Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 53: More Show, Less Tell.... Mission Life in Pictures!

Note from Jessica: Hello All! Elder Lewis wasnt able to send us his usual recording this week, but he did send a ton more pictures with some captions, so this week will be a glimpse into his mission through the camera vs. the written words. Enjoy! 

Bautismo de Alverson. We gave him a shirt
 and a tie! you may recognize the tie :) 

Bautismo de Alverson, he was baptized by his 
brother in-law, Jhonny. The one in red is Mayi,
the sister of Alverson. And of course Jackie, 
who bumped her head against the floor. All better! 
Thank you for your prayers! 

Year mark with Elder Mooney (who was in the Mexico 
CCM with me) from Utah and Elder Gomez from 
Guatemala. I told them to say "Congrejos!" and I 
think it's the best picture of Elder Mooney I have ever seen!

ONE YEAR! we made a pizza....

La Pizza Mexicana... who knew that tomatoes 
would go so well on a pizza? 

Mucho Apoyo! there was a great turnout at the baptism.
it was a fine service.

Pday in Pueblito Boyacense! It's a cool little tourist 
town right outside of Duitama, forty five minutes from 
Sogamoso. Elder Coop was having an intellectual
dialogue with a parrot.

Graffiti in Duitama.... 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week 52: The Best First Year: Elder Lewis hits his 1 year mark!

Hola Familia!

So, this week, completing a year! Crazy how fast that went by, thinking about it right now, today, it was a year ago that was my farewell. Wow, where did that time go? Well, I just wanted to share with you guys the things that I have learned in the past year, and there have been a lot of things:

I believe that the first thing that I have learned is to have faith that is unbreakable in Jesus Christ. My faith has grown so much until even as I talk about it right now, my heart burns within me because I know that he is my Savior. I have had many experiences that have testified to me of the truth of that and I feel like I am on the road to a close relationship with him. The other thing that I have learned, is in Spanish Todavia falto mucho. I still have a long way to go. So that’s another thing that I have learned is humility. I still struggle trying to keep my temper sometimes, but I know that I can do it if I remain humble. If I just keep in mind that I have a lot of faults and that I am not always right, and if I can just put a smile on my face, just no matter what, then I will be ok. Something that I have learned especially this week. Those two things have really been what I have learned, along with a host of other things. I now speak Spanish, for one thing. I am still trying to improve that, but as you can tell, I am starting to think a lot in Spanish, makes it so that I cant speak English, that I cant switch between the two very often, or I cant switch between them very fluently. If I am speaking English for a long time, maybe on a P-Day with another gringo, then I am thinking in English, but then during the whole week I am thinking in Spanish, so when I am speaking English it’s a little rocky. Lets see… this year I have read the Book of Mormon, I believe, I have read it twice. 2 ½ times. One time in English at the beginning of my mission, and one time, almost two times in Spanish. I have also read the whole missionary library, including Jesus the Christ, which I enjoyed thoroughly. I have just enjoyed so much having this time to learn about my Savior. My views have become clear on many things, including how many things that I still have to learn. But this year, I have a big year ahead of me. I think this is where it really gets going from here on out. I am ready. I am ready to just make it a good year. Teach repentance and baptize converts and go out there and I guess I could say change lives, but the life that is going to change most is mine.

So this week has been really crazy. On Monday, I kinda told you guys but we went to Playa Blanca, it was a Zone activity, I will be sending pictures of that next week. On Tuesday, we went to Multi-Zone conference, in a city nearby called Duitama. It’s about ½ an hour away by bus, ½ hour, 45 minutes. So we went over there, came back worked in the area for the rest of the night, for another 2 hours. We got back, and in our Zone we have Yopal, which is 5 hours from Sogamoso. And they got to the station in Sogamoso and found out that their bus had already left for Yopal, and that the next one would be leaving at 1:30 in the morning. And on top of that, a bridge had fallen inbetween here and Yopal, and so what they would have to do is do like a layover where they would get down to the bridge, they would have to walk across with all their bags and boxes and stuff they were hauling from Multi-Zone and get on a bus on the other side back to Yopal. We don’t want them doing that at like 3:00 in the morning, so we had them come back to our house. Which is something that we didn’t expect. So we had to put our plans that night on hold, that was about 7:00. Then on Wednesday, we went and had interviews with President, again in Duitama. By the time we got back, we had to pack our bags and go to Bogotá where we stayed in an area called Salitre with some Zone Leaders over there. That was a lot of fun.

