Elder Derek Miller's Mission Site

Transfers and Quotes

Date: August 08, 2011
Area: Manga, Mozambique
Companion: Workman


Dear Family,

Guess what! It's transfers again! and I'm leaving the Zone leader spot! so where am I going? Keep guessing.

Well this week was somewhat uneventful. Elder Cannon got in a bike wreck (see picture (it's with McCall's email)) and it was a full head to head collision with a drunk motorcyclist. He was miraculously unscathed. Protection powers!

Ok so I bet you have some Q's going on in your head. As a matter of fact Q is the first letter of my next area. haha. Well doesn't that just get you all riled up. keep reading.

We spent a great time at the lighthouse last monday. Ironically at the old lighthouse there is a shipwreck at its base. Not sure how that all played out. But I sent some pics. Elder Smith (old comp) snuck into one of them somehow. Hopefully you like the pictures.

So have you ever heard of the Zambeze river? Yup well you have to cross that river to get to my next area.

Man it's hard to keep focused. So I have been studying alot in preach my gospel about how to find people because we need to increase the number of people in our area. I'm figuring out a way to hone my finding skills. I think they will probably come in handy someday... Preach my Gospel is truly inspired but you kinda have to translate it because it has a more european/american mission feel. You have to tweek it sometimes to make it more applicable to Africa.

What is the capitol of Zambezia? I would really like to know?

Anyways. Check out this quote. I really like it. The Bhudda said it.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

Some quote huh?

Well so you probably already guessed it but my next area is Quelimane! That's pretty exciting considering it just opened up last transfer. But as if that was all the news! there is more!

Please read this quote on patience out loud:

Patience is a refining process. It is active and not passive.

Did you like my quote? I made it all by myself.

I'm super excited for Ryan Bradshaw! I can't believe it! haha. That house is the Africa house. Ryan Bradshaw, Derek Miller, Jared Cell--All the same room and house all going to Africa RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER!! What are the odds. We need to have a party when I get back.

Anywasy, so remember how I am going to quelimane? Well first off that is the land of the pineapple (soon to be my new favorite fruit) but to add onto my responsibilities of opening a brand new area up there (they added me and my comp to make 6 thus we are opening up a new area) I am going to be in the "Branch Presidency" whatever that means considering we don't have a branch really and there is no branch president. So basically I am the "Branch President" whatever that means.

But wait! There is more!

Enjoy the following:

The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice. When the sage climbs the heights of Yoga, he follows the path of work; but when he reaches the heights of Yoga, he is in the land of peace.

I really like these quotes? want some more?

No work stains a man who is pure, who is in harmony, who is master of his life, whose soul is one with the soul of all.

Bad deeds, and deeds hurtful to ourselves, are easy to do; what is beneficial and good, that is very difficult to do.

The trainer is no better than his master, neither is the master better than his aprentice. They both must achieve a higher level of being and that is why I am training this next transfer.

Don't you just love quotes? The last one is by me and if you are just trying to skip ahead you totally missed what my big news is. I'm training!!! I'm going to become a father! That's what we call it hear. Do you want to know the name of little Elder Derek's son is? Well keep reading!

Keep going...

No more bhudda quotes...

If you could learn any language what would it be?

Am I being annoying with this email?

Hello. My name is Elder Miller. I have been transferred to Quelimane in the province of Zambezia. I will be training Elder Derrickson as the branch president in the Quelimane Branch in Mozambique.

Love you all!

Elder Derek Miller

This message approved by Elder Miller


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