I'm heading out to CA in 3 days!!!! We have pday
today because we spent all day yesterday in an in-field orientation
where they prep us for the field. It was really really good.
Congrats Renee and Steve!! He looks like a cutie! and Happy birthday Kenzie!
Before I forget again- dad, I mentioned this to you a little, but
I'll get to call this week while I'm at the airport!! I have my calling
card and everything ready to go! I'll probably call around 7 utah time.
should I just call the house? will anyone be home?! I can just try to
make the rounds on cell phone numbers I remember too if I need. Also,
I'll be able to get dear elders on monday, but that'll be the last day!
Glad to hear everyone is doing well. Orientation yesterday was
really really good. We talked alot about the administrative important
things, like key indicators, etc. the importance of not lowering your
expectations too. We practiced contacting too and finding, working with
the members, etc. I loved it all, but especially talking about how to
work with members in the missionary work- getting them involved,
practicing with them, etc. I'm excited to get to do that with them. One
thing I've been thinking alot about this week is how I can dedicate
myself more to my purpose. Yesterday, one of the men in charge of the
orientation said, that it's not always about working harder, as much as
working smarter. I think that's true at least to some extent, we have to
know what we have available and be creative to make our purpose happen.
Helping people understand how they need the gospel is so important,
even for me, especially for me.
We had an awesome devotional on Tuesday- this cute German couple.
One of the things he talked about was how we need to be teaching and
testifying with conviction. I can only teach the things I know
(experienced, seen, or felt), things I've internalized for myself. I've
been studying more and writing down my thoughts, questions so so so much
more this week. It's been amazing! as I study and am not afraid to ask
questions and think about how these principles apply in real ways to
real people- learning how to apply the principles to different people,
I've gained a much deeper appreciation of what I'm out here to do. My
conviction of the gospel is stronger. I've been making a list of things
that I KNOW and a list of things I don't feel like I can testify/ teach
with as much conviction. I've been studying and thinking what questions I
have and what I'd want to know if I were an investigator. Then I study
PMG and/or the scriptures to look up answers. I've been writing down
every spiritual thought I have and everything I learn. as I've done so,
I've noticed much more thoughts coming to mind, and answers to questions
coming. That's one of my favorite things ever.
I love you all and hope you are all doing great! Next time I see/
hear from ya I'll be in CA!!! Which is great because it's starting to
get a little cold in Provo. I'm glad to head out once it's getting a
little colder to warmer weather! Who knows what I'm walking into this
week ( I definitely feel like I'm walking into an unknown), but bring it