This week, the Pope has come to Colombia as you have all heard. It has been a BIG BIG deal. Dad says that suddenly everybody would be Catholic, and that’s true. They are saying stuff like “what a blessing it was to have the Pope here and to enlighten us and to train us”. Actually, I think it was a good thing, it’s just that everybody is going on the Catholic thing now, so our work is going to be interesting for the next couple of weeks.

Alright, so Wednesday we went to Bogotá,  Thursday we were in a leadership council in Bogotá that lasted the whole day, that was really great. It was a meeting from 9:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon, and it just filled us up to the brim. Got to talk about what was going on in our mission, what’s happening, what we need to do better. So, that night we went from the chapel in Alhambra to the temple. There’s a McDonald’s right by the temple so we went to McDonald’s and then we went and did a session in the temple with all of the missionary leaders and that was really great to be able to go to the temple. I had a good experience there. I think that’s the strongest that I have ever felt the Spirit in the temple. I just felt so calmed. Such a peaceful feeing. Especially because it has been a crazy week. I have been so stressed out this week, and it’s tough on your companionship and it’s tough on everything and we didn’t have that much time to work on our area and there’s that stress too. Sometimes you just feel like you are failing. I just felt a really peaceful feeling in the temple. I know that it is a house of God. So we left the temple at about 10:30 at night and we went over to the what do you call it… the porta? The bus station, and we took a taxi to the bus station, and went from the bus station and it was really interesting, while I was buying the tickets, they usually give us the tickets from here to Sogamoso for 20,000 Colombian Pesos, but he wanted to jack it up to 25, and I was fighting him about it and while I was fighting about it a Grandma pushed me out of the way and bought the last tickets, so we had to wait until 11:30 to get on the bus and then we got back to Sogamoso really fast actually probably 2:30-3:00 in the morning. But that was irritating. But ya. Then Friday we had the opportunity, we got back at 3:00 in the morning but we still had to get up at 6:30, so it was kind of a heavy day. We got out and worked, we found a couple of good people, we caught up with a couple of our investigators. This week, Lord willing, Alverson will be baptized. He really means a lot to me, when me and Elder Coop went to teach him the Word of Wisdom on an intercambio, we went there and we had suggested to them that they watch the testaments, and they were watching the testaments right as we walked in so we watched the last 15 minutes of the Testaments with them. And we all ended up crying. It was just amazing. Alverson is a big guy, he was in the army, he is 22, big big guy, but we just watched as tears rolled down his face and the Spirit testified to him that those things are true. Also, as we taught the Word of Wisdom, which normally isn’t the most emotional of all lessons, but he shared with us that his Dad had died for failing to live that commandment. Of course he didn’t know about it, but he had lung cancer because he smoked so much. So that really hit his heart hard. So he received his answer through prayer, and now he is going to be baptized on Saturday and I am very grateful for that. Just one thing, he is a referral from his sister, who he is living with, and his sister and her family are members. The thing is that her little daughter, Jackie, fell off of a chair and smacked her head on the ground, on the tile, and was throwing up and a bunch of stuff. So if you guys could pray for Jackie, that’s really hard for them right now. I am hoping that Jackie will pull through, and that Alverson will be baptized this Saturday. So if you guys could include Jackie, Jackie Niño, in your prayers I would appreciate it. On Saturday we worked some more in the area, we had an activity, a blood drive that we went and helped do, Sunday, we went and met with some of the members, nothing really big to report there. One thing, we went to visit, on Sunday night, Carlos Huerta, who is actually a new investigator that we found a couple weeks back knocking doors. He let us in, taught him a lesson, and gave him a Book of Mormon. He called me on Tuesday saying that he had read a ¼ of it and said that he wanted to read more. The unfortunate thing is that we haven’t been able to catch him since then, so we are hoping to be able to do that TONIGHT.

