Happy Star Wars day to everyone. Not that it is anything special, but we thought it was kind of funny it was Star Wars day. This week we did a few new things. Starting with last Tuesday when we found out that we were finally able to work in correctional services! It has taken weeks for the provisioning process to be approved so we could use the church systems. The approval process had to go all the way up to the quorum of the 12 apostles, but finally we are able to work.
We take all of the paper documents and digitize them. It is interesting to go through all the paper work for the adults in custody we are working with. So many want to find ways to improve their lives and grow closer to God in the process. We were able to get a lot done during the short time we had to work, but it will be difficult to get everything done by the end of the transfer next week. We are still teaching a lot of lessons, but it is becoming more difficult to schedule things with all the different meetings Sister Perez has for homebound.
On Wednesday I official hit my halfway mark for my mission. Time flys as they say. I have learned so much from my experiences so far, and I'm still excited for more. We never know what is going to happen. This next transfer we will be getting new sisters that have been reassigned from foreign missions and were sent back to the United States. We are all excited to welcome new sisters as well as have a boost to the languages we have available here. It will be an interesting time these coming weeks. Our numbers will get a boost as all the outbound sisters will also be returning home.
On Wednesday, we also got to watch Tangled as the last movie of the transfer. As with all the other movies, it was a great time. It will be the last movie of this transfer and we'll have to wait and see if we watch any more movies next transfer. You can learn a lot from Rapunzel. She was in quarantine for 18 years and did her best to make use of her time. We can all do the same. Some day we will all be singing about the grass and dirt and running and racing with our life about to begin. Listen to the first few songs of Tangled and you will know what I am talking about.
Next up was Thursday and we had District Council. We talked a lot about Gratitude. It was a great reminder that with gratitude comes humility and happiness. There is so much we can be grateful for. Worrying about what we don't have only hurts us, but gratitude will help us remember our gifts every day. I know that I am grateful to be on a missionary and be able to share my testimony of Jesus Christ with others. He is my savior and I am grateful for the love and joy he brings into my life.
Sunday I was blessed with being able to partake of the sacrement again. It is hard not being able to go to church like normal, but the mission has done their best to help us find a new normal. We are able to have meetings over zoom every week. The 10 person limit has now increased to 20 people which is also exciting. Things are slowly starting to change, but it will take a while for everything to really be back to normal. A few shops have begun to reopen such as Deseret Book. It is exciting to at least have some things come back to normal. City Creek Mall showed be opening soon and hopeful Temple Square itself will be on it's way to normal.
No one knows what the future holds, but the world is turning and there are still things to be done. I am still grateful for the ability to work and further God's will. I hope all of you remember the many things you have been blessed with each day. Life may not be perfect, but we can be happy with what we have and work hard every day. Talk to you again next week for the last pday of the transfer. Have a great day!
Official halfway mark hit.
New Book to read/write in
May the 4th be with you. Tabernacle Choir has a new new single.
Blossoms on the trees at Temple Square
They took apart one of the assembyl hall benches