I havent gotten transfered yet and I might not get transfered for a little while because usually you are with your trainer for 2 transfers ( 1 transfer = 6 weeks) and then I get a different companion as a follow up trainer for 2-1 transfers. I'm not sure if I will be staying in the same area then, but I will keep you posted. I will still be here for this christmas. I'm really glad and anxious about the packages from you and grandma. Since the transfer is happening for the past week,Elder Loftin said that they might be holding our mail till everyone is situated. I will be glad to hear from you. I cant really do alot with my camera because the screen is broken. go figure huh? I have the worst of luck with cameras.
So on christmas, I am only allowed to talk for about 45 mins. All those who will be talking to me cant be very greedy with their time talking to me. Also be thinking of something to say so that when I call, everyone isn't just wondering something to say. (hahaha) Also, make sure to somehow let my friends know when im calling, which will be at 8:00 my time, so around 6:00 your time.
So, something that happened this week. This week has been fairly slow and has helped me be much more humble and reliant on the lord. I felt like this week we didn't do very well and there was something else that the Lord wanted me to learn. Well, we were in a meeting this Sunday morning and someone called the church interrupting our meeting. One of the members named brother Crenshaw, ( who is AWESOME!) picked up the phone and started talking to the person. We couldn't hear what he was saying because the meeting went on and he spoke quietly. He also was writing some things down that we couldn't see. After the meeting, brother Crenshaw gave us the piece of paper he was writing on. It was a man that wanted to learn more about the church AKA a referral. So later that night we went to a trailer park and met at his house. When we met with this man, we really instantly saw the humility of his life. There was little light in the house, and some of the panels for the ceiling were missing. His wife had passed away from suicide two years before. He was alone. His wife was the center of his life and others. After her death, her children took allot from him. Including anything that was hers and the computer and camera that had all her pictures on it. all of this caused him to drink and smoke heavily. However he is currently working on quitting both. He had been church hopping to try and find the savior and the ability to be healed. When we got there, his phone rang and it was one of his brothers that lived in arizona and was a member of the church and was a temple worker. Elder Loftin talked to him and told him that he knew that the brothers parents were working with him on the other side of the viel. I'm sure that grandpa was there too. All of this was very humbling and sad but at the same time made us happy because we knew that he was open enough to receive the gospel and the healing and the truth that he was looking for. We began to teach him about the plan of salvation. He accepted everything we told him and bore testimony of. Truly this man was prepared by our father in heaven. It is my prayer that he will continue to accept these things and not let satan in his life to continue to obliterate his life. I know that god has heard both this mans, and my cries for his son and ultimately for help. The message of this christmas season is that God so loves us that he let his son suffer indescribable pain and agony for us so that one day we can have joy and peace in this life and in the life to come. I know this is true. I hope that we can all be able to see this and follow our Saviors example and do good for others. I love each of you and I hope that you have a great Christmas.
love Elder Masulonis.