Date

January 30, 2018

Area

Waukegan, IL

Companion

Elder Lewis

Last week of transfer....

Hey!!

So yea first off this week will be the last full week of this transfer! Pretty crazy, sadly I’ll probably be leaving since I have been in Gurnee for 6 months :0 so I'll let ya know what is happening next week! But as far as this past week goes.. it was alright! Kinda a rough one but learned a lot of stuff and had some good experiences. As far as the work goes, we couldn't contact the 2 new investigators we got a couple weeks ago again. So that was a bummer, but we did meet a really cool guy, we met him through facebook, we actually posted an ad in the Facebook marketplace for free bibles, and he was the one guy who has actually wanted it so far! And he was really excited that we can come and do bible studies with him, and also help him see what the Book of Mormon is all about! So hopefully we can see him soon, we just have to wait till we can get a large print bible. But yea not a very eventful week. But had some fun though and tried to make the best of it. It was warm this week though!! I didn’t have to wear my big jacket a single time. A couple days I was driving with the windows down! But I mean I do that when its 40-50 outside haha. But yea, just kinda trying to keep going till transfers! I think I'm just ready for a change that's all. The last 2 transfers just kinda blurred so it feels like nothing has changed in forever. So i might start packing today honestly haha get some of my junk out of the way. But yea i can't really think of anything else too exciting. We had some awesome dinners as usual. That is one thing I'll miss the most here is the ward. They have been so awesome, both at feeding us and being super cool, and at doing missionary work. Its been cool to see definitely a lot of good examples here. I'll share a quote from Elder Uchtdorf from a talk of his. He said “Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves, off, and move forward.” And another one from another pic I saw is “God sent you here to prepare for a future greater than anything you can imagine.” I know that both of these are true! We are here to prepare for something so much greater than we can begin to imagine. And part of that preparation is going to be falling down, failing. We will all have failures in life, but that doesn't define who we are, or how we will be forever. Because of Jesus Christ, we are able to overcome those failures, be forgiven of them, and be given the strength to pick ourselves up and press forward. Learning from those failures. Its been a really hard thing for me to learn, and I'm still definitely learning how to deal with failure. But I have received so much help and hope from Jesus Christ. He is the reason I can get better, and he is the reason why I bounce back. He is why I am still out on my mission! No way I could have gotten this far without Him. Its been such a big blessing. Failure and hard times are essential to growth. I heard this before the mission but it didn't occur how real it was, and i didn't realize how much God wanted me to grow hahaha. So grateful though for all I have, and especially for all you, my friends and family at home. Love everyone and miss yall!

Elder McGee




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