Well you guys, this has been a long recording, but a lot has happened this week. I am very grateful to the Lord and for his blessings. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission and I am so grateful for the things that I have learned this year. I am hoping to push forward to make this the best year of my life. So far, I could probably say that this has been the best year of my life. I am hoping to make this next one even better. My testimony is this: I know that God lives. I know that he has restored his Church through Joseph Smith. I know the Book of Mormon is true and that it was translated by a Prophet of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is the evidence of the Restoration and if anyone will read it they will come closer to God by that book than by any other. I know that really, God works miracles through that book. I have seen it. I have seen a single verse put somebody to tears and change their life. Most of all I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that he is my Savior and Redeemer. I love him. I am getting to know him. The more I know him, the more I love him. I worship and adore my Savior for what he did and what he does and what he will always do. He is magnificent. I testify of these things, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Elder Lewis

Elder Lewis' year mark package from the family. 
A very HUGE and special thank you to 
our friend Kaylee Stevenson, 
who is packing this in her luggage and 
will deliver it to the mission home in person
while she is in Colombia. Thanks Kaylee! 

Interviews with President

Leadership Conference

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 51: "...Them Also I Must Bring"

Hello Familia!

Just got done with the coolest P-Day. We went down to a place called Playa Blanca. It’s a lake, smaller than Bear Lake I think. But we went out and there’s a sand beach out there. Playa Blanca means White Beach. So we went out on the beach, we played soccer and stuff. I had a ball. Man, just couldn’t swim. It was kinda sad. It was cold up there anyway, so I don’t know that you would want to. But the water was super clear. But it was nice to get out of the wave of things and take a hike a bit. The sister missionaries brought up stuff to make hot dogs and we helped them out and we paid for it, and so that was pretty fun. It was a good zone activity. We went up there and played…. I will have to teach you guys some games when I get back, because we played some pretty fun games that I would like to show you guys.

So we got back really late, and so I wont be online for very long, but I saw that you guys went horseback riding…. What the heck? Haha. Wow. Crazy. But this week has been really really crazy. It was all normal up until Thursday. Thursday at 5:00 we got on a bus to go to Bogotá to do intercambios with the assistants. We got there at about 9:00 Thursday night and stayed there overnight, and we started intercambios, and what happens is the assistants always have to do a lot of errands so what happened was that we were in the offices for awhile while they went and picked up a missionary that had to go home for health reasons. So we were in the offices for about 3 hours while they went to the airport. I had a good chance to catch up with some friends, some Elders that I know that are in the offices. That was a lot of fun. To see what it is exactamente what it is they do exactly. Then after that I left with an Elder named Elder Picuasi. Picuasi is very interesting, because he has a ponytail. He is from a part of Ecuador where they are indigenous, and so he is serving a full time mission with a ponytail down to the middle of his back. That was really cool, he is a great teacher and I learned a lot from him. A funny thing that happened, he called Domino’s on Thursday night because we ordered Domino’s because they live in the really really rich part of Bogotá. It literally doesn’t even look like Colombia. But there was Domino’s, so we called them and he said “so, you’re going to put BBQ sauce on that right?” and they said “NO, for extra.” And he said “How is that extra? We always ask for it and we always get it free.” And the guy said “we cant” and he said “Hey, we are the missionaries, we keep Domino’s in business.” He was just saying that over the phone. It was super funny. Then he said “We’ll see you here in 15 minutes right?” he said 30. “Ok I will be waiting in 10.” And he was just smiling at us the whole time. Elder Picuasi. Hijo de madre. Haha. But ya, that was a lot of fun, to go there and spend some time in Bogotá. Ya the house of the assistants is super rich, or as we say here in Colombia, super poopy. Because it’s got 2 bathrooms, its got a study room and a living room with 2 nice sofas, and it’s got a freaking dryer. But also in the night on Friday, we went to take this missionary that had health problems ot the mission home where he would stay the night and go to the airport with President the next day. So Elder Picuasi and me took him to that, and President invited us 3, him and Hermana Laney, or Sister Laney, and we went in and Sister Laney had actually baked a cake. And President Laney had gone down to Crepes and Waffles, which there is also that here in this part of Bogotá, he had gone down to Crepes and Waffles and got American Ice-Cream, which is super expensive, I just about died. I was so happy.

That being said, Mom, Sister Laney told me that you messaged her, I actually got there right after you messaged her, and I was trying to think about someone I know that would be going to Colombia, but ya it’s interesting. What I would like, is ya the shoes. I am gonna wear these shoes until they get destroyed. The stitching is starting to fall out. So I would like those shoes maybe in that package. Also a bit of Peanut Butter if it doesn’t weigh too much. Dulces Americanos, American Candy, is always great. Whatever you want to send. As of right now, I am doing well on the oils. I am determined to learn to use them better because I have learned to appreciate them. Especially like helping me focus and things. There are just so many things that I do, especially this week, it was crazy.

