Exciting news! Tomorrow is transfers and I found out today that I will be staying in Alpine, also that I will be picking up my new companion and I will train him as well. This definitely caught me off guard and is also pretty exciting. This is an amazing trust and responsibility given to me and also another opportunity; I am truly blessed to be able to train a new missionary.
Hopefully I get your package that you sent today, my Zone Leaders said that one came today so I am assuming that it's the one that you sent, I look forward to seeing what it is. I thank you for your support and prayers and I do love hearing from you. I am blessed to have your support and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers always.
It sounds like life is pretty busy for you all right now and that's wonderful that you got to tend Nolie for a while, I bet that she is getting big. Mom, I know that school is tough but I also know that you can do it, and finding time to set aside for the Lord will bless you immensely in your school work, I know that it may be tough but He will see your determination when you devote time to Him and He will bless you.
I heard great things about President Utchdorf's talk and he truly is amazing speaker, I would appreciate a copy of it and I would like to read it as well. I am truly excited for Conference this weekend and know that it is no ordinary blessing. I know that within the talks given there is a message in them for everyone and that we can receive guidance and direction as we listen with spiritual ears and hearken and heed. I thank you for your kind words and for your support and love and i can't thank you enough for everything that you have done for me, I am who I am today because of the things that you and dad have taught me throughout my life, I promise that I will continue to look forward with faith and to get to work!! every day. I love you dearly and hope that you are having and will continue to have a great week. Oh did you happen to get an email from a Connie Ruiz? she is the ward mission leader's wife and I gave her you and dad's email. You should look her up on Facebook if you like. I know that I am here doing the Lord's work and we had a really cool experience with advice that dad gave me one of my first weeks out on the mission to do "one more thing" Elder Perry and I were driving to our apartment and i had the thought that we needed to go see one more person before we called it a night. After we saw that person we were driving by our ward building and we saw someone in the parking lot so we decided to see who it was. His name is Devon and we ended up talking about the Book of Mormon and giving him a copy. It's interesting to see what people hear about the church and be able to help them understand what they heard. This experience reconfirmed in me that the Lord's hand is in this work and in everything that we do. That most of the thoughts that i have, are not my own, they are from the Spirit and by hearkening and heeding, we can be led to those who are seeking truth or who need the Atonement in their lives.
We were able to recommit Paige to Oct, 30th and we had a really great service project this past week as well, hauling some wood and doing some yard work for a less-active member who came to church this past week. Being able to serve and participating, i was able to feel the spirit so strongly; being in the service of our fellow beings is an amazing blessing.
I'm short on time but I will leave you with my thoughts, while I am here serving the Lord and getting to work, I want to do a $5 job each and every day, and it ties in with dad's thought on doing one more thing. A five dollar job takes work, and I am ready and willing to be able to do what it takes. My scripture for this week is Ecclesiastes 3:1. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Know that I love you dearly and I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. This is the Lord's work.
Elder Aaron Jordan Lloyd