Yup yup! August 3rd= 6 month mark!! It's super exciting!! Mostly because I get to burn a tie! You'll see a picture next week for sure! I'm pumped! I've got a tie picked out and everything that is dedicated for the fire, it's going to be great! So this week has been pretty mediocre. Not too many things happened. Except one. We had interviews with President Summerhays on Tuesday and while he was interviewing me he said to me that he just released the current district leader for my district and that he was going to make me the next district leader! I asked him when I would start and he said, Right about now. I was a little taken back, but of course I accepted the call so I'm officially now that District leader and will probably be staying in Johnstown for another 6 weeks!! The transfer day is August 10 and so I'll know officially if I'm staying or not. So that's been pretty exciting! So in my very first area I was: Trained for 1 transfer, "follow-up" trained for 2, then Trained for 1, and now I'm district leader. All in my very first area of the mission!!! That's pretty unheard of, so I guess Pres has a lot of trust in me. Which is cool and scary at the same time haha! Because I never know what president will have me do next, so this will be fun being the district leader. For responsibilities that I have now that I'm a DL, I have to be in charge of a weekly meeting that the district has, and come up with a lesson or discussion that we're supposed to have for that meeting. I also get to call up the other Elders in the area and get their weekly numbers of how many lessons they taught, how many new investigators they found, how
many baptisms, etc. Then report it to the Zone Leaders, so that's fun! I'm basically in charge of the success of the District.
This week we had a great opportunity to speak with a lot of people for different countries!! We had a pleasant conversation/lesson with some Muslim people. They're for Bangladesh and he's moved here for Doctoral work and what not. They're really nice people and they gave us some amazing Ice cream! We had a great discussion about each others beliefs and scriptures. They read the Koran and said that they would give me a copy of it in English! So that'll be cool I'll probably just send it home and look through it when I get home, Don't worry I'm not converting, I'm on a mission for the True Church of Christ, so no worries there. One thing I really respect about the Muslim religion, is their utmost respect for their scriptures. Before they even pick up their book, they wash their hands out of respect for it. I thought that was really cool. Then we had an opportunity to talk to a Russian man! He had an amazing accent and it was fun talking to him, because he was going through a rough time in his life and had a lot of questions about things, the purpose of life, who is God, things like that. And we were able to answer a lot of his questions so it was great! I love answering questions as a missionary because the people that are really searching for answers are so open to ours, and since our answers are true, they really believe them!
Once last happenstance that occurred last night. We were walking around town looking for people to talk to, and this guy that's always out, that we've talked to many times called us over again. I was like, great...
what does he want now. So we went over and he introduced us to his friend that he wanted us to talk to. So we spoke with her. Her name is Mary, and she has had one horrible life, full of abuse of every kind, and every kind of bad situation/environment one could image being in, and because of which she has a lot of mental illnesses. She looked like she was in her 50s or 60s but then she said that she was only 34, and due to all the drugs and alcohol and what not it looked like she's aged much. Anyway, she expressed to us that she had a hard time believing in God because of how horrible her life has been and all the stuff she's been through. And I got this distinct impression to tell her this,"Mary, I know God lives and that He's there, and He wants you to know........." And after that Ijust said the things that came to my mind, I don't even remember half the things I said, but the whole time her eyes were glued on me. And after I was done saying the things I was to say, no one talked for a good 10-15 seconds, because the spirit was so strong there. It was an incredible experience. I had the opportunity to be a mouthpiece that evening in hopefully giving Mary some hope.
I love being here on a mission, and I love being able to help people out. There's nothing greater than this. The Church is true, I know it! And there's nothing that'll move me from that. Be sure to look for people that need the gospel and give referrals to the missionaries! They always love receiving those.