Before my mission, there were so many things I did not like about myself. To give just a few examples: I was unreliable, lazy and badly organized. I did not like to work in a group or team at all nor was I willing to invest big effort in something I did not like. Perfect example: French Classes! I was more or less aware of these things but I never had the willpower and diligence to change them, until now.
Serving my mission is probably the best opportunity I will ever get to humble myself and dedicate everything I have to God. And as He promised in the Book of Mormon, he makes "weak things become strong unto [me]". I am still not great at working in a team. But being with a companion every minute, you do learn to compromise and to find a common way to do things. For the first time ever I dare to say that I am well organized. My desk is still messy but much more organized than it ever was back home or at school.
I am very grateful for this time I have here in Spain. It has already changed me a lot and I know that it will have an impact for the better for the rest of my life.
To finish up today's report, let me share with you my favorite example of how a weakness can become a strength. Something that will never ever change is my love for Swiss chocolate. I am still addicted to it and that will never change no matter how many missions I serve. Knowing me perfectly, my Heavenly Father has made use of this addiction of mine to do missionary work. Two weeks ago, we were in Sevilla waiting for our train. There was a store selling Lindt chocolate and I could not resist the temptation to buy one of the overpriced boxes. As I was paying for my beloved Swiss chocolate, the woman who owns the store started talking to me, asking questions about my mission. Now, two weeks later, her whole family and friends are receiving the missionaries at their house.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:9
¡Cuidaos mucho! eder Gantner