Monday, January 14, 2013

Another transfer has raced on by and we are on to the next. I am afraid to blink thinking I may wind up on a plane the next time I do. :) I have under seven months left and if I could buy more time I would. I know what your thinking seven months is still a good chunk of time. You see good friend, a mission is like a roll of toilet paper the closer you get to the end the faster it goes. That means that my six and a half months is going to feel like a few weeks around the corner. Elder Cox's five weeks will probably feel like days. For me to do all that I have been asked to do I need to go the extra mile for these last six months. The signs that scatter our area saying "no stopping at any time" will be a good reminder for me of this commission. :) Let's see there is so much to report. Well one big thing worth mentioning is that we had a mission goal to get 500 baptisms by years end. We ended at 520! The mission has never broken the 500 barrier so this was an exciting feat for all of the missionaries to be a part of. Our mission president never ceases to remind us that it is not the number but the people following Jesus Christ that we are after. It brings fulfilment for me knowing that I had the chance to be a part of one of the highest baptising zones in the mission during this fruitful time. I pray that our zone stays up to speed to accomplish much more in the Lord's service. For our area we have seen much good happen. This last transfer we found many new investigators, which also means we lost many investigators. I am happy to say that we have a teaching pool and we are hopeful to see some baptisms this next transfer. I will keep you posted. Elder Paget and I have more time together and I am excited to see what we can do with it. I love this work and it will be hard to give it up. This week we will have six new missionaries come into our zone. I hope they are ready to get to work. :) On Sunday we had stake conference. Elder Nelson D. Cordova, an area seventy, was in attendance. He was so funny! Him combined with a talk from the Fontana Stake President, Michael Sears, made it a meeting one I will not forget. One of the greatest things I have been able to learn here in Fontana has been leadership skills in the church. President Sears is someone I look up to so much. I could go on but I will not. Well until next week (hopefully). 

December 17th, 2012

Hello! Christmas is getting so close. Time has been flying on by. We have been working at a very high pace for our area and our zone. It has been a bit stressful lately. :( there is a lot of pressure on us for our zone to succeed. our area has been doing well we have been finding people like crazy! we set seven baptism dates this week! (only a couple of them are solid) I will tell you more about it when we have a chance to talk face to face! as far as a time goes I am not sure we will text you the day before to confirm a time. :) Sorry about running my other account down I made a couple of dumb purchases.. like shoes.. my old ones were dead.. I didn't have money in missionary account to afford them so I did use t-shirt money... :( I will be more frugal.. thank you guys for thinking about my return.. though i don't want to be babied.. I need to fend for myself one of these days ... :) I love you both so much I can't wait to update you more in a week.


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