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Letter 42: Transfers . . . Dun dun dun.

July 8, 2014

Well, if any of you keep track of how many weeks go by, you’d know that this week is transfer week! Exciting! And… I’m staying in Yucca Valley on the good old bikes! Yay! Elder Merenluoto is going allllll the way across the mission into Rialto, and I’m kind of sad to see him go. We worked well together. He had a desire to serve God with all his heart, and, just like the sons of Mosiah, ‘many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land.’ My new companion will be Elder Taylor. I don’t know much about him, but I’m excited to meet him on Wednesday.

And now, for everybody’s favorite segment. Desert Plant Scavenger Hunt! This is an incredibly rare one. I’ve only seen it in about 4 or 5 places throughout the entire area. It’s not deadly, not dangerous at all, actually quite comfy, but impossible to find. It’s called grass!! Everybody here has lawns made of dirt and rocks. But every once in a while, you’ll find a person with enough money and devotion to water and keep grass alive here in the desert.

Grass...in the desert!

Grass…in the desert!

As for the work, we got in touch with the family we found in Joshua Tree! We were in the neighborhood (with the truck), and were able to meet with them! They loved the Message of the Restoration of the Gospel, and committed to read the Book of Mormon and come to church! In my (limited) experience working here in California, I’ve found that nobody actually keeps these commitments. I’ve never seen anybody actually come to church when they say they’re going to. But this family did! And they told us that they’d been reading the Book of Mormon every night! Honestly, if I could do a backflip, I would have done one right there in the chapel. That’s how happy I was at that moment.

To close, I want to share a quote my grandma emailed me. It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena , whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,and who at the worst, if he fails  at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” I know that this is the key to missionary work, as well as to our day-to-day lives. If we succeed in everything, then there’s no reason to be here on Earth to learn and grow. As long as we get up one more time than we’ve been knocked down, we’ve won. 

Stay awesome everybody, and write me!

Love,

Elder Connor Weeks
7000 Central Ave
Highland, CA 92346

 

It's hot!

It’s hot!

Giant beetle by our house (it's real!)

Giant beetle by our house (it’s real!)

 

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