Monday, November 25, 2013

Week 19: I am LOVING it up here! Time is flying by way too quickly!

My smile is starting to catch on! haha

Been a great week once again!  November is over this week... Where does the time go???

This last Tuesday we were able to go to Temple Square with Lyndsey and have a private tour by the Sister Missionaries! It was awesome, and the Sisters do such a great job teaching. Sisters carry a unique spirit that the Elders could never compare with!


Lyndsey's baptism was this last Saturday and went so well! Elder Martin and I were able to stand as witnesses for her! This Gospel is so amazing. The joy that this knowledge brings is indescribable. Yesterday in her ward, I had the honor, privilege and blessing to confirm Lyndsey, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Lord truly prepares people in his own way. I have absolutely no doubt that Heavenly Father's hand was in every step of where Lyndsey is today. I am so happy for her.

So some more direct notes that i have from Elder Bednars visit last week:

Before he started, the first thing he mentioned was to only write on small plates. He informed us to not write down the things that he was saying, but the things that the Holy Ghost was revealing to us.

One of my favorite points he made, was to pray as Agents. And not as objects. When we ask for all these blessing's in our prayers, then expect them to fall from Heaven, something is wrong. We need to get on our knees and pray like everything depends on Heavenly Father, then get on our feet and work like everything depends on us. Then will the blessings come.

Another thing that also stood out to me during the 4 hour meeting, is that humility is key. If we are prideful, we are in the way. In the way of the Holy Ghost being able to teach people. We must thank the Lord in literally every aspect of our lives.

When one returns from serving a mission, his life should never be the same. It should always feel weird. If you return from a mission and things seem normal, something is wrong. The mission should change me eternally. Become a missionary.. Don't just go on a mission.

This week has been super busy, we have been able to get in 32 lessons this week! The work is truly hastening. The member support here is awesome! The people of Fruit Heights are Kaysville are seriously amazing. I am so excited to see what the future has in store.

This last Monday we were able to meet with James once again! Great news!! His parents (Less-active and non-member) both gave him permission to be baptized! He is solid for January 1st, 2014! We are meeting with him again tonight! He is a great guy and has progressed so much since we first met with him in August!

Cari has accepted to start the "Stop-Smoking Program" and will be starting it tomorrow! It is a guaranteed way to stop smoking (taught by missionaries around the world with great success)! She has already accepted baptism and wants to be baptized, so hopefully after this next week we can set up the baptism!

We have been introduced to a young man, probably 23 years old. He name is Nathan and was raised in Utah and has a strong baptist background. He is very knowledgeable about the Bible and loves to discuss religion. We are planning on meeting with him again this Friday

We met with Autumn, the 10 year old girl again yesterday, and had a great lesson! She gave the closing prayer and holy crap, it the most spiritual and heartfelt prayer i have ever heard. It just reminded me of how we should all try to be as little children, and be meek and humble and submissive to the Lord's will.

Transfers are this next Tuesday Dec 3rd! I will most likely be moving houses, so my address will change. I will send out an email asap when i know where my new address is!

Ahhh this transfer came and went... These past 5 months have flown by!! It will be a sad day to leave this amazing area. I have grown to love the people here.. I hope they keep me here another 6 months!

I am LOVING it up here! Time is flying by way too quickly! I love my companions and the people we are teaching and the members in the area! But mostly, i love our Heavenly Father, and this amazing opportunity he has given me to serve him and his children in the great Work. I love every second of this amazing journey.

"To those who wish, time is long. 
     To those who work, time is short. 
     To those who LOVE, time is not." 
                                          - Unknown

Till next week, and much love,

Elder Carroll

My favorite scripture this week:  Alma 34:38 - "That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you."

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