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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Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Every Member Tries to Talk to me about the Warriors
The beginning of this week was like taking a bag of sand, tearing open the top, tossing it into the air, and seeing how much of the sand stayed in the bag. One can only hope there is still sand in that bag after what it has gone through. Amazingly, a lot of sand stayed in the bag. The centripetal momentum must have made an impressively consistent vector strong enough to withstand the incongruent trajectories of gravity and wind.
Monday Elder Wwent home and my other companion, Elder S, went home as well. Leaving Elder T and I looking at each other and wondering, "how long will we be companions?" The answer: not long enough. The two of us grew close in the few days that we had spent together. sometimes friends are made the strangest of times. I am putting in a picture of the two of us after our final day together. We spent five days as companions.
For now, I will talk about my new companion, Elder Y. I met him on Wednesday at our mission president's last zone conference. He is from Washington. Just a little shorter than I am, but a little tanner than I. No worries. Just got out of training. He is a Spanish speaker! And he is pretty good at it. Pobracito, Tuesday night he got a call from the assistants to the president that he was being emergency transferred to Round Rock. Wednesday morning he showed up, coming from Del Rio, Texas. Del Rio is literally the furthest point possible you can get from Round Rock within mission boundaries. It is 4 and some odd hours of freeway between the two, as well as two of the biggest cities in the United States. President S could have chosen any of the 140 Elders in the field closer to me than he was, but that was not in the plans. As far as I can tell, my new companion is here for good reason. And I am glad that he is here. He is a great person and full of service. He knows what to do and is very optimistic. I'm proud to be his companion.
Next Saturday we are having a baptism for one of the T boys. He is super excited, and the best part, his dad is going to baptize him. It is a wonder to see this man, who was less active only a few months ago, have the ability to baptize his son in worthiness. What a blessing to watch this repentance process.
There has been a massive amount of food sent to our apartment since Elder W took a spill. Why? I guess when a missionary crashes on his bike and goes home, it is the or perfect time to make food for his companions, even after he's gone home. Hey, I'm not complaining. There has been some amazing food brought to our door. In fact, we were having a hard time saving it all. At one point, we just had too much to throw in the fridge, so we cracked open the fridge and switched up the usual breakfast items. I had chocolate cake and Sprite, and my companion had Gatorade and roast beef sandwich with potato salad. It wasn't so much because that's what we wanted for breakfast, it was mainly so we could make room in the fridge. Some other things at members have brought over and we're trying to eat: an extra large Costco pizza, two 12 packs of Gatorade, chicken soup, banana pudding, cookie dough, ice cream, milkshakes galore, lunchables, and Hoody's subs (which is the best place to eat in Round Rock. If you go to Round Rock for a Texan experience, get Rudy's, Torchy's and Salt Lick somewhere else. Hoody's is the place to go. It is amazing. The best sandwiches you'll get. Absolutely great). There's just a lot of food. Good thing I'm trying to gain weight. Yes, I understand I am absolutely spoiled. In truth, all this food came not because we begged, or asked for any of this, it is not because we pretending we were helpless missionaries, it is because the members of the church in this area love missionary work, and they want it to be successful. We are the image of missionary work. They truly care for the work of salvation and have a desire to serve, and so they serve us. It is wonderful. In this area I have found a higher effectiveness of missionary work, lasting bonds of preaching the gospel. It is amazing to see what an impression one can make on another's heart.
I want to end this buckshot email with a thought I had during my personal study this morning. I was reading from the Book of Mormon and thought to myself, "I love this book. I am so thankful I can read it every day. It reminded me of an invitation a stake president extended to the congregation. "I challenge all of you to read the Book of Mormon every day for the rest of your life." I was thinking about how wonderful it was to do so when I realized in panic, "I didn't read from the Book of Mormon yesterday!" I was saddened, almost depressed that I missed a day where I didn't read that amazing book, when I remembered that I shared the story in Helaman 5 with our dinner appointment that night. Relief rushed over me as I realized that I still was keeping the challenge extended for another day. I have a testimony of The Book of Mormon. If you don't, get one. Why? Because it's message is filled with more hope and peace than any other message you can hear. It is written for us to know who God really is, and how he deals with his people. Thank God for the Book of Mormon. And Joseph Smith is a good guy too.
Elder Richard Hall
1. Elder T and I, in a photo where I look completely and fully like a missionary. 2. My new companion and I