What a week it's been; tiring, busy, moving and working. Yet still good. For a couple weeks now, we've been working on trying to move apartments. We lived at the bottom of our area, which was where our Sister Missionaries work, So if you can imagine, this part of the Lord's vineyard has been pretty watered and nourished almost as much as the heavy Georgia summer rain and humidity we've been getting (I'm still wet). But fortunately our trek up north was successful and happened rather miraculously. We've moved apartments, NEW ADDRESS BELOW. I'm still surprised how members, missionaries, and a moving truck were able to get over here and help on a days notice. Yet still mindful and grateful in remembrance that the Lord truly is and will provide a way for his work to progress.
We now live next to Ricky and Kayla Crawford, and man is it so freaking awesome! Really the best thing. Saturday we had a BBQ with them and the Peeks Family (ward members). There are so many good things about to happen with this family. Kayla is super excited to go to the temple, Ricky came to church yesterday, and Penny, their 3 year old, even prayed for the first time.
Ricky is now on date for baptism for June 10!!! :)
Other than that, we did lots of service, mowing lawns and getting tons of pollen in the nostrils, painting, helping others finish moving. All that jazz. It was nice, and this week should be good.
The principle of joy is one that has been on the mind lately. "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have JOY." (2 Nephi 2:25) Joy can only take place if there be sorrow. And I guess I say this because it seems that whenever there is doubt discouragement, sadness, shame, guilt, misery, regret, loneliness, and lowliness, it's there because without it how could anyone ever feel so triumphant, brilliant, new, clean, proud, alive, happy, upbeat, rejoice, and relief. The gift of agency though allows us to move from the latter to a former, from one emotion and state of mind to another. Keep in mind though that wickedness never was happiness. To choose joy would then mean to choose good which is Christ. By so doing, it enables the change within ourself and what was dark is now light. Seems like the greater increase of joy though also includes an increase of sorrow, hence why the Saviour and Heavenly Father have the greatest everlasting joy, by completely fulfilling the infinite Atonement. "...It is finished."(John 19:30) what more excruciating pain could there have been? Though our burdens be there, they be not there to cause grief, but that experience might be met, faith exercised and for the personal benefit of progression into godliness. This then allows the benefit of our neighbors, our family, and everyone around us. What a wonderful hunkydory gospel. I'm grateful for these truths and grateful for all who have helped me. I would not be who I am with out you. I say that in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
So go be happy this week and share it with others! That to me just feels like another thrill of life. School's are getting out, so that means hopefully more people to contact and teach. We'll have a training on Wednesday with Elder Zwick for the iPads we'll get June 2.
Y'all have a grande Memorial Day!
elder adam black
4330 Strickland Road Unit 2
Flowery Branch, GA