This last week hasn't been too bad here. First off though, I'm writing on
Wednesday because the internet has been down in the Harrison library this week,
and this is the first day we've been out of town. I'm actually in Clare right
now; it's another town on the southern part of my area. Luckily, we can use the
library here, and we got permission to email today.
The weather has been nicer here this last week. It seems like Spring has
finally actually hit, not just the warm spell where we got up to 80 for a week
a month ago.
Interestingly, we actually got transfer calls today. Normally they would be
this Friday, but the Mission President is going to be out of town this Friday
so he called us a little early. It looks like I'll be staying here with Elder
Porter then for this next transfer. It should be good, Elder Porter's not a bad
guy and it's often fun serving with him.
We also had interviews this last week with the Mission President. Those went
pretty well. They were held in a city called Midland, which is about an hour
away from Harrison. We had to get a ride from a member, Brother Winters, on his
way to work. The problem was that he needed to be in work by 6:45. So we got up
at 5:00, and made it to the church in Midland by 6:30. No one else would be
there until 9:00, so we just wandered around for a little while, took a nap on
the foyer couches (they were comfortable, but it was too cold to sleep. Next
time, we're bringing a pillow and blanket), and then shot baskets in the gym
until everyone got there.
We were able to dye Easter Eggs with the Cassidy family, the family that was
baptized the first week that I was here, which was fun. We usually see them at
least once or twice a week. They're a pretty fun family.
Saturday mornings here we do something called Branch Workout, I'm not sure if
I've mentioned it before. For two hours we, the two Cassidy boys (12 and 13),
President Lee (the Branch President), and anyone else who wants to come, meet
at the church and warm up and then play basketball and dodge-ball, and a
dodge-ball variation called spud-ball. It's pretty fun. We have a good time
with it every week.
One place in the scriptures that I've studied recently is in 2 Nephi 9. There
are a lot of powerful teachings in that chapter. A few days ago I was studying
verses 10-15, which talk about the Final Judgment. It was interesting to
compare what that would be like for the righteous (Alma 5:14; 2 Nephi 9:14;
D&C 121:45; Moroni 7:48) to what it will be like for the unrighteous (Alma
11:13-15; Mormon 9:3-5). I've read 2 Nephi 9 a number of times before but I've
never realized what a great chapter it is. I love how we always learn new
things as we continue to study the scriptures. I know Heavenly Father teaches
us through them often.
Hope you all have a great week!
Elder Trevor Casper