A 20 year old missionary serving in the Costa Rica San Jose East Mission passed away in his sleep Tuesday night July 16th from Asthma related causes. Elder Richard Cuevas was from Mexico and had been out for 6 months. Elder Cuevas was a well known in both the East & West Missions. He was an outstanding missionary & dearly loved by everyone.
This is a photo taken at the end of the memorial service/special Sunday meeting that we had for Elder Richard Cuevas on Sunday July 19th. His family came form Mexico for it and it was a very special time. (I am 5th in from the left, orange tie, next to Pres and Sister Hayes)
So Wednesday. . . . .President was supposed to be there for the Zone Meeting. But something happened he was running behind and so he could not come. So we had the whole Zone Meeting and things went well. Then I said we were going to take a break of 10 mins. Then President arrived and said EVERYBODY back in the meeting I have an announcement. and I explained what we had done in the meeting and he said well this announcement is going to change the meeting up a bit. and then he announced that Elder Cuevas had passed away a few hours earlier. Everybody was hit pretty hard. I didn´t know him but man that affected President quite a bit. I talked to him and he is doing good.
Then we all said a prayer together and then President said well the time is back to you guys, the Zone leaders. Well, so I had everything planned to teach and man that was hard. Not hard, but different to have to be able to teach right after that announcement! But then on Sunday we had a beautiful service for him and his family was there. His mom talked and then finished everything and said Harrah for Israel!!! Man it was hard, but we all know that he is doing the same exact work on the other side.
Sister Hayes letter to all the missionary parents:
Dear Parents of our Missionaries,
Thank you for your prayers and concerns for the family of Elder Cuevas. We have felt the Lord's encompassing power of love, comfort, and peace this weekend as we've been together with Elder Cuevas' parents and these special missionaries. All is well. We will continue onward with faith! Thank you again for your prayers!
Well Changes happened. I am still here as ZL in the same area. it was cool though to be able to have some say in changes. who would be good to train. who would good leaders and things like that and the to be able to call each area and tell that they had changes and where they were going. Things here are do great though and I am loving the opportunities I have to get to know the missionaries on a different level and still get to teach too.
some changes are being made. We have been talking with the Assistants and it’s a possibility that they are to come work in our area as well. Basically divide the area and they would be there as well.
Well I love you all. Keep The Zone La Paz in your Prayers. Pray for them to meet their inspired goals! We need everything we can get to help us in August.