This week has been good. We had Thanksgiving at a members house and they fed us well. How was Thanksgiving for you? I definitely missed you that day. My companion Elder Pixton is going home tomorrow and I will have Elder Summers as my companion. I am not sure who he is. I will be staying in the same area. I am nervous, but excited for the change. Elder Pixton gave me a posterity tie so that when I train other missionaries I can pass the tie on to them. Missionaries call trainers parents, and trainees sons or daughters. Some people really get into mission "genealogies". Dad, did you have anything like that when you served in North Carolina?
This first transfer has gone quick for me and all the days kind of blend into one. I have not had any difficulties getting along with other missionaries. Talking with people is something I am getting used to.
Today I got to go golfing before coming to email. We played at a course that had a practice course that was only $5 to play. I enjoyed it.
I like the constancy of our schedule. Waking up at 6:30am has surprisingly not been too hard for me. I have been getting enough sleep. We can go to bed anytime from 9:30-10:30pm as long as the companionship retires to bed at the same time.
I do not like making mistakes and like to excel in all that I do. This causes me to be disappointed when I don't do perfect. I am trying to change my attitude though. I found comfort as I was studying the scriptures this week. A verse I like is Matthew 17:20.
"And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
I love that Christ asks us to have faith as a mustard seed. This shows me that we do not have to do crazy amazing things, but that we must exercise simple faith in Christ. If we do this we can move mountains and amazing things will happen.
More answers to my questions:
I will be sad to see Elder Pixton go. I am also excited to see my new companion tomorrow. Scared to see how it goes. Because it is a sure thing he will do things different in some way.
Elder Lee will still be my roommate but Elder Marshman will be leaving.
Before my interview with President Layton I filled out a survey. It had questions about how the missionary work is going, and how I am doing. There was a blank space to write any further thing that I would like to talk about with him. We give this survey to President Layton before the interview. The interview was only about 10 min. I feel he does genuinely care. I would feel comfortable telling him if I was struggling.