If I could compare this week to anything it would probably be one of those short meaningless scenes that directors cut out of their movies for the sake of time and keeping their viewers entertained. I would follow suit and end the email here, however my number one fan wouldn’t be very happy so I will proceed to give you the details of this overly dull week. I guess I should clarify that when I say dull, I mean in terms of missionary work. We had some fun stuff happen but really not a lot of development with the work here in Gaffney.
So Elder N. and I are staying together for another transfer. I will have been with him for 6 months, which is kind of a crazy long time!
Monday was one of the more interesting days of the week. We went down to Greenville for P-Day last minute because a lot of missionaries were getting together to say goodbyes before transfers and such. It was a ton of fun! I got to see my old companion Elder B. which was awesome. He told me that he was going to be our new ZL so I was pumped about that as well! We went to the trampoline park and then we went to some of the other Elders apartments and grilled mutton. Mutton is good, but it tastes exactly what you would expect a sheep to taste like. That was most of the day. After P-Day was over we went and tried to get some work done but had little success.
Tuesday was nice for me because I didn’t have to prepare a DDM (we don’t have meetings the week of transfers). It was also really cool because my trainer Elder K. came back to the mission and I got to have lunch with him! It was really awesome and he is doing really well. It was kinda weird but really good to catch up with him and talk about the good ol’ days (burying dead horses, eating rocky mountain oysters, almost getting crushed by a semi-truck, etc.). It really made me miss being in training and made me remember how much I love being out here. I love the south and the people here, and I really don’t want to leave it.
Pretty much every other day this week was very slow. It just seemed like the more we tried to find people, the less people were home or wanted to talk with us. Maybe it’s because school starts soon and everybody is going out of town one last time. Whatever it was, it wasn’t very much fun for us.
We weeded through old formers, tried to find new investigators (which can be a struggle here because you can’t just knock neighborhoods), and hunted down less actives, but we really didn’t find much. Our recent convert M. is still MIA. We have tried calling and texting but have had no luck at all. Hopefully she just lost her phone again and isn’t answering our calls.
Anyway, I don’t have a whole lot more to report on. Sorry if that was depressing or dull. I hope for my sake that it isn’t. Sometimes it just turns out that way though.
This week I was reading in Mosiah and came across everyone’s favorite scripture Mosiah 2:41. I am sure that everyone has read/memorized this scripture thousands of times but I really wanted to highlight it this week and point out the simple message it gives.
41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
I would like to close up this email by pointing out the truthfulness of this scripture. Yes we’ve heard it time after time, but it’s true! Think about the righteous. Aren’t they always happy? From an outsiders perspective, I should be miserable. I usually don’t have a full stomach, can’t buy the things that I would like to, I don’t get to watch TV, listen to the latest music, or just hang out with friends. Yet, I am the happiest I have been my entire life (not to say I am anywhere near perfect though). This scripture may be used a lot, but it is so true! If you are looking for a little bit more happiness in your life, consider the bad that you can cut out. I promise you will be happier.
Whelp. That’s all I have to say. Thanks for all of your support and prayers!
Until next week,
Elder Jeremiah Brown
Pic: The Upstate Elders