With our investigators this week: Alverson is still progressing, so is Jefredy. We did a fast with Jefredy to help him find his testimony. He has a lot of support, I am sure he will be baptized. I am so excited guys, this week is gonna be nuts! I have to go to Bogotá again this week, and just to give you an idea, today was the zone activity in Playa Blanca, tomorrow is multi-zone conference in Duitama, which is a pueblo about 15 minutes away from here. Then we have on Wednesday we have interviews again in Duitama at 12:00. We have to travel again. Then on Thursday I have to go back to Bogotá for leadership council, it’s called Concilio. Then Friday and Saturday will be our normal days. It’s gonna be crazy, I will have a lot to tell, I am excited about leadership council because a lot of my buddies from the mission will be there.

I am very grateful this week for my Father in Heaven. I love him. I wanna share with you guys one experience: We were at the house of the Relief Society President, and her mom is devout, devout Christian Evangelica,  or Born Again Christian, like speaking in tongues and everything. We were talking to her during lunch, and just came up with the Book of Mormon and felt the Spirit. We actually gave a lesson to one of their hijas, who is going to be baptized here really soon, she is 8. That kind of set up the spiritual tone, for after that, the mom started to question about the Book of Mormon. She is actually a preacher, which is crazy. But she had questions about it.  Her daughter is the Relief Society President in our ward, her son is the Bishop. She asked about it and we actually started to talk about it, and brought up the fact that Jesus Christ appeared to people in the America’s. Which is actually something REALLY REALLY important to people down here. We shared with her the scripture in 3 Nephi 14, where Jesus Christ says You are those of who I spoke, saying that I have other sheep that are not of this fold. As she read that she started to weep, she just bawled. We couldn’t understand why. I asked her: “Why did that impact you so much?” and she said “I don’t know, I didn’t expect it.” So we are gonna come back to teach her. But I wanted to share my testimony with you guys of the Book of Mormon. I know it’s true. I know that it testifies of my Savior. I know that he came to the America’s. I know that its’ an instrument most powerful in the conversion of a person. It’s essential that we read it every day. That’s what I wanted to share with you guys this week, and I will talk to you next week. Chao Chao!

-Elder Lewis

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Week 50: Getting to Know the People, the Land, and the Lord.

Good Afternoon Family!

Here in Colombia, again. Well, crazy that August is already over, my guess is you guys are back in school today, and equally crazy it seems like yesterday that you guys were sharing that “Oh, I have all these plans for summer…” and now you’re back in school. Que Lastima haha. But how awesome.

Well this week has been pretty good, we ended the week with a baptism. We baptized a kid named Juan Pablo. It was really awesome. It was an awesome experience. The next day I had the privilege of confirming him a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and bestowing upon him the gift of the Holy Ghost. That was an experience that I have never had, so it was pretty great. I was very grateful for the opportunity, and… ya.

Alright, so this week has been pretty good as far as the work goes, it hasn’t been THE BEST, but we found a lot of new people, so that’s good. New development with Alverson, he found the answer to his prayers. We actually recommended that he watch the Testaments. So Alverson, we actually got there when he was watching the Testaments and right at the end where Christ is crucified. I was on companionship exchanges with an Elder named Elder Coop, who is a new Elder from the States. And we got in there, and this being my second week in the area, I kinda didn’t know my way there, so we were a bit late. But we got there and goodness, the Spirit was strong. We sat and watched the rest of the 10 minutes with him, and by the end we were all in tears. Alverson is a big guy, he was in the Army. He’s a tough guy. But it moved him to tears. But then, after that, we talked to him about his baptism and asked him how he felt about being baptized on the 16th of September, and he said that he is ready. I told you guys a little bit about the answer that he received last week. I sure feel humbled to be part of that answer, or to be able to help him find that answer, I should say. So ya, good times in Sogamoso.

We have also got a guy named Jefredy who is going to be baptized the week after Alverson, so that will be good. We also found a couple of new families this week. Who knew knocking doors could be good for anything? Haha. Usually its not here in Colombia, but we put ourselves to work and knocked a lot of doors. There were actually 2 or 3 families that let us in, just right then and there. So we had a good week that way.

