Hello everyone!! My brain is literally scattered today for some reason. If you crack a joke, I probably won't get it. But hey, that's not really new anyways haha.
Okay. Well a good chunk of last week was crazy. Wednesday we had our Zone Conference where they showed us "Meet the Mormons" (go see it!), gave us flu shots, and we presented our training to the 3 zones. On Tuesday we received a call to go out to a missionaries apartment and make sure things were okay. To keep things brief and simple, we were on exchanges from Tuesday morning to Friday night...it was nuts!! Longest exchange yet. Luckily NO E.T. happened with them, so the work goes on! In preparation for training on "Planning for Conversion" our time to prepare it was while some missionaries were getting interviewed by President. We got it done and it went well which we are grateful for.
|Preparing our training!|
Our zone is currently making zone shirts! They should be done this weekend. While there, turns out one of them is a member of the church who is less active of about 8 years or so. He has a rad accent, so he must be solid eh? While talking with him, he will be coming to our ward's trunk or treat tomorrow night. There should be a great turn out for members and non members there. We're STOKED! Camela (investigator) should be there along with other people that we've invited.
In past emails I've probably sounded a bit stressed...haha well, things are better now. It seems to go that the more stress I have, the faster time goes because you never have time to stop. Elder Rogers is doing great and we had a good talk yesterday. Not sure if I would have been able to keep up if I was surprisingly put in his position now. He's doing awesome and we're having fun.
Our zone had a ton of miracles this past week! The cool thing about them was that they seemed to be from the members! All the missionaries out here in this stake did a fast a few weeks ago to help hasten the work, and we believe that it's starting to happen. Tomorrow night we're meeting with our Stake and Mission President to break it down and see what we can all do to help this Stake with their missionary work.
Kellie Wiley is doing AWESOME!! She came to church along with her grandkids which participated in the primary program yesterday. She is solid and wants to go through the temple asap, but is learning a bit of patience for now :D
Elder Rogers and I have had a bit of a harder time finding new people to teach. Just a couple weeks ago, our area just decided to slow down. So we flushed out our teaching pool and feel that it's God's way of humbling ourselves to truly know how to help others out. As you are longer on your mission, it's easy to forget about the miracles and "coincidences" that always happen on a mission. If we don't see them, then we won't know what to do to get them back. It's been a great experience as this transfer has been one of the craziest transfers ever, and finally we're able to spend some time finding and teaching in our own area. I have no doubt in my mind that fasting and praying truly works, and know that God has a plan. As long as we diligently work selflessly, without justifying even the small things, that great things will come to pass!
We were able to give a couple blessings this past week. One to Bekah who had a few crazy events happen. We offered a blessing to her since she hasn't had one in years, and it seemed to be the right time. Another one was to a Sister who needed a little boost. Our zone is coming together great. I love our ward and everyone here.
Thank you for all of your prayers. My testimony of simple power of prayer has grown so much on this mission. I know that God loves us and that He wants us to turn to him in every situation we are in. When we're trying to accomplish ANYTHING, He wants us to turn to him. Spiritual, physical, emotional, whatever it may be, He wants us to involve him. There's times where I realize I'm relying upon myself instead of Heavenly Father, it's when I take a deep breathe and a step back and refocus on what feels right in the eyes of God, that miracles happen and lessons are learned.
I love you all!
-Elder DJ Hales