Letter #61 12/05/11 Cardenas, Tabasco!

hey fam,  so this week i{m writting you from Cardenas, Tabasco!

yep i got transfered.  its been crzy this week.    tuesdy we left
zapata and arrived in villahermosa para a Zone leaders council.  it
was probably one of my favorite meetings tht i{ve attended here in the
mission.   there was a powerful spirit there,  there were 20 of us and
the assitnts and the president of hte mission.    we spent the whole
two days tlking about what we{re going to be doing to focus more in
families in the coming months.   i felt pretty overwhelmed to be there
actually,  the elders there are some of the best in the mission.  with
powerful testimonies, tht really know how to do missionary work.
elder tlachi was there, it ws nice to see him again, along with alot
of my past zone leaders.
tuesday night after the meeting the president told me where i ws going
to be going.    he told me that i{d be serving in Cardenas con elder

wednesday we had another meeting but wednesdy night we headed to the
area.    the zone-city is called cardenas,  my area is a ward called
petrolera,   there are nine companionships in the zone.   and one of
the companion ships is sister missionaries! so that{ll be intersting.
  actually its been pretty fun these past few days, getting settled
into the zone leader asignments,  in zapata, eldre picket kindof took care of
everything, but here i get to do everything. ha, elder fiasal is
interesting.   he{s a convert to the church.  i think he{s got like 3
or 4 years of being a member.  he{s  nice guy, we get along pretty well,
but anyway its ok, because i{m pretty organized and so i think we{ll
even each other out.   i{m excited to be working with him,  he has
alot of experience really,   he{s been a zone leader for along time,
and he{s going to finish the mish in febuary.

     the ward here is dead.   we{ve had like 30 people or less there
sunday.    the bishops nice,  the leaders are good. but theres just
not enough active members and the whole wards pretty depressed.  but
i{m going to focus lot this week in trying to get the leaders of the
organizations active and strt doing visits with them.   also i think
we{re going to be looking for less active families that we can
activate, and praying to know who we should visit.
we watched the christmas first presidency devotionl sunday, tht was
super neat.   i was thinking all yesterday bout president monson, and
what an incredible man he is.  he really is an inspiration and a
example for all of us.   i admire so much the charity and the love he
shows towards everyone.    i watched  video that was alike  summary of
things he{s done in his life this week and it really made me think of
how selfless he is,  how much faith he puts in the lord,    there was
a part in the video that shows when he was called as an apostle and he
talked in conference for the first time,   idk exactly how he said it
but he said something along the lines of -  if my life has any worth
or meaning,  my only wish it to waste it out in the service of the
lord and to live worth of the holy calling which he hs given me!
---       i{ve was thinking alot about how it is that a person becomes
like him,    and then this morning i read an articule in the october
conference of 2010, that talks about Faith and charcter,  but it said
there tht we hve to be constantly, every day, the person we desire to
become --  not only in action but in thought, even our desires,  and
if we do that,  then with time we actually become that person.    i
know this applies much to missionary work, and really to all of us.
  my mish pres. said this week thta we dont have to wait to be a
bishop to act like one,  we dont have to wait to be  mish pres to act
like one,  we dont have to wait to be a god, to act like one.    i
know that if we give our best effort everyday to be come what the lord
wants us to be, living in the way that he taught, we will one day be
like unto him, nd full of his love.

hope you have a great week.
love elder lloyd

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