We received transfer calls on Saturday, and I'm leaving Canby. I am getting transferred to the Sandy River Ward in the Mt. Hood Stake. So I'm going to be even more out in the country than Canby is! My new companion is Elder Wheeler. He is from Orem, Utah and has been out 19 months. I have heard a lot of good things about the Sandy River Ward so I am excited! And I'm going to be the district leader still over there so that will be exciting as well. It has been awesome serving in Canby and I am grateful for all the experiences I have had and for all the people I have been able to meet. I can't believe how fast those three months went by. It feels like I just got to Canby and I'm already leaving, but I know I'm going to Sandy River for a reason. I think the one thing that I have learned here in Canby more than anything else is that God knows us personally and has a specific plan for each one of us. His hand is always in our lives and we are put through different experiences to become the person He wants us to become. No matter what we go through in this life, everything has a purpose and there is a reason. We just have to have faith in God that it is for our benefit.
Nothing too exciting happened this week. Monday we had FHE with the Knowldens which was a lot of fun. We shared a message and played Five Crowns with them. Throughout the week we did a lot of tracting out in the Boonies which has been our most successful way of finding investigators. We have met a lot of interesting people that way too. We knocked on this door and a guy opened it and we started talking to him and then we hear from inside the house, "don't talk to them, they pray to an alien on another planet!!" So that was kinda funny. A lot of people say that tracting in the country is ineffective but we were out doing it and this one lady answered and said, "I thought you would never find us out here!" She said they have been looking for a new religion and so we gave her a Book of Mormon and she said we could come back! So tracting in the Boonies does work!!
We also did a lot of service as usual and then Saturday we got transfer calls. I totally thought I was staying because the Zone Leaders said this District is the best in the Zone and that President wouldn't change up the District Leader. So I thought I was staying for sure and then I find out I'm getting transferrered so it was a little bit of a surprise!
Saturday and Sunday was spent saying goodbye to a lot of people. Nothing too exciting happened on Easter. Our dinner appointment cancelled so Elder Garfield and I made our own Easter dinner and we hung out with Arian, our crazy neighbor! I'm going to miss Canby and all the crazy people here!
Have a great week!
Tyler's Hints & Highlights this Week!
*Shoutout to my sister Nicole getting married! Wish I coulda been there! It looked awesome!
*Happy Easter! What an amazing day in which we had to remember Our Savior. Our Mission President sent us an Easter email and it was awesome. Here is some of it as he talked about the Atonement:
"He who had created worlds without number was about to enter a quiet, secluded garden. There was no fanfare, no crowd to witness the most profound event in human history. This was a moment so sacred, so sublime, that no human mind could fully comprehend its transcending importance. The hour was at hand. The Son of God stood alone in all His majestic power against all that Satan could muster. Here was divine love in its purest expression doing battle against evil in its cruelest form. This was the place and the time for the Atonement of Jesus Christ."
I haven't ever really been the most spiritual person in my life, but if there is something that I have learned in the last 9 months of serving a mission, it is that the Atonement is real. I have seen it change the lives of people and give them hope when they thought there was none. Jesus Christ, the living Son of the living God, suffered and felt every single pain, heartache, sorrow, grief, disappointment, and tragedy that anyone has ever experienced. There is not one person who has ever lived or will live that will go through or feel something that Christ hasn't already gone through Himself and it is because of this that we can be forgiven of our transgressions and feel peace in our hearts. He took upon Himself all of these things so that we might repent, and be able to be in the presence of our Heavenly Father. I have made so many mistakes in my life I wouldn't even know where to begin, but because God loves us enough to literally sacrifice His Son, I can be forgiven for those mistakes and feel peace. I am beyond grateful for my Savior and what He did for me. I know that I am nothing and could be nothing without Him. It is only through the grace of God and the enabling power of the Atonement that I can be reconciled to my Heavenly Father.
Isaiah 53:5 "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
*Here is my new address just in case you want to send me a letter or something;)
Elder Tyler Hill
39415 Dubarko Rd., #39415
Sandy, OR 97055