Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oct 6th 2014
So sorry that it has been so long to get an update done We've been super busy the past two weeks... so to give you a bit of an idea of whats been going on, I have been transferred about two weeks ago! Im in a new sector called New Miracle 1 ha and well its great! :) Its pretty much a 3rd world country, the roads are all dirt roads, the house are super tiny made of bamboo. Theres not much of anything. Here in Milagro they grow a ton of coffee and theres a huge coffee plant that produces the coffee. Also there are a bunch of plantation of banana, pineapple. They produce a bunch of stuff here! 

Im with Elder Rivas from Guatemala, he super humble and a nice kid. His parents aren't members and hes is the first missionary in his family, cool to see him out here with the situation that is going on at home. We get along really well, and just like the last companion spend most of the day laughing and smiling. The work here is a little different. The sector is quite poor so the people tend to drowned there sorrows in the bottle when ever they get paid. We have been doing a ton of contacting and have found some really great people, and its easy and wonderful to see those who have been prepared. We are excited to help those who are prepared here. 

Last week we went to an island in Guayaquil, which was way fun. There was a buch of plants and animals. At the end the have a crocodile reserve so it was real fun to see and hang out there! I think that I am more than at the point where it will be sad to come home... I love this people and this country. 

This past week we have been working with a bunch of families to get them to church, we have taught them and they have said over and over again that they want to changed and they want to come to church. So yesterday we go and to get them and the dad is drunk..  How mad was I? I was lit! I come to this foreigner country, leave my family that I love so dearly, leave a girl that I love and would give my life for, leave best friends, studies, language that I understood and the list goes on and on. For what? To come for this? Try to help people receive something that they themselves don't even want? I Think that I care about them sometimes more than they themselves do. But then it hit me real hard. How hard it is for Our Heavenly Father and Our Savior. He dies for us, and people don't want that? I cant even imagine. So when I thought about it, what im doing doesn't even compare to what they felt and what they feel. Its a honor to be here and be a missionary in these times. My heart hurts for those that don't want to open up there hearts and understand the wonderful plan that Our Heavenly Father has for us. 

But on the other side, there are many who are being prepared and want to hear about this message we just have to find them! Something that I loved about conference was the focus that was put on member and missionary work. The Lord has commanded us to all work together, so always remember that there are opportunities for us to participate and to share the Gospel. How thankful I am to be a member of this church and share the Gospel! 

Miss you all and love you all!  

Elder Strang 

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