Our next stop was The Dalles, where we met with Zone Leaders, Elder Bonzo and Elder Watts. They were both serving as missionaries here a year ago when our WYM began. They have both returned and are happy to be serving here again.
Elder Watts and Elder BonzoElder Watts: to come
Elder Bonzo: I actually understand what the gospel of Jesus Christ is. Learning the Doctrine of Christ in the MTC changed me forever. I had never put the pieces together. I lived accidentally. Now I have purpose–fully living the Doctrine of Christ. I live intentionally. The Church is my whole life. I took Mission Prep, attended Seminary for 4 years, but I never really understood the Doctrine of Christ. I’d read the scriptures, but I didn’t get much out of them. We don’t teach 5 lessons here, we teach 1 lesson 5 different ways. We teach Jesus Christ and his Atonement. This has changed my life forever. I want to live it. I want to share what I’ve learned, to help others discover it. (23 mos.)
Elder Burbank and Elder QuastElder Burbank: I’m a lot harder worker. Before I worked hard at basketball. My desires have changed. I was very worldly and prideful. I am more righteous, I have better purposes, and a better vision for my future. I used to sit in church on Sundays and check sports scores on my phone the whole time. Now I listen. I have more love for people and now I know better how to help them. I’m more patient. I like to talk to people more about them than about me. We have a great Ward Mission Leader. I want to be that kind of guy. (1 yr.)
Elder Quast: I’ve become more independent and self-sustaining. I’m making more choices by myself and for myself. (My mom used to buy all my groceries and do my laundry.) Now I think and plan and budget my money. I’m more comfortable talking to random people. I can start a conversation with total strangers. Change and transfers are a lot easier because I’ve done that before. I’m learning to work with different people. I’m so thankful for my parents. (9.5 mos.)
Elder Gaeta and Elder WildeElder Gaeta: My purpose has changed. I came for my girlfriend. Now I’m here, preparing and getting to know God more and more day by day. I can take something from each day. I am learning to be obedient. I’m deleting worldly music and learning to be happy on my own. (5 mos.)
Elder Wilde: Before I went to church, but I just went. I always said it was true because I was told it was true. I did it but I didn’t really care. I did what I wanted to do–movies, music, I watched whatever. I understand now why I am really here. Studying helped me realize why I am really here, why this is so important. This is the WHY of Everything. Music has been big. I’m learning to be patient and deal with stuff that happens. I can get over things and move on. I let go of anger more and move on. I’m more positive and more patient. (20.5 mos)
This humanitarian work was posted on the board and made me happy: