This morning we headed north again, 2 hours to Moses Lake to finish interviewing there. Because of the departing missionaries and their extra long interviews, we’ve had to make a few extra trips this transfer to see everyone. We enjoyed another day in Moses Lake with these good missionaries.
I continue to ask each missionary for 3 of the best skills they’ve learned/are learning as a missionary, and which scripture they are currently memorizing.
Sister Castle and Sister Thayer, serving in the Moses Lake 4th and 7th Wards Sister Castle: You have to get right back on the horse when things don’t go as planned. I’ve learned how to talk to people and relate the gospel to them personally. I’m learning to study for the people we’re teaching, to know how to help them. I’m memorizing 2 Nephi 4:20: “My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.”
Sister Thayer: I’ve learned that missionary work takes a lot of patience. I’ve learned how to love everyone openly. I’ve learned you have to be able to laugh at yourself. I’m also memorizing 2 Nephi 4:20: “My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.”
Elders Taele and Ence dropped by on their way to a service project.
Hermana Lin and Hermana Hurst, serving in the Moses Lake 1st and 9th south Spanish (happy to get a new phone!)Hermana Lin: I’ve learned to go out of my comfort zone to meet new people. I’ve learned to be better at budgeting and meal planning. I’ve learned to use my time wisely and fill it with meaningful activities. I’m memorizing 1 Nephi 3:7: ” . . . I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”
Hermana Hurst: I’ve learned to talk to everyone! I’ve learned to make tortillas, potstickers and cheesecake! I’ve learned how to stay calm even when life gets stressful. I’m memorizing Moses 1:39: “Porque he aqui, esta es mi obra y mi gloria: llevar a cabo la inmortalidad y la vida eterna del hombre.”
Hermana Lin made homemade potstickers for us!! They were fabulous!
Elder Spitzer and Elder Carroll, serving the Moses Lake 3rd and 10th WardsElder Spitzer: I’ve learned communication skills–being able to talk with people about anything. I’ve learned self-reliance–to work with what I have (clothes, food, etc.). I’ve learned how to budget. We live on $135/month. I’m learning to make that last all month! The scripture I’m memorizing is Moroni 7:33-34: “And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me. And he hath said: Repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, and have faith in me, that ye may be saved.”
Elder Carroll: I’ve learned to recognize the Spirit, to serve others and I’ve learned patience. I’m memorizing D&C 82:10: “I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.”
Elder Spitzer is ready for the historic solar eclipse next Monday!“Sister Lewis, sorry we’re eating junk food!”Helping Elder Spitzer find his family members while Elder Carroll had his departing interview. I LOVE these hour + long times to sit with the missionaries and teach them about Family History!
Elder Draper and Elder Nicoll, serving in the Moses Lake 6th and 8th WardsElder Draper: I’m learning to be a bringer of hope. I’m learning to teach with the Spirit. I’m learning to be the best missionary that I can be. The scripture I’m memorizing is 1 Nephi 3:7, ” . . . I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”
Elder Nicoll: I’m learning patience and understanding for others. I’m learning charity and love towards all of God’s children. I’m improving my ability to plan and prioritize. I’ve also learned to style my hair! The scripture I’m memorizing is Mosiah 4:30: “But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watchyourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.”
Elder Colunga and Elder Klossner, serving in the Moses Lake 9th Branch north and the 5th WardElder Colunga: I’ve learned how to talk to people and listen to them, having more conversation. Now I talk more about them than about me. I’ve learned how to best help someone–the best way is through service (like Ammon). I’ve learned to lead by example. Christ taught “Come follow me” not “Do what I say.” I’m memorizing Alma 5:26: “And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?”
Elder Klossner: I’ve learned to plan and set goals and how to be diligent (vs. being busy). I’ve learned to teach–you talk 10% and let them talk 90% of the time–let them discover it. I’ve learned to follow and recognize the Spirit. I’m memorizing 3 Nefi 11:7: “He aqui a mi Hijo Amado.”
Elder Turley and Elder Nelson, serving in the Moses Lake 9th Branch, central areaElder Turley: I’ve learned to overcome fear. I’ve learned to recognize the Spirit, and I’ve learned to be more personable. I’m memorizing Alma 26:5: “Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.”
Elder Nelson: The skills I have learned are 1. humbling myself/repenting. 2. Teaching well. 3. People skills like resolving conflict or misunderstandings. I’ve also learned to make jam! (These Elders even brought me some!) The scripture I’m memorizing is 3 Nephi 9:13: “O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteousthan they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?”
Elder Turley and I spent some good time doing some Family History work. Theodore Turley is my 3rd great-grandpa, and his 4th. We are family and that makes me happy. I enjoyed getting to know members of his branch of the family a bit better.