elder adam black
Wowsers, out of time to write! I'm so sorry, we did get to chat only a couple days ago... miss you and thanks for all the Christmas gifts and cards and everything you do. I will do much better at managing time next time on these computers. Hope you have a great week and I will talk to you in the new year. Thanks again
elder adam black
Happy (almost) Christmas Everybody!
Greetings from Winder, the city of opportunity and people who need a dental check up. What a week it's been, the month has zoomed by. This past weeks times have been wonderful. Going to the Temple was the definite highlight of the week. Included with the Mission Christmas present to the missionaries. Good pros and cons to the Christmas party afterword though, some things I would have done differently to make it really more memorable, but in the end I'm grateful to have had one and jubilant to have attended the temple. Greater than a tie bwahaha. It only makes me anxious to go again.
Seeing all the missionaries, past companions, past ward members even and the office missionaries at the party made me reminisce and just think about how blessed the mission has changed me. From 14 moons ago. And it's happened so fast. Thinking that this is my last Christmas in the mission just makes me feel... I don't know.. old? Bwahah. I can say I think just this week in general has been good, we've done good things for lots of other people:
We received extra cans of food and took what we didn't need (mainly all of it cause we're always loaded with food) and delivered them to some of the families in our ward. Lots of it was Bush's Baked Beans, so I'm hoping that people don't get the wrong impression with that one, but we took Peter Bennion's idea and delivered them quick left a good spirit and invitation to have them try simple fellowship when they see the investigators or less actives we're working with in church. This new work with member method is quite positive.
On our exchange this last week with Cornelia 1 Elders, Elder Evans and I witnessed a sick miracle in Cornelia. We went to a recent convert's home, his name was Lebron and his brother was in town. His name was "Shawty" like "Shawtys like a melody in my head". Haha, he was pretty coo. He's 26ish and said he had some questions about God, wondering if there really was one, said he was kinda agnostic, believed when he was a kid and went to church, but just didn't know for sure. Well we started to talk lots about faith, trials, and read and shared The Book of Mormon. The Spirit was really strong and in the end, he committed himself to come to church and to start reading and praying. It was sweet.
To fin, Christmas in Winder will be quite the joy :) We will be Skypeing Christmas Day at the Stephen'ss Family in the ward, Bro Stephen is the only Black guy in the ward. They're such a cool fam. Christmas Eve we will be dining with the Gossling family, we're so excited cause their kids are the coolest. Besides that lots of the work is going to be in finding those who need missionaries this Christmas. Praying to find the elect and those who really are in need.
So grateful for the spirit these past couple week, for the thrill of hope it gives me, for my companion the little lemur and all his goofiness, the friends and fam I have here and back home, for my mom and dad, for Avery and all those I've met on the mission.
Jesus Christ is the reason for the season. He is the gift.
Remember the reason for the season, go watch "He is the Gift".https://www.lds.org/church/news/discover-embrace-share-he-is-the-gift-video-and-message?lang=eng&query=he+is+the+gift
Give more, and share with others. #ShareTheGift
Wishing you a happy Christmas!
elder adam black
Wow, I received the pics from you this past week, and the house looks so sweet! I like all the verbiage in your email, it's static. Well things this past week were pretty good, and we saw some good miracles. Went on exchange with the Assistants again. I went with Elder Angilau. He served in Winder earlier this year, and is such a good guy. He actually went to Bennion Elementary and knows tons of the people at Taylorsville. Fam lives in West Jordan now. I love the guy, he is so humble and bold and spirit filled. It's quite the blessing for the mission. I know that I never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever want to be an assistant to PB. Make sure that's noted. We also had a nice mission leadership meeting and some quality contacts. No newbies yet, but referrals are coming in like snow... which actually isn't coming too much but we've had a couple referrals received in the past while.
Seems like when I got to Winder, the ward was struggling on being the ward like Shallowford. Now, I've really come to see that each Ward you go into is much like the kids we raise. Each one is different with unique talents and abilities. No two are the same. Winder has unique qualities that cane make it the greatest ward (my prob was not seeing those qualities til later). Seemed like it took forever for this ward to finally look though and realize some of the things they were doing could be improved, or looked over. But yesterday, Sunday, though was a huge miracle where I just kept seeing so so many prayers get answered, there's more unity in the ward, members are reaching out to the investigators we are inviting, and the auxiliaries are focusing on missionary work. I know now that God answers the prayers at the right moment, and he does put us through His time not ours to help us grow. Even though things may not be getting done and taken care of at the now, or the moment we think they should, I've come to find that it's that moment where you just gotta smile, love the person you're working with, realize you don't have any control and that again it's really God that takes the wheel.
