Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Slow Week 5-2-16

Well this week was pretty slow. The highlight of the week was our Zone Conference.  We also had a couple thunderstorms.  They are not like back home.  Both Elder Smith and I woke up in the middle of the night to the loudest crack of thunder I have ever heard.  It sounded like a gun shot, but louder.  It was crazy.  So my ponderize scripture this week was Ether 6: 3, "And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness." These lights in our life are the scriptures, church, the prophets and apostles, and any other good thing.  We have these things so we don't cross the great waters, life, in darkness.  They light up our path so that we can see where we are going and see where the finish line is.  We should take advantage of this blessing to have these lights in our lives so that we are never lost.

Monday we did a little service, but not much else.

Tuesday we helped out at the Food Bank again.  Then we had a lesson with Jim.  We mainly talked about food storage.  We also talked about finding our answers through prayer.  He is starting to understand that, but the only problem that we see is that he wants his answer given to him and won't take action.  You may have the faith when you pray, but you will rarely get an answer unless you have done your part in figuring out what you think the answer is first, then asking and acting upon the prompting you receive.  I realized during one of our lessons with him that we may not be getting our answers because we are afraid of what the answer might be.  We may get an answer, but because it may not be the one we want, we won't follow through and act upon it. Until we truly have that desire, we won't receive our answers.  Faith means to act.

Wednesday we didn't do too much.  It was a slow day.

Thursday we drove all the way down to Smyrna.  It was a 2 1/2 hour drive.  We had to spend 240 miles to get there and back.  It was our last Zone Conference with President and Sister Andersen.  It was really good.  The trainings were awesome too.  I definitely have some things to improve on.  Where I felt the Spirit the most was in the testimonies of all the missionaries that would be going home this transfer or the next.  They concluded with the Andersen’s.  It was just an awesome way to conclude that Zone Conference.  I found out, because my old zone was there too, that Roger had a date set for Saturday, but he left town again so they are having to push it back some more.  It was good seeing some old friends again.  That was our day.  I don't have any of the pictures from it yet, but I hope to get them soon.

Friday not much happened.  We had a lesson with a 9 yr. old boy who will probably be baptized in a little bit.  He is an unbaptized son of a member.

Saturday we had Stake Conference.  It was on faith.  It was really good.

Sunday we had Stake Conference again and our stake got spilt.  We are now the Cookville Stake.  Then later we had a lesson with a recent convert.  We talked about the Plan of Salvation.  It was a pretty good lesson.

Well this transfer is just flying by.  I also can't believe that the month of April has come and gone.  Well not much for me to say right now so I hope you all have a great next week.  Talk to y'all next week. 

Elder Ellison

Some one needed CPR while getting ticks pulled off. It was a matter of life or death. We almost lost him -haha.

E. Smith & I Returning From Zone Conference

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