September 30, 2015


Provo, UT, USA


Elder Gabriel Battazato

I guess this is week 4

I guess this is week four... time is literally fluid and I’m almost convinced that we might be actually dreaming because it’s super hard to remember things that happened like 5 hours ago

This week we found out that Soeur Waldron (who "played" our investigator Shinee and our secondary teacher) would no longer be teaching at the MTC so we all had one last "teaching" session where we could sit down with her in our equips (teams or companionships) got to teach her about anything we thought would help her as a real person, as Sarah Waldron. It was an extremely emotional 20 or so minute session and we bore our testimonies and our souls with each other and she was comforted by the message; How the Lord will always provide a way for us to accomplish the things we need to do if we have faith in Him and His atonement. I truly hope for the best for her and hope she keeps being herself.

This week has been really weird because about half of our zone (we have about 8 districts in a zone, each district consist of group of 4-8 missionaries) left for the mission field (Tahiti, West Indies, Canada). This made our district like the "oldest" ones in our zone. When we arrived 27 days ago (that's weird to say) it seemed like the Tahiti, West Indies, and Canada branches were like 2 or 3 years older but that was just because they have been here for 3 weeks before us. The MTC really changes the appearances of people I think, like it’s an advanced aging property of living here or something. But now, we are the old ones and it’s just weird.

Yesterday the MTC, as a whole, watched in the gym the funeral broadcast of the Elder Richard G Scott, a General Authority of our church. I really liked how reverent and peaceful the meeting was and how The Prophet Thomas S Monson said that he had "Fought a good fight, stayed the course" and "Kept the Faith' and that Scott was "a True Apostolic Witness of Christ ". That really touched me, that this man, who had lost his wife about 20 years ago, stayed faithful to her and to his faith and his knowledge that they would again see each other again and this also inspired me to Fight the Good Fight, Stay the Course and Keep the Faith, No matter who tells me otherwise, what happens and no matter how the world changes. "For He is the same yesterday, today, and forever" and "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them"
1 Nephi 3:7

Families can be together forever.

With Love,
Elder D Dakota Stephens
France Lyon Mission


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