I've really come to see to just live in the moment, something Elder Johnston's nature and example has taught me. And I love it. He just moves with the flow, he enjoys the moment, and doesn't get too over stressed. He's a lot like David Witt, and I know that God put us as comps for a reason and kept us for one one more transfer for the same reason. It was mentioned a bit at Sacrament, but really just being thankful in the moment makes all the difference. Patience and humility is worked, faith is tested, but His Grace is sufficient. And when we allow it to work, it changes us, and it makes everything else just fall into place naturally. That's what I've come to see since serving in Winder, and I think that brings the peace in, and makes all the stresses and tensions ease. I feel like knowing that, and taking the actions I wish to take this transfer with the missionaries and the ward make me think that when it comes to being a Dad I'm gonna do a pretty fair job. Of course having been born of goodly parents, and of course even such when that day comes that I'm the parent (wayy wayy wayyyyy in the future), I hope that I can look back at these moments and see how far I've come and how it's all dependent on the Lord.
Wishing everybody has a fantastic week, lots of love to you!
Can't wait to see what Santa brought!
elder adam black
Mele Kalikimaka Familia,
Transfers are this week, and we got the call... I'm staying in Winder! And so is Elder Johnston for 1 more transfer!!! WOOOT WOOT! Gosh I love this kid, he's a little brother and such a good companion. We've had some major good times and I know this next transfer is going to be good. In fact, this past week was definitely one for the books.
In fact go ahead and call it The Book of Elder Black, we're in the 14th chapter 6th verse which reads:
And it came to pass, thus saith the Lord, Debbie Knight was baptized and there was much rejoicing in the city of Winder. Shouts of redeeming love, and the groove of the spirit brought blessings to all and to all a good night.
Yup :) Debbie got baptized, attached are some of the photos. Thanks everyone who prayed and helped her, now we're on to teaching the recent convert lessons. special thanks to the D'angelo family, they've been helping us teach her and fellowship and are fantastic members. In a way it was a great early Christmas gift. It's been such a spirit filled weekend, with the Christmas Devotional last night.
We had delicious dinners with part member families and with less active families. We did some choir practice for a fireside that will be the 18th. We're already getting gifts from members, and we go out and carol to families and share the He is the Gift video.
This video gives me chills every time. Have a great week and l love you all!
elder adam black
Happy December Home,
Afternoon! Thanksgiving was a real treat, I mean what a meal(s). We were blessed and served 3 on Tday; lunch with a part member family, dinner with a less active family, and then one more dinner with a family in the ward. Compared to the Charlie Brown Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade inflatable, I was so stuffed. Lots of good times, good people, and good spirits brought together in one day.
Debbie was able to make it to church, and she is doing fabulous. Working to put her as our focus this week, Debbie grasps what we teach, and her baptism's this Saturday. We are excited for her! God is doing miracles in Winder.
Also Bruni is back on date, we had a nice miracle after losing some contact with her due to the holidays, but then running into her last night. Talked outside, and taught the plan of salvation. We taught Bruni the plan of Salvation, then talked about baptism and she is dedicated to be baptized before the end of the year. She wants to be an influence and example to her family, and wants to help become a better person. We asked what day she would like to be baptized, and she said the 22nd. So sweet!
As for me, again I'm stuffed. We had two good exchagnes with Elders in the Monroe Ward, where I took a venture back to the past. And then with Elders in the Fort Yargo Ward. Both were very great and very uplifting exchanges, and learning from different missionaries I think is the best part of the Zone leading life.. the worst part ha ! I would say is trying to find the time to do actual missionary work, and getting to work more in your own area and connect more with the members. The atmosphere here is similar to Social Circle, in that I see that the environments we live in effect our attitudes and behaviour. But we learn to adapt. I now have gills and scales. But really, I will be in devastation when Elder Johnston leaves next transfer (at least he thinks he's going since he asked the assistants his fate in the mission). bahaha. I on the other hand will most likely stay in Winder for a while. Christmas will be most fun, and who knows what will happen next! In two weeks we should be headed to the temple YEEEEESSSS!!! :D
Wishing you a merry week, and jolly good time.
Hang a stocking, sing a carol, share the JOY.
elder adam black
The pretty chill and legit parentals of Elder Black, Tiffany and Henry Black.