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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Monday, September 5, 2016
Week 39 of what? 39 weeks is going to be how long I'll have served in the Old Settlers Ward by the end of this week. I came in to the Ward before Christmas, and I'll be here until almost Halloween. Transfer calls were today. I'll be serving in the Old Settlers and the Pflugerville wards for the next six weeks, at least. Isn't that great!? I'll spend over 10 months serving in one Ward. Unfortunately, I will be losing the chance to serve in the Stony Point Ward. They have had so much work to do, that sharing missionaries has been too much for the Ward. I will miss the Stony Point Ward dearly. In there are lifelong friends.
We don't have much time today to write emails, which is what usually happens on transfer days. But my new companion is going to be Elder H. He came out with me, and is a Spanish called missionary. I love having Spanish called companions, I am able to help them with their Spanish, as well as get some additional study time. I've been using it to make extra plans for the day, and to read Jesus the Christ, which has to be one of the most excellent narratives on who Jesus Christ is. The more I read it, the more I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and redeemer of all. He is perfect, and he is eternal.
Elder Y got to take his stitches out last week. You know what that meant: Jeopardy, round 2. Unfortunately, it wasn't on while I was waiting, so I brought my paper scriptures and looked at old Scripture Masteries. Back in high school, I added 2 Kings 2:22-23 to my personal canon. I was funny.
Elder A, one of my favorite companions, is going home this week. He served an excellent full time mission and I am excited for him to succeed in his time back home.
We've been able to teach many people this week. One of my favorite people I was able to teach in the Stony Point Ward was F. He found about the church through the hit musical "The Book of Mormon." I just think that is one of the craziest things. Who knew that the people who made "South Park" would actually be able to help souls come unto Christ. he has come to church almost every week that he has been in Austin and plans on meeting with the bishop soon. What a great guy. I need to get a picture with him soon.
The power of service is real! "When you are in the service of your fellow begins, ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:18) This week we were able to help a home bound man with his yard. It was a lot of work, but it was nice to see just how grateful he was for it. And then we put together a cabinet for one of our investigators. She hasn't been progressing very well, but after helping her on Friday we saw her come to church. She stayed all three hours and loved it. I am so glad that we have the ability to serve other people.
I apologize, but that's about all I can talk about this week. Next week will be filled with the many great adventures of the dynamic duo, Elder Hall and Elder H!
Elder Richard Hall
1. District Pictures 2. The Mighty Fine burger, in all of it's glory.