Month: November 2016

Ok, that was fun…

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Well, the transfer has come and gone, and I’m stickin’ around in N Brookfield, MA. And that is OK! Because I dont want to learn an area quickly and then only stay for the week, but my luck has me staying with the area Vet, Elde Roy. He has been here for 6 months now! But we are having plenty of fun and getting lots of good work done. But overall, I love it out here, I dont like the city to much…

Anyway, PICTURES!

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Elders Roy, Piper, Miller, and Me at the Quobbin Reservoir

Which was pretty sweet! Love it when we dedicate more temples.
Which I guess leads me to the thought of this week:
To start, let me quote from “Preparing to enter the Holy Temple”:
There are many reasons why one should want to come to the temple. Even its external appearance seems to hint of its deeply spiritual purposes. Much more is this evident within its walls. Over the door to the temple appears the tribute “Holiness to the Lord.” When you enter any dedicated temple, you are in the house of the Lord.
We are truly blessed to participate in the many ordinances that are performed in the temples of the Lord. As we strive to continually attend, we can “throw off” the influence of the adversary. One of the speakers in the dedication, Elder Randall K Bennett, mentioned how they once had to plan out their trips to the temple because of distance. Now they have to make an effort to go to a temple which is less than 5 minutes away. Strive to make the temple a center of your worship towards the Lord.
Love you all, see you next week!!
PS Sorry for blank post before…
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We aren’t in New Hampshire anymore…

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Well, after an interesting turn of events, I was Emergency-transferred this morning. I’m already getting settled into the new area (I think…). Exciting as this is, normal transfers are just around the corner and I’m not sure if I’m going, staying, or anything of the sort. You all will hear more next week. But in the meantime…

This last week was filled with walking and walking and driving and walking. We have managed to maintain the pool of investigators that Methuen has, all the while making sure that the teaching pool in Lawrence doesn’t disappear. Not a lot of success there at the moment but we try.

On Saturday is when I got the call from the Assistants about being ET’ed (Emergency Transferred) to North Brookfield. It is in the middle of nowhere in MA (a lot like Machias in Maine). We met up with the Elders currently serving there and switched up, Elder Miller traveled back to Lawrence with another set we brought with us. We then met with another set of missionaries to switch up again. Elder Roy’s old companion went with them to another area and then we went to lunch with our District leader and his Companion (Yep, no more DL stuff for me!). And now here we are emailing friends and family. So, not a bad day so far.

Oh, new Companion: Elder Roy. He is from South Jordan. He is the oldest of 3 siblings, and has been out for ~16 months. No pictures yet, for I lost my camera (it was the Ipad).

It’s Official

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The change is official. I’m now a missionary serving the Massachusetts Boston Mission. It was a wonderful 18 Months serving the people of Northern New England. Now I get serve the other half 😁.  I feel like a new missionary fresh out of the MTC once more as the world which I am now in is very different from the world I left. But the challenge is invigorating, the mistakes I make are amusing, but as time comes I will learn what it means to be a missionary here as well. What a wonderful time to serve!

What measure of success will I find here? What new culture do I explore? Where will I be next month? I have served in all the wonderful states of the NHMM (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts), now I have a chance for two more: Rhode Island and Connecticut, with a solid chance of serving in New Hampshire once more. I continue to learn from all that I have access to. But it presents a challenge to want to look up something, but then not having a device to look it up on (My new mission doesn’t use iPads, so I already sent mine home). Oh well, I have been needing to know the scriptures better anyway… The fun is just begun and we will see what new things I discover here in the wonderful Boston mission (Lovingly called the MBM). In any case, I love to serve, and I love the Lord. The two naturally go together right now.

I’m serving in a Spanish District right now. I somehow still have some limited command of the Spanish language (thankfully, having taken it for several years in Elementary school) but I’m learning ever so slowly. There are actually learning materials in the apt that some other missionary left behind. Yes I have taught (although very simply) in Spanish. All the investigators and members have been cheering me on, so that’s nice.

I can’t wait to see where I go now. Transfers are in two weeks.