Elder Tingey's letters as he serves an LDS mission in Culiacàn, Mexico
Monday, July 25, 2011
Loving your companion
Our recent convert, Maria Luìsa, had been waiting for a long time to be able to be baptized, and was finally able to do so because her boyfriend moved out. So, she got baptized, but then her boyfriend came back! That seemed kind of unfortunate, but it's turned out to be a blessing. Maria Luìsa has 8 kids! Marino, her boyfriend, never seemed to want to help out much with the kids, and never really wanted much to do with the missionaries, but something has changed. They're planning on getting married in the beginning of August, he's been super good with the kids, and he's completely opened up to us and has been coming to church with us in the past few weeks. We set a baptismal date with him for the beginning of August, after their wedding. At first, I was under the impression that Marino was making those changes for some benefit that he could recieve, but the more time I've spent teaching him, the more surprised I've been by how genuine he is about everything.
I'm doing well. This transfer has been more difficult than most, but things are improving. Elder Cervera and I are both learning a lot about how to love your companion. I want to always do my best to be diligent and obedient, having no regret. I'm striving to be more faithful; doing my best requires a lot of reliance on the Lord. "The only thing you can know is that you don't know anything."