Ok so normally my Pday is Tuesday but this week has been crazy with transfers so I get to write today. I am officially in New Mexico now for those that didn't know. I am in the Los Lunas zone and in the Belen area. The last few days at the MTC went by pretty fast. we taught lots of lessons and focused a lot on street contacting and baptismal invitations. I was hard to say goodbye to my district and zone from the MTC. They were all amazing missionaries and I am so grateful I got to meet them all and serve with them. On Monday I got up at 4:50 and headed to the airport. We got there about 3 hours early haha but it was nice to meet the other 3 sisters going to our mission. There were 5 of us total and then 2 hermanas from the Mexico City MTC. I was grateful that I was able to call home for a little bit and talk to everyone and check in. When we landed in New Mexico our mission president and his wife and the 3 APs were all waiting for us. It was pretty overwhelming but they did a good job at smiling and being nice. We had lunch at the mission home before heading out to do some contacting. It was fun and we placed a Book of Mormon in 45 minutes. After spending the night in Albuquerque we got up and headed to the transfer meeting. This is where I got paired up with my trainer Elder Steffensen. He is an excellent missionary and I am excited to spend a few months with him. Yesterday when we made it back to our apartment we planned and then went around and talked to people and had dinner at the ward mission leaders house. We didn't really teach any lessons besides the word of wisdom to a less active member. Today was my first full day in my area. We had an appointment early in the morning with a married couple who my companion had talked to once before. We managed to get two members there which was awesome! I am grateful for the support of the members. We talked about the restoration and then I invited them to commit to being baptized at the end of June. And they both said YES! It was so amazing and I can't wait to continue to teach these people and watch them grow. It was so awesome to listen to the husband talk about what he felt when he was at church and with the missionaries. I loved testifying of the spirit and how it talks to us. I can't wait to watch him and his wife enter the waters of baptism and receive their first covenants with their Father in Heaven. After that we went up to Albuquerque for some training because my companion is the district leader. Lunch at Dion's pizza was pretty tasty! Green chilies are yummy for sure. Right now I am in the library writing emails and later we have a few appointments to go teach. I am so thankful for my mission and my companion. I am excited to serve and be here.
Quotes of the Week:
"We are not allowed to raise the standards the Lord has set for us."
"You don't need the church to receive the Telestial and Terrestial kingdoms. We have a higher destination in mind."
"If you lower you expectations your effectiveness will lower."
"Goals and planning are acts of faith."
"The only way to know of the truth for yourself is to bear humble and sincere prayer to Heavenly Father."
"The Holy Ghost cannot testify of insincere teachings."
"What would you have tomorrow if you only had what you thanked Heavenly Father for the night before?"
"When you read scriptures, you have to ponder questions in your heart and desire to search or else you haven't given the spirit authority to teach you."
"We make life changing promises."
"Next time Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future."
"What you do, you endorse."
"If you're not in charge of yourself then somebody else is."
"Don't count the days, make the days count."
"Call upon the Lord. He has extended the invitation, and He will answer."
Spiritual Experience of the Week:
After a TRC lesson at the MTC, my companion and I were praying before we started our lesson evaluation. After our prayer a teacher, we didn't know him at all, came up and said "Thank you for how you prayed for your investigator. I felt the difference and my faith had been strengthened." It was a really faith building experience and I loved it.
I finally have an address to send things to. Please keep in mind that I will be getting transferred a few times throughout my mission and my address will change. So if you wanna send me something make sure that I will still be there to get it. When in doubt you can always send things to the mission office, however, I will only get things from them about once a month. The mission office address is:
Elder David Carruth
New Mexico Albuquerque Mission
4400 Presidential DR NE St. E
Albuquerque, NM 87109
I will tell everyone when my address changes. For now my direct address is:
Elder David Carruth
1020 W. Aragon #52
Belen, NM 87002
Sending things to this address is the quickest way to get them to me. They come straight to me.
Thank you for everyone's support and love as I have taken on this new adventure. I couldn't survive without you.