New Faces in Town

Dear world,

What an interesting turn of events, this week was. We had ALL our appointments fall through. That is not an exaggeration. So, yeah, it was a little discouraging, but that’s okay because the work still goes on. Additionally, working with a new companion has been fun and our district got flipped on its head again, too, so that’s been interesting.

Let me tell you a bit about Elder Forsyth, my new companion.

Goodbye Elder Weaver! Hope the mid-singles ward treats you well.

Elder Forsyth and I made a discovery!

Elder Forsyth is from Texas, he’s 24, and he has perpetual 5 o’clock shadow. He keeps telling me that the USU Aggies are not the real Aggies because he lived in the same town as the Texas A & M Aggies. But, seriously now, the USU Aggies are the real Aggies.

Anyway, I digress. Elder Forsyth is a super solid missionary. Very diligent, and an inspiring leader (he’s the District Leader). I look forward to working with him and I think it will go well.

So, I don’t have too much to write about today because we spent all week contacting people with limited success. We did, however, have a district activity on New Years Day (It’s a P-Day in our mission) and we were able to watch movies on New Year’s Eve, which was most excellent (we watched Big Hero 6 and Inside Out).

District sports. From left to right: (Top) Elder McDonald, Elder Shingleton, Yours Truly, Elder Forsyth, Sister Stockwell, Sister Ramos, (Bottom) Elder Changchum, Elder Broman, Elder Hermosillo, (Very Bottom) Elder Prete.

In our district, we have three new missionaries training. It’s exciting to see these new missionaries, fresh from the MTC, come to the field. They are excited to work and I look forward to seeing what they go on to become in this mission.

This morning, when we were cleaning our apartment, Elder Forsyth and I listened to this brief talk from Elder Holland talking about diligence in missionary work. He talked about how missionary work can be discouraging and hard. Missionaries will feel inclined to ask “why don’t people just listen?” at times (in fact, we do ask that). It’s difficult to do missionary work and have a desire to bring people unto Christ when people just don’t care. And it’s frustrating because the work of salvation is important. It is LITERALLY the most important work in the universe. When people don’t listen to something that EVERYONE needs to hear, it’s incredibly frustrating!

Elder Holland goes on to point out how the work of salvation, while it isn’t easy, never has been easy. He talks about the Atonement of Christ. When Christ suffered for our sins, he said, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39). Christ himself struggled through the work of salvation. It was difficult for Him, even the Son of God, to accomplish.

If Christ himself struggled, how much more willing should we be to strive to come unto Christ and invite others to do so! It’s a small price to pay compared to what Christ did for us. As we move forward with this new year, let us all strive to be better disciples of Christ and better people in every way.

I hope you all have a great week and happy new year!
I love you all!
~Elder Pike

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