This week has had some unexpected things happen, but honestly that's what keeps a mission exciting!
I guess first I'll talk about the fact that I'm getting transferred to another area again. On Saturday Elder Bowen got a call from President Turner because he was asked to train a new missionary. I didn't think much of it because I was honestly expecting him to leave to train and I stay here. But then I got a call towards the end of the day from Elder Willie and he told me that I was being thanked for my service as a district leader and that I was going to be unassigned, and so I just asked him if I was leaving since I kind of knew anyway, and he said that I was. Unfortunately, I couldn't get where I was going out of him after nagging him for 10 minutes hahaha. He's a good AP. So I know that I'm being transferred in 2 days, I just don't have any idea where or what I'll be doing there. I wasn't expecting to be leaving this soon from Mt. Pleasant at all, but I'm actually not mad or sad at all about it. It was a little bit of a surprise to me, but I've thought and prayed about it a great deal and the only thing that I can say is that I feel ready to move somewhere else to do great things and that the Spirit has comforted me and helped me just not even worry about it. I know that my 3 months here have been preparing me for a lot of things, and I know that this next area is one of them. I've learned so much about myself and about other people in this area, and I'm so glad that I received so much knowledge here. I went through some trials, small and big, and I also had some of the happiest moments on my mission here, and I love every moment of it. There has been so much that has happened here and I am so blessed in the fact that I was a part of it. I feel really confident in myself because I know God isn't going to give me something that He knows I can't handle with my own strength, and also with his. One scripture that has helped me whenever I feel like I may not be adequate for what I'm doing is Mosiah 4:27 "And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order."
I'm way excited to get to a new area and do some good old hard work like I've always done on my mission so far, and I am ever grateful to my Heavenly Father for the wonderful lessons I learn every day, and the blessings that I receive from Him all the time. I have no fear or anxiety about leaving and I'm really happy that I have another opportunity to meet new people, teach new lessons, and keep striving to invite everyone to follow Jesus Christ. I know that whatever comes will not be something that I can't handle with God's help, and that it's going to be an awesome experience. I wouldn't be able to do any of this without my Savior, and I know that as I keep improving, progressing, and working that I'll "win the prize". I don't even know what things I can be blessed with in this new place, but as long as it comes from God it's going to be good.
This week has been awesome and although I'll miss all of the great members, converts, and investigators that I've met here, I'm excited that Elder Bowen and these people can help a brand new missionary get on his feet, and see that he's part of an amazing work that happens everywhere every day. I really wish I knew where I was going already though haha. It kills me that I have to wait until transfers to find out, but I guess it makes it more exciting.
I hope everyone had a great week!