I think my body is finally used to riding long bike distances! After a year and a half of no bike, it is hard to get used to again.
We had a great week, including the Marcos Paz stake conference yesterday. We had to take an early train to get there on time. The stake center is about an hour away. The train was really cool though early in the morning. We could see the sun melt the frost across the whole farms making everything foggy.
So we got to the stake conference, which was in Loma Grande, one of my old areas! It was great to see all the members I met before. President and Sister Robertson spoke to us and also Elder Batalla and Elder Krasnoselsky of the 70 gave talks. After the conference, I went to go shake hands with Elder Krasnoselsky and say thank you. I went to shake his hand and he gave me a big hug, kissed me on the cheek, and said, "Elder Gygi, thank you for serving in our country!" He then gave me some very important advice on missionary work. He said, "Elder Gygi, never let anyone walk past you with talking to them. I promise you that if you do this, you will find more investigators, you will teach more lessons, and you will baptize more people." He then told me a story of once when he was waiting for a bus. Two missionaries came up to wait for the same bus. They greeted him but didn't say anything more. Due to a delay, they were waiting together at the bus stop for an hour. He said that the missionaries never talked to him. "Could you imagine if I was not a member? I never would have been able to accept the message you carry," he told me. I realized that no one is obligated to accept our message. But we, as members of the church, are obligated to share it and give people the chance. Never think that someone will say no. We all must at least offer.