Hey! I had a really cool week, but nothing huge
happened. We had a Zone Conference, I got to talk with the psychiatrist
that created the famous "color code personality profile" (I am, as
always, VERY blue and VERY red), and Elder Wilhelm and I were robbed at
gunpoint--really, a pretty normal week. =)
We were only able to get 1 of our 3 new baptismal dates last week.
I'm hoping that next week we'll see more and even more progression from
our investigators. They're incredible people. Hugo is the one I'm most
worried about right now. He was going very strong, progressing very
rapidly... And then he started to fall off the face of the map. We
weren't able to sit with him last week. He hasn't been to church in 2
weeks now and he's hard to get a hold of. Please keep him in your
prayers. We're trying extra hard with him.
I won't leave you all hanging any longer--it's true, I received a
training from Elder Hartman (Dr. Taylor Hartman) who is the Mental
Health professional for all of Africa. He's really cool! I enjoyed the
training a lot and learned a ton from him. I was also able to sit with
him one on one for a while. It was really insightful and taught me a
lot. I'm excited to apply what he taught us to my life and mission.
Just a little tidbit: 100% Responsibility brings options. Blaming
others has the opposite effect--everything shuts down. 4 Steps to
Success in Life: 1. Get yourself. 2. Get truth. (As in eternal,
pure truth. Truth never changes.) 3. Get over yourself. 4. Get
others. It was a really fun, interesting experience.
The downside? All my notes are gone. And my scriptures. And my
backpack. I also lost chapstick, about 4 dollars, my empty wallet, and
our cellphone. Oh, I was robbed on Saturday, by the way. We were
walking down a fairly normal street and some young guys started
following us. I had the spiritual prompting to stop and start talking
to a few people as we walked, but I ignored it. We were in a bit of a
hurry. If we had, we probably would have been fine. As it stands, one
of the guys came up behind me, grabbed the strap of my bag, pointed a
gun and said, "Dá tudo." (Give everything.) He was acting all sorts of
tough. We didn't care much, really. I dropped my bag and they went
through my pockets. They took everything but my White Handbook (I keep
it in my breast pocket--it's always filled with money). They took all
of our stuff, ran off, and Elder Wilhelm and I started walking. We were
super annoyed. We weren't scared; we hadn't been in any danger. We
had been completely calm as the guys robbed us. As we walked away we
started complaining a bit to each other, however. We lost our
scriptures! That's the worst part. I've been marking those up like
crazy! But, hey. We're fine. Nothing happened. We got home just
fine. Mom, don't worry.
By the way, if any of you are thinking about missions but aren't
sure yet--go. Go. I'm telling you, it's the best thing you can do with
your time. It's been the best time of my life up 'til now. I promise
you that you won't be missing out on anything.
Well, I love you guys. I'm learning tons. I'm becoming a much more
organized person. And a finisher. And disciplined. The change is
becoming more noticeable to me.
Elder Cody R. Eckman