July 28, 2015 (Week 60)

Us four outside of the pension: me, Elder Burnham, Elder Torpoco and Elder Granda.

Us four outside of the pension: me, Elder Burnham, Elder Torpoco and Elder Granda.

Hno Araya

Hno Araya

With Brian, an amazing convert that is currently preparing to go on a mission

Fam Briso Perez, who has caused me no end of headache, but I’m still a little sad to leave them

With Brian, an amazing convert that is currently preparing to go on a mission

With Brian, an amazing convert that is currently preparing to go on a mission

I forgot to mention it, but Javier and Ignacio went to the temple last Saturday.  That was a miracle.  The last possible day for Elder Granda and I to go to the temple with them.

I forgot to mention it, but Javier and Ignacio went to the temple last Saturday. That was a miracle. The last possible day for Elder Granda and I to go to the temple with them.

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Last Photo with the District of Elder Granda

Last Photo with the District of Elder Granda

I have a lot to write and not much time.  Tobalaba 1 will be completely cleaned out of missionaries tomorrow, leaving them with a new 4 to run the sector.  We are getting “white-washed”.  I was a little stunned when I heard it.  I think President is changing everyone who has more than 6 months in their sector, because almost all of the Zone will be changed on Wednesday as well.

Other than that, I have no idea what will happen to me.  Presidente has a new way of doing changes.  On Monday, the missionaries that are leaving, left.  That left me with Elder Torpoco all day yesterday and today.  Today is p-day, but we are writing early because we have to go to the offices of the mission to take a new missionary on divisions with us in the night until tomorrow in the morning, making us a trio.  I’m a little excited for that.  That gives us all of today to pack up and say goodbye to everyone, which we will have to do quick, because we aren’t going to have any time to do it tomorrow in the morning.  Tomorrow is changes.  The way that will work is that we will meet in a chapel outside of Trinidad Station, where President will tell us on the spot who is going with who and where, and who is going to be a leader.  The only two things that I do know is that I am out of Tobalaba, and that I am not training.

It was pretty sad saying goodbye to Elder Granda.  He had been in this ward for 1 year 2 weeks; needless to say, people had gotten a little attached to him.  Despite all of our differences, I was sorry to see him go as well.  Elder Burnham and I had become grand chums, and although I was sad seeing Elder Burnham going, I knew that I could with some effort see him again, because he lives in Arizona.  At least on the same continent.  With Elder Granda, it would be much more difficult.  I don’t know how much it costs to fly to Ecuador, but I imagine that it is not overly cheap.

One other note of interest.  A while ago, I was pushed by a man in the street names Juan de Dios.  I don’t remember exactly how long ago, but it was within the time that I have been in this sector.  Juan de Dios died on 7 June, 2015, being almost 67 years old.  We went by his house, and Elder Granda asked his information from his family.  He is going to do his work for him in the temple.

Elder Mathewson

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