This last week has been a great one! We’ve been going around saying goodbye to everyone with Elder Johnson.
We had our Branch Clam Bake on Saturday, where Carl brought hundreds of clams he caught (and we helped him prepare) and we all ate them.
That same night we had a baptism for the branch (one of the Elder’s investigators) and it was so incredible to see!
We had a lesson this last week with a Jamaican named Omar. We brought a member out with us named Isaac. We taught this man the Plan of Salvation and during the lesson I used my hands to represent the body and the spirit and, for the rest of the lesson, whenever he talked about the body, he would grab the hand I used to represent the body and use it to make a point. As well, all his questions were statements. Man, that was a fun lesson! 🙂
Yesterday I gave a talk in church, drawing from Elder Whitney L. Clayton‘s “Choose to Believe“. I hadn’t had a lot of time to prepare, so I was a little nervous. As I sat in sacrament meeting, I began to mentally organize my thoughts, but the Spirit brought to mind D&C 84:85. As I sat there, I looked at the pulpit and I saw myself opening a book during my talk. Immediately I thought to find a set of scriptures, then I thought “what other book could I grab?” The hymn book came to mind, so I grabbed on, opened it, and I found myself at hymn 89: “The Lord is My Light“, verse 2”. Then Matthew 5:14-16 came to mind and I turned to that. I sat in my chair for the next few minutes, nervous but deciding to trust the Spirit. I got up to give my talk and The Spirit directed me. My message was organized and coherent and I felt very natural as I gave a talk that I had not prepared. That strengthened my testimony in the power that the Lord gives to his servants and the power of prayer. 🙂
Finally, I have news about transfers. I got a call from President on Friday, AND…..I’m training! Funny story, so when I got the call I was on exchanges with Elder Sirrine. When I saw the phone said President, my first thought was “Oh, it’s for Elder Sirrine,” so I tried to hand him the phone. When he didn’t take it and just smiled, my next thought was “Oh wait, this is my phone,” and I started to take the phone back. Then I realized “OH WAIT! It’s PRESIDENT and transfers are NEXT WEEK!” I tried to hand the phone to Elder Sirrine again because I realized what that meant and I was super surprised. He just laughed and I answered the phone. Sure enough, President told me I would be training and asked me to come in to Rego Park (the mission office, approximately a 2 hour drive) the next day. I accepted and the meeting the next day went very well.