¡Buenos cambios, familia mía!
The time of cambios has come once again!
Más, ¡nos tocaron!
Elder Holt and I were surprised in the call of cambios this morning to find that after only a cambio together Elder Holt will be leaving! Elder Holt will be heading tomorrow morning for Chiguayante, leaving his first sector just three months, or two cambios, into the mission. I am sad to see my great companion and friend leave after such short time together. Elder Holt and I have become life-long friends, and it is only after many laughs, learning experiences, and hard work that my Nebraskan brother and I will be parting. It is a tender cambio and, although I will miss my son (he has surpassed step-son), there is something else in the oven. I'm going to be a DAD! And, of course, it's a BOY! Tomorrow, I will be going to the office for the assigning of new missionaries and, after a training and lunch with the other missionaries, find out who is to be the new-born!
I am super excited and, above all, very grateful for the trust that Presidente Arrington and the Lord have in me. This cambio is going to see many changes, and yet other opportunities that I have yet to have in the mission! Apart from having a missionary new to the mission field in the sector, the other two elders in our ward are leaving! Elder Mariano, my compañero brasileño querido, is heading home to Brasil, and Elder Jensen is being transferred to Chillan. I will be the only missionary to stay in Bío-Bío, having only one cambio in the sector itself! Elder Troncoso, Chileno, and Elder Robertson will be coming to Bío-Bío A, and I will be helping them two as much as I can to continue the work of the other elders. Elder Mariano is, of course, going to be incredibly missed!
I am so grateful for the friendships that I have been able to make in the mission. It seems the past number of cambios and this one have seen so many incredible friends finish their missions. I thank Heavenly Father for the time to serve, and the great love that I have come to have for others here in the mission.
The work is true, and there is no other place that I would want to be rather than here at this time in my life.
I love you, my family. Have a most fantastic week, and travel safely, my parents!
Mucho amor a cada uno de ustedes,