Hey everyone, I moved! Wow! 9 months in downtown Knoxville flew by! That was such a blast. I will never forget the experiences I had there.
So turns out I live in the absolute best ward in the state of Tennessee! The Gray Ward here in Johnson City is awesome. We went and worked out with the youth in the ward at Bishop Wells (Sis. Wells is from Burley!!!) house on Saturday morning and it was super fun.
This week we have the privilege of having g a virtual mission tour with Elder Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy. He and his wife are incredible! They're British and so it's fun to see the stark contrast between the pronunciation of mission-ry (Brit. accent) and mishun-airrry (Southern slang). They are visiting us over a three day period so its gonna be a great week.
And it is the best time of the year!!!
Sometimes I wish we treated every month of the year like Christmas.
It turns out Elder Larson and I are 4th cousins (family ties!) So we're ecstatic about that. His family also loves to dirt bike and snowboard, all the same things I love to do. We've already made plans for back home!
As far as things in Kingsport Zone, we are excited for all the great things. We put Kayla and Morgan on date this week, a young couple who we found and they are progressing well. We've been working with a lady named Taya who married a member named Donald, he's been inactive pretty much his whole life and has bounced around adoptive families growing up. So we're reteaching him and they have 3 little kids. They were gonna come to church yesterday on their anniversary, and they said "We'd like nothin' better than to spend our anniversary at an LDS church!" They didnt end up coming because their car was in the shop and their ride bailed on them. The joys and stresses of missionary work!
A fitting scripture I thought to describe this week was found in D&C 88:33
32 And they who remain shall also be quickened; nevertheless, they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are willing to receive, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received.
33 For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.
Remember who the Gift is! And remember the gift that you are to Him. I'll say that again - remember the gift that you are to Him. My invitation is to read or listen to Elder M. Holland's talk "The Exquisite Gift of the Son" and then ask yourself this:
Am I or my actions like a gift to another?
Am I receiving or recognizing the gifts that another is trying to give me? (The gifts I'm talking about don't have bows or wrapping paper.)