I hope life is going great for everyone! As I mentioned last week I got transferred! I sure miss College Station, but now I'm actually back in the Cypress Zone! This time I'm in the White Oak Ward and wow! Things are going great! My companion is named Elder Christensen and he is a stud! We saw a lot of miracles this week and we are so excited for the coming few months. There is so much work to do in this ward. I don't know if I have ever been so busy on my mission, and it feels great. In some ways it has been a little overwhelming to see how much needs to be done (for example, it was a little stressful when I found out there are more than 100 prospective Elders in the ward haha.) But we are taking things one step at a time and chipping away at it!
I am still trying to get to know the ward, investigators, etc. but I'm happy to be here. I don't have a whole ton to say this week but let me know if you have any questions!
Wow, it has been a long time since I last wrote! But things have been going great! I don't even know if I can adequately describe all the things I have learned here or the experiences I have gained. (Last night we got transfer calls and I am leaving this place, so this email is going to be a little sentimental!)
When I first got here the area was dead! (due to the previous elders not doing a whole lot...) It has been quite the adventure to try to build things from the ground up and regain the trust of the ward. We have seen SO many miracles over the past couple of weeks though. Yesterday we were able to have six investigators attending church and set another baptismal date with our investigator Moses! He is from Botswana and he is the MAN!!! Our other date is with a Chinese kid named Hao who is loving the Book of Mormon!! It has been amazing to watch this happen. It has been over a year (at least) since this ward has had that many people attending church, and it has been a long, long time on my mission since that has happened as well. The Lord is working miracles here. It's really sad to have to leave it all behind now that things are just starting to get rolling, but, I guess I have to trust that wherever I am going is where God wants me to be.
In other news, I got to have a root canal on Thursday! That was pretty awesome haha. Actually it was totally painless which is incredible! So yeah, that's not the most important thing but it was great!
If there is one thing I have learned in the past eighteen weeks, it's that more important than what you DO as a missionary, is who you ARE. You could go out and baptize a million people, but if you don't have charity, you are nothing. Just praying and asking for charity will make a huge difference in your life. I know it has in mine. I am nowhere near where I want to be in Christlike attributes but the smallest adjustment in behavior can change your entire course of life. I am so grateful for the chance I have had to come to know and love the people in the College Station 2nd Ward, and I can never repay the Lord for all He has given me and taught me. I love the mission! And I'm so excited to see what the Lord makes of me with these remaining five transfers.
No pictures yet but we should be taking some good ones today! I'll send them out!
Hey everyone! So... hope y'all had a good 5 or so weeks since the last
time I sent a group email! I'll try to do better.. haha
Well, after an awesome crazy transfer in Morton Ranch with Elder
Stevens, I got transferred up to COLLEGE STATION!! It's a dream come
true! I am in the College Station 2nd Ward with Elder Kelly from
Logan, UT and this place is on fire!! SO many potential baptisms going
on right now! And the ward itself is pretty stellar. I don't know what
I did to deserve being sent to such an awesome place! I really miss
Morton Ranch but I sure am happy to be here!
Here are some pictures from last week leaving the area!
The Radcliffe's took us to Rainforest Cafe for dinner on New Year's!
These are the Mocks with their friend Isa! He's gonna get baptized on the 21st of January! (hopefully) Excuse my lack of selfie skills!
The Kulhaneks! Man I'm going to miss these guys! They were the BEST!!
Nice one Elder Stevens! Haha. He's going to be so happy that I included that one! Miss that guy!
Finally, here is the new district! Elder Kelly is the elder farthest on the right! Tbh this is probably the most awkward district photo I've ever seen!