Monday, November 10, 2014

"We are working hard. And the work is hard."

November 8, 2014

Dear family,

It has been a good week here in Nueva Concepcion. 

We are working hard. And the work is hard. A little clarification about opening an area, there were missionaries here before us, but both of them left at the same time that Elder Giles and I came in. So there already were investigators here, but we had to find them all again. But we're basically starting from scratch. We do a lot of walking.

A little bit more about Nueva Conception. It is a completely flat city, which isn't bad, just a different. It's less rural than San Vicente but less city-like than Ilopango. It's also less hot than San Vicente but less cool than Ilopango. It's pretty moderate in all aspects. 

The branch is very small and not yet self-sufficient. The missionaries teach the classes, give talks, I play the piano, and we also help in other interesting ways. No one in the branch presidency has computer skills, so we started with teaching them the difference between zero and the letter "o" on the keyboard. But it's all good. I've thinking a lot about callings lately. We could easily do everything. But that's not the Lord's way. God, being all powerful, could do everything, and much better that us. He doesn't need Bishops, branch presidents, missionaries, etc.. But he still calls bishops, branch presidents, and missionaries. He calls all of us. Why would he entrust his most sacred work to us? It's because he wants us to learn and grow. We are his children, and he wants us to become like him. So he gives us responsibilities and opportunities to grow. We want to help  these members learn to do these things themselves. Not really sure how yet, but we'll get there.

I love you guys!

Elder Hilton

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