So we got to talk to Lloyd for Mothers' Day, which was really awesome. He goes to a members house with Internet and we get to do Skype so we can see him. He looks really good and he's really growing up.
He's starting to get nervous about coming home, which is actually good. It means that he has been putting himself into his mission and really focusing on working hard and working with the people of Panama. It will be overwhelming to him when he gets home. First, he will experience the loss of his mission and he really won't know what to do with himself. That will be a big change. I remember when I came home from my mission and the second I got off the plane it hit me that I was home and I wanted to go back. The second is that he has been in very poor and humble places and coming home will be a shock. We tend to forget how blessed we are to live in a wonderful country and we are used to so many things that others don't. Things like hot water, carpeting, electricity that always works, etc. He says he can't wait to feel carpet again.
I think Lloyd is enjoying being a Zone Leader. He does a lot to encourage the other missionaries, which is really good. Leadership in the church is much more about serving others than telling them what to do and I think he has discovered that. He makes brownies, cake, treats and other things to motivate the missionaries. He makes it fun and that's important.
He's getting along good with his companion. He said that at first he wasn't sure because he had heard things about him, but they are doing well and get along good. They work hard.
It's amazing to hear him talk in Spanish. While talking to us, occasionally someone will talk to him and he will respond and he's very fast! It's fun to see that. If he keeps his language skills it will help him in life. I wish I knew a second language.
Well, only another month and Lloyd comes home.