Well, I can't believe that this transfer has already come and gone. It's been a quick 7 weeks, but now things must change an move on. We got our transfer calls this morning, and I will be leaving to Lompoc, CA (pronounced Lomm-Poke) in the Mesa Oaks ward. I will be companions with, none other than, Elder Kingrey, my MTC companion! It will definitely be cool to see how things play out. We are in the same district as the sister missionaries serving in Solvang, so we will be allowed to go there on P-days! Hopefully we'll get to go! Just so you know, transfers end September 21st. We have also been informed that iPads will be implemented in the mission very soon.
Well, it's sad to say, but just like the title suggests, this week has been one of the rougher weeks in my mission. We texted Lily on Wednesday to see if we could meet up with her, and she told us that she and her mom got into an argument, and her mom said that she didn't have permission to get baptized. Lily lived with her aunt and uncle for a few days in Oxnard, and she's now living at home again with her mom. It was pretty disappointing at first to know that she wouldn't be baptized August 10th, but we know that all things happen for a reason. Since I am leaving tomorrow, I am going to see if we can talk to Lily tonight, and if not, call her. She will be baptized, even if it takes until she's 18. She'll get baptized.
This week we were able to do some service for people in the neighborhood. We pruned some Birds of Paradise trees and cut down some hedges. We did service for 6 hours on Tuesday...it was pretty intense.
This transfer I have learned a lot. I have learned to stand up for my beliefs. I have faced a lot of opposition, both from those who I've talked with on the streets, and from missionaries that were being disobedient. I am thankful for the quiet peaceful feelings that come when we know that what we did was right. When we shape our lives on constant principles, we will be happy. When we make exceptions, we become conflicted and are not as happy.
On Saturday and Sunday we had stake conference, and it was great! President and Sister Felix both spoke to us about the Holy Ghost and how we need to listen to the promptings we receive. It was their first time ever speaking at a stake conference, and they did great.
Well, that's about it for this week. I'll talk to you next week, in Lompoc!