Monday, November 30, 2009

Arbide. Elder Maxfield. New assignment: Assistant to the President. 5850 blog hits

Zone Leaders (Click on image to enlarge)
Hey Mom and Dad,

First off, HAPPY BDAY MOM!

Thanksgiving was great here. Sis Cox made a great Thanksgiving dinner and the table was beautiful. We had the opportunity to meet their son Matthew and his wife. They are really nice people. He wants to be a doctor and is studying at BYU, they were married in February. They are great people and you can see a lot of President Cox´ attributes in his son, but more so Sister Cox. We all had a chance to talk of one thing we were grateful for. I expressed my gratitude for having come on a mission because reflecting back I was really on the fence about coming. Coming here on the mission has been one of the greatest decisions of my life. It’s a blessing to have great parents whom have instilled in me a love for the gospel. I think of all the blessings I have had as a small boy, how heavenly father sent me to a loving family whom has embraced the gospel and without the gospel the people here may never enjoy even 10% of the blessings I have enjoyed.
I am glad to hear all the brothers are doing well. I GOT YOUR XMAS PACKAGE, thank you!!!

Now for the big news...Last Monday I wrote you about a meeting we had with the stake president and all the bishops. Just to let you know, I reported on what was spoken in that meeting to President Cox so he would know. While we were talking on the phone he told me that he wanted Elder Maxfield and me in his office on Wednesday morning for a meeting with the stake president because we were going to discuss a few things about what was said. Wednesday morning came and Elder Maxfield and I showed up on time ready for the meeting but president really didn’t want us there to talk about the stake, he had tricked us. Instead he extended an assignment to Elder Maxfield and me to be his personal Assistants for the remainder of our time here in the mission. Obviously I didn’t want to, nor could I say no, so I accepted. Also Elder Callen will be an Assistant with us. The current assistants are Elder Schow and Elder Hatton but they will both be leaving on the 19th of December so they are training us on a few of the duties of being assistants. Some of the basic duties of being an assistant are having success in the mission, being a good example to the other missionaries, and making sure that the mission is progressing and having success. Some of the small benefits of being an assistant are having increased contact with President Cox, eating with President and his wife and being able to drive mission vehicles. I am excited, a little overwhelmed and honestly I feel under-qualified. But I know that if I am diligent and pay attention to the council that President Cox, Elder Schow and Elder Hatton give me. I can become the assistant that I am expected to be. Now I will be living in the mission home from here on for the rest of my mission.

Anyways, I love you mom and dad. I hope all goes well and you enjoy the real spirit of Christmas which is the birth of the savior Jesus Christ. He was born in the most humble of circumstances and as Isaiah says "he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death”. He was crucified among theives yet layed in the tomb of the richman Joseph of Arimatea.

I love you all and appreciate your support! I can’t write much today because we are having a zone leader council and we have to prepare capacitations.

Love you!!!

Love Elder Salazar

Miriam's baptism (Click on image to enlarge)


Ricky said...

Wow Benito!!! That's amazing news. This mission is really giving you the experience and confidence to know that you will be great at anything you put your mind to in the future.
"Leadership Quality"!!!
– Ricky

Mark Bowden said...

Nothing better to hear a compliment from a son or daughter like the one you gave: It’s a blessing to have great parents whom have instilled in me a love for the gospel. Your Mom and Dad I bet are so pleased about your new assignment as assitant to the president, and so are we. Congratulations, your walking with the Big Dog in the TALL grass now.

Mark Bowden

Mike said...

movin on up Ben!

Anonymous said...

Hey Benj,

Thats great news, I am on my way over to see your mom in a few coz we are planning the ward Christmas social for this Fri night any hoo....cant wait to see what she has to say about your news (maybe I'll report back eh).

Your parents are great (I mean just look at their friends:) I know they are proud of you and feel blessed while you are serving your mission. I am so pleased for you, listen and learn and you will grow so much in these last final months of the mission.

Glad you had a great Thanksgiving. Have a good week.


Anonymous said...

Elder Salazar:

To the others I add my congratulations on your "promotion". I am sure President Cox prayed about it and it was confirmed you were the one for the position.

Feeling unqualified? I know that feeling. You will quickly learn your duties from the departing elders and be an even greater asset to the mission.

Beautiful sentiment about your parents and the heritage you have.

Bishop Bowring

Jeff Trader said...

Spectacular! You will be a real asset to your Pres. I know you will support him in a way that will build confidence in his leadership of the Mission.

You will learn much from him. My Pres was a convert to the Church and an Air Force Col. He had a way of putting things, sometimes with salty language, that could get your attention in no time. Most organized man I have ever worked with - he blessed my life; I know it will be the same for you.

Anonymous said...

Well Ben, first of all congradulations on your new assigment. Of course you deserve it and you WILL be the best assistant ever. How you have grown in your love of your mission. Isn't it amazing how things happen when we aren't even looking, just believe. Love, Titi.

Lori Crespo said...

Hello Ben,

Wow that story was so great. It made me cry (happy tears). I love to hear a child say such great things about their parents. It lets the parents know they are doing a good job. I could really feel your love for your parents in that compliment. Congrats on the new promotion. That is so exciting. You will do very good in your new position. You would not be in that position if God did not think you were capable. Much continued success in your last months in Mexico. We will be waiting to see you in a few months.
I love you very much Ben and I am very proud of you. I am grateful that you came into our lives. Thank you. Love Lori

Anonymous said...

Hola Benjamon,
Congratulations on your new assignment. Its a testament to your Good works that you reap the benifits of a job truely well done.I know you will be just a big a success in your new duties as you were in your last assignment. You have and are, really changing the lives of many many people. Your good fortunes throughout your upbringing are a Blessing to those who you share them with now. I see the wonder of God's plan in you. Your upbringing got you ready for what you are doing now. God Bless you and keep up the good work. I miss and Love you very much. Tony C.