Well, like it says in the heading, I'm getting transferred this week.
It's a bit of a surprise and a disappointment because usually I've
stayed in an area for 3 transfers, and this time I only got to be in
Fairfield for 2 transfers. I'm really sad to leave here, I've loved it
here and all the people we've been teaching, but I know that The Lord
has a plan for me, and needs me where he's sending me, in Santa Rosa.
This week was relatively better than last week as far as teaching
goes. We were able to teach 9 lessons the first 4 days of the week.
And although we could not teach lessons last 3 days this week we were
able to contact at least 20 people those days. What concerns me about
this area is that the people we teach that have more potential are
harder for us to see every week. Then because of that all our
investigators are progressing a bit slower than I feel like they
should be. I hope that in the coming weeks Elder Payne and Elder
Ackmitov (Elder Payne's new companion) can work hard to see these
people more regularly, and that the investigators accept them in their
homes. I guess the good thing is that it seems that all the people who
we are teaching are... not quite progressing, but we've had some
breakthroughs with them. Especially with Dulce Rodriguez, we had a
lesson with Sister. Diaz de Leon and we were able to finish teaching
the Plan of Salvation, and Dulce was able to understand it well. And
now that we have it finished the Plan of Salvation she's prepared to
hear the Restoration, we even had to tell her, "We'll explain next
time, we'll explain that next time" with many of her questions. And
we've had good lessons with others, some who are relatively new
investigators, and this area has a lot of potential. I am very sad to
have to leave Fairfield, but it is what it is.
Now that brings me to speak of a (kinda) good surprise: President Alba
called Friday and... well, informed... me that I'm going to be a
District leader. I seriously was not expecting a call for District
Leader. I don't know why, but I did not expect to be one. I feel a
little nervous about the responsibility, yet I feel grateful to have
the opportunity to serve others more. I had a good experience in my
hour of prayer yesterday that really helped me to know that this
assignment comes from the Lord and that He will qualify me to fulfill
the responsibility. I feel much love for the district assigned to me
even without knowing very well their names or who they are. And again
I am grateful to serve other missionaries in this assignment. I took a
lot of time in my hour of prayer to pray, think, and set visions for
this transfer as District Leader, I feel nervous, but I know the Lord
will help me.
I love y'all and I loved getting the pictures from the competition and
from the Lake! Hope y'all have a wonderful week!
-Elder Whitakere to edit.