Hey everyone how is it going!? This week has been a crazy one and I have a lot of stuff going on here right now. 1st off this week is transfers and I have had 3 transfers in this sector so...MY COMPANION IS LEAVING! He has been here for a little over a month and I have been here for over 4 months. I am super glad and relieved that I am staying here and that I am not the one leaving. I am getting a new companion tomorrow and he is from Argentina! Speaks no English. I think it will be good for me though and we will talk in Spanish all of the so I think in that respect my missionary skills will increase. The members in the ward here show a lot of love for the missionaries and they are so good to me. There is one lady here who is like a 2nd mom and another who is like a grandma to me. I love the members here so much and we are working with them a lot to find new people to teach. Also this week we had 2 young men that I am really close with in the ward receive their mission calls. One of them got called to Salta, Argentina and the other one got called to Peru. I got to see them both open their letters and it reminded me of when I opened mine. I have been working a lot harder this week and I have such a strong desire to find people to baptize. I am fully concentrated on the work and I love what I am doing with my life so much right now.
The weather is warming up here and it's starting to get a little warm here, but nothing like Arizona heat. I was sick earlier this week and thought that it was really bad but...I am better now and back to my normal work. More than anything I am just really focused on what I can do better as a missionary to improve the lives of the people down here. I struggle sometimes on humbling myself and really putting myself in someone else's shoes. I am trying to find that unconditional love for everyone that I meet and run into on the street and I feel like when I find that a little better I will be a better missionary, but more importantly a better person. I love you guys so much and am trying so hard to change this place but I pray that you all are doing the same back wherever you are. That you can humble yourselves and think more about others because that is when we are really the happiest. LOVE YOU ALL!!! Yours truly, Elder Cody Dastrup