Hey there everyone. How's everything going in all y'all parts of the world? I can tell you that things are going pretty well over in Philomath, Oregon. Elder Searcy and I are doing our best to keep up the roll that things are on over here, but as things go, it's up and down. There were still plenty of awesome things that we got to be a part of over the last week.
On Tuesday we had a Zone Conference in Corvallis combined with the Santa Clara Zone. The meeting was awesome; the spirit was there and the items that were covered in the meeting were very helpful to those that we're teaching. President Russell focused a lot on some of the more basic doctrines of the gospel, especially the Holy Ghost and it's effect in our lives. All in all, it made for a good meeting.
This week was also one of the ones where a lot of the people we teach cancelled their lessons with us. It's always a bummer when that happens because you prepare a lot and love these people so much but then have to wait a whole week to see them. We were able to see a few of the people that we've been focusing on lately and had some great lessons with them. We took a lot of time teaching Mark about why it's important for us to keep the commandments and using object lessons. His girlfriend Tiffany has also started to show a lot of interest in the things that we've been sharing, so we're going to start working with her now too.
The message that was left with me most from this week would have to be that, as missionaries, we're here to help everyone, not just those who are investigating the church. There's a culture in missionary work sometimes that tends to correlate success as a missionary with outcomes relating to work with non-members; baptisms, lessons taught, new investigators, etc. But, as missionaries, we're called to invite everyone to come unto Christ and help all those we can. One of the things we've started to do is to go through the ward list of individuals we don't know and talk to them. So far, it's been awesome. We've met some great people and have been able to help them and invite them. Along with helping the members become more missionary minded as of late, my testimony of the importance of helping and being an example to everyone around you has really grown. Heavenly Father's purpose is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man", and guess what? That's us! God's whole purpose for doing the things He does is for us. And the fact that we get to help in bringing that about is amazing and such a great blessing. Whether it's people we don't know, people we're close to, our family, or even ourselves, when we're striving to bring others close to Christ, were involved in a great work. THE great work. And I love being a part of it.
Oh, and we went to the coast as a zone for PDay. It was super fun to enjoy that with everyone.
That's about it for this week. Transfer calls are coming up here on Friday, so this might be the series finale of Adventures in FLMTH. Stay tuned!
I love you all. Have a fantastic day plus six other fantastic days.
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