Saturday, August 29, 2015

All About the Finish

Hello everyone! Hope all is going well with ya and that you had a great week! It was our week 6 of the transfer which means transfer calls yesterday. Elder Parker is getting shipped out and I am getting Elder Robinson, some kid who has been out for about 4 and a half months. Parker gets to go to Meadows! Im actually really jealous of him! It is a great ward. It also means that this is week 1, the first week of my last transfer... pretty crazy!

Back in Fort St. John, me and one of companions, who actually goes home this thursday, would always joke with each other about being finishers. So we had Filipino ball every week(For those that need translation, basketball with Filipinos) and there was one week where He started out playing really well, and i didnt, so he was jiving at me the whole night, but i finished playing really well, while he didnt, so out of that came the phrase "it doesnt matter how well you start, its all about how you finish." I guess with it being my last transfer and all, it really comes into consideration now. President Monson gave a talk awhile back where i found this poem. 
"Stick to your task 'till it sticks to you
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
  Honor, power, place and praise
Will always come to the one who stays. 
Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it, too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life’s victories after a while." --Author Unknown

Will I falter, or will i finish? I am excited to go out and get it done and be a finisher.

This week we went out of our mission! But with permission :) after a 2 hour drive on terrible roads, and I was of course in the middle seat, we got to meadow lake Saskatchewan to the flying dust First Nation reserve and helped build part of a seniors lounge for their elders as part of Habitat for Humanity, it was a lot of fun! They made us wear hard hats and everything. For lunch we ate Indian Tacos (not politically incorrect, the chief called it this) which were amazing. The chief was giving his little spiel to all the volunteers and then he said "and traditionally we always let the elders go first" we were like yes! There were 6 of us missionaries but of course he meant the old people haha. Pretty fun times.

We went to the senior lodge at the hospital this week and helped them play bingo. The lady i was helping had dementia, so that was fun. at one point, she looked at me and another guy that was helping across the table and said you guys should call me tonight, and then winked. haha it was pretty funny. 

We also helped out a lady named Paula in her yard. we mowed her lawn, weed whacked, and rototilled part of her yard so she could have a bigger garden next year. She is already preparing for winter... kinda scary, but she does like the winter more than summer, so hopefully its just her, and i can get out of here before the snow sticks :)

Quote of the week is from Babe Ruth "It is hard to beat a person that never gives up." Stay strong, keep at it and things will turn out ok in the end.

Elder W.Chad Thompson

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