Today is the Monday before transfers, so most of our time this morning was spent in a meeting talking how everything is going to go down. So what I'm saying is: I don't have a whole lot of time :(
Update: President just pulled us into his office for 30 minutes to talk about something and I just got out. So now I have negative amounts of time... Sorry!
I'll give you all some highlights from our week, because it was sweet. Transfer planning cut most of the days in half, but we still found time to do the most important things first- Like going to our buddy Curtis's birthday! We met Matt and Sarah's parents, talked about the wedding, and then had a bubble party outside with Curtis. Their home feels different. When we are with that family, there is a more peaceful feeling in their home compared to when we first started teaching them a while back. Our commitment to them to read the Book of Mormon (sometimes even in the story book) for just 5 minutes a day as a family has seriously transformed them. Matt even offered in Elder's Quorum to help an older lady in our ward after her surgery this upcoming week. He will be a great addition to the ward when he is baptized!
Last week, we found a less-active area seventy in our ward that we have started teaching! His name is Brother K'ang and he was raised and then eventually joined the church in Hawaii. Even though brother K'ang doesn't come to church, he is very spiritual- and not in a fake way. He understands the importance of the scriptures, and he taught us some interesting things about the spirit. He described the process of listening to the spirit in terms of how you would call an animal over to you. What do you do when you want an animal to come? You put your hand out, and you stay quiet; but you also are quiet on the inside. That is what it takes to have the spirit more in our lives. Not just quiet and reverent actions, but a still and quiet mindset. Then, the spirit will come to you without you having to fight for it. We are excited to help Brother K'ang find the right path again, and also are excited for the things he can teach us!
been trying all weekend to solve this puzzle of how everyone is going to get to where they need to go. It's especially hard because 11 missionaries are leaving in the middle of the transfer for school. But the worst part is that Elder King is leaving me. Elder King is headed to Wenatchee for his last 3 weeks and then will be headed home. Scary stuff. He will be missed. These past 4 1/2 months have been some of the greatest of my mission. Obviously, I have learned a TON. My new companion is Elder Allsop from Lindon, UT and is great. I have been on exchanges with Elder Allsop a few times in Omak (which is where he is coming from) and always love spending time with him! I am so excited for this next transfer!
Hope you all have a great week!
Peace and blessings,
|Curtis is three now (whoop whoop!)|
|Long story short: Elder Bown and I found and explored the crawlspace to|
our apartment on exchanges while we waited for Elder King to get back.
If you look closely, you can see fear in his eyes.
|Transfer planning includes closing a few areas.|
|This is what happens when you eat with a Texan.|
|Transfer planning Day 1.|
|Transfer planning Day 2.|
|Transfer planning Day 3.|
|Elder Allsop has joined us here in Yakima, as a new Assistant to Pres Lewis. |
Elder King will be returning home in 3 more weeks and he gets to go
back out into the mission field these last 3 weeks in Wenatchee