I’m calling this the last mass email of my mission. Next Monday I will email the family and then pack for the rest of the time, So this is the last one. It has been a fun ride to go through the mission. I have learned many skills that I don’t think that I could have developed anywhere else. During the last few weeks I have been doing a course that will help me transition to normal life. Some of the questions that it asked I feel are appropriate to put here.
What are the most important spiritual truths the Lord has taught you?
The Gospel is one eternal round of progression with simple truths that a small child can understand, but complex enough to spend a lifetime studying. In short, you will never reach the end of gospel knowledge. Testimony is a powerful thing when used in conjunction with the Holy Scriptures The Scriptures are the one and only truth that is in the world, the words of prophets and apostles are included in this.
How will you continue your scripture study habits after you return home?
What will I study?
I will study the Book of Mormon and Jesus the christ, as well as reading the bible from time to time.
When will I study?
Mornings or evenings
How long will I study?
30 mins, and when I have a spare moment
At home, what kinds of activities will you participate in to help you keep the Sabbath day holy?
Family history, I have plenty to learn on my family
What are your goals for participating in temple and family history work?
Attending the temple at least twice a month
How will you continue to give service after returning home?
Temple attendance, and helping fulfill callings in the ward.
At the end of the last course, it says:
Picture that person in your mind.
Write a purpose statement for your life that will inspire you to work hard and seek God’s help to become the person He knows you can be. The missionary purpose from Preach My Gospel is a strong sample statement.
The purpose and statement I wrote is:
My purpose will continue to change as I receive new light into my life. How that will occur is continuing to read the scriptures, listen to the counsel of our priesthood leaders, and daily prayer. I know that I as I do these things, I will come understand the deepest of God’s mysteries and gain salvation and exaltation in God’s kingdom.
Another week down, and I was reminded by my family that I now have 31 days left on my mission. What a crazy thought that my mission is coming to a close. It almost seems like it going by quickly, but in the moment it doesn’t seem that way. But I have thought about a couple of things. I was asked by a member family this last week to talk about some of my experiences. It was kind of nice to talk about it with them a little bit, practice for when my family asks me in person if you will, while I was doing that I talked a lot on the Christlike attribute of charity. It was interesting to me because I have studying it lately as well as diligence. Both are linked in a unique way because you need to have charity for the people to begin with, but you need to have diligence (and patience) to maintain that love and charity. I made that link that morning and I shared it with this family. They said that that was interesting and that they would look at it further. So even in my “old age” I still have tricks up my sleeve. Many of the tricks that I have learned will certainly carry into the other aspects of my life. I am coming closer to the model that I thought I could never achieve. Some of the other aspects of life that have been positively impacted is that I have learned skills that have improved my social skills. I could go into long detail about the things I have learned, but those can easily be subjects for other emails. ;)Anyway, it has certainly has been a overall positive experience, loved every moment of it (Well, most of them.)
Wow. I can’t believe we have finally gotten to this point in my mission. Has it really been almost 2 years since I have left? Well, Yeah it has, and it has gone by quick. While I still have this time though, I will still gladly serve the Lord.
I have a new companion to introduce. His name is Elder Dalsasso, and he is from Draper, Utah. He is Brazilian and speaks a little Portuguese. He is also serving as a district Leader in the area. We live in a 4 elder apt with Elders Davis and Girardelli, who is also going home with me. So we are both (Me and E Girardelli) doing our best to focus on completing our missions and having a bit of fun along the way.
We have lots we still have to do, so this will be another short one, but I hope you all have a good week!!
I’m being transferred again! The tradition of moving to every which place continues. I have had way too many areas to count and more companions than I wish to count. But this is the final stretch of my mission, entering the last six weeks of my mission. My family awaits my return and they have set up a count til I come home. My mom told me we are at 45 days. Watch it go by quickly…
In other news, we have been on our 4th week of finding new people to teach, but now that we are leaving, it is up to the sisters that are replacing us to follow-up. Oh, I probably ought to mention that we have 14 missionaries coming into the mission, 12 of which are sisters. That’s a lot of sisters, and only so many areas to put them in. But I will be going to Framingham, MA for my final 6 six weeks.
