Week 48 - Transfer Planning, Pizza Dinner, and Appreciating the Sacrament

Driving around in the van and trailer this morning
to open up new apartments and such

August 17, 2015
Hello everyone!!

How is everything back at home?? How are the fall sports going?? Sounds like we have a family of full of runners and I am the odd one out! I need to start running more, so I can keep up when I get home.

Well, like the subject line suggests, tomorrow is transfer day!! I can't believe it, I feel like transfers are like every 6 days instead of every 6 weeks. This past transfer went crazy fast. We spent the past week mostly in President's office, making arrangements and setting everything up for the upcoming transfer. The last two transfers we were
The lunch room in the mission office
shutting down areas and combining them, and now this transfer we are opening up 6 new areas, and closing one area that was just not productive at all. So it has been a different ball game, we have had to find new apartments, and figure out who we need to take a car away from, because we now have less cars than we do areas. We have also had to find 20 new trainers, and so we have some missionaries who are opening up a new area and training a new missionary at the same time, which is always a little harder. Elder Rivera had to do the same thing when he trained me, he came from the Elko side of the mission and we opened up a new area together. So it has been a good week. I have absolutely loved working with President Chesnut and the chance that it has given me to get to know him better. It turns out that President and Sister Chesnut love to play tennis, so I told him that one of these P-days we will have to go and play. (Hopefully I'm not too rusty that I embarrass myself...!) 

Transfer planning
It has been such a neat experience to help plan for transfers. It took us about 3 days to figure out what areas to open, and all the new companionships, and who is training and so on and so forth, and then it took us about 2 days to make all the plans for the transfer, like all the specific instructions and figuring out the car exchanges and housing issues. And then on Friday we found out that one missionary who was a visa waiter assigned to our mission got his visa, so we had to make a bunch of changes. And then over the weekend we found out that two different members who were housing missionaries basically kicked the missionaries out, so now we have to find more housing, and sadly we have a really bad mission-wide bedbug problem, which never helps either!! And then about an hour ago we found out that we lost one more missionary, so we might have to make some more changes...it just never ends. But honestly it is fun and it is cool to see the Lord's hand in all of it – like we first had the board all set up and everyone matched up, but President Chesnut came in the next day and said, "ya know guys, I just don't feel good about a few companionships, we need to make a few changes." So we changed a few things and now we all feel good about it. 

Sister Allred's dinner she set up for us!!
We didn't have much time to proselyte this past week, but we made the most of it. We had a really cool thing happen this past week…a single sister in the ward signed up to feed us dinner, but then last minute she got called in to work at the temple. She called in and ordered pizza for us, and had her neighbor come over and eat pizza with us, and it was so much fun! She set it up perfectly, because not too long ago she gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and so we were able to follow up on that and establish our purpose with him, and set up a return appointment with him. It turns out that his daughter is a member of the church, and he has had a chance to attend Sacrament meeting many times in the past! So we are excited about him.

Teresa is still doing well. It is funny because she loves the church and loves us and wants to be baptized, but she just can't find a place to move into! She is living in a really rough part of town and her roommates are a terrible influence on her, so we have been praying that she will be able to find a new place to move to. 

The mission office
This upcoming transfer should be a lot of fun. For starters, in 10 days we will have a mission tour with Elder Snow (a member of the 70) and we are going to be traveling across the mission with him for 2 days. Then at the beginning of September we will be having our first round of zone conferences!! I am super excited for those, to really get to interact with all the missionaries in our mission, and get to know those that I don't. It should be a fun transfer.

So we have been struggling to get investigators and less active members to church lately. It is an ongoing struggle that missionaries have, and aside from Teresa, really no one has come to church in a while. So we have been teaching many people the doctrine behind the Sacrament, because we all know that "if any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine…" or in other words, "Doctrine Understood is Doctrine Lived."  We know that once people truly come to understand the doctrine behind the importance of coming to church and taking the sacrament, they will instinctively come to church. What better way to do that, then to read from the Book of Mormon, right??  3 Nephi 18 is a great chapter that gives us the commandment to partake of the Sacrament...Verse 12: “I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things (talking about partaking of the Sacrament) and if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock.”  Wow!!  Pretty powerful stuff.  Most people we read this with are always pretty shocked that taking the sacrament is a commandment, not just a suggestion or a bright idea.

My home for the past week - haha!
(The mission office)
I am so grateful for the chance that we have to partake WEEKLY of the Sacrament. What a huge blessing it is. I know I take it for granted way too much, and I often just take the little bread and water and pass it on without really realizing what I am doing. I know that we can truly renew our covenants with our Father in Heaven as we partake of the bread and water. I know that it is an extremely sacred ordinance and we should not take it for granted or take it lightly. 

That's all I have time for today, but I hope that everyone has a great week!! The mission is great. I am loving every minute of it! 

I love you guys!


Elder Todd

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