Hello My Family and Friends!
Thank you so much for your kind letters and emails and packages! And Recipes and Pictures! They are dearly appreciated! I hope you are all doing well! I hear that there are many fun things happening this summer and I hope to hear of all the fun adventures! I can’t believe that it is June already. This is crazy. Time is flying by so fast. And guess what, transfers were today, and I am currently serving in Springfield, OR. I’ve been here since the start of my mission. 6 Month Area! Well, here we go!
May 27th: Today we continued to do service for our friend that we met as we were biking along. We were helping in moving their gravel and spraying their front lawn with weed killer. Whenever I reflect and review on these events, I always try to tie it back to a spiritual experience. Thinking of the grass as our lives and the weeds as the things in the world that start to infest and infect certain aspects of lives or testimony, we need to locate and remove it. The spray to remove the weed I want to compare it simply to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It can remove and “weed” we may have in our life and leave our lawns in perfect condition. Perhaps even in better condition than they were before. ;) Today was also a great day because we were finally able to sit down and visit with someone we are teaching and they were able to freely ask us any questions and we were able to teach about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
May 28th: Today we met with several people who have not been able to attend church and today we met with one where we simply talked about all the commandments that God expects of us to live. Not just the 10
Commandments, but simple things such as Praying Often and Studying the Scriptures. If we get into a habit of doing the little things, they will make the bigger challenges in our life seem smaller and more manageable.
May 29th: Today during our weekly planning session, we went through each of the names of members who haven’t been able to attend church and made plans to go by their homes and visit with them. We also met with one person we are teaching and they are simply amazing! They do have a bit of a colorful language vocabulary, but they have a great heart and they love to serve any one who comes into their path. I hope to never lose contact with the people I meet here in Oregon. Many of them have made such an impact on my life and I consider them true friends.
May 30th: This morning we had a great district meeting. It was the last one that we were going to have together as a Zone. A couple of pictures are included.
Have A Great Week!