It's been a most incredible week. Super busy, so many things happening! Transfers, special missions and commissions, meetings, etc.
After transfer meeting, we had an East Coast missionaries meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Hualien Stake that they're trying to create on the East Coast here. We haven't quite met all the numbers requirements for a Stake, but a member of the Area 70 invited the Mission President and District President to complete the application so that he could hand deliver it to Church Headquarters this General Conference, with the faith that we could get the numbers needed by then. That means, we have this one month--March--to reach all the membership numbers, Melchizedek Priesthood numbers, necessary, for the creation of a Stake. It was basically the best pep talk any of us missionaries had ever had, with President Day telling us that none of us were on the East Coast by chance, that we were all picked and basically "called" to be here right now at this marvelous juncture.
8 And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
9 But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.
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