Wow this has been a crazy week for me! Wednesday I said good bye to my beloved Punta Arenas and came to Rio Bueno. I'll be honest it was really hard to leave everyone from the Austral ward who I've gotten to know for the last six months, but I know that this is where the Lord needs me now.
|The first baptism I was able to perform|
|Friends in Punta Arenas|
|Elder Thomas in Rio Bueno|
Sunday after church we took a bus to Osorno, then we did divisions and I stayed with Elder Adams, one of the Asistants to the President. It was really fun because he was my first Zone leader in Punta Arenas. I basically ran around with him and helped as we got a mission of over 230 missionaries to the conference. That night I slept in the AP's apartment, which is really nice. Then we woke up at 5:00 in the morning to take a bus to Puerto Varas, where we had the conference. Elder Walter F. Gonsalez, the President of our area, Elder Ronald A. Rasband and Elder M. Russell Ballard came and spoke to us (yes, I did shake each of their hands). It was a great conference. Elder Ballard talked to us about internalizing the lessons that we teach. Instead of just memorizing them, really actually feeling them and knowing how important they are for the people we teach. It really hit me that that is what Preach My Gospel is all about. We convert ourselves to all of the doctrines, and share that with everyone else. I'm really looking forward to see how this changes the work in the mission.
Thanks everyone for the support, I couldn't do it without you.
Love, Elder Dower