Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Mormon Moving Company

It may not feel like it anymore, but spring has hit. This week was filled with service helping people move. We really didn't do any missionary work on the weekend because we were moving people all day. But hey we got $50 out of it and it was good enough service that we slept real good. I also will try to stay away from Uhaul if I ever move because each Uhaul truck of the families that we moved in broke down. It was really fun though meeting new people in our ward, and saying goodbye to those leaving.
This week two brethren from the missionary dept. came up and there was a long meeting, so one from each companionship went. I didn't have to go thank goodness, so I got to be in a tripan with Elder Bowles, and Elder Rivers. We had to take in a car to the Subaru dealership in the west end so we went to the west Edmonton mall for lunch. That place is massive! But as big as it is, I really wasn't all that impressed. But it was fun to see all the different people on the bus, and we met a crazy guy who thoght he was the Aaron in the BOM index. But nothing exciting came from that meeting. We won't be getting ipads for at least another year and a half and facebook for another couple of months, so it is back to tracting. But tracting does teach you valuable life experiences. We went tracting and knocked 46 doors in an hour and a half and only 6 answered. Not one was even remotely interested. This area has taught me to be persistent and faithful and to never get discouraged.
With all the East Indians here, I've tried to look at it from their point of view, and it has really helped. We taught one this past week and she had a really great belief in Christ. She told us how they move here and had little to no family and absolutely no friends. and when they got here her husband was laid off so it was really hard. But they stuck it out, because they knew life here was better than where they were. I linked that to Lehi and how they left Jerusalem. It was extremely hard, but they knew what they needed to do, and relied on Christ.
Quote of the week doesn't come from anything that happened this week, but from Elder Holland. He says, "We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed towards the future." It reminded me of the quote "time spent dwelling on the past, is time wasted." We need to look toward to the future with faith and with the knowledge of our past experiences, but not with the baggage of past experiences. Learn and move on and things will improve.
Keep it real,
Elder Thompson


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