Monday, February 9, 2015

Well that was awfully quick. I've easily survived the first transfer of my mission. As far as transfer news goes I am staying here in Magnolia, my District leader Elder Iden is going to Biloxi MS. (I'll miss that guy.) A new district leader is coming from Biloxi MS. Also another pair of Elders are coming up to El Dorado. The new district leader is named Elder Muhile and one of the new Elders is Kramer. The other guy will be one transfer newer than me! So that will be kinda cool. 

This week was pretty busy. Elder Hainsworth and I had a pretty nonchalant Pday last week. We chilled in Magnolia and spent a lot of time gathering materials that we needed and cleaning our apartment. We got our apartment inspected on this last Wednesday and we had it really clean actually. Elder Hainsworth is a little bit OCD when it comes to cleaning things and it's starting to rub off on me, so we clean stuff up as we use it. Not a bad habit to have. Nothing special with investigators happened this week but we were able to teach a lot of good lessons where I knew the Spirit was there to help us out. And each day I grow more comfortable in my role as a missionary. It's hard to be outspoken on those days when I'd rather sit around and do nothing but as soon as i try I generally just feel really good anyways. Way better than I would just sitting around! 

I realized this week that I have had a steady supply of mountain dew without intentionally planning for that to happen. I'm not upset but it's hurting my figure. I've already gained a bit of weight and am finding it troublesome to get up and run in the morning. I think the real problem is that it's about 25 to 30 degrees outside and it's super humid and I just dont like it haha Speaking of which, there was a day this last week that was extremely humid and when it got dark it was really cold and wet and now I'm a little intimidated for summer time to come along. I'm going to be drenched every day!

We had some interesting tracting experiences this week! One of which a woman looked through her door window after some time of us waiting for an answer and informed us that she had literally been in the shower and for some reason she decided to come see who rang the door bell :p Another experience we knocked on a house we weren't sure anyone lived in and imagine this next sentence in the most southern black accent you can: "I Muslim.. I don't get down like that." I think I might use that sometime for something I don't want to do haha And lastly Elder Hainsworth and I ended up babysitting for a few minutes. These kids were going crazy outside and they wanted us to come over and talk to their mother because we told them we were church people. When we did get to talk to their mother she proceeded to sit all the kids down outside and said "alright go" and walked back in side. How kind of her haha We tried to teach the kids how to pray but they were much too rowdy and we had an appointment to get to afterwards.

I very much look forward to the rest of my mission. This is by far the best experience I've been able to have involving the gospel. I wish I had spent more time in my scriptures at home and also in the Preach My Gospel. I know most of you are aware that I learn things fairly quickly and I really appreciate that gift from the Lord. But these past few weeks have expanded my learning abilities and I can already participate in so many different situations that I feel likeI'm  only now prepared to be a full time missionary. I am so grateful that I have this opportunity and even though at times it may be hard to motivate myself if I give a little effort or a little faith I always continue to find myself snowballing forward. All it really takes is a little bit to get going in any situation. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Elder Nally

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