Companion: Elder Bradley
For the 4th of July this past Monday we had a good time playing basketball at the church like we do every week. We had plans to go over to a members house at 3pm and to hang out with them and have
dinner and games there for a little bit. They had a bunch of teenagers there who all wanted to go play basketball at the church so we went and played for another hour or so. Dinner and games were pretty fun at the Coopers house! We didn't get to go to any fireworks as we still had to be home by 9:30pm. All of Johnson County also has a no firework policy anyway. Off our back patio we could see fireworks off in the distance that we watched for a little while before we went to bed. That was about all we did on the 4th.
We had MLC this past Wednesday which was really good! We talked about having faith unto miracles. This is something I really needed as I have been struggling in seeing miracles in the missionary efforts in this area. I know that it is because I have not been looking hard enough for them! I look back on the things that I have learned here in this area and realize that I have been more like Laman and Lemuel. I experienced miracles, but I didn't let them effect me. I was going through them and not letting them go through me.
Mormon 9: 20-21
And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.
Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.
But we know that God wants us to experience miracles!
2 Nephi 27:23
For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.
I have been learning a valuable lesson here in Lenexa, that is to stop complaining, check my attitude every now and then, make sure my heart is in the right place, and get to work! I feel like the experiences and the stress of this area really tore me down to a point where now I realize that I am nothing as a missionary without God's help. I am so grateful for what I have learned and am still learning here. :).
Transfers are this week on Thursday! I'll let you know if I get transferred or not! That day will mark my 5 weeks left... It is very likely that I will get transferred because I have been with Elder Bradley for two transfers and in the area for two and a half transfers. But, you never know what president has in mind for us missionaries! This will be my last transfer before I go home! :O. Kinda crazy to think about... Oh, and also to go along with that news, I got a trainers call. I will be training a new missionary or follow up training for my last transfer so I most likely will be in a new area. ;P
I officially gave my last zone training this past week! That was nice to know that I would be done with those after that. They are great experiences and all, but I was kinda ready to be done. It will be
nice to be on the receiving end for my last zone training. :).
We got word that Elder Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve will be coming to our mission on the 18th of July, so that should be good!
That's about it for this week!
Love you all!
Ps: there is a family that just moved into the ward out here who were in our ward 4 years ago! I didn't recognize them, but we put connections together and figured it out. Their names are the Hulls.
Elder Shoemaker and "Dory"