Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Goodbye to Elder Smith, Hello Elder Carter, the Pickett family and horses

Hey Mom!

Transfers!!! Crazy fun! This week we had 27 fabulous new faces come into the mission. It is always such an awesome experience, having the missionaries come through the airport in a horde thirsting for missionary work. That sounds kind of like a zombie movie haha but.. It's true! Their fire for the work is electrifying and we are so happy to have them. With every group that comes in there is a little different feel. Our first group of missionaries were really serious, and loved the work in general. They were very focused on why they were here. The second group was a little bit more laid back. They were alot of fun, although tired alot of fun. When these missionaries first arrive they've been up for almost 24 hours. So we do whatever we can to keep them busy. This last group was alot of fun. We probably looked like busy honey bees swarming around everyone getting to know who they are and what they are like. It is so cool to see their progression from their first day to 1 transfer and on. The change is real.

This week we had a change up! Elder Smith and I are no longer companions. Elder Carter has stepped in. He is from Provo Utah and is a basketball stud. Played for Tempview highschool and could probably 360 dunk but won't admit to it haha. He is not extremely tall but is very athletic. He has a great family of 6 as well and falls second to last! He is pretty awesome and I'm excited to serve with him for these next couple of weeks. Right now we are preparing for the upcoming meetings and can't wait to go and get rid of some energy at the gym. Funny story, a few weeks ago we were playing soccer in the gym. There were about 20 of us playing and Elder Woodward and I were on a team. Elder Woodward is another athletic Elder. So we break away and no one is back gaurding the goal besides the goalie. He passes me the ball at the top of the key and I boot it pretty good. Sadly it lifted off the ground and drilled a sister right in the forehead. I felt pretty terrible haha luckily it was in the forehead and not the nose. Anyways, that was probably the hards hit to the head i've seen in a while haha. 

Right now we are working with the Pickett family. This week we stopped by on a day we originally didn't plan on and caught one of the daughters and her father there. In the end the lesson turned out great! We followed up on their commitment to read and sadly they didn't keep it. For the lesson we read 2 Nephi 31. As we read you could feel the spirit fill the room. As members of the family read, you could feel the power and see the change in their countenances and they pondered the message that was being shared. The message in 2 nephi 31 is the Doctrine of Christ. The only thing we have that will enable happiness, success, relief, and in the end, salvation. The blessings of the gospel or doctrine of christ are unending and I testify that that is true. Christs' gospel will provide us with everything that we need and as we are faithful in living the gospel we will see a permanent change in our countenance or our heart. I love this gospel and everything that I've been able to learn while here serving the lord. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Our heavenly father and Savior is there at all times and is waiting for us to have enough trust and faith in him. If we do everything his way, not our way, he will make our weaknesses become strengths. It's as simple as that. I love this quote from C.S. Lewis " Give me all. I don't want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work: I want you. All of you." - C. S. Lewis

E. Archibald

P.S. This describes Elder Smith and I perfectly! Thanks! 

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