Monday, June 27, 2016

The YSA Life

Hi everyone!

I don't really know where to begin.... But I LOVE my new area and my new companion!! It is incredible! The Young Single Adult Ward is so fun it's ridiculous. We go to all of the activities and we literally just talk to and teach people that the members bring, and everyone is our age. It's so easy to relate to them and it feels like I'm back at college in Idaho just talking to people my age at FHE, church, and activities. The YSA life is the best! 

Elder Argyle is awesome too. He is from Randolph, Utah and we are very similar! He loves basketball, we get along super well, and he is a hard worker. This transfer will be so sweet. This week we went around visiting a lot of people and just getting me introduced. 

We also saw a few miracles. One of them happened when we were doing weekly planning. We were going through former investigators in our areabook, and I looked at one and felt prompted that we should call him. So we call him and he answers, and he says that he hasn't met with missionaries for two years. He said he was just down in Utah and he told his friend down there, who is a member, that if he gets an opportunity to meet with the missionaries again that he will do it, and then we called a couple days later. It was super cool. We had a great lesson with him and then he came to church!! He said he wants to work towards baptism! This week was also filled with lots of meetings. 

On Friday, we had a meeting all day with all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. We had breakfast at Presidents house and then we had a training and talked about the work going on in the mission and how we can move it forward. It was pretty cool! It's fun being a ZL but it's also stressful, Elder Argyle is helping me a lot though! We have to do lots of call-ins with companionships, go to leadership meetings, and other stuff. 

Spiritual Thought ... it's a good one this week!

On my mission I have thought a lot about faith and what the point is in having faith. There is something that I have struggled with in particular and that is... "What is the point of having faith if Gods Will is ultimately what will happen?" I have thought about this quite a bit, not only in missionary work but in my personal life as well..... When someone receives a priesthood blessing they are expecting and have faith that they will be healed, but a lot of the time that doesn't happen, the Will of God is otherwise and they are not healed. So what is the point in having faith? If God is going to do something whether we want it or not then what is the point? As I have contemplated and studied this, I have come to the conclusion that it is not necessarily the faith that Heavenly Father will heal them but that He could heal them is what truly matters. We need to have faith that God can make miracles happen, but it is up to Him whether or not they do. No matter what happens, we need to trust Him that it will be for our benefit, and we need to submit to His will. It is the focused faith in Christ, and the submission to His will that allows us to access the enabling power of the Atonement. We find greater strength, peace, comfort, and guidance as we have faith and trust in God, knowing that no matter what happens Heavenly Father knows best. Because if we don't have that faith, then we won't have access to that power. We won't be able to have that divine strength to carry us through those challenges. And those challenges will eventually cripple us if we don't have that divine strength produced from faith. 

"Many of the lessons we are to learn in mortality can only be received through the things we experience and sometimes suffer. And God expects and trusts us to face temporary mortal adversity with His help so we can learn what we need to learn and ultimately become what we are to become in eternity." -Elder Bednar 

I know as we have faith in Christ and do everything we can to increase that faith, then we can overcome any trials life throws at us :) 

I couldn't be happier than I am right now! Life is fantastic! I'm grateful to be a missionary!! Have a good week!! Love you all!! 

Love, Elder Hill
 Elder Hill found his very first home!
 He also found a sweet pair of sunglasses ... haha!
Elder Hill & Elder Argyle ...

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