I'm in the Vancouver 3rd ward, serving in the Vancouver West Stake. I serve with Elder B, he came out with my last greenie, who is training now. Elder B is a basketball junky. He and I talk so much about it. He's from Linden Utah, and hopes to go back and play for UVU. We live with the Christensen family. He's a former mission president (Halfax Canada Mission) he also went back and served as a temple pres. But he's now the ward mission leader and has the ward really pushing for missionary work. We don't have a car, which bites because I have no good rain jacket. I'll probably go get one at Ross at the beginning of the month. The ward is awesome, we have great families, and they are all so willing to do missionary work. This is the 1st time I've seen the Focus 5 Family list at full work. It's awesome to have good support.
Being district leader rocks! I have one other companionship in mine. The weird thing is, that I'm the oldest in the group. One of the other two missionaries came out with Elder B, and the other is just 2 transfers older than him. I just had my first district meeting yesterday and it was fun. It really was just fun. I love teaching, and when I get to do it with the Spirit, it makes it so much easier.
Oh and for the more serious side of it this was a dialog we had with one of our investigators last Thursday. Her name is Michelle D, she has 2 daughters A and K. She met with missionaries in Alaska but nothing ever happened. But WE knocked her door my first week and this went down last Thursday. This was one of the most intense moments of my mission. It was just too good to be true.
Us: "Hey Michelle how are you guys?"
Michelle:" Hey we are doing okay... struggling a bit... How are you guys"
Michelle:"That is good. We are doing okay...struggling with some things"
Michelle:"Oh everyday life and trials, can't catch up financially, so
I'm stressed, but I keep trying to stay positive"
Us:"That’s half the battle, how are the girls?"
Michelle:"Yes I know it's not easy, girls are doing okay. A is trying my patience this week"
Us:"Ha ha it'll happen. Plus, it'll make the quiet moments that much more enjoyable. Have you been able to read any of the Book of Mormon?"
Michelle:"yes a little not much as I would like to"
Us:"Anything stick out? How did you like it?
Michelle:"I like it... yes a few things about knowing this is real."
Michelle:"That video opened my eyes and answered questions I’ve had for a long time"
Us:" Great, have you prayed and asked God if these things are true?
Michelle:"Yes I did that night"
Michelle:"I knew they were true. It’s always something I knew, just willing to accept now and understand"
Us:"That’s great to hear, I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Joseph Smith was God's chosen prophet and that he has restored the fullness of His gospel back onto the earth. And I know that He loves us and wants us all to return back to Him. And we can do that by keeping His commandments."
Michelle:"Yes that is so true. I think I know why I was meant to be here and that was to help people. I am not sure how but I know that is my path and reason."
Us:"Michelle by knowing that these things are true will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the Priesthood authority of God?"
Michelle:"Yes, we will talk more Saturday."
Ha ha! I love being on my mission. Take care guys.