Well it sounds like everybody was all over the place this past weekend. I always loved heritage days. Sounds like the family softball team tried hard. Hopefully everybody had a good time. Did they still have fireworks on that night?
Well this week was pretty busy. I left the area for a few days to go on trade-offs with some other missionaries. That is one thing that we do more as zone leaders. Mom to answer your question, we do a lot of extra things as zone leaders. We attend more meetings, go on trade-offs with other Elders, and we have to organize a lot of things in our zone. We are still expected to find and teach though. In fact, in the words of our Mission President, we are suppose to "exceed" others missionaries in all aspects of the work. Our mission President really pushes the zone leaders to be the "example area" in the zone. So we definitely stay busy. Our van is a full size van. It is pretty awesome! We pick up other missionaries for meetings and activities.
As far as the work goes this week, we are starting to see progress. We have an investigator named Kim. She is living with a less-active member of the church named Alex. Missionaries have been working with them for awhile. The main problem is they are not married. They finally have a date to be married though, September 27th. So after that the plan is to baptize Kim. We are also working with the Maguire family. They Dad and the daughter Sara joined the church recently, but now they are really having struggles. They family is having some big issues as well. But the Mom Diane finally came to church yesterday though! She is not a member. Their family can really use the Gospel. We will continue to work with them each week.
Life seems like it never stops. Sometimes it feels like too much. Something that Dad always taught me though and something I have really come to learn is that it is good to be busy, especially in the Gospel. David A. Bednar gave a great talk in the last General Conference about "Spiritual Traction". I am sure you all remember it, but he told a story of a man who was stuck in the snow and ice with his new truck. He had went out to get wood and show how good his new truck was, but in the end he got stuck. The only way he was able to get out was by putting several loads of wood in the back. When that happened, he had the traction to keep moving forward. In life the joyful burden of Discipleship is what will keep us moving forward. As we continue to put the Lord first and do the things that He would have us do, He will give us the strength to keep pressing forward. He will bless both temporally and spiritually to help us be where we need to be. I have a strong testimony of that. I say it every week, but I know this Gospel is true! It will never change. I love you all and hope you have a great week!