Because I am so close to the end of my mission, I ask that no more packages be sent to me for the rest of my mission, I don’t know if the mission will refer mail back to me when I go home.
We had 2 terrifically terrible storms this weekend (Which explains in part why this is an early send out) which have dropped 4 ft over 3 days. The snow is part of 2 storm systems that originated from different areas of the country. We did get snowed in and were red-dotted both times. They occurred on Thursday and Saturday-Sunday.
As a side note, our Zone Leaders have a video that a member posted to facebook this last week. It went Viral pretty quickly, the link is here if you want to see and reshare.
Go check out this: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/more-flexibility-announced-mormon-missionary-schedules. We can now start our day earlier and potentially get more stuff done. We have been doing this for half a week so we will see how much of an adjustment this is. Our mornings are arranged somewhat differently and p-day is now longer, now there is more cleaning and prep can be done. Planning is now in the morning as well. I wonder why they didn’t announce this sooner in my mission. Other than that we are still doing our best to find those who are prepared, we have several people who are potentials but nothing has come of it yet. We planned for week 5, My oh my is it going by quickly. I’ll be home before I know it. But in the meantime still serving the Lord!
Have a good week!
We have recently begun a find-a-thon where we will, throughout the week, focus on finding people to teach. We have been in a drought of investigators recently and we need to find more of the Lord’s elect. I don’t often do this, but I want all who read this to pray for the missionaries so that they can be led to those who are ready to receive the Gospel. You can pray for us by name if you wish but it might also benefit others who are in a similar situation. Anyway, with that out of the way…
I have just realized how far I have left to go; I have maybe 3 months left to go on my mission. That is a scary thought. Wasn’t it last week that I was in the MTC? Wasn’t it yesterday I undergoing my first transfer? Didn’t I have an iPad and a purpose with using the iPad? I have undergone a lot of changes over the last year. I won’t say that I have undergone massive personality shifts, but I have done some significant introspection as this phase comes to a close. I know it’s a ways off, but I have procrastinated before (No fun) and now seems like a good time to do it. Preparation will always beat improvisation!
Mom’s note: when we pointed out that he has closer two months left than three he said:
Don’t remind me, I’m trying to fool myself into thinking I have longer. I officially wont have 2 months until the 31st. Then I will have 2 months until the end of February. On a different note, I fooled a missionary at zone conference into thinking I had been out for 2 months (In my defense, He asked how long I had been IN the mission, I told the truth 😁). He was quite surprised when someone commented later that I had been out for 20 months, so the joke didn’t last long…
Among some of the other things that were done in the week, we had zone conference with interviews immediately afterwards. That was an interesting experience, so interesting that we didn’t finish all of the interviews yet. Still waiting on President on when he wants to do them. He is quite on a busy schedule though so we cut him some slack as long as he doesn’t cut into appointments.
Other than that, not much has happened. Weather wise, it has been an unseasonably warm week, we got a small dusting this morning but I bet its all gone now.
So have a good week!!
Sickness always seems to force weeks to be slow. There’s not much that you can do when you are sick, just remember to do the simple things that keep you healthy, so that you don’t have to worry about it.
We have been working extensively recently on helping the Branch create a mission plan for further the work of salvation in the area. We have developed a sort of how-to guide on creating an effective plan so that the most work can be done quickly and see progress as it happens. It’s been a lots of planning, typing, and prayers to get it to a point where we are about ready to present it to the Branch Council and then to the Branch at large. Overall very interesting process.
Other than that, we have been exchanging some not so nice things recently, namely sicknesses. We started with it and somehow it escaped and now the zone of missionaries has gotten it a couple of times. Oh well, nothing we can do once it escapes, but lesson learned.
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