Elder Derek Miller's Mission Site

Letter After the Legendary Phone Call

Date: December 27, 2010
Area: Maxixe, Mozambique
Companion: Freire


Hello Family!
After our heroic, legendary phone call as the day of the Winter Solstice came to a close, I feel rejuvenated, invigorated, and just plain CHARGED in the work. On to Mother's Day (where I make a year!).
About my toe... Yup it is ok. I still can't tell if I really broke it or not. But I am taking care of it well. I taped it, iced it, elevated it, took a day off, and I am watching it carefully. I talked to Sister Ross (She was a nurse) and she told me what to do and stuff. As of now, I am walking normally for the most part. It hurts still but I can walk. Anyway. Tudo Bem!
Haha another game system thing. Incredible the growth of technology. It just keeps on going! You guys just keep having fun with it. I'm sure when I get back I will understand exactly what this thing is...That is, after I take a nap on the carpet (that's my #1 priority).
As for my comp. Yup we are still working on some things. Unfortunately we are seeing a decline in our investigators. I think it is because we have fed them too much knowledge and not enough testimony but what can you do? I am just patiently waiting. We have already had several discussions and tried several things. What I have learned is that you can't change your companion unless they want it. The only person I can change is me. And this applies in all aspects of life. I figured out that we are all given circumstances, problems, people, bodies, organs, skills, trials, teachers, and even blessings that we sometimes wish we didn't have. Being humans, we seek for ways to make our worlds change to fit our paradigm, or view of life. In reality, none of us have the ability to completely change our world to the way we would like and we get frustrated when we try and try but fail to change our world without. The only thing you can change is yourself. As we realize this, we learn what we can do to change the world around us. And it all starts from within. Truly, change in the world starts with the change within us. Change of mindset. Change of point of view. That is what I have learned and have been working on. Sometimes I think "Oh if only I had known that before the mission!" but that is what this thing is for ya know? Anyways, I have stopped trying to change my companion and our companionship. I am just trying to focus on what I can do to make things a little bit better. The rest is just called patience and long suffering. In reality, what I am trying to describe is just plain Charity because it is the only thing, of all things, that will not fail. Choose to love what ya got and do the best with it. You don't have to be the best. Just do the best.
A favorite quote by the GBH whom I loved so much:"I have discovered that life is not a series of great heroic acts. Life at its best is a matter of consistent goodness and decency, doing without fanfare that which needed to be done, when it needed to be done. I have observed that it is not the geniuses that make the difference in the world. I have observed that the work of the world is done largely by men and women of ordinary talent who have worked in an extraordinary manner."
-Gordon B. Hinckley

Anyways, the horse is dead and I'm still beating it. Lol. My digestive system is fine and working well. As far as package stuff for the next package, our military veteran is very package savvy and gave me some awesome hints. #1 baby wipes. Lots of them. It may be strange but that has to be one of the greatest luxuries here second only to carpet. #2 Cliff bars! A magical piece of food for the road. #3 Vitamins!!!! Of whatever nature. Brain, multi, super, whatever.
Anyways. Starting next week with the coming new year I will pick 3 investigators and give you weekly updates on their progress to help you understand missionary work, especially here in Africa. One of them will be Jafar. Not sure on the others yet but hopefully that will give you a good Idea of what's up here.
Well that is all I have for this week. Stay tuned for more. HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Keep the Commandments! It's a good motto to live by.
Love you all!
Elder Miller


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