Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Transfers are just around the bend, which makes my life pretty crazy!

I dont know if i have mentioned this it in any of my past emails but this transfer is only 5 weeks long (usually 6.) they are changing our transfer schedule because of all the new missionaries and the shorted MTC time, so this one is 5 weeks but after this transfer they will be 6 weeks long again. Since its a shorted transfer it means that transfers are right around the bend, and that makes things really busy for us. In President Young's office in the mission home he has a huge white board and on the white board are there are lots of different missionary cards. Each missionary has a card and on the card it has there picture, name, when they came out, what leadership positions they have had and how many transfers they have been in the area. The cards are all organized by Zone and there area and zone are written next to them. 

This board is called "The Transfer Board" This board is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our lives as transfers get closer. To figure out a whole transfer, where everyone is going and who there companion is, is a huge process, and it takes a lot of time, so President likes to start early. This week we have had a few meetings with President regarding transfers, we start with a prayer that we will be led by the spirit and then we started moving people. President will usually asks us questions about a certain missionaries, how they are doing, or who they would work well with, then he moves it on the board. With every move it effects a lot so it is a very time consuming thing, and final decisions of where people go will not be made till just days before the transfers, for now we try to listen to the spirit and put these elders where they need to be and then when its time to make final decisions president will pray specifically about the different places we have people, and with out us he will make the final decisions. 

So Elder Hacketts and I's main role is have all the info needed about each missionary and area, and to give good suggestions. In order to know about the missionaries we do a lot of calling missionaries. We call zone leaders often and ask them how missionaries in their zone are doing and we companionship's also to see how they are doing. Transfers are super stressful but super exiting and i am exited for things to experience it all. We will probably spend about 20+ hours of working on the transfer board withe President for this transfer alone. Okay, glad i got that explained so you all will know what i am talking about when I say "worked on transfers" or "transfer board." 
         I guess i will started going threw my week a little bit. On Tuesday we had DL training withe the North half of the mission, it went great, much like the first DL training we really think it is going to help district meetings a lot. 

On Wednesday  we drove with president Young to Bend Oregon. Bend is in eastern Oregon and it is very different from the rest of Oregon. It is pretty much like Utah weather, its the desert. We have two zones out in that area. We had a specialized training with the two zone from 1-3 it went pretty good, I am still getting use to this be ready to teach what every prince, whenever president calls on us but I feel I am getting better. After The meeting we went on exchanges, I went with the Zone Leaders in Bend. It was cool to be in Bend I have heard a ton about it since i have been here but this was my first time actually going there. We saw a lot of snow on our drive over and it made me grateful i dont serve around a place with a lot of snow cuz when we drove threw it really made me want to ski. The whole drive i was day dreaming about skiing.

Thursday morning we drove back and right when we got back we got in our car and drove out to the coast to go on exchanges there and go to thier Zone Training Meeting (taught by the ZL's.) It was cool to go back to Coos Bay, it kinda felt like i never left. I went with the Coos Bay Elders, Elder Charleson and Elder Benard. Elder Charleson was my companion for about 3 weeks almost a year ago, and we really got along so it was cool to be with him again. It was interesting being back in the Coos Bay ward. It was really cool cuz i got to go by and Visit Rebbeca Walters, it was great to see her again, she is doing very good and has such a strong testimony. It was funny seeing Members in the Coosbay Ward cuz they assumed that i still was in the North Bend ward, so i just played along with that. 

Friday we went to Coos Bay's ZTM and then drove back to Eugene. We worked on transfers with President and then spent a little time in our area at night. 

On Saturday we were able to spend a lot of time in our area which was really good. We found a cool new investigator tracting and were able to set some appointments with some part member families. 

On Sunday we had a great lesson with a part member family we are working with. their names are Mike and Kandice Wyatt. Mike has been a member all his life and is a classic case of grew up in the church but never really gained a testimony so he fell away once he left home. We feel like past missionaries have really been focusing on trying to teach Kandice and not really giving any attention to Mike when they teach. We really feel it is important for Mike to gain a testimony or else it will never really stick for Kandice. The lesson was really good we read a chapter with them and then asked Mike if he believed that the BOM was true. He said he was not fully sure so we taught about it the BOM and how it blesses life and challenged him to read and pray. We had his home teacher there also who just got assigned this last week, and he was a huge help. They are a great couple (Wyatts) and i am very exited to continue to teach them. 

Today (Monday) has been a pretty common P day as in we did not really have a P day. We did our regular Monday morning numbers and meeting with President, and then we had lunch and helped the office for a while. There is a missionary around us who has a Costco card, so we took them and went to Coscto to shop which was pretty cool. Then at 4 we had a appointment with a returning less active Young Man (Branden) who is dating a active member. Brandon is a awesome kid, he was baptized into a less active family so he has never really been in the church, but he has been coming for the last while and has recognized how it has blessed his life. We are teaching him the lessons and it is all pretty new to him. We are putting a lot of special effort in helping him gain a strong testimony, our goal is to get him committed to go on a mission once the time comes! 

My testimony of the Book of Mormon has really been strengthened on my mission. I love sharing it with people, its always the first thing i try to talk about when tracting or street contacting, and with each of my investigators i make sure they understand what it is, what it means, and how much it can help them. The Book of Mormon is truly the word of God, it has helped me so much, the peace I get from reading it and the helps me so much. The knowledge i get from it blesses me also, i have learned so much from it, and it exited me to think that day after day i get to share it with others. I love you all and hope you have a amazing week! 

Fearless via Faith

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