Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Week 9 Service projects & a new companion!

Hey guys!

Been a great week! This last P-day, we were able to go to Boondocks (Pretty much like Amazing Jakes) with the entire zone! Transfers were this last Wednesday, and Elder Allen and I got a new companion! Elder Berg, from Boise! But, he only stayed with us for one night. President Hansen didn't have time to interview all the new missionaries (40 new missionaries just came in! That puts us up to 200 total), so he just assigned random companionship's for the first night. The next day, we had training meeting and here we were assigned another new companion--Elder Katoa! He's from Arizona! Paradise Valley area. He's actually waiting for his Visa, to go to New Zealand. So we don't know how long he'll be with us. So as for now, we're in a trio companionship.

Unfortunately, we did not get a car. Apparently the 20 new cars they were expecting this transfer, didnt come in.. Which is ok, bikes are good to keep us in shape :)

I cannot express how grateful I am for music, and the Spirit that it can bring. I am so grateful to be called to Utah. It's about a 95% percent chance every home we go into has a piano, and even sometimes a guitar! At dinner every night, as a spiritual thought, we usually leave with a hymn. We have had some amazing experiences with them. The Spirit is more abundant than ever, when music is in the air.

This past week we had the opportunity to give one of the Elders in our district a blessing. He has been fighting cancer for a long time now, and told us he has been having a really rough week. It is such a blessing to be able to be apart of such a great Church, that has the fullness of the Gospel of Christ.

We have been very active in the wards recently, helping out with service projects constantly. It's a great way to get us out of our white shirts and ties, and to get to know the members. The past week has brought amazing weather! It's rained probably every other day :) Although it's super nice, it made me realize how much i really do love the Arizona HEAT :)

We were able to speak in Church yesterday again! We all spoke on "Hastening the Work". We talked about how the members of the Church are our biggest asset. Lot's of people thanked us for speaking and told us they would do their best to find people for us to teach :) Member referrals are the greatest and most helpful ways of finding people. That is how all our teaching comes about.

We are still working with Chris, and are planning to go with his family, and our stake presidents family up to their ranch in Huntsville tonight, for a Family Home Evening lesson and just to have some fun :) Chris is a great guy. He was at one of the service projects this week, and was there for most of the day! He isn't shy with people in the Church, and has a great spirit about him. He's slowly progressing.

We have not been able to meet with James recently, but only because he recently got a job, at the SLC airport. He refuels the airplanes. Although we have not been able to meet, we have been keeping in close contact. He always texts us with questions he has. He is still on date to be baptized in January.

Linden and Casey's baptism is this Saturday! Their mom texted us this week and confirmed that we will be there and that we will be able to sing a musical number :) Luckily, Elder Katoa has a great voice. He is Tongan, afterall! haha :)

The work out here is great. I am seeing how much the Gospel blesses lives. What a blessing to be a part of spreading this great Work. 

I hope all is well at home. Keep me updated on whats going on :) I love the emails and letters a receive! Until next week!

-Elder Carroll

My favorite scripture this week D&C 88:77-78
77 And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom. 78 Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand.

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