Date

November 24, 2014

Area

1st Area - Woodbridge VA

Companion

Elder Clifford

Weekly Letter

I feel like writing a little bit about how I am doing out here in Virginia and why I feel that I am even in Virginia. The days out here are long and tiring. I even lost track of when this last week began. No matter what it's like out here, we go out on bikes and teach people simply about Jesus Christ. Trust me, there have already been some cold days.

It always amazes me how many people just don't know God and how many people only have the most basic connection to God. If we talk to ten people maybe two of them have an actual relationship with Christ. Most don't even realize what they lack and won't listen to anything. It's sad, non of us missionaries say we have nothing more to learn so have a conviction that everyone can grow spiritually.

I spend most nights exhausted. We read for an hour from scripture each morning; the Savior taught me during that time that whoever shall save his life shall lose it, but whoever shall lose his life for my sake shall save it. I gave up my life for two years. That sacrifice is for his sake, I have come to truly believe that. I have come to really love Christ's statement like this. Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me. He states this idea a lot.

I probably will just barely get through two years before I collapse but it's worth it. I find precious souls to save and gain so much personally. I left believing but in the time I have been here, I have faith to do miracles in peoples lives.

I hope everyone loves the Holidays together. I'll be helping someone find God. With Love from Gareth




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