Things in the area are great! I love working with Elder Jowers as an assistant. He is an amazing missionary and we uplift and inspire one another for the better, He has become a brother who I love serving and leading with. We had a harder week with many tests and trials with people on the street and investigators, spiritually and physically. Elder Jowers and I held a fast yesterday for the work and for inspiration for the mission. I am pretty sure I have my answer as to weather I am staying or going but I will continue to pray about it.
We know that we are giving our all, I have never worked for something so hard or wanted something this bad. It is amazing to share that same desire in perfect unity with Elder Jowers. It is times like this when all you can do is keep going with faith knowing that Lord will deliver on his promises. We will find the elect and they will find us. It has been incredible to be able to receive revelation with Elder Jowers on things that we need to do for the missionaries.
I am doing great I am happy and enjoying the growth that comes from trials in the work. It makes me think of that talk missionary work and the Atonement by Jeffery R. Hoalland. Why is it so hard so hard sometimes? In simplicity Elder Hoalland says "because it is suppose to be". There is a price to pay for ourselves the Lord and those we serve. I love this work and always try to keep that clear outlook that reminds me how blessed I am to be here ans serve as a representative of the Lord.
I apologize for the length of the letter this week I ran out of time writing the mission, but I want you all to know I love you all and miss you. I hope you are all happy like I am happy. I know that this work is so important and I love being here. Thank you for all that you do and for your letters, love and support!
Latest bit of advice worth sharing is a quote from Elder L. Tom Perry's final advice before he died. "I wish I could get every member of the Church to go & partake of the sacrament,and when they took the bread, they'd ask themselves, "Who am I? What am I doing? How am I living? Where am I going? What should I be accomplishing?" as they renew their covenants with the Lord." He finished. "The minute they'd pick up the bread, something would happen.
Dear Elders and Sisters,
Another incredible week.The miracles and blessings are innumerable. Elders and Sisters, we are so blessed!
Let us remember the divine attribute of gratitude is what separated the one leper from the 9 (Luke 17;15-19). Let us pay heed to the blessings that surround us and sincerely thank the Lord for all that he gives us.
The sequence of being grateful but not satisfied is the process of conversion. It is within the framework of all we can do and constantly trying to be better that we are converted. "A process rather than an event". "Conversion is the power of being consistently committed to what you know".
In order for the converting process to take place in those we teach, we know that we ourselves must experience that conversion, spiritual rebirth, or change of heart. Those who apply the gospel of Jesus Christ, seek betterment and improvement are not frightened or scared by this statement.
In our upcoming zone conferences as most of you know we will be hiking Mount Aragats. The theme will be conversion. If we could start pondering but not be distracted on how we can summit a mountain, a level of missionary work of "which have we have never before seen and upon which we one we have never before set foot upon". We love and appreciate you and are inspired by your hard work and service. Thank you!
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