It has been a crazy week. I don't think I've ever felt so much unity in the mission as I did in the past 6 days. Everyone is very aware of having a new mission president in 3 days and we are filled with mixed feelings of sadness, love, and anticipation. We pray for the Weavers and the Blatters daily. All of the new mission presidents and their wives are currently at the MTC with all 15 of the Apostles who lead this church. I'm sure that's quite a training period. I have a testimony that each of them are called of God to go where they are needed when they are needed. We are ready to receive them with love and obedience.
|Olympia Stake Missionary Musical Fireside|
|Gift to Parting Weavers - WA State Flag w/ ALL missionaries names on it|
1. The Church put out a video last Easter on Jesus Christ titled, "Because of Him." In it is the line, "Because of Him, we have second chances, clean slates, new beginnings. There is no such thing as the end because of Him."
2. One of the lesser known yet powerful hymns is #284 "If You Could Hie to Kolob." Verse four states: "There is no end to glory; There is no end to love; There is no end to being; There is no death above."
3. Last April General Conference President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, "There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings. Why is this? Because we are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny.The more we learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruptions—temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful. How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings."
4. The Prophet Joseph Smith declared: "And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory" (D&C 130:2).
I believe that our "socialities" (friends and family) will exist beyond this life because of the Atonement, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Himself broke the bands of death and "ending" that bind and worry us so much. After all, He is God, and Endless is His name.
|Weaver's at Olympia Fireside thanking the missionaries|
|Last P-Day trip to Menchies Frozen Yogurt with Pres. Weaver|
|Zone Leaders tallying the discussions with Members- 697|
We also had two other investigators at church: Tiffany, and Aaron. Aaron is married to a less active member, and we're working with them a lot. I'll tell you more about them next week.
This week will be a unique one. We have mini zone conferences with President and Sister Weaver on Wednesday and President Blatter arrives here Thursday. Good things are ahead.
|Reunion with Elder Green at Olympia Fireside|
|Reunion with Elder Schaffner at Olympia Fireside|
|Soundview Ward Party leftovers given to Missionaries|
Scripture: Romans 13:11-12 put on the "armor of light"