So one thing this week that was super cool was we had Zone Conference. We had a couple that cover the northeastern United States missions. They go around and meet with the different missionaries in those missions. So they spoke for a while at ours. It was awesome. One thing Sister Christensen mentioned was her fear she originally had of public speaking, but that the Lord has helped her overcome that as she's put forward the effort.
So I remember waiting for little bro to get done with Scouts in the church building a few weeks before I left on my mission. And at that point, there was a mission zone conference going on in the chapel. And I remember hearing missionaries who were departing and going home giving their testimonies. And thinking about the time that that would be me. And now that I'm in the field and witnessing other individuals who are going home and thinking again about the time that that will be me giving my last testimony as a missionary in the field. Whooo....
So I'm learning a better appreciation for our talents. I've been able to sing for three meetings while I've been out. At the three day "golden/greenie" training in May (Savior, May I Learn to Love Thee), at some beloved converts' baptisms (How Great Thou Art), and then at Zone Training (Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd).
It's interesting with transfers coming up. My whole life there was the suspense of where I was going to go on a mission... And then I finally got my call and knew where I was going... And then I REALLY found out where I was going when I was reassigned. Ha. Anywho. The one thing that drives me crazy (in an ok way) is not knowing how long I'll stay in an area. Ok in a way I do... I know every six weeks that I'll be in that area for six weeks...
So in church this Sunday, when we walked into the chapel, there was totally a woman, that looking at her from behind... the back of her head looked almost identical to yours, Mom. It was crazy. I was like, wait, no... It couldn't be. It wasn't, but yeah. Crazy.
Oh yeah, so like a month ago we had bed bugs. Not cool. So we slept in the living room for a couple nights while we let the mattresses which we sprayed with permithren (sp?) settle and kill the nasty bug joo joo bad guys. Oh that was itchy. I don't know how I forgot to say that at the time. I just get to the computer and my mind goes blank. My bad. ...But the main thing is I lived. We laughed. We cried. It became a part of me.
"Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism." -Alma 7:15