Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Being TRANSFERRED to....

 A very SMALL World...
This Elder who is with "Elder Smith" knows a family in our Kalispell 3rd Ward really well!

This Asian Elder is from Australia!
"Elder Smith LOVES his Australian accent!" 

I will use "Elder Smith's" words regarding this picture:

"Elder Angle and I by the training grounds of mercenaries, security, military etc. It's got a history. Two guys in suits by an elite training facility...I think I've found my profession ;)"

 Current missionary companion and "Elder Smith"

This Elder's "cousin" was our 2nd born, Caleb's, MTC companion
when he went on his mission to Taiwan...
(another "small world" moment)

Elder Smith with his mission President's wife
Sister V. Perry

Well everyone, I'm being transferred.

After spending 9 months in Currituck, North Carolina I am being transferred to Louisa, Virginia. To be honest, I feel as if I'm leaving home once again. It's not a pleasant feeling and it's really hard, but I know that the Lord needs me to go to another part of His vineyard. The past several weeks I have been praying that I would stay in Currituck and not until a week ago have I started using the phrase, "Not my will but Thine be done". Does this show that the Lord doesn't care about us or our desires? Does this show that He doesn't answer prayers? On the contrary, isn't "No" an answer? When parents say "no" to a request does it mean they don't care or does it mean they may have some greater perspective and seek for our well-being? I know the answer is the latter. When I received the call from my mission president I really wasn't very happy. It was more like a dagger was placed in my heart, but, in the words of Nephi, "I know in whom I have trusted." I know the Lord "doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation." (2 Nephi 26:24). I'm grateful that the Lord is in control and He allows us to endure things that we have labeled as "trials". Because they help us to stretch, to grow, to learn, and to love. I love Currituck, but I love the Lord even more. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father that wants us to be happy. I know that Jesus Christ is at the head of this Church and that He leads it. How great the day will be when He comes again and establishes His Kingdom on the earth. How great the day will be that we will be able to embrace Him and then embrace our Father.

"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." (3 Nephi 5:13)

Elder Smith

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