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!
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