Elder Grassley is now back in Springville Utah. His headaches were getting the best of him and the mission doctor said that it would be best if he took care of them back home. I am really going to miss that kid. Him and I got along so well. I hope that they can figure out what is going on with his head so that he can come back out. I really want him to come back out.
My new companion's name is Elder Armenta. This guy is the best. He
is just like my friends back home. He is a short little soccer kid that
wears size 7 shoes. Him and I have a ton in common. He knew a couple of
my friends from back home. He knew quite a few of the kids on the Murray
Soccer team. He was really good with my friend named Andy Christensen.
He reminds me a lot of Andy. They are both the kindest kids ever. Elder
Armenta is a great teacher, our teaching styles really compliment each
other. I can see Elder Armenta becoming my favorite companion. I just
hope that in a week in a half one of us doesn't get transferred... I
wouldn't be surprised if one of us did.
This week in my district we've had two emergency transfers. One
with Elder Grassley and Elder Armenta. Then another with two other
Elders in my district that weren't getting along. It was a crazy week,
but a very good week. Elder Armenta and I are really working hard, and
the Lord is blessing us immensely. We have great investigators that are
really progressing. The ward is really seeming to turn around and love
the missionaries again. People are just seeming to pop up left and right
for us to teach. This whole area has taken a 360. It went from being an
unproductive area to the point that they closed it to one of the most
productive areas in the zone! The Lord is just amazing!
The Roldan Family is really progressing. I see them getting
baptized pretty soon. I have so much to say about this family. So many
amazing experiences while teaching them to the point that everyone in
the room was in tears. There is no doubt in my mind that God answers
prayers, because I have been praying hard for this family and he has
helped them out so much. I can't wait till my family in friends have the
opportunity to meet this amazing family. I don't have much time today
to talk about this family, but I want everyone to know that God is
working in the hearts of this family.
I want to talk about two people today. Tony and Kim. They
are husband and wife, and they are proof that opposites attract. Kim is
the most talkative enthusiastic lady I've ever met, and Tony is the most
meek humble quite man I've ever met. Together they create one of the
greatest couples I have met so far on my mission. They are both our
investigators. To simply put it, they LOVE God and Jesus Christ. They
are both very very well read on the Bible, and have been searching
deeply for answers to their questions. When we told them about the
restoration, Joseph Smith, and The Book of Mormon, it just made sense to
them. Kim kept saying, "I keep getting the shivers." And Tony would
say, "I have always wondered why... Now I know." Tony and Kim have been
truly prepared to receive this Gospel. I have never seen someone so
interested in The Book of Mormon as I have seen Tony. When he reads the
Book of Mormon, he is IN to it. Goodness, I love them both so much. I
wish that everyone reading this could just meet them right now!
I am realizing more and more what is important in life.
Everyday I am out here it becomes more and more clear to me what I want
and need for my future and how I am going to get it. I know that
everything that I am learning out here is preparing me for something
that is going to happen after my two years is up. I just hope that I can
learn everything that I am supposed to. I hope that I can become who
God expects me to become. I hope that when I am done with my mission
that I can continue to grow as much as I have out here. I love my
mission, and I love what it is doing to me. I know that going on a
mission is the only way that this change could have taken place in my
I hope that all is well back home. I hope that all is well in
the world, because I have no idea what is happening in it. I hope all
that read this remember who they are, Children of God. I love you all!
-Elder Ryan Romero