August 28, 2016
This week we say good bye to one of the best missionaries we have known, Elder Lorenzo L. He joined our mission within weeks of our arrival. We have loved him since we first met him. He is held in the highest esteem by every missionary in this mission. He is a natural at teaching and his love of people can be easily felt.
Elder Lorenzo L. is from Chile. He came on his mission just shy of his 24th birthday. He is a certified mid-wife. He had received a scholarship for this training and the scholarship could not be deferred. He chose to finish his schooling and then serve a mission. Because of his outstanding performance in school, he was offered a scholarship for a postgraduate degree studying in Europe following graduation. However, his goal was to fulfill a mission for the church and so he turned this opportunity down.
While attending medical school, he fell in love with another medical student. She is still the love of his life, but together they decided that he should serve the Lord for two years before they married. She stayed behind practicing her profession. The wedding is planned for November.
Elder Lorenzo L.’s parents will arrive next Friday morning. We will be there with Elder L. to greet them. There will be many tears of joy which will help mask some of the tears that Keith and I will be crying. Our tears will include a few of sorrow as we bid farewell to an extremely fine man.
What a privilege we have had in Mexico.