Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody! 

Can't believe 2016 is already over. I hit my 18 month mark last week and 2017 is the year that I go home which is weird to think about!

On Tuesday we had our Zone Meeting and me and Elder Miller were in charge of putting it all together and doing the training. It went pretty well. Our Zone is doing great with baptizing, so that's good! We also had interviews with President Ballard and in mine he told me that I'm going home soon and I was like, "what I have six months left!" And he just said, "yeah you're about to go home so what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind.  What do you want to be remembered for?" It was weird hearing President say I'm going home, but he gave me some good advice.

Our investigator, Tuesday, is getting baptized a week from this Saturday. She is doing great and is super pumped to get baptized. Now she is trying to get her kids to come to church as well and get baptized haha. She's awesome!

On Wednesday we had some lessons cancel and so we just went and started visiting random people, and we felt like we should go visit less-active people way out in the country. We felt prompted to go stop by one family, the Scott's. When we stopped by they opened the door and said, "oh my goodness Elders!. you are just who we needed to see! Both of our daughters really need blessings and I can't believe you showed up today!!" One of their daughters was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and she was going into treatment and we were able to give her a blessing. The other daughter was having really bad anxiety so we gave her a blessing as well. They were all super grateful and they said it was exactly what they needed. It was cool to look back and see how we were guided to their house when we weren't planning to be there at all. 

On Friday, we had a special Zone Meeting training given by a guy in one of the wards in our Stake. This guy is a Master Chief in the Navy which is the highest possible rank you can achieve. He went from the bottom position in the Navy to Master Chief in 13 years which is the fastest it has ever been done. He was in charge of the operation of killing Bin Laden and many other terrorists. He is the intelligence guy for most SEAL Team Six operations. He had some of the craziest stories ever and is insanely smart. He has seen and done some crazy things! He gave us a training on how to work with our investigators and use the Spirit to discern things. He has a really strong testimony and it was cool how he related his insane stories to gospel topics. It was awesome.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day we had dinner at our Ward mission leaders house and we played games with them. It was pretty fun! 

Hope everyone has a great week and looks forward with faith to 2017. There is a cool New Years Mormon Message called "Look Not Behind Thee." It just talks about how we need to learn from the past and not look back. There are so many opportunities that God has in store for us and that He is willing to give us if we just move forward and put our trust in Him. Believe that what Heavenly Father has in store for you is better than what you have right now!

Love and miss you all!

Elder Hill

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