Well this week has been a week full of lots of hardships and miracles. I am so close to so many of these people and my love for them is indescribable. We were blessed with a baptism, her name is hikeanush, shes so smart and such a leader, very elect lady, I have no doubt that when the church grows in Alaverdi that she will be one of the leaders behind the growth, if the elders after me take good care of her. I wanted Elder Burt to baptize her but its always their choice and she said in front of him that she wanted me to because I talk and am her elder. Although that was nice of her. I am concerned for E Burt. This whole transfer has been exhausting,teaching him, worry about him , helping him. Its all been focused on him and he just is barley realizing that. He hasn't been happy and I can see his quiet discontent and frustration of not giving his full heart and mind to these people. I have talked to him a lot about this and tryed to help him but I am not sure he really listens to me anymore. And this whole transfer I have been carrying the communication and it is absolutely exhausting. He doesn't talk and its hard because I have to fish his bad feelings and unhappiness out of him so it doesn't affect the work, but its been happening more and more. The Armenians aren't as sensitive to his social awkwardness as we are and they call it out all the time. It makes me feel really bad for him, but I cant make him do anything against his will and neither can the lord. I also gave him quite a bit of responsibility this last few Sundays and this Sunday and its been way hard for him. I cant confidently say that he would be emotionally and socially ready for training and group leader, but I know if that's what the lord calls him to do that that is what will happen, and that I am confident in. I don't want to end the transfer on a bad note or the "bite the bullet" of waiting it out. I want to leave ( if I leave) knowing that we left off on a good note and that we helped each other out. I will still try to talk to him and work things out but as always actions speak louder than words and I plan on serving him at every opportunity. Hes a good missionary with a good heart and I love him, I don't think he realizes how much I try to help him and pray for him and all the things I do for him, until he trains. Just like I will never know all the time you spent on your knees, sleepless nights and thoughts centered on me, until I become a parent.
I am so blessed to be in this area, it will always have a special place in my heart. I have never been happier in my life, if only you guys knew... Well this week was full of many miracles. And we were out of our area for 2 days and we had a split so it was to hard reach our full potential through but with hard work through the lord we saw many of the miracles. We were blessed with baptism this week. And so many lessons I have felt the spirit so strong and I just feel so powerful with the spirit. It makes you feel unstoppable, and you can promise so many neat things. There have been so many inspired things that have come out of my mouth but that I didn't say, this happens daily. I love you guys so much and will share some of my goals with you next week for the next transfer and some long term goals. I love you all and want to say three things I have that will change your life if applied, just as they have changed my life. I want to say again that my hope is that we can "Maintain the simplicity in Christ" I said that over Skype but the connection was bad. Many people think that the gospel is so complicated but as I teach the basics of the gospel daily, I realize its the basic gospel principles through the spirit that bring conversion which brings happiness, joy, peace of mind and every other quality of light. If we do what we are suppose to we are happy. We are blessed, we are confident because we are worthy to receive the Lord's help and guidance. My hope is that we will remember these things and let them change us as we give everything to the Lord. The last two commitments are talks from my brother in law (Jake) that have changed my mission and my life. I try to read them monthly. First is "Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ" and the "4th missionary". Please don't make the mistake of thinking that just because your not a full time missionary right now that they don't apply to you. These are talks that I plan on reading the rest of my life. When we experience joy, peace and change through the Lord, our desires are to share it with others, especially the ones we love. And that's what I wish to do now. I love you all and am so grateful for all that you have given me and for all the cards and presents. Don't worry about me or think that I am homesick or lonely because I am not home for the holidays, I am the one that is actually happy because of what I get to do everyday. As Elder Hoalland says " I am the one actually living". Love you all more than you can understand. Be Happy, smile and have some fun with those that matter most!
Love Elder Lunt