Another cool experience was that the Valle Vista Elders texted us the name, address, and phone number of a less active lady in the Ward. We were able to get in contact with her and meet her on Friday just briefly. Then on Sunday we were able to talk with the Ward Council about her and get a member to drive over there to pick her up. It wasn't necessarily anything spectacular, but it's one of those moments where everything comes together and you see how missionary work can go at it's best. We'll be going back to teach her on Wednesday, and since she lives in a group home we are hoping that maybe someone else will be willing to listen as well. But we also run the risk of them being pretty crazy and possibly unaccountable, so we'll be wary of that situation.
I think the most important thing I have learned about myself on my mission is probably just that I have the potential to influence other people. Therefore I need to push myself to go out of my comfort zone, to try new things, reach out to others, and mostly just to do my best at everything I undertake. While being a Zone Leader may have been one of the "most successful" times of my mission, I think that I'm more proud of other things that I have been involved in. Things like improving an area, such as Valley View or Perris, from what I found when I arrived to where I left it when I transferred out. Also seeing the changes in Elder Herald from the time I first met him compared to now and to see his growth as a missionary. But all of these things came from trying to go above and beyond instead of just doing the basic requirements. As a Zone Leader you and your companion are both pretty competent and confident, so if you are both doing pretty good most of the time, things will be alright. But if you put forth your full effort anywhere you are serving, it will make a difference in the outcome.
I also think I learned that I need to be more willing to ask for help. I'm not stubborn in the way that I try to argue with everybody, but sometimes I'm stubborn in that I want to be independent, whether that is independent from the way we are taught to do things or independent from asking for help from the Lord. I've definitely learned that my prayers can be so much more meaningful and helpful if I make an effort to ask for help. I've learned a lot of different things, and I'm sure if you were to ask me again on a different day I would give you a completely different answer because there are so many aspects to what a person learns from his experiences,
I'm excited to be able to talk with you guys at home soon! Can't wait to see all of you.
From the West Side . . . . .