You all know that movie "A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dy"? Well, I'm going to tell you all the adventure from last night of this transfer. So...President Palmer called me again. This time he said that I will be staying with Elder Beus to finish training him. That's good and all. I was happy about that. Then came "The News". He told me, "The Lord has called you to be a District Leader. Will you do it"? This time, I said that I didn't think that I would be able to do this one. Then his usual reply, "How about you go pray about it and come back?" So I did, and you know the answer I got from ALL Knowing Heavenly Father...He Told me to read Proverbs 3, and some of D&C 121 about Joseph's experience in Liberty Jail. After reading these, and knowing that this will be a small moment, I knew that the Lord's will was for me to truly discover myself as I help serve others by becoming a District Leader, for no master is better than his servant. The Lord served and atoned for us; therefore, I asked myself, why wouldn't I be able to do this small thing? The Lord did so much more beyond our own comprehension. I ask you all back at home, do you accept the calls that your Bishop's assign to you? Truly, these calls are from the Lord. We are all "Called to Serve. Deny not the revelations of God, and have faith in Christ's Atonement. If we all have that solid testimony, all things are possible unto us. Be not faithless, but believe. Also, our area is being shared with another pair of Elders-Elder Perry and Hayden, so this is going to be really hard to find stuff to do and coordinate our efforts together. I will also need to split our area book and ward list in half so we both have an equal amount of work to do--even though there is no work to do since we have no real active investigators right now, just potentials and back burner people until they get unbusy. I heard that they are getting a nicer apartment than us. I thought ours was the best. They are getting a new apartment over on Button Avenue, so they will be somewhat far from us--about a 20 minute bike ride from our apartment.
Well, now that I have spelled out my sob story, I will now tell you the excellent opportunities we had to serve this week. Some time this week, we were biking down Powers when we spotted a couple clearing rocks from their front yard. We offered our help. They accepted, so as we lifted and moved the stepping stones and old river rocks, we talked about religion in general. We then mentioned King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon and what he said about service, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." The wife loved that quick message, and they wanted to know more, so we set up a follow up visit for this next week as they went on vacation and were finishing up putting in turf/fake grass in the front lawn. They won it at a raffle thing. The city is paying them to convert to desert landscape. It's quite nice having desert landscapes or turf here in dry California. It helps save on water for sure. I can't wait to talk to them again about the full restoration of the gospel. The other opportunity we had was continuing to paint a ladies house again up in Ramus Village. She was referred by Sister Meyer's. Her name is Monica. We gave her a copy of a Book of Mormon, and her 20 year old daughter caught her eye on it on the counter and started reading it. Well, she couldn't put it down since it was so good, so we gave Monica another copy for herself to read along with her daughter. So we may actually teach a whole family for once instead of one person at a time.
We went to Texas Roadhouse again with the Weeden's. This time, I brought my free appetizer deal for all to enjoy, and we got the cheesy fries option. That was good. We were celebrating Brother Weeden's accident returns. He got loaded and is sitting pretty happy now. We also had dinner at the Stake Center for the birthday's of anyone who is 75 and up. It was a good meal with lots of Chocolate Cake. It's been a relatively good week of service. This weekend, we will be helping out at the Stockton Dental Fair for all low income people that can't afford dental care. We will be assisting people back to their cars. We will pretty much be standing the whole time from 1:00 to about 7:00.
That's about it folks. I love you all.