This week was actually super good and productive, so it was a good way to end this transfer. I guess I'll just give you the big news up front. Elder Truman is going to Jurupa 2nd Ward and his companion will be Elder Olson. It is a bike area and apparently it is a pretty large area geographically. He's kind of excited to be leaving, but not too excited because it's a bike area. So for me. . . I'm training again! I didn't think I would be, just because so many people have already been trained in the Valley View Ward in the past year. Elder Walker, my first trainee, has been called as a District leader in Mt. Rubidoux so I guess I did okay at training. For the next few days I'll be with Elder Glathar since he will be training also. We will pick up our new companions on Tuesday following the training meetings.
At church yesterday, Sister Norman made a comment in Gospel Principles that I really liked. People say that life is like a roller coaster at times, mostly because of the ups and the downs. But the comment she made, is that if you are trying to be in control during the entire ride, you get really tense, and it is not very enjoyable. But if you relax and go with it just a little bit, it is a much better ride. She said that correlates to how we need to be submissive to the will of the Lord and what he has in store for us, and that if we are, we will learn a lot more from our experiences. Sometimes life is nice and slow and sometimes it's fast and sometimes we feel like we've been upside down for a while, but in the end it's all been so that we could have the kind of experience God wants us to have, and if we realize that we can learn something from it.
It is hard to believe that a third of my time in the mission field is over.
Don't worry about my weight. I have a scale I bought from Elder Camper, so I weigh myself pretty regularly. This morning I was 159.4 pounds and I was around 160 pounds when I left on my mission. So I've maintained my weight pretty well so far. I really do think it is just the new haircut the member gave me that makes me look thinner. He was a barber for the past 30 years, so he did a little more than give me a #3 all over like my companions have done. Strangely enough, most missionaries in bike areas actually gain weight, from what missionaries out here say. (I think I remember Nathan telling me that too.) Because you work so hard that you eat whatever you want, and also your legs bulk up quite a bit too. But I think it's also the fact that some missionaries will gain weight on their missions no matter what and others won't. It's all about discipline. I also think some people stress eat and there's plenty of stress on a mission.
I'm a missionary for the LDS church, teaching the Gospel while soaking up some California sun!