Thursday, June 7, 2012
Another wicked fast and ridiculously crazy week!
Wow, this week has flown by, it's Thursday and it still feels like it's like Monday or something like that... Man, so being an Assistant is a lot different, very humbling, stressful, fun, rewarding, and super crazy... Haha man I honestly can't even explain it. I'm not sure what all we did, but man did we do a lot! We even got to do some teaching! So here in this mission the call of an Assistant is a lot different from any other missionary calling. When I was called to be a Zone Leader I thought it was different, but this is on a different level. Man, it is honestly nothing at all like being a normal missionary, in fact President described it as a job, just a really hard job with lots of long hours! Haha man, it's already been one crazy week. There's a ton of stuff I have to learn, because after this transfer I will be the only person in the mission that has any idea what being an assistant is like. It's honestly kind of stressing me out, but I'm learning to trust more and more in the promise that he whom the Lord calls He qualifies. Still, it's been crazy, I've pretty much just felt like an Assistant to the Assistants, just kind of following them around. It's super weird. Anyways to give you a run down of what kinds of things we do, I honestly don't know what to say. This week was especially crazy with Transfers. I did get to participate in the Transfers process, and it turns out that it's actually the Assistants that do a lot of the transfers and then we get together with President to work out some of the details and see if the transfers are in accordance with the will of the Lord. It's been interesting to learn a little bit more about receiving revelation and inspiration for things that are as detailed as this. Who their companions should be, the areas, etc. It's been crazy and a huge learning experience. Needless to say I'm pretty sure God decided that Elder Croft needed to be humbled even more, because man has it been one humbling experience... The Lord definitely sustains us in our calling, the mission also sustains us, and it's been humbling to see and feel it all. Other incredible and random things happened. For example we picked up the new missionaries and we were able to be with them for an entire day, seeking revelation as to who their trainers should be. It was an interesting experience... It's weird to see them beginning, and not going to lie, it made me extremely nostalgic (Lethargic ;)) for the beginning of my mission. We then also had the opportunity to drop off the missionaries who have finished their missions at the airport. Now that was an intense experience. The mission is flying by far too quickly, and it's hard to believe that so many of these missionaries that I've served with for so long are really going home... Other things we did, we moved in a bunch of people, slept very little, and had the opportunity to serve and get to know a lot more missionaries! It's been probably one of the most intense experiences of my life, but it's been fun, and I'm sure it'll only continue to be more fun as well as challenging! We also had the opportunity to do a little bit of "normal" missionary work. We have one investigator named Phil. He's a super cool guy in his mid-30's, a friend of one of the members here in the ward. He's incredibly ready and we had a VC appointment with him where he accepted a baptismal date for the 1st of July! Man, he's super cool and just willing to make changes in his life. It's weird though because he's a white guy... Yeah, it's super sad... The Assistant's area is an english area... I no longer get to speak Spanish all the time... It's actually been a pretty hard transition, I've been going through culture shock being around white/rich people... Man, we eat with utensils, there are multiple utensils in a meal, there are no tortillas, they're super sarcastic and cold, haha they're responsible in terms of appointments. Man, it's been super super weird. Not to mention the fact that I'm now in an English ward again, in one of the highest tithing paying wards in the entire world! I'm in the Kentlands ward by the way. Yeah, the Marriott's live right around here, a lot of the people in the ward are multi-millionaires. Man, it's been crazy, definitely a completely different mission! By the way sorry if this letter makes no sense, haha I'm slightly tired and my mind is still just running at a million miles per hour! Still it's been awesome, we've had some cool missionary experiences in the form of random Street Contacts which were some tender mercies, because I definitely miss sharing the gospel the same amount as we did before! Still, I really do love this assignment, it's an opportunity to grow in so many ways, and we've already had the opportunity to get to know President and Sister Matsumori a little more, and it's been cool to see that while they are incredible, they are also still human and have their doubts, fears, stresses, etc. As for other info, we don't live in the mission home, though we visit it frequently, we just have a normal apartment, and we may not get to write home every Wednesday just because we don't always have p-days now, so it'll come a little sporadically, but I'll definitely still try and write every week, even if it's a little short!