Saturday, August 23, 2014

Weekly Update

How are things going? This week has been kinda crazy, I´ll share the details later on.

Nope, I don´t get fed by members any more. Except on Sundays. So I do a lot more cooking than I´ve ever done on the mission. But I have more time to do it. That´s the nice thing about being an AP. I have the ability to do what I´ve always wanted to do, and what I´ve always been good at. While I was a zone leader it was so hard to live up to my potential for all the red tape. Now that I´m the one who deals with the red tape, I have time to cook, to relax, to exercise, to write in my journal, etc.

How did the western welcome week parade go? Does Renen seem more like Kai in person, or is it just the pictures? Where is his recording studio going to be? I´ve got some songs that I would love to play/record with him. I´d need Kai on the piano, but maybe Dad can step in while he´s in Columbia. 

I imagine you´re all in the Temple right now, and that´s why nobody has responded. I hope you´re having a wonderful time. I love you all for being worthy to go!

Talking about the videos-my dropbox is overfull, but we have permission to go on youtube to watch family or church videos. It´s amazing how much trust they have in us, even through really that can´t keep anyone from not obeying the rules. Really, I´ve gone this far without watching videos, and I´m sure I can go the rest, but now it´s an option if you really want to send something.

Hmmm, who is Madeline Wallis? and company? 

Well I hope all is well, I´m doing great. I´m living the life, and feeling more comfortable than ever as a missionary. I feel like I could take on the world. Well, at times I feel like I am but I´m happy, and that´s what matters. I can´t be with President and Sister Borg on an almost daily basis and not be happy. 

So you asked about a day in the life of an assistant. Well, I´ve come to experience that no two days are the same. Let me just list off a few of the activities that we participated in this week.

  • multi-zone meetings, like this one:
(me right in the middle, 3rd row)

We did a title of liberty vs. nametag simulation. Fun stuff. Love it!

  • meetings with stake presidents
  • taking missionaries to the airport who have to leave early
  • blessing the apartment of a companionship who felt a malicious presence
  • fixing a simple power outage
  • serving 1000 hotdogs to a mob of missionaries
Aug 13, 2014
Elder Castro and a triple hotdog.
We eat hotdogs for the multizone meetings, and there is always more hot dog than bun.
This is what we do with the extras
  • teaching taxi drivers who ask us what they need to do to go to our church
  • overhauling ancient mission excel forms to be more usable
  • suggesting changes for the president (we´re only halfway through!)
  • sending visa waiting missionaries to their respective missions in mexico
  • closing sectors to accommodate loss of missionaries
  • organizing a choir for a special fireside this Saturday
and much more, besides the normal, everyday mission life things. 

I love Elder S.G. Nielson´s advice to hasten the Lord´s game plan. He says: "pray for the missionaries serving in your area and their investigators by name every day." How I wish the members of my ward knew my name. How I wish the members of my ward knew the names of my investigators. It would be easy, if they would just take the time to ask "who´s the new guy?" or if I have a family to do FHE with this Monday. After all, we both have needs, and we can´t resolve them without each other´s help. Just as much as missionaries never stop being members, members can´t ever stop being missionaries without being any less a real member.

I love this work. It is so pleasing to the soul. I am flooded with a constant peace. I am overflowed with a constant desire to share with those I love, love those I meet, and meet those who need-for I need them as much as our Father does.

I love you!

Elder Hicken

Hurrah for Israel!
Me, right now.

Dinner, last night. 
We don´t have a pension, so this is my favorite pre-pday activity.

Pday in the fun.

 Shopping with the President Borg, the office Elders and Assistants

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