Today for P-day we went and rode bikes. We borrowed some bikes from Alverson and we went and took a tour of Sogamoso. It was really cool! I haven’t ridden a bike in a long time. We got going at pretty high velocities at some times, and it’s weird because I have been on my feet the whole time I have been in Colombia. It’ll give you saddle sores, but it gets you around faster. My area is HUGE. From the house to the house of Alverson is like an hour walking. It’s really spread out.

I think that’s it, family. I finished Jesus the Christ not too long ago, just about an hour ago I finished reading it. I can honestly say that I KNOW that Jesus is my Savior. I begin to have great feelings of love for my Savior. I am finally getting to know him as I humble myself and realize the extent that I need his help. I know it’s true. This message has been a little short, but that’s what I have for you guys this week. Thank you so much and I will talk to you next week. Chao Chao!

-Elder Lewis

A Bridge in Sogamoso that the Elders saw on their 
bike ride. Elder Lewis says that it looks like
 something out of a "Legend of Zelda" game. :) 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Week 49: The Other Side of the Coin

Buenas Tardes Familia,

Here in Sogamoso, It has been a pretty good week. I’ll start from the beginning, or I guess last Monday. Last Monday I waited and got the word that I wouldn’t be leaving until Wednesday and that the new companion of Elder Villarroel, my son, my other companion, would arrive that day. I was just wondering is we were going to be in a triple, or what. But no, they sent me with Elder Blair, who is from my group we went to CCM Mexico together. That was a lot of fun, hanging out with him Monday until Wednesday when we left. We got really interesting instructions; the first day they said “hey you guys can go visit your investigators, say goodbye to them, and then go and help Fontana and go contact all day.” So we went and contacted some of my investigators. For that day we went over to my area. We walked from Campiña to Jordán. It’s about 30-40 minutes walking, I would guess that would be about 3 miles. We walked over to my area and went to go visit a convert that we had baptized while I was there and turns out that I ran into an investigator that we had, her name is Idalys, and her husband, Roberto. Roberto is a miembro… Wow… English… He’s a member from his childhood. We were teaching them, they are from Venezuela, so their financial situation is very tight. They live in Bogotá right now, they have both got degrees. She teaches (it would be like Elementary School) and he is a software designer, but because they are from Venezuela they cant find anything. So they have to re-certify themselves. They basically have to go to school again. Do all of it again to be able to start over here in Colombia. That’s how it is for the Venezuelans.

Anyway, so we ran into them in the street and we had been visiting Idalys since I got there, and visiting her and visiting her and visiting her. They were awesome, they always came to church. Roberto is now the secretary of the Elder’s Quorum. But Idalys never was interested. So we stopped visiting her for a good month or month and a half, maybe more. We ran into her on the street on my last day in that area and we started talking and I felt moved to ask her if she felt like she was ready to accept the missionaries again. Then she looked at me and she smiled and said: “ Elder Lewis, I was talking with Roberto, and I want to be baptized!” It just left me floored. I said: “Are you serious?” she said: “yes.” And I said: “what moved you to make that decision?” and she said: “Answers from my Heavenly Father.” And my heart just filler with love. I felt so happy. After that I congratulated them and then said that I was going to get in contact with Elder Villarroel and his new companion to go and visit them and to baptize her. So I went over to the next store that had a phone, me and Elder Blair were walking around without a phone, and we went over to the next store, here in Colombia you can go to an internet store and they have a cell phone that you can buy minutes. So I went over and I called Elder Villarroel and talked to him about it and at the end I just said: “Elder, contact her and baptize her.” And he just said: “ I’ll do it.” And I said: “thanks. Chao.” So that was cool.

