England London Mission

England London Mission

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm Staying!

It’s been a crazy normal week.  All week long I was having thoughts that I have been here for awhile and I might be moving.  We were supposed to get calls last night, but President had something come up so he was not able to call until this morning.  This morning we found that we are both staying together for another transfer.  So 6 months in this area!  Yeah!  It’s been wonderful to be in this area.  I have really changed as  a person a lot in this area.  A lot more reliant on the Lord and my surroundings.  This week during Zone Conference we watched an Easter video, “Because of Him”  About Jesus Christ and it said that because of  Him, death has no sting, there is not end.  It’s been a wonderful week to reflect on the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ.  { Check out the video for yourself.  https://www.lds.org/youth/video/because-of-him?lang=eng  }

At Zone Conference we talked about the fall and the atonement.   No one can fully understand the atonement unless they begin to understand the fall.  We went through the key things that happened in the fall.  Then with a wonderful training about the atonement to end it off with.  

Wednesday we met with one of our investigators.  He is doing wonderful.  He was able to feel the spirit very strong in the lesson.  We all knew he felt it and then pointed it out. He was just gleaming with hope.  He has a wonderful testimony and belief.

Thursday we headed to another area for some appointments we had set up there.  We were able to catch one appointment that day.  That evening we had a meeting with the Ward Council.  The Bishop is really good, a convert himself.  He has a wonderful story.  He has a very strong testimony about the Savior and really has a great push for mission work.

On Good Friday we were able to do some service for a family in the ward.  It was fun! 

Saturday there was an Easter event in the area.   We had dinner with a family in the ward.  We actually dyed eggs with the kids. 

Easter Sunday was a great meeting at church.  A meeting all about the Atonement.  A lady and gentleman in the ward spoke and then the Stake Patriarch.   We followed that with a blitz of the area with the other Elders.    Then to supper with another family in the ward. They shared some fun stories and we had a good time with them.  

Yesterday we went around to visit some less actives.  We are trying to make sure the contact information the church has is correct.  We are looking to see if they still live there, and see if they are interested in coming back to church.  We were able to make contacts with a couple of them that day. 

Then to the family in the ward for dinner.  We had a contest with the kids at doing handstands and cartwheels.  I could do the handstand, but just learned how to do a cartwheel.  My companion put a hole in his trousers. I didn’t do that, but ended up with grass stains on the back of my white shirt.

This week we are starting a Bible study class.  Just an event for members to come to and bring their friends and such.  Trying to get the ball rolling with referrals coming in. 

While we were driving this week, we passed by a grain field that was being freshly sprayed.   Since I missed it a lot, I rolled down my window and just took it in.  I missed that smell a lot.  While you talk about just planting grain at home, it’s 8 inches to a foot tall already.  It’s been crazy in the difference.

Also as we were driving we also came across this crop in the fields. Not sure what it is, but the flowers are beautiful.

I was studying the Doctrine and Covenants this week and found this scripture.   D&C 101:7-8  “They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble.  In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me.”

The importance of relying on the Lord.  Something I am learning here.

Love, Elder Stevenson

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