Dearest Family, I thank you for your thoughts and prayers the past week, they have been felt and i have been strengthened because of them. The past week was a bit hectic but things are going well and the work is moving along so i am well pleased. I am sorry to hear that everyone has been sick the past little while, did Anna get my letter? I will continue to pray for you all and that your health will return speedily so that you may return to your duties and responsibilities in this life. Send Grandpa Anderson my best birthday wishes! I will do my best to get something out to him this week, but the day goes by so fast and before we know it, we just got the essentials for the day done. I look forward to receiving that information about him to learn more about our family's history.
Thank you for sharing those scriptures i cannot wait to read them and report back on them next week.
This past week was Transfers and we were able to welcome 3 missionaries into the PQ zone. Two of them are brand new missionaries from the MTC; i honestly find it hard to believe that i didn't leave the MTC yesterday. They are studs and will work miracles and will touch the hearts of many, they certainly know their purpose and love the work and have the fire. Also a tidbit that might be interesting for you to know, I'll be singing in the PQ 1&3 wards this month, not only that, but i will be singing the same song that we sang at my farewell, only this time solo. I'll keep you posted on that, it will certainly bring memories and feelings that might overcome, but i will persevere and sing to the best of my abilities. We also were able to attend a Chinese New Year party here, there used to be a Chinese and Korean ward up here but got dissolved after many moved away due to jobs. But we were invited and that was an interesting time, Elder Saager got to say the opening prayer and probably only about 20% of those in attendance understood English. We had the opportunity of meeting many people and that was an incredible experience. We had the wonderful opportunity of teaching one of our investigators, Gavin at the church this past week and had a pretty fun lesson. Gavin has a hard time understanding certain aspects of the Gospel but one thing is for sure that he loves basketball. So my companion and I made a plan to relate the Gospel to basketball and we had one the most memorable lessons of the mission thus far. Faith, it takes action many times, if you want to learn how to dribble, you have to do it. Repentance can be like passing, again we can pass, but if we don't have the proper technique, it won't get there the right way, and when we struggle, we talk with our coach, who helps us to pass, because He knows what's going to help us the most. Baptism is like taking the shot, we can dribble and pass all day, but unless we take the shot we'll never score the points, also we won't make the shot if we don't have direction or the Holy Ghost. Now our coach first showed us how to shoot the ball so that we can learn. Christ first showed us how by showing His example by being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. When it comes down to it, we don't'get good if we do not practice, we don't learn if we sit on the sidelines and watch others play the game. Also in another aspect when we are playing the game they are many fans watching and pulling us many different ways, there are voices of support and voices of criticism, but the game is in our hands, the ball in our court, not theirs, it's between us and the hoop. This game is between us the Lord, it is up to us to come unto Him. That may have been bit confusing for you reading it, but the spirit was so strong as we were teaching and it was an incredible experience. Many good things are happening in the 1&3 wards; part member families are coming out of the woodwork and we are working to prepare a few individuals to attend church and accept a baptismal date; Mike, Tabitha and Herbert. As we had a stake mission correlation meeting we sung the words of the song the Army of Helaman and being gathered as a body of priesthood brethren it was incredible to sing aloud "we are as the army of Helaman, we have been taught in our youth, and we will be the Lord's missionaries to bring the world His truth". I testify that this is His truth, this work is incredible and i thank you for teaching me in my youth of this doctrine, I am so grateful for being raised in this gospel by your loving and guiding hands. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and it gives answers to any questions that we may have. I love being able to study it daily and learn and grow. I currently just finished reading of Alma and what has happened after those who joined the church at the waters of Mormon and the trials that they underwent, but the Lord delivered them, He has a plan for each of us and He knows what is down the road and what will best help us. Part of his plan can be found in Mosiah 23:21. I know these things are true and i love each and every one of you and thank you for your love and support. I wish you all health and best wishes and hope that this week brings blessings and guidance. Until next time,
-Elder Aaron Jordan Lloyd "when the time for decision arrives, the time to prepare has passed"