Last P Day, Monday, we as a district all got together and went bowling in Loganville, and that was a great time! We all found out that we aren't professionals at the game (the sisters whooped our bottoms!), but really the best part of it was that I got a TURKEY! XXX Crazy huh? [If you can make out the screen behind his head, we might be able to verify. :)]
Sounds like your New Years was great! I’ll have to say that mine was a grand time as well. A member in the ward had a New Years Eve party where tons of other ward members as well as nonmember families came and celebrated together. It was great to get drunk and wasted… JK!! We just partied it up until 9. :)
The fact that it is 2 0 1 4 is really really incredible and unrealistic to me. I still feel like at times I’m getting used to 2 0 1 0…
Anyway, Last Friday night, a drunk driver ran into the Social Circle Well. Talk about taking too many shots? Haha, but the monument, a wishing well, that sits in the middle strip in Downtown, Social Circle was a pile of rubble Saturday morning. (I never got a picture by this significant monument L) BUT I DID SEE THIS COMING-- that there would be a sign given to us when we would know we would soon be transferred! Call me the prophet, or whatever you want, but today we learned that we are! I have now been called to serve in the Marietta Zone in an area called Dawsonville. I’m very excited, kinda nervous as to the fact that I now have to ride a bike, but very excited! My companion is Elder Thorne, I have yet to meet him on Wednesday. Everything now feels very bittersweet, which is weird because I didn't think it would be like this.
Last week was also spent a lot of the time with Elder Anderson serving and helping the work progress in Monroe, GA. It is very remarkable to see that I have now seen myself progress in teaching people the restored gospel. I know that 12 weeks ago at the start of the mission, I would fumble over all my words especially when inviting people to make commitments,
A new years resolution I had was to read the Bible-The whole thing :O. So in my studies from today and yesterday, as I was able to finish most of Exodus, it is interesting how I've come to relate myself with Moses, especially with his experience with the burning bush.
Moses is instructed and commanded by God to go to Egypt and to tell the Pharaoh to set the children of Israel free from bondage. As Moses is instructed, he questions the Lord saying that he is not sufficient to do the job, that he is slow of speech. Yet God tells him that he will be at his side and that he will send Aaron with him as well to talk to the people. I literally laugh because Moses and Aaron are essentially missionaries! And that God specifically has his messages declared in pairs not only because two voices are stronger than one, but they help balance out the other and bring unity and boldness to the message. I look to his example, because he and Aaron were both able to change the Pharaohs heart and were able to free his people, and through the mercy and strength of Jesus Christ I know that he will help us all as we strive to perform our own individual missionary tasks - all again part of God’s Ultimate Plan of Redemption. And like Moses, I've seen that I have risen in confidence, speech, and wisdom as I listen and obey to the Lord's commandments. And so I hope that I’m able to take what I've learned in Soci and use it in my next area.
Glad to hear that your trip to the other “south” was a success! I am a whole lot jealous that you went to the temp but that’s ok! :) I'm hoping to go to SD someday. I hope that y’all will be able to fly and travel more places in this USA! Go to Mississippi, that is where John Phares is from and he has shown me incredible shots of the places there. I’m really going to miss the Phares family, and all their adorable children. On Avery’s new painted room, y'all should send me some pics. I totally forgot my memory card for my camera, but hopefully I can send new pics over the computer soon, and I’ll letter you the card as well.
I’m good on envelopes and writing materials, I've got tons, so don’t worry about sending me any at least for the moment. Thank you again for the Waffle Crisp!! *favorite gift ;)
Dad, that is so cool to read that you taught lessons in Spanish. I still get people out here who question my ethnicity. Indian? No. Filipino? No. Brazilian? No. When I say Hispanic they all go…really? :) But anyway I do really want to learn Spanish, French, Italian. Latin! I feel like they will come in handy in the near future.
It is currently freezing. :) That’s all I’m going to say about that, but we've already gone a good two weeks into winter, only like ten more to go then it is spring! Well I don’t know exactly, but I plan on staying positive as we move into this new year. Congrats on reading the BOM, I wish you all the best of wishes for the upcoming Year! Stay excellent in the work of school, and in the church!
Much love, Elder Black