And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
- D&C 18:15
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
This week we had our transfer calls. I cannot believe it has been six weeks since I've had transfer calls. I feel like I've been with Elder Y for only a few days. Surprise! It's been three weeks.
This transfer is a little strange. Eder Y and I are staying together, but we are gaining a new companion, and who is it? No one other than Elder C. We are still covering the two wards we were covering before (6 more weeks of Torchy's Tacos and Round Rock Donuts), and we gained an additional area, the Pflugerville Ward. We do not know if we have a car yet, which would be good to know, because there is a whole town between us and Pflugerville, so we would like to have something a little more powerful than than a bike to get us there. It is going to be a fun time, since we already have plenty of work to do. Honestly, I was expecting Old Settlers Ward to have their own set of missionaries and Stony Point Ward would get their own, but I guess God has some different plans. With this, I'll have had two more areas than I did 2 months ago, but never have moved. This also means that I'll spend about a third of my mission serving in the Round Rock area. Slowly but surely, I am diversifying my mission. This also gives me the chance to do something I've never done before: go to three sacrament meetings in one day, in two different buildings. The Pflugerville chapel is 8 miles away from the Stony Point Chapel, and the services start only an hour and a half before Old Settlers sacrament. If I thought that serving in two wards was a handful, this will give me a shot in the arm. I feel like I'm a Utah missionary, pinging around different chapels, working with 2000000 members, it's a heck of a time.
This week we starting to work with a lovely less active family of 7 who just moved into the Ward. The only members are the parents and the oldest, and they have three more who are of baptismal age. The reason why they haven't been baptized is almost too silly to discuss, so I won't. But, the whole family came to church this Sunday and had a great time. The family joined the church only a few years ago, but fell off of the beaten path very fast. Their testimony is strong, but it amazes me sometimes to hear some of the reasons why people choose not to attend sacrament meeting. It was only a few Sundays ago that I wrote, "Please do not let myself go less active! I don't think I could live without taking the sacrament, and uplifting the saints." Activity is the genius of this church. Everyone needs it, not everyone partaken of it. I am so grateful to be able to work with this family. I can see the kids in little baptismal jumpsuits already.
Next week is stake conference. It will be the first stake conference I'll have on my mission. I've found myself without a gathering of Zion due to timely transfers and other little things like that. So this will be a fun experience.
I feel like there is all too much to write. On one of those miraculous days of this dispensation, Joseph Smith wrote very little in his journal. In fact, it was a small sentence that said (and I paraphrase) "Today the hand of God has touched the saints of Zion." And even with that small of an entry we know the details of that day very clearly. Perhaps you will find out the details of this week without reading them. Who knows what will be said after what is written.