Monday, December 12, 2016

Hey family!
Sorry about last week, but it was insanity trying to get the house all ready and packing all of our stuff.
So my new area is the about 10 minutes from the old one, and I like it a lot! It's called Cobija, and it's in the center of the city. Their are a lot of business and fewer houses, but it seems to me that the ward is very willing to help us out. We'll have to work a little to gain their confidence, but we've been visiting members when appointments fall through, and I think it's working.
My new comp, Hna. Pastillo, is also awesome. We work hard and we laugh a ton. She's still getting the hang of how the mission works, but she really wants to do what's right, and I admire her a lot. I think we'll have a great transfer together!
Nargila was also baptized on Saturday! Hna. Campana and I were able to go to her baptism, and it was really beautiful. She gave her testimony at the end, and it was POWERFUL. It made me feel very grateful to have been in Colon. She's going back to Brazil this week, so today we ate lunch together so I could say bye.
Last week Elder Falabella came to visit our mission, and he taught us so many things that I'm very anxious to start applying in out area. But, most of all, I loved that he spoke about the Atonement and all that the Savior has done for us. I don't have time to put write it out, but he spoke of it in a way that you don't hear very often, and it was very poweful.
These past few weeks I've thought a lot about if I've made progress during my time here in the mission, and I think that the love I feel for my Savior and Redeemer is worth more than anything else that I could've gained. Because after all is said and done, what could be more important? I could do all the right things and know all the doctrine, but if I have not come to love my Heavenly Father and His Son, I haven't arrived to were I need to be. I still don't feel like I love Him as I should, but it is my goal to get closer. Not only during my last transfer here, but throughout all of my life.
I'm glad to hear that you had a great week. I love you guys!
Hna. Rupp

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