I had a cool experience this week. I have been struggling latley. I’ve been trying to love the people and Oaxaca and I’ve seen little glimpses of me loving them, but I have not really felt a true love (charity, which is most important) for them.
So Friday I fasted because I just wanted help: I wanted to be a missionary. I wanted to love. I wanted to speak Spanish. So I fasted and felt a little better afterward. But my answer actually came a little later on Saturday.
We had a conference with the General Authority assigned to Mexico, Elder Johnson, who is Aunt Sheralee’s Dad. It was amazing! At first we all got in a line and shook hands with him and he said, “Elder Moore”. Then he said, “Oh, you are the grandson of Gary Moore and the son of Rob Moore.” I answered yes, and we talked for like 15 seconds because there was a line. His talk to the missionaries was amazing! It was just what I needed to hear. He spoke about teaching with the Spirit and that that requires love. For the closing Hymn I lost it; I started to cry. We sang Hymn number 2, ‘The Spirit of God’.
I wanted to love the people but I just felt like the language and a little bit of home was holding me back. After the closing prayer I was putting my stuff in my bag and suddenly Elder Johnson was right by me. He shook my companion’s hand, then he came over to me and shook my hand and I just started to cry. He said, “You’re struggiling, aren’t you?” I answered that I was, and then he gave me a big hug and told me he loved me and said to be patient and the language will come. Then he gave me another big hug and told me he loved me again. I have not felt the love of Christ so strong in my life. Then his wife came over and started to talk to me and told me my heart was in the right place, and to just take it one day at a time and become a little better each day. Then they pulled out their iPads and we started to talk about the family, and they showed me some videos of Adam eating a hamburger. Then they put them away and said, “Oh, we’re sorry; we don’t want to make you homesick.” They are amazing people!
After that meeting we had a lesson with a new investigator and I have not felt so much love for someone here than I did during that lesson. It is almost impossible to not love the people here and Oaxaca after i felt that kind of love from another. My mission is going to be so much better! I am so blessed to be able to be serving a mission and I know Heavenly Father answered my prayer through Elder and Sister Johnson. I love missionary work.
Photo of Christopher with his companion and Elder Dan Johnson (center) in front of the Oaxaca Temple