Friday, January 2, 2015
Mini Missionary and Sister Surprise!
Well, this week is going to be pretty short because I just talked to you last Wednesday. But some cool stuff has happened since Christmas, so that is what I'll talk about!
We have had an exciting guest with us for the past few days. He is a high-school senior from Murrieta, and he is with us as a "mini-missionary." It's where juniors and seniors in the Murrieta stake get to spend about a week of Christmas Break with missionaries to see how the mission field is. So our mini-missionary is named Thomas Payne and he is from the Winchester ward. This is his second time as a mini-missionary. We have had a really good time with him, and I personally think the idea of mini missions is a really good idea that really helps future missionaries see what the mission field is like!
A big surprise this week came from transfer calls this last Saturday. Elder English and I are both staying, which we aren't that surprised about considering we've only been together a transfer, but then after the regular transfer calls with our district leader, our zone leaders called us and said that our area is being split...and that we are now going to be sharing the ward with Sister missionaries! It is pretty crazy! Especially because this is now the second time I have been in a ward that is getting split! So yeah, it is going to be pretty exciting!
Well, that pretty much sums up this week. A scripture I was studying this week was 1 Nephi 7:20-21, which is when Nephi forgives his brothers after they tied him up and left him to die, but through the power of God he was freed. And it made me think of Matthew 18:21-22, "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." Which is saying not that we only forgive someone 490 times, but in all actuality to constantly forgive people. I thought of that because of all the times Laman and Lemuel sin against Nephi, and every time he forgives them and tries to encourage them to turn to God and follow Him.
Have a Happy New Year!