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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Legacy...[October 26, 2015]

Honestly, not much has happened this week. It was my companion's last week here in the mission. It was a bit of a premonition to what will come to me in 3 months. I guess the most important thing to remember is that it is difficult for everyone near the end of the mission. As we learn and accept that, we can prepare ourselves and create the good habits we need and stick to those habits in the hard moments so we can keep going and not slow down. If we can do that, others will see the example and want to do the same.

Along this same topic, I often ask myself, what will my legacy be? What will people remember of Elder Seymour after I have left here? I won't answer that here, but it really helps to think that in difficult moments.

I looked at some of my missionary photos yesterday... I don't know how to explain such an emotion very well. I think it is only something that can be felt by those who have also been able to go on the mission. There is a lot of joy, a little bit of sadness, perhaps more than anything else, you feel on a different level. The same feeling you've felt while you were there comes back, if just a little bit. My greatest hope for any and everyone that reads this is that they will be able to recognize and feel this.

I hope you have an amazing week!
élder Seymour.

1)My companion and I eating tacos.
2)Different sodas I found in Chignahuapan. There is also a blackberry juice that I loved so much.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chignahuapan...[Oct. 20, 2015]

Sorry, this is going to have to be a quick one because I am writing late.

This last week, we had a baptism. Her name is Ariana and she is a reference from a member. Actually, she doesn't live in the ward, but we got permission, so it is all good there. I guess one interesting thing there is that she is a doctor. I have never even had a doctor investigator before in my mission.

Yesterday we went to a 'Pueblo Mágico' called Chignahuapan. It was really interesting being there. There is a branch out there, but not a stake branch, a mission branch. I don't have much time to explain the difference now, but basically the missionaries end up doing a lot in the branch.

Hope you have a great week!
élder Seymour.

1)Ariana's baptism
2)They call it the inmaculada. It is so big once you are actually there.

3)Here's my pose in front of it.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Round Three (sort of)...[Oct. 12, 2015]

So, this week I got sick again. This time I got lucky, in a manner of speaking, because I didn't get salmonella this time - just some other sort of stomach virus. I guess one of the comforting things is that my companion got sick as well... he said it was the first time on his mission that he got sick. It started at about 7:30pm on Saturday. My stomach started hurting a lot, so we headed home. My companion said that his stomach started hurting about 2 hours later. To keep a long story short, I'll just say that we didn't sleep much that night.

On a much lighter note, I started an English class again. I imagine you already saw that one coming sooner or later. I am starting to wonder if I will be able to start an English class at home as well after I get back :P This time it actually went very well as we focused a lot on pronunciation. Honestly that is the hardest thing here because there is almost no one that knows pronunciation well.

This week we have also planned that we are going to visit one of my companion's past areas, Chignahuapan. It is a pueblo about an hour from where we are at and from everything that I have heard, it is very beautiful over there.

Well, Have a great week!
Elder Seymour.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ponderize this...[Oct. 5, 2015]

I feel like it went fairly well this past week with the work and all. One of our investigators needs to get permission from her husband to be able to be baptized, but we will do anything necessary to help convince him. I really do hope she is able to get baptized because she has had so many obstacles in life and really wants it. Also President said he would come to her baptism when it happens.

This week was pretty exciting for my Bolivian companion. Apart from general conference, he received his patriarchal blessing this weekend. He came out from the blessing really quiet and thought-filled, so I imagine it went pretty well.

I've felt that conference is really a time to reflect on our lives and Think about if what we are doing is what God wants us to do to be able to live with him again. He is always trying to teach us something, and if we want to learn it, we just have to sit back and listen every once in a while. Perhaps we won't have all the answers, but we will know enough to keep going until we learn more.

A little bit about my companion as well: his name is Elder Sánchez and he is from Bolivia. Actually, that makes him my second Bolivian companion. He is on his last transfer here in the mission, so that makes him the third companion that I am sending home. He turned 21 about a month before me so he is almost the same age as well.

Have a great week!
élder Seymour.

What can I say?  I was tired.