So this week was in a sense an odd sort of week. It was normal as far as normal missionary work goes with proselyting, teaching, and contacting to try and find new people to teach. The thing that made it different was how much we’ve talked and thought about all the missionaries in our zone. There’s a lot of stuff that’s happening and might happen in the future that’ll require a lot of adjustment from the missionaries here. We did a lot of companionship splits and exchanges this week to minister to missionaries and make sure that we’re all functioning together as a zone. One of the things that IU’ve had a lot of opportunities to teach over the past week and in turn learn is how important people are in this work, whether it be companions or investigators or even ourselves. One thing I’ve learned recently is God’s priorities in our relationships, concerning missinary work. The first is our relationship with him, second is our relationship with our companion, and finally is our relationship with the people we teach. It sounds funny, and I know it did for me when I first heard it, but one thing we’ve really tried emphasizing in our zone for the past few weks has been unity. God has called us to work in companionships of 2, and true success comes when you work with your companion in unity, not how many baptisms or how many investigators you have. One thing that I learned is that you don’t take your investigators home with you, you don’t take home baptisms, or the people that you met. But you DO take home the skills and the things that you have learned and that have changed you. Those are the things that will continue to influence you in your future life, and that is why I believe that ultimately the person that benefits the most from serving a mission is the one that serves one. Learning to work with another person in unity is such an eternal skill, and it’s absolutely essential for missionary work. That’s something that every new missionary needs to learn, that ultimately, their companion is more important than their investigators. I’ve seen missionaries who want to get out there and just work their hardest, which is an awesome desire, but they also have to realize that if their singular desire is to work hard, they are putting work before people, and I’ve seen that happen when missionaries put the work over the person that they should be closest with. It leads to a lot of “dragging this guy behind me while I’m trying to get things done”. It takes a ton of humility to bring it back a notch in order to see how you both can work together in unity before you go out and “get the work done” so to speak.