What an amazing week. Amazing! We received a bunch of new Elders here in Quincy, so we now have 8 missionaries in Quincy! 2 sets in each ward! My new companion is Elder Deeds (San Jose, CA) and it is so nice to have a Californian as a companion. He’s really chill and I have a feeling that this is going to be an amazing transfer together.
Not only that, but the area is progressing at break-neck speed! I don’t EVER want to leave this place! We should be setting another baptismal date this week and with the new Elders, I’m excited to see the Quincy District grow. What a wonderful time to be here.
This past weekend was really fun because the Church did a huge project for the city of Quincy! We had over 400 members from the stake don the “Mormon Helping Hands” regalia, and we spent Saturday morning doing service at a dozen different points around town. And then afterwards, the BYU Jazz Band “Synthesis” performed to a large audience at the Washington Park downtown. The BYU Contemporary Dance Team was also there and did a wonderful job. Sister Susan Easton Black Durrant spoke…but we missed it! Ugh! But still, there were SO many non-members there. It was great!
I also spoke on Sunday and no one (at-least as far as I could tell) fell asleep! Both Ken and Greg (investigators with baptismal dates) came to church and Marranda (our other baptismal date) is about to quit smoking! It’s just so amazing.
Finally, my spiritual thought. All of us have the capability of becoming instruments in the Lord’s hands, yet too few of us actually realize that potential and become it. Some of the main reasons that we fall short is because we lack the desire to become, lack the faith that we can, or lack the commitment to live such a life. Take a look at your life and see if you are living under your means. Take a look in the mirror and see what you want to be in 10, 25, 50 years and then become it. Forsake all in your quest. It is not only the best and most fulfilling life to live, but it’s also the only life worth living.
I love you all and I love this great work.
Faith and Honor,
P.S. Check out the pictures, Charlie Martian – Local Artist/Photographer, took of us!!! Aren’t they the coolest? 🙂