It was mixed feelings watching Elder Sikaleti leave for transfers. He loved this district and he didn't want to leave but he really did. It was the Lord's will though so we are all well with that! I got Elder Farichild as my new comp so it works out.
Elder Farichild is amazing! He loves to counsel and he loves to get out and work. He contributes I planning and lessons and he is really good at what he does. I know that I will have a large impact on him so I need to be careful and watch my actions and make sure that I am obeying the mission rules and the commandments. He has only been out 6 months so he is kinda like me 3 months ago except maybe not as hard headed or stubborn haha. That's a good thing!
We have seen a bit of progress here already and I can see him change. We really haven't even done a whole lot except tract a couple hours. We have had meetings, weekly planning and the meeting with Elder Christofferson. We have also been cleaning and rearranging the apartment a lot. It is nice and it is a good way to start off what hopefully turns into the next 3 months. Elder Farichild and I both wrote President Ames and asked if we could stay together for 3 months.
As far as teaching goes it wasn't a very big week. We were pretty busy doing a lot of different things like unto the items listed above. However, I haven't the Elder Christofferson meeting to report on!
We got up to Alliance at 9 on Friday night and stayed the night at another missionaries apartment. We woke up bright and early at 6 to get ready to meet Elder Christofferson. The meeting didn't start until 8:30 but there were 6 missionaries in the apartment. We got to the church and we took a mission picture with Elder Christofferson. Afterwards we shook his and his wife's hand. The elder behind me asked him if he would like to trade ties after the meeting to which Elder Christofferson replied he paid a lot of money for that tie which is understandable. It is a really nice tie haha. Anyways, the meeting turned to be just a Q&A session with him but it was great! There was a question that arose form our reading assignment of 3 Nephi 19 & 20. I believe it came for the first verse of 20 but it was when Jesus Christ told the Nephites to cease praying vocally but not in their hearts. An elder asked Elder Christofferson how we do that. Elder Christofferson replied that it is more of a yearning than an actual prayer. It is a yearning to know what the Lord would have you do and know throughout the day. It is opening your heart to the whispering is of the Holy Ghost.
I want to leave you my written witness that Jesus is the Christ. He is the Savior of the world and our Redeemer. He has paid for our sins and through His Atonement He has born all our griefs and sorrows and pains and afflictions. He knows us each personally and can help us with help that is better than anything we can get on this earth if we let Him. We need to let Him in and humble ourselves to His will which is His Fathers will. If we do that we will be blessed with the strength to press forward. We will have the power to over come. I know that Joseph Smith is the man that restored the fulness of the gospel on the earth today and that he did in fact see the Father and the Son in the sacred grove. Now, I was not there but I can tell you that by reading the Book of Mormon I have come to feel, with a feeling that cannot be explained by my mortal understanding and vocabulary, that it is true. Everything that Joseph Smith claimed was and is true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church here on the earth today. There is not another church on the earth that espouses the same traditions that the early church had. President Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet today and he leads this church under the direction of Jesus Christ Himself. Don't believe that or you're not sure, go and ask Heavenly Father and read President Monson's teachings.
I love you guys! Happy birthday Dad and Hannah! Give my support to Gramma and say Grampa "hi" for me.
Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies