Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011

Not much to write this week. We didn't get to meet with Jaime and her family because she was at her mom's house when we were to have our appointment! What was her mom thinking?? :( But we rescheduled and all will work out. Tomorrow we have a fresh batch of missionaries coming out - 8 elders and 1 sister. We will pick them up at the airport in the afternoon, bring them back to the mission home for some instruction and dinner. After dinner a testimony meeting and more instruction. Then Wednesday will be transfer meeting, but before we will take all the new missionaries to the Kirtland Temple and to the School of Prophets at the Kirtland Historical Sites. After transfer meeting we'll take the three elders who are going home and will head to the mission home for dinner, instruction, testimony meeting, interviews... Thursday we'll take them to the airport and a new transfer begins! Crazy to think I've been an Assistant for a month-and-a-half! Time has flown!

Our ward is getting very enthusiastic and passionate about missionary work. We've been making huge pushes to get our Ward Missionaries more involved with the members and we have been leaving with them commitments (and following-up! that's the MOST important part!) that push them to share the gospel more. Many are having great experiences and as they share them with others at church, it motivates everyone else to seek out those opportunities. We have brand new investigators who we can hopefully begin to teach more regularly and help them gain a testimony of this restored, true gospel.

This morning as I sent out some mission emails to the leaders, I included this quote (we always try to send a little motivational/inspiring message):

Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover
that he can make a lot more out of their lives than they can.
He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken
their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits,
multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities,
comfort their souls, raise up friends and pour out peace.
--Ezra Taft Bensen

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them who love Him.
--1 Corinthians 2:11
Kind of like I wrote in my last email, we must not limit ourselves! We all have so much potential and we must live up to the expectations that our Father in Heaven has for us. Every bit of growth that we ever endure comes from pushing ourselves; from stepping out of our comfort zones. Humbling ourselves and stretching a bit. I know that as we give up our pride and lose ourselves in the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will become even as Jesus Christ Himself! We will in turn become stronger in spirit, be filled with the purest joy ever imagined,and be a light to this world full of those desperately looking for truth and stability. I love the gospel and I love the commandments. This path is the only path that will lead us to eternal life, with our families so dear. I love my family. Being on a mission has opened my eyes to how blessed I have been these past 20 years. Incredible role-models, friends, support... I couldn't think of anything better than one day living with my family and Heavenly Father, forever. Have a great week.

Love, Elder Dransfield

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