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"That ye may learn wisdom" (Mosiah 2:17)

Buenas buenas,

How are you all doing? I hope everythings great back home!

This week has been one of the craziest of my mission, and certainly a new experience for me. Last Friday, my President called me and asked me to serve as his Assistant this transfer. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were all a blur. I spent almost every minute planning for the travels of over 120 missionaries.

To be brief, we had to make sure every one of those missionaries took the right busses, at the right times, and got to their destinations--and all without losing any suitcases or having any significant setbacks. It was stressful and tiring, and I admittedly didn't get to sleep nearly as much as I'd want this week.

But other than being an AP, I also have a new area and companions. For the first time, I'm in a trio. Elder Flores, our Senior Comp, has 23 months in the mission, which means he'll be "dying" in only 4 weeks I've known him for a very long time, and it's so cool to get to be his companion, even for a short time. It'll be sad to see him go, but we've got plenty of time left.

My other companion is named Elder Posso, and is from Honduras. He's got 21 months in the mission, so I might end up being with him when he ends as well, depending on how things turn out with transfers. Both of my comps are awesome and work hard.

The area itself is super close to Sión (literally across the street haha) so I still see my old friends from my last area, which is cool.

We set a baptismal date with a teenager named Fernando once the transfer craziness ended, which was awesome. I still dont know the area super well, so Ill keep you guys posted.

All in all, this week, I've learned a lot. I've learned to be detail oriented, to plan very well. I've learned a little better to adjust quickly to tough situations with a good attitude. Im sure ill learn a whole lot more this transfer, but i think the greatest lesson I've learned so far can be summed up by a favorite scripture of mine, found in Mosiah 2:17-

"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God"

Im here in Guatemala, and on a mission, to serve my brothers and sisters. Up til now, thats almost exclusively meant people in my areas. But I've had a lot of opportunities this last week to also serve my fellow missionaries. And even though its been stressful, I know that I'm helping keep things running smoothly in the mission, so that we can best invite everyone to come unto christ and be perfected in him. I honestly love the missionaries of this mission. Its been an honor to serve by their sides, and I respect so many of them.

But even more than the people of Guatemala and the missionaries of the Guatemala City East mission (the greatest mission in the world btw), I love the Lord, who has helped me through so much, both before the mission and in these last 15 months. Its been the greatest honor of my life so far to serve him, and try to give back in even the smallest way what Jesus Christ has done for us.

I love each one of you as well, and I look forward to hearing from you

Elder Telford

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