July 25 – Home, Sweet Home no more!

Dear Familia,

Transfer calls happened this past Saturday and right now I am packing. You read that right. I got told that I am leaving and my companion, Sister Bennion, is staying. She will do awesome.  I can’t believe that I have been here so long but my time has come to move on. I am just trying to keep up with all the adventures you’re having with moving. 🙂 Being serious though, I am excited for this next step but a little nervous. I started here and have been here for the last six months and I have grown so much and seen so many miracles. I will be sad to go but I know that the Lord needs me somewhere else right now. I won’t
know where I am going until tomorrow morning so next week I will be writing you from somewhere in the Oregon Salem Mission.

This past week has been really good though. This week I had interviews with my mission president, President Tateoka, and he asked me what I had learned so far on my mission. They say that the way to strengthen a testimony is by sharing it, and I found that as I shared what I learned, I could see the change in me and how grateful I am to have the fullness of the gospel in my life. One of the things that really stuck out to me was about personal revelation. I just love that we can ask God a question and he will answer. He hears us and loves us enough to help us. It is amazing to think about.

The aspect of the gospel that I taught this week that touched me the most was about hope. It isn’t a principle or specific topic that I taught but as a whole. The gospel gives us hope. Or at least to me the gospel gives me hope. In these troubling times and the unknown as a
future, to know that I have a living prophet to guide me is so comforting. To know that as I put my trust in God, everything will work out for the best. I shared this thought a lot this week. This is one of the reasons why I share the gospel, because it brings me hope and I know it can bring anyone hope as well.

I have to get back to packing but I hope you all are doing well and I know that moving is stressful so don’t forget to take breaks and go out for ice cream or something. I love you all a bunch and will hopefully have more time next week.

I know this gospel is true and that it is the fullness as far as God has revealed. I know that our living prophet President Monson was called of God and leads us in this time. I know that the Book of Mormon answers questions and is one of the best ways to receive
answers from God. I know that as we put our trust in God he can make our lives great and full of joy and if you find that your getting weighed down by the worldly things, read the scriptures and have your hope restored.


Sister Elizondo
Oregon Salem Mission

first transfer


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