So this morning we got transfer calls and I will be staying here with Elder H. for one more transfer. I am kinda glad because there is a lot to be done here and I am not sure how other missionaries who don’t know the area would fare here.
I am a little annoyed though because we will probably be moved in by August 1st and the next transfer is like 4 days before. Chances are I will be leaving then which means I get to do all of the moving and then leave. Who knows though, maybe I will stay next transfer too.
As usual, it was very hot this week. According to locals, this is apparently abnormally hot weather for this time of the year. Yesterday it was 103 with the humidity. Yum.
I did not write in my electronic journal this week so I apologize for this week’s email in advance.
It was a pretty good week. The beginning was a little slow but we ended on a really good note.
The appointment we had with S. this weekend fell through which was a bummer, but we are going to try to stop by another day.
We had an interesting experience with an old investigator this week. A few months ago when I was with Elder S., we received a referral from missionaries in Arizona for a lady who seemed really solid. We had an appointment with her and she was really nice and was friends with members but said that she was overcoming an alcohol addiction and needed time to get over that first.
“Well she finally came to church today and it was AWESOME! She loved it, and wants to change her work schedule around so she can come every week. She also wants to go to relief society gatherings during the week and the people here loved her.
We may have a baptism on our hands soon.
That was probably one of the biggest highlights of my week.
On Wednesday we went to check out the apartment complex we will be moving into (most likely). It is SUPER nice. It will be a huge step up from where we are living, along with the fact that we will probably become a full time car area when we move. I probably won’t be here for that though. Whoop whoop.
I found a really awesome scripture that I never noticed before the other day. It was Jacob 1:19
19 And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their blood might not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood would come upon our garments, and we would not be found spotless at the last day.
I really like this one because often times we think that magnifying our callings is something that is “above and beyond.” However, we are literally sinning when we are not magnifying our callings and the sins of those we do not help will become ours, in essence. This goes for missionary work, parenting, home teaching, and simply being a part of this gospel.
Anyhow, that was my week. Thanks for all that you guys do. I will talk to you next week!
Elder Jeremiah Brown
Elders H. and Brown
Older photos from Conway. Celebrating Elder N. (2 elders away from Jeremiah) mission half way mark.