This past week I hit my 6 month mark! It is crazy to think that I am a fourth of the way done. I am starting to think that the more my mission goes on, the less I will want it to be over. I have grown to love a lot of the ward that I am serving in and also the people that I have seen come unto Christ. Looking back, I have learned to love the work so much over the past six months. I have learned a lot of life skills as well that I am sure I will have for the rest of my life. And most of all I have learned of the love that my Savior has for me and how He truly knows me personally and knows my potential.
Update on the week:
This past week was transfer calls and Elder Dale is being transferred to the Summit ward which happens to be our neighboring ward just across the street hahah! As for me, I am staying in Parkland and getting Elder Strong. I am excited to take over the area and continue to serve in the Parkland ward. I have really come to love the members in Parkland. They are all so helpful and loving. My favorite part about this ward is how unified it is. It is like a family!
A couple of miracles:
While knocking an apartment complex, Elder Dale and I knocked on a door and a young teenage boy opened up. Some background information— up to this point, no one had been too interested in talking with us— and seeing that we were losing his attention I quickly opened the scriptures and flipped to the first verse that I saw. I looked at it and realized that it was one that I was familiar with. I then asked him if he knew why Jesus Christ had to be baptized...to which he replied that he didn't know. I then was able to read him the scripture and explained why it was important not only for Jesus Christ, but that it is also important for each of us to be baptized. Right then his mom yelled from behind the door, "Are you gonna let them in or not?" We proceeded to go in and visit with him and his mother—both non-members. Then come to find out, they are very familiar with the church and her other son had been baptized almost a year ago and she wanted to start going out to church again!
Yesterday, Elder Dale and I went to visit a family in our church. They are all members of the church except for the youngest child who is nine years old. The dad has been waiting to baptize his son because he wants him to know more and be ready. While conversing with the girlfriend, she told us that the boy, A, had been praying to be baptized. She told us that he mentioned this to her many times and shared his desire with her to be baptized! I can't think of a more pure-hearted little kid! I mean at age nine I was more worried about playing sports or hanging out with my friends. But this young boy new that God would answer his prayer and help him get baptized. I look forward to working with the H family and their son A.
Well I hope that you all have a great week!
|Yes that is a canoe! hahah!|