"You will be an official representative of the Church. . . . Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ . . . Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you." Thomas S. Monson

Monday, June 23, 2014

Preparations and Goodbyes

With the Ghanians (Elder Amoah, me, Elder Konduah, and Elder Adjei).  The reason why I was laughing is because I was just chanting "USA! USA! USA!" and they got super mad hahaha (06/20/14)
Well, I honestly don't have too much to write this week.  We've had a week filled with meetings, conferences, interviews, and choir, so we haven't had too many lessons.  But it was a great week anyways!

This week, we had our final conference with President and Sister Weed!  It was a great conference, but it was really just a testimony meeting.  We all had matching pagne too! 

President and Sister Weed's parting present (06/20/14)
All the Sisters and their matching pagnes (06/20/14)
Missionaries serving in Benin (borrowed from Elder Hawkins) 06/20/14
Benin missionaries in their matching pagne (borrowed from Elder Hawkins) 06/20/14

Thursday we had our last interviews with President Weed.  President and Sister Weed came and shared a short message and had us write a few words of counsel to those who might ask them for advice.  As I thought about some of the lessons I've found important this past year, here are two that came to mind: Love everyone, but the Lord first; we don't have to be perfect, but we can be perfectly obedient.  I was tempted to write "eat yogurt three times a week," but I didn't.

Our apartment (me, Elder Silvas, Elder Sahue, and Elder Gomun) with President and Sister Weed after interviews on Thursday, 06/19/14
Sister Weed's message was simple, but strong.  She took it from Jacob 6:12 in the Book of Mormon, which says, "Oh, be wise.  What can I say more?"  President Weed's counsel was focused much more on preparing ourselves for the next life.  He talked about how if we prepare ourselves in this life, we will literally sit with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Moses, Peter, Joseph Smith, Adam, Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father.  He talked about what the word reconcile really means.  Through an etymological breakdown, we learn that it means, literally, to "sit with again."  So when we say that Christ's Atonement reconciles us with God, it is quite literal.

All in all, it's been a good week of goodbyes and preparations for President Morin next week.  Sorry to be a bit short today, but I’m short on time.

I love you all so much.  Have a great week!

Avec amour,

Elder Jenkins

yep.  Don't know what to write

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