So changes always tend to be crazy, that’s what I love about Pres Hintze. I mean, I had the time where I got the call about 11pm that both my comp and I would be leaving and that we were to be at the church at five in the morning, packed. There was the time I was told I was going to Belize just outside of my twelve week training. There was the time I was sent to Corozal, somewhere I would’ve never guessed I’d go! And now this. So here’s what went down. On Monday Elder Tague said, “Patterson. You’re going to El Salvador. Don’t cry.” Haha! I did. Just a little. So Monday, Tuesday. Tuesday I went all the way to Belmopan for the entire day and did paper work to go. Wednesday, I’m set on packing/planning/etc to be ready. I hate telling people I’m leaving, it’s the worst thing ever. So I hadn’t told anyone, I figured I’d wait a little. Then, Wednesday afternoon I got a call, “Patterson, good news or bad news first?” “Good!” “You’re not going to El Salvador.” “WHAT.” “Bad news is you’re still around to mess with me!” Haha! Oh Elder Tague. He’s the senior elder in Belize City. We are bffs. And Sister Tague, I love them! So ya, not going to El Salva, so then we were thinking, sweet! I’m staying because, now for sure, next change I’ll head back to El Salva. And we figured Hunt and I would stay together because I’ll just have one more in Belize. Nope, got a call Saturday night. “Patterson you have changes.” “Uhh huh… okay Elder Tague.” “No, seriously. You have changes. You’re going down South. Be packed by Tuesday.” Yep. Can you believe it?
So this change they are doing it differently. Normally in that phone call you know who your comp will be, and where you will be put. Now, those who have changes are just going to pack, and we’ll head down to Belize City, and they’ll announce it there. Ya.
Hahaha, I love it! The suspense is killing me.
And then let’s get the point also that this week has been tears. Poor Hunt has a headache from crying! I do as well. And Elvis said he does too! Hehe. I love Corozal. Love, love, love. So the way I announced it… oh man. They told all the missionaries who were leaving to come up and bear their testimonies at church. So I get up there… “Good morning everybody… I…” Tears. HaHa, I could not keep it together. Shared my testimony, a scripture. Oh man. I just looked in the crowd (with my blurry eyes) and saw all of the faces. Faces I saw the first time I gave a talk in Corozal, I remember thinking, I don’t know anyone here! Now, they’re family. That’s what I love about Belize, the branch takes you in, and you’re family. So much love! I will miss it. I got down back to my seat, pulled out my roll of toilet paper I brought, because I knew it’d be a tough day. Ingrid grabbed my shoulder and said, “it’s all going to be okay sister.” I heard Elvis sniffling. Reyna held my hand. And Ryan said, “I’m sad you are going sister patt.” “I said, it’s okay, we are friends forever, right?” “Right.” It was nice actually because I was able to say goodbye to everyone at the church. Lots of pics.
PS next email we will be writing on Tuesday.”