Then we went over to the panaderia, where there was Victor and we went over there and we taught Victor Sr. and a guy named Francisco, who we have been teaching for awhile as well, and we put baptismal dates with both of them. It was incredible. Me and Elder Blair, we just had a ton of success! I don’t get it. The very last moment in that area and three baptismal dates there in a space of an hour. But ya. It made me very happy and made me happy to leave the area in a better shape than I found it. Still think that I could have done more, had I been given the time to do it. But President told me in an interview when I asked him about it that sometimes Elders want more time in an area, when really, it’s time to move on. C’est La Vie. So that was a good day. We went around and we worked in just about every area of the zone. Then on Wednesday they gave us different instructions. They said: “ Look, guys, we don’t have anything to do. Just be here by 5.” And we said: “wait. What should we do then?” “It’s up to you. just go do something.” So we said: “ok, we’re going to Cota!” so we went to a little town outside of Bogotá called Cota. And we went and contacted for a little bit and then we went up to an indigenous village. It was super cool. Then we went up into the mountains, and we went up there with the object of finding someone to teach. But also to get to know an indigenous village. That was super cool. So we go up and there was a bamboo gate and as you open up that gate, Elder Blair told me “Ok. Now you have to be silent.” So we didn’t say a word. It’s super silent. There are all these huts with thatch roofs. I’ll send pictures when I get them, Elder Blair has them. Thatch roofs. It’s super, super quiet. All you could hear was this “click-click-click” and he told me that was them working in the back. It’s a rule there that you don’t talk when it’s not necessary. So we didn’t. There’s a sign there that says “Starting a fire with good intentions is a prayer to God.” And then there was a hut that smelled really strongly of smoke. The thing is that we didn’t find anybody up there. It was empty. I was hoping to get to know, Elder Blair got to know the Chief, or the Leader up there. They call him the Grandfather. El Abuelo. He said that he was super cool, but I didn’t get to meet him. Anyway, up there it was very serio. There’s definitely stuff up there to discover. It’s definitely got secrets. I know it. But ya, that was one of the coolest experiences of my life. It was super green… I don’t know, I will have to send the pictures.

Later that day, we went back into Bogotá and we were at the terminal by 5. We picked up some new guys, I got put in charge of bringing some new guys and 2 new sisters to Duitama, which is on the way to Sogamoso, and another Elder that was going to Sogamoso. They are all fresh, fresh from the CCM. That all went well. It really reminded me of when I got here. I got put with an Elder Vasaca, he’s a gringo from Washington, and not knowing anything and just asking him “When am I going to understand this?” and he said: “well, like 6 months.” And thinking that was such a long time. Now I was on the other side of the coin, being able to understand and able to communicate and not really thinking about it. I was with Elder Coop, a new Elder from Texas, and he was just asking all the same questions. It was like a shadow. It was really surreal. It was a really weird couple of days, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Then I got to Sogamoso. I woke up in the morning to see a horse and carriage out front. I was like “what the heck?” It wasn’t a wooden carriage, it was a metal carriage with tires, but still, there were horses pulling it. That’s all over here in Sogamoso. Sogamoso is like, I would think, some parts look like Logan. They are like the size of Logan. The majority of it is like Tremonton. We kinda got lost yesterday in the backcountry. We had an hour walk to get to an appointment and I dunno. It was just silent. It was really weird. There were cows and a lot of fields, really small fields but fields. People out there working in the fields, and nothing but the animals. There’s a river that’s just black, it’s super super dirty. Just black with pollution, because there were places where there was like film in it, and it smelled really bad. But ya. It’s been going pretty good. We have a couple of investigators here. Hoping to find a couple more. We have one named Alumoso, who is really awesome. First lesson that we went and taught with him was lesson 2, or the Plan of Salvation. He really didn’t want to commit to baptism, but he said that after that lesson, he really felt something different. He felt really peaceful. Then him and his Sister, who is a member, felt the presence of their father, who had died awhile ago. He felt like he wanted him to move forward and get baptized. So now he is getting baptized on the 16th of September. That was super cool. We have a baptism this week, a teenager named Juan Pablo. He is super juicioso, so I don’t have any worries about that.

So as we are coming to a new area, I really just want to focus on being humble here. I really just like want to make this transition different than the last one. I was too cocky the last one. I really learned a lot, so I am really just trying to follow really really well this time. Trying to learn. Being a Zone Leader really hasn’t been much different than being whatever other thing other than there are a lot of phone calls, people ask you questions all the time. But really, it’s no different. So ya, that has been my life for the last week. This recording has already been long enough, I think. So I believe I will end it. I know that people are prepared to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord promises us that there are people prepared. I know that if we go out to find them, that the Lord will work miracles in our lives to make us better tools, and he’s going to work miracles in their lives, through us. I know that conversion takes place after the missionaries leave. I know, more than anything, that Jesus is my Savior. I testify that he restored his Gospel on the earth. I testify that the Book of Mormon is true, and that if we read it we can know it. It contains the words of everlasting life. I so testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Elder Lewis