President & Sister Mullen will be completing their service in the California Riverside Mission just a few days after Elder Cornaby returns home. They have served alongside countless Elders and Sisters and Senior Missionaries during their 3 years in the mission field. May God bless them for the lives and testimonies that they have had a part in shaping.
Multi-Zones this week were really good even though they were condensed into a shorter amount of time - only two hours this time. But because it was shorter, it was more spiritually charged without the exhaustion of 7 hours of meetings. I was sort of a one-man show at our Multi-Zone. I was the regular pianist, I provided our Zone's musical number, I was the only outgoing testimony and I said the closing prayer. It was weird to give my outgoing testimony because I remember seeing so many other missionaries do this before me but then when you're up there it feels the same as any other testimony. It is sort of surreal to be at this point in my mission, even though I have known this day was coming for the past 2 years.
Elder Cornaby and Elder Herald decided that they wanted to have pizza for lunch. On a missionary's budget, it looks like pizza consists of bread and sauce. Hopefully there were some toppings added after the picture was taken.
So our seeking with faith this week was going pretty good. We had 6 hours by Friday, and on the weekend we normally have lots of time to do seeking. But then I came down with a fever, that I caught either from Elder Herald or from Elder Sorenson, so we ended up staying in for pretty much all of Saturday. That sort of put a damper on things because we were pretty pumped to hit our goal for the week. We did do quite a bit of seeking with faith earlier in the week and we had some fun with it as well. It reminds me a lot of Corona - people are not outside too much during the day, or the people that are outside are pretty nice but just super busy. But we were getting one or two potentials per day so we were feeling productive.
I am still the District Leader. The thing is that I am not leaving a week before the end of the transfer because this transfer is only 5 weeks. I have had leadership responsibilities for most of my mission. During my interview with President Mullen one of the things he said is that I have great leadership potential if I keep stretching myself like I have on my mission. My interview with President Mullen this week also included my exit interview. I received a copy of my flight itinerary and it looks like I will be on the same flight as all of my other outgoing missionary friends that are returning home to Utah.
The MyPlan topic for this week was call "Visions and Goals" I think? It had you describe what you hoped your life would be like one year from now, and then set some specific actions you're going to do to help obtain that goal. It was pretty fun and still nothing too trunky. I doubt MyPlan is really going to ask the trunky questions, unlike all the missionaries that ask "What's the first movie you're going to watch?" or "What's the first thing you're going to do when you're released?". Those are the kind of questions that make you think about home.
So for transfer news, I am staying in San Jacinto and so is Elder Herald! That was kind of a surprise since Elder Herald has been here so long, but it's a good surprise. We get along well and he already knows the area and the Ward so it should be a good transfer. Elder Briggs has a new companion though - Elder Yang. He is from China, and this is his first area serving in an English speaking Ward. He spent nearly his entire first year either in Eastvale Chinese Ward or UC-Riverside Chinese Ward. We are all excited to serve with him in this area. Other transfer news, Elder Andrew is leaving, all the way to Jurupa on the north side of the mission. Also, Elder Anderson is the new AP. I am the only person in the Hemet Zone that goes home next transfer. That means I'll be the only missionary giving an outgoing testimony at our next Zone Conference.
I'm a missionary for the LDS church, teaching the Gospel while soaking up some California sun!