Monday, May 26, 2014

Cartago Costa Rica 5.26.14

Ok, transfers. Elder Estrada was transferred to serve in San Miguel in San Jose. I learned a lot from yesterday. I'll write a lot about that in a second. I'm still here serving in Cartago. My new companions name is Elder Guevara. He's from El Salvador and is my cousin. Elder Johnson is our grandpa and Elder Estrada and Elder Celida, (our fathers) were brothers. So I'm serving in Cartago with my cousin and our Grandpa is still our Zone Leader. We don't know who the new Lider de DIstrito is until tonight. Elder Guevara has 9 months in the field and is pretty cool.
The lesson I learned yesterday was about pride, humility, and charity.
Elder Estrada was confident that he was going to be transferred. So he took a notebook with him and had people write down parting words of wisdom and other stuff. He filled our day fill of all the people he wanted to say goodbye to. They each gave about 5 minute talks about what a great Elder he is and how much success he is going to have. At the time we didn't know which of us was going to be transferred. So in my mind I began asking questions like, "What about me? I might leave too ya know" But as time went on,  recognized that that was actually a very prideful thought. I decided that now was a good time to learn to swallow my pride and learn how to be more humble. I took comfort in the thought that even if I was going to be changed, I knew that I made a difference here. I didn't need all the praise. One day I will see those people enter into Heaven. That's good enough for me. So I swallowed my pride and just let go. Once I did that, I began to experience charity. I love my investigators, recent converts, and the members here. But every once and awhile we have a brush with true charity. There's a reason why Moroni or Mormon exhort us to pray with all diligence of heart for that gift. It is some of the most beautiful, wonderful, feeling I've ever experienced.
I don't know who the new District Leader will be. It really doesn't matter who. But think it will be my companion. He's humble and I'd follow him already. He's a great guy.
I almost forgot to write this. We had two more baptisms!! One on Sunday and one on Saturday. One was a little 8 year old girl named Grace and the other was the daughter of Patricia and Juan Jose named Stephanie! Slowly helping that family become eternal. Its excellent. Anyways I love you all lots!
Siga Adelante,
Elder Neider

PS. When you send packages, make sure to pack some new ties...... It's the only part of the clothes that changes besides gray or blue pants....

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