Wednesday, August 21, 2013

July 29, 2013 Justin is back in his beloved Rio Bravo!

Hello Family and Friends,
Well I am guessing that everybody heard but I am back in Rio Bravo!!! I wanted to surprise everyone that I was going to Rio Bravo, but this Elder that was here told everybody that I was coming back, so surprise ruined. Oh well... haha. Well it has been a crazy week. I kind of knew my area before because I have been here 3 times in exchanges, but I never was like astonished by it. But it’s a good area, but nothing is better like being in my old area here in Rio Bravo-Condesa. But I will get accustomed to this new area hopefully. The thing is that I now have 7 areas, goodness gracious, when I come to visit; I have to go visit the entire border pretty much... But I have loved all my areas and I am sooo grateful for all the help that everyone has given and me and all the memories in every one of them. 
Well my companion is Elder Gonzalez and he is a good worker, he reminds me sooo much of my buddy Reggie Roberts but Mexican. It blows me away how much they act alike. But he is awesome and fun to talk to. 
In the house where I live, ugh it’s a disaster though. I am getting my cleaning and repairing skills on. And so we have that fun adventure today, hopefully we can make looking like a missionary mansion soon, just a step at a time because there is never time to do any personal stuff like clean well and stuff like that. 
 On Friday, we had exchanges and I went to the Condesa to work with this Elder there and it was a great day. It felt so bizarre to be there because it felt like I was a youngster in the mission once again, but a year has already passed since I was there. While we were there, not a whole lot has changed. It's just that several of the friends that I have here weren´t there because they are on missions. But I saw some very familiar faces, who were once investigators, now very active members and I was sooo happy to see those changes in these people. I also had something very spiritual happen to me conversing with a very good friend of mine here in Rio Bravo. I know for sure that God answers prayers when we ask him with faith. I have had a testimony of prayer ever since I decided to go on a mission, but this experience was a very spiritual and a huge testimony builder for me. I didn’t get transferred here for just whatever reason and I was privileged to converse with and help a good friend in need here in Rio Bravo. I was able to be a part of somebody´s prayer and help, and my testimony has grown stronger of how real this work is and that we are really instruments in God’s hands. We just have to be obedient and receptive to God´s guide. 
Well I hope everyone has a great week and that everybody is very blessed. And remember be willing to help and receptive to the spirit when Guides you to help those in need. It feels overwhelmingly joyful when those moments happen. 
I love you all and I hope that you all have a great week.
Elder Justin Powell


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