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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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Light and Dark
Another week where just about everything ever happened. For the first
two and a half days I the week I was glued to the couch, hopped up on
codine, so I can't say that much happened during that time, but
Wednesday night we had dinner with one of my favorite families that
I've met on my mission, followed by a few appointments.
Dinner with the Young family was enlightening. Brother and Sister
Y met each other on their mission as missionaries about a year
into the field. Brother Y was a hard-working missionary and loved
every second of his two years of service, but when he saw Sister Y
he knew that she was the one. After consulting with the mission
president he made a commitment to not cross paths with her. Avoid
speaking to her, not shake her hands, just stay away. And they both
had amazing missions, went home, took six months to get together, and
they've been together ever since. I thought it was amazing to see that
he was willing to sacrifice that much to make sure that he kept his
mission sacred and special. Two years isn't too long if you know it's
the right thing to do. Our knowledge changes our countenance. To this
day he talks about his mission like it was the best thing that
happened to him. It was.
Thursday we received a mini-missionary, a youth from the stake who
spent two days with us to see what missionary work was like. It was a
great experience for him. It seems that the youth of the church just
get better and better. He bore powerful testimony and wasn't too
shabby at teaching himself. I loved being able to guide Cameron and
help him learn things that I wish I learned before I went on my
mission. As a missionary, you want the success of others almost more
than you want your own success. He's from an area that I served in
long ago, now a whole year ago. Great to see him and hear about my old
Saturday we had a special zone conference with Elder Christensen from
the presidency of the seventy come. It was amazing the amount that I
learned in those brief hours that I had with him. During it I learned
that there is such thing as "sacred scripture", and I was able to have
Elder Christensen answer one of my own personal questions. It was one
of the most precious moments of my mission.
Sunday I was able to lead a quartet in singing a barbershop version of
"Consider the Lilies." It was powerful, and beautiful. There are some
great singers in the Schertz Ward.
Hope that you all have an excellent week. By the end of the week I'll
be off of crutches.
Have a good one,
Elder Richard Hall
3. The mini missionary
4. After zone conference. My other current companion, the Yuba City