Elder Carter's Argentinian Mission

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Yup . . . Transfers

You know the saying, “I’m not losing a daughter, I’m gaining a son”?  Strangely enough, it describes exactly how I feel right now.

We have been working as a trio for the past two weeks in two different cities and two different wards.  It has been absolutely crazy, but also completely amazing.  As for the quote (above), Elder Serón got his new companion and won’t be working with us any more.  I am really going to miss him – but the good news is that his companion is here and is a really great missionary (it’s like gaining another son!).  His name is Elder Miranda and is from Peru.  He is really excited and has nine months in the mission.  That means that I am with three “young” Latino missionaries (The three of them have 15 combined months in the mission and I have over 21).  Their excitement is contagious and I know that the four of us will get along great!

Well, I haven’t written a lot about the work in the past couple of weeks so here is a quick overview*.  As a trio we worked really efficiently together (something that was more difficult in my last trio) and one of the main reasons is because we divided up the time and the responsibilities.  Everyone understood their part and completed it.  In our companionship and in our respective wards, I learned a lot about delegation and trust.  We had to coordinate a lot between ourselves and also between the members.  Also, one of the best things that I learned from this experience is that “You can delegate tasks but you can’t delegate responsibility.”

Almost everyone will agree to help you with the intention of completing, but committing them do do something doesn’t transfer the responsibility to them, but rather the task.  This is also in the scriptures.  Here are a couple of examples:

When the earth got to a certain point of wickedness, God needed to destroy the earth with a flood.  He called Noah to the task of warning the people (which he did for a VERY long time) and then when everyone had been given the chance to repent, He commanded Noah to build the ark.  God had delegated a task upon his servant, Noah . . . but who was the one who was responsible for saving the human race?  Noah had the task (and in some sense, the “responsibility” to complete his task), but God still had the responsibility of saving the human race even though He wasn’t in charge of completing the task.  In other words, if Noah didn’t build the ark God would still have the responsibility to look for someone else because he still had spirit children to be born on this world.

There are a couple of interesting things here:
  1. Noah still faced the consequences of fulfilling his task (had he not done it, he would have been punished).
  2. Noah was carrying the task while God carried the responsibility.
  3. God stayed in contact with Noah while he was building.
  4. God made sure that it got accomplished – no matter what.
From these three things we learn:
  1. There is responsibility for the assigned person on the “task level”.
  2. The one with the task is responsible to the delegator and the delegator is responsible for the outcome.
  3. There needs to be communication between the two parties (commitment, verification, follow-up, etc).
  4. The responsibility cannot be delegated and the outcome depends on the delegator.
There are many other examples in the scriptures with some of the most notable being the Creation, Moses leading the Israelites, the 2,000 stripling warriors, the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, etc.  In each one, there is a higher power guiding a lesser power and in many cases it gives the outcomes if they succeed through obedience or if they fail through disobedience.

Each of us play a leadership role in our lives.  There is no way to avoid it – but that is the beauty of it!  I am reminded of when I was doing my Eagle Scout Project and one of my leaders taught me something very important.  He said that the point of the project isn’t so that we work hard by ourselves, but rather to coordinate and help everyone to lift together.  When we do that, we can do much more then we can ever do alone.  We have been sent to earth in order to learn to become like our Father in Heaven through the example of His Son.  One of the great things that we must learn is to coordinate and manage to help everyone to lift together.  That is why we have been given marriages.  That is the point of families.  That is the purpose for quorums.  Everyone we associate with can help us to help others.  We have the responsibility to magnify what we have been given in life, and our associations with other people is one of those things.  Someday we will be held accountable for everything that we accomplish in our lives – each according to our capacity.  We will speak with our Father and also with everyone that we have (or could have) associated with.  Let us all do everything in our power to move God’s great work along in every way that we can.

“For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”

Thank you all so much for everything!  I love you all so much!  I hope you have an awesome week and do many great things!

Elder Carter

*PS  It was going to be a quick overview, but it turned out to be a sermon on delegation and coordination . . . I’ll talk more about our investigators next week.  If you would like to keep them in your prayers, we are focusing on three families:
  • The Galvan family (she is having some health difficulties and her daughter needs some motivation to attend with her)
  • The Ibañez family (they are progressing well, but are in a difficult financial situation)
  • The Rodrigez family (they are very excited, but are face obstacles each time they try to push forward)
Thanks so much!!!!  Take care!!!!

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