It is another beautiful day here in East Lansing! I had an awesome week and it seems like the weeks just fly by! It is already the last week of the transfer and my life is about to be crazy busy for the next 2 weeks with transfer planning--starting today--and then transfers and departing/incoming missionaries next week!
Monday, we had our normal p-day. We spent part of it looking for kiddie pools for our half mission p-day and then we drove to Mt. Pleasant to do our trade-off with them. We usually do it earlier but they had some issues in their apartment and we were unable to do it earlier in the transfer.
Tuesday, I spent the day with Elder Elmer here on campus. Elder Elmer was my district leader when I first got to Grand Rapids and he was a zone leader in Traverse City before replacing me at CMU. We had a great day on campus and talked to a lot of people and actually had a Chinese girl want us to teach her right then so we did! After that we went to Home Depot and bought some stuff for Half-Mission P-Day. Next we went to Mt. Pleasant and me and Elder Norton came back to Lansing to finish getting stuff ready for Wednesday and Thursday for the P-days!
Wednesday we had a great day in Wyoming (right outside of Grand Rapids) and it was great seeing all of the missionaries. We did several relays, played all sorts of games and even played water kickball where the bases were kiddie pools and you had to slide on a slip-n-slide into every base! One of the missionaries took some pretty good pictures that I will have to send!
Thursday, we headed to Mt. Pleasant and did the half-mission p-day there. Both days were a lot of fun but I was pretty sunburned by the end of it.
Friday, we went to pick up a new trailer for the mission! It is a little bigger than the one that we had before to transport all of the missionaries luggage and President Jacoobsen is even getting a decal made for the side of it so it will look really sharp! I will try to send a picture next week! We did some office work and then finished our evening by working on campus. Around 10:20pm we got a call that a few missionaries were struggling and so we had to drive to their apartment and didn't get back to our apartment until around 12:30 or so. Needless to say I was exhausted on Saturday. We had a great day Saturday and Sunday and were able to see several miracles on campus.
We have a great week planned. Most of it will be in the office transfer planning and getting things ready for next week! I am excited to see all of the things that Heavenly Father has in store for me this week. I will be emailing on Saturday this week instead of next Monday since we will be driving all of the missionaries around next week and I wont be able to email!
Thanks for all of the support and prayers!!
P.S. Here is the spiritual thought that I emailed out to our missionary leaders last night. I thought that I would include it again.
We are blessed as leaders in the Michigan Lansing Mission to be able to work with the greatest missionaries in the world. Missionary work is not easy but as President Jacobsen says, "We can do hard things!" It is when we do these hard things that our calling demands of us that our true character is shown. Character is demonstrated by looking and reaching outward when the natural and instinctive response is to be self-absorbed and turn inward. We can seek to be blessed with and develop the elements of Christlike character. It is possible for us to strive in righteousness to receive the spiritual gifts associated with the capacity to reach outward and respond to other people who are experiencing the very challenge or adversity that is most immediately and forcefully pressing upon us. We cannot obtain such a capacity through sheer willpower or personal determination. Rather, we are dependent upon and in need of "the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah" (2 Nephi 2:8). But "line upon line, precept upon precept" (2 Nephi 28:30) and "in [the] process of time" (Moses 7:21), we are enabled to reach outward when the natural tendency is for us to turn inward. As we strive to develop Charity, we will be able to develop the Christ-like character that we are striving for as missionaries.