Headed south today and our first stop was in Goldendale where Elder Jeff and Elder Oliverson are serving. We met in the Family History Center there. These 2 Elders are doing a great job here. I enjoyed visiting with them about how they’ve changed since coming on their missions:
Elder Jeffs and Elder OliversonElder Jeffs: I’ve become more loving. I actually want to care for people. I want to be very kind. I’m working on my speech. Before I did lots of teasing. Not much heart-felt communication. I actually have a desire now to follow the Lord. Before I didn’t really go (stay) in church. I didn’t see a reason to. I didn’t see a reason to do what the Lord asks us to do. My Mom is awesome. I had no plan to go on a mission. Then I got my Patriarchal Blessing. I didn’t believe in personal revelation at that point. My blessing said I’d be called on a mission. Now I’m here. I’ve been able to be a missionary to friends back home. (20 mos.)
Elder Oliverson: I’ve seen a lot of change! Before I didn’t really talk about God. I did my church duties, I was an OK child in a big family with 7 kids. I didn’t express love verbally. Now We say it and we feel it. I’ve started talking about God. It changes things a lot. My attitude about church has changed. Before I thought I was “active.” My life is more structured now. I’m on time. I love church. I stay awake now and pay attention. My attitude has changed. Before I was a people pleaser. Now I think about others first and God.