I had many awesome spiritual experiences in my last area, Modesto 3rd Ward. I have been called to start a new chapter in my missionary work. When I first heard I was being transferred out before Elder Brown, we were both very surprised. I felt confident I could handle the area on my own. However, the lord has said otherwise. Elder Ashton who came out with me is still in his first area. Now he too is training. It's funny really.
Elder Brown has been called to train a new missionary in the mission. A total of 40 missionaries [including visa waiter's] have been sent here. Hopefully Julie Luna got married and baptized this last weekend. For now, I still have 6 baptisms on my hands. Maybe 7 if I hear back during this next Mission Conference.
I have been sent to the Crows Landing 1st ward, for some reason,with Elder Nielson. He is a red head, and very social. As Skibby Christensen said in her recent letter, "I felt like sunshine, lollipop's, and rainbows." Then she said, "However, Lollipop's become sticky, and rainbow's fade back into the storm." That is all I will mention about that.
Elder James J. Hamula of the first quorum of the 70 will be coming to the new mission on the 27th. I have had a few Mission Conferences--more than most missionaries in their entire 2 years. This will be good I think. Right now, we are coming up with the new mission statement: "We are doing the will of the father, when we are one with the Savior." This can mean many things to us missionaries, which is why we are still refining it. We are also coming up with a baptism goal for this mission. It's interesting because it is the later end of this year and we are making a goal already. I just thought they would wait for that goal when it comes around December for next year's baptism goal. I guess we will see what we all will come up with.
Lastly, Elder Fowers is my district leader. I might have mentioned that he was my 5th cousin. I have a little more information from him; however, I forgot to bring my fan chart to show him where we meet. I guess there is always this Thursday the 20th. He is from Farmington, Utah, and he is the youngest of 9. He also loves all kinds of sports. He hasn't really picked a favorite. It was awesome getting to know him a little bit. We will be exchanging with him and his trainee tomorrow, so we will see what he has planned for us then.
Have a great week everybody.