It’s yours truly, Elder Carson Saunders. Yep, you read that right! I’m back and better than ever! I honestly hate writing emails for some reason. But here’s a quick update since the last time you heard from me (which was December 23rd… yikes).
Well, let’s get right to it.
Happy new year! It went well, January was a crazy month but also super fun. Not much to tell other than the grind never stops.
I had the incredible opportunity to go to the temple with the first family I baptized on my mission so they could get sealed. Amazing doesn’t even come close to explaining how special that experience was. The Lord is truly in charge and I love being one of His servants.
The second week in January, we had a mission tour with Elder Adrian Ochoa of the 70. He is in the area presidency here. He was a baller! I actually had a pretty long conversation with him at lunch, just talking about his experience as a 70 and his ideas for missionary work. Really good, he taught us that everything we do should be focused on helping people enter the waters of baptism.
Our friend Bonifaco was baptized 2 weeks ago! That was a really special experience, as I was with him the longest of any of the 4 missionaries that taught him. It was super cool to see him make that decision and follow-through with it.
Last Monday I got transferred to a new area! I was serving in the Kemah Branch down in League City, TX. But now I’m here in Houston 8 (Spanish) ward up in the actual city. Houston 8 (H8) is a pretty great ward. It’s a tiny bit smaller than an averaged-sized ward. But it’s still a lot bigger than the branches I’ve been working in for the past year. There are a couple of issues in the ward right now, so it’s our job to figure out what we can do to help turn things around.
Aaaand that brings us to today. This past week has been loco, I have to get used to the crazy city life again. But I’m excited to put some work into this area and get things off the ground again.
I just want to testify that the Savior truly knows our needs. Sometimes I think that I know more than him, but then He proves me wrong. It’s humbling, but it is so amazing.
Love y’all, have a great week!
Here are some pictures.