"The trials and tribulation that we experience may be the very things that guide us to come unto Him and cling to our covenants so that we might return to His presence and receive all that the Father hath." Linda S. Reeves, "Claim the Blessings of Your Covenants"
This week was transfers. It is a busy time with the Elders and Sisters moving, sometimes changing companions, sometimes moving apartments. It can be quite stressful!!!! Change is stressful! On a Mission we count not in months or weeks, but in transfers. There is a transfer every 6 weeks. There seems to be quite a bit of sickness during the week before and after transfers. I feel this is because of the stress that the missionaries feel. Stress can do strange things to our bodies! We had a Specialized Training last week on that very subject. Stress is a part of all of our lives, these young people are learning how to handle stress and change in their lives. Sometimes it is painful.
The difficulties which come to us present us with the real test of our ability to endure. A fundamental question remains to be answered by each of us: Shall I falter, or shall I finish?" Thomas S. Monson, ""I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee""
This is the last transfer time for Elder McOmber and myself. We go home to Idaho in less that 6 weeks. We are starting to feel the stress and excitement, just as our Elders and Sister do. We are very anxious to go home to our family, friends and ward, but we now have friends and a ward that we love down here. Coming on a mission was hard, I cried the first month, I was so homesick, but now I am going to miss these wonderful people and our "home" down here. Saying good bye is always so hard.
We had to say goodbye to a good friend a little early. Russ and JoAnn Baker have become good friends. Russ Baker a native of the area, died February 12, 2014. There was a memorial service for him this Friday. He was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on November 4, 2013 (while we were here). He loved going to church and handed out programs each Sunday, greeting everyone with a big smile. He loved jokes and played them on everyone. He loved the departure firesides with the testimonies and music. We missed him this week at the departure fireside. JoAnn had the missionaries sing at the memorial service. He had been a "fixture" at the bars before he joined the church. Many of his dear "bar" friends came to the memorial service. I hope they could feel the spirit in the talks the young men gave. Russ set a great example of how lives can change!
|Hard to say "good bye-see ya later" to Russ Baker.|
|Elder McOmber does sometimes wear a suit. With Cole Carter, Elder Bledsoe and Elder Walker. Those two elders were suppose to go home last Tuesday, but they wanted to stay 2 extra weeks to help with training. They are awesome!|
|To take care of their stress, some of the elders write in their journals or study. We talk about having fun on our P day, not just doing the necessary clothes washing and shopping.|
|This is what Elder McOmber does to "unwind" on his P day. He is working on his 1950 Chevy. He is actually doing things to get it ready for transport back to Idaho, but he loves working with mechanical stuff.|
|Dave Boodry, our son-in-law was here for 2 days for his work. He drove down to take us out to dinner--it was wonderful. We went to Joe's Crab Shack. We enjoyed the visiting and the food! Thanks Dave.|
… choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:2, 15).