Monday, May 21, 2012

05.21.2012 Another Busy Week in Harrison

Hello Everyone,

This last week was a busy one for us!

On Wednesday, the zone leaders in Mt. Pleasant (about 40 minutes south of Harrison) came up and "blitzed" our area with us, meaning that they came up and worked here with us for part of the day so we could get twice as much work done. It was pretty fun! It made for a busy day though.

On Friday we had something called Half Mission P-day. About half the mission went up to Petosky that morning, which is right up on either Lake Michigan or Lake Superior, I can't remember which. It's on the north end of mainland Michigan. It was about a two hour drive from Harrison. We actually got a ride up with President and Sister Hess, along with a few other missionaries. They all left from Lansing, which is another hour and a half south of Harrison, so they had to leave around 5 in the morning to get up to Petosky in time! Luckily we didn't have to get up that early.

We had a lot of fun. There were probably about fifty or so missionaries there, and we had different games that we played with points assigned to the winning districts. There was a three-legged race, a water balloon toss, a relay thing where we had to fill a make ourselves dizzy and then carry cups of water to fill a bucket, and a "jello snarfing" contest (it was fun to watch). Overall, the six missionaries in my district tied for second place, which was fun. We also had some time to just throw frisbees or footballs and just relax. I spend a little time fishing with Elder Porter and a few other missionaries. It was a great time to just relax and visit each other and talk to everyone. It ended around two oclock and we all went back to our own areas. A busy day, but it was fun!

On Sunday we had Stake Conference here in the Midland Stake. It was a great Stake Conference. Elder Haleck of the Seventy, who spoke in last General Conference, was there, and he spoke for about half an hour at the end. Along with him, the Stake President and his wife, President Hess and his wife, and the Detroit Temple President and his wife all spoke. There were a lot of really good talks. One thing that I remember in particular is a talk about the parable of the wheat and the tares. The speaker talked about three lessons he learned from that parable: 1) We can't tell yet whether people are wheat or weeds yet. We don't know how they'll turn out yet, so we really can't judge. 2) The Lord treated all the plants, both the wheat and weeds, as wheat, so they could grow to maturity. We should treat everyone else around us as wheat too. We all do some pretty weed-y things and we make mistakes. But the Lord still treats us as wheat, and He wants us to do that same to each other. 3) The Lord will sort everything out fairly in the end. I really appreciated those comments. I feel like I could treat people more like wheat sometimes, even if they seem to be acting pretty weedy to me. It's not my place to judge people. One of my favorite scriptures, D&C 64:9-11 teaches this pretty well.

I'm out of time, so I'll have to go. I hope you all have a great week! Hopefully its not too hot there. It's been a little warm here. Talk to you next week!

Oh yeah, and transfer calls are this Friday. We'll see what happens!


Elder Trevor Casper

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