Change - E-mail August 30th 2010

Date: August 30, 2010
Area: Aurora, Alicia Area - Roxas Zone- District Leader Assignment
Companion: Elder Farley - CA - MTC District Buddy


You are right dad, change is one thing that is consistent about a mission. Take for example the fact that Elder Allen will be home in a few weeks. It seems like yesterday we were in Lindon listening to his farewell address. Elder Murphy has now spent more time out of the MTC than in. Sister Banks has less than a year left and Elder Hale has a new companion and area.

The answer to the question who? It's Elder Farley. Does that name sound familiar? We are batch mates from the MTC. How awesome is that! I honestly think the world of each one of them and now I get the privilege to be companions with one them in the field.

The answer to where? It's back to Roxas Zone, Alicia area. Elder Murphy has been a major example and help to me as he served as an assistant to the president. He has stepped down to be a zone leader in Roxas for his last 2 cycles and Elder Bayles, my last amazing zone leader has filled his spot. He will do so good.

I will forever love and remember all the investigators and members in Lagawe. It was sad to leave them, but I am excited to work with Elder Farley here in Aurora! He is such a great missionary and person.

We had 5/5 at church in regards to investigators and they are all sharp, especially 2 of them. They are just waiting to get their papers here from Manila to get married and then it will be into the waters of baptism.

Yesterday was the biggest church congregation I have seen yet on my mission. Coming back here has created some major flashbacks to when I was in Burgos. It's crazy how time comes and time goes and life changes.

Change can be hard, change can be joyful, change can be a welcomed guest, and at other times an unwelcomed stranger. Change can be a trial or a blessing, either way, life is full of change. It is in all our changes that we must remember one who doesn't change, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

President Hinckely called the Savior our constant and true north star to guide us through whatever trials come into our lives. President Monson pleads with us all to turn to the Lighthouse of the Lord and trust in Him with all our hearts.

Mom and dad, because of the Savior of the world, our lives and relationships on earth can be everlasting. The knowledge of where we came from and why we are here and where we are going are well worth our time to ponder and study on a regular basis. It will help us keep the eternal perspective we need to cope with change. It will help us see the role of Jesus Christ in our daily lives. It will help to "face trials head on" as President Monson has said "and arise victorious."

The knowledge of the plan of salvation was restored to earth through the prophet Joseph Smith, along with more priceless knowledge that was withheld for centuries. My heart is full of gratitude to be blessed with the knowledge the gospel brings.

"Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah, Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer."

Let us do all we can to move this great work along. I love you all so much and thank you for your prayers.

-Elder Hale
Here is a picture of the MTC Boys Minus Elders Dahlin & Hardman..
Elder Farley is to Johnny's right ..... This was taken on the day they were assigned to each other.. You can tell they are happy......

(Taken from Sister Carlos'  Mission Blog)

Following that, we moved to the chapel next door and held our transfer meeting. 44 companionships changed including some changes in mission leadership. Announced were: New Assistant to the President (Elder Bayless); New Zone Leaders (Elders Balaich, Bates, Cabanacan, and Jenkins.) Elder Murphy, the previous Assistant, also took one of the Zone Leader spots for his final 2 cycles; New District Leaders (Elders Geddes, Hale, Mataipule and Nielsen). After the transfer meeting, a bunch of elders and sisters found themselves at the Mission Home with plenty of leftovers from dinner and breakfast. Pictured are the four-some of Elders Ward, Farley, Hale and Riner.


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