and can’t wait for the open house. We finished off the day with lunch with the sisters. Sister Gambarte goes home this week. She is from the Guaymallen ward in Mendoza, Argentina. I served in this ward for five months on my mission 42years ago. She is a special sister and has served well.
One of the things we have learned while we have been in Uruguay is just how difficult it is to serve. Too often there are missionaries with health problems that are unable to stay even though they really want to. The physical challenges of a mission are great and too often the missionaries are not able to keep up with the strain. One of our favorite missionaries had to go home last week as the challenges to their health were too great. They left with a resolve to get well and return. We have had some that are able to come back and that makes us really happy. One of the things I have learned is how hard it is to go on a mission. But, it is many times more difficult to come back after going home for health reasons. Those that are able to return seem to be some of the very best. Passing the test twice makes them much stronger and able to serve. Of course any time we are able to see the missionaries succeed it makes us real happy.
Another week has gone by with the opportunity to grow and learn. We are learning so much. Just like the young missionaries the work does take its toll. So far we are holding up pretty well and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. We love you all and look forward to hearing from you.
Gordon and Renee