Monday, November 25, 2013

"In the Zone" in Wilmington, Unwanted Cereal Boxes Get a Home, & Coming Closer to Christ!

Whoa... So for those of you who don't know, last Tuesday, I was transferred and here we are somehow out here in Wilmington, NC!  My new companion is Elder Mayberry from New Mexico! I know him already and love him! He's got one more transfer and is fighting to deny it ;) You'd never be able to tell though.  He's great!

I LOVE the new area, nice and chilly ;) 30 degrees at night.   Two great wards to serve in including a YSA ward.  This is going to be good, Plus, as a zone leader, a little benefit, I get to go down to Jacksonville, my first area, on exchange!  That'll be great!  I also have a car all the time now!!
It's sooo great being a zone leader! There are so many great ways that we get to reach out to these fantastic missionaries! There's so many of them! I've got some good stories!

First off, heading to the ward mission leader's house, we became engaged in a great conversation about the wondrous reality of how little we know, but how blessed we are for the knowledge we have. As I've served my mission, I've developed a firm testimony in the power of the Holy Ghost, and the specific prompting that it gives to serve as it is felt. Probably my personal favorite, was after a great lesson with the Ward Mission Leader's family, as they began to pull out cereal boxes that they didn't like and no longer wanted.... Ohhhh Hooo welcome to WILMINGTON!!
The day I got here, we went almost straight to a meeting in which we were to give a thought to the Stake President and all the bishops in the area. There was a special spirit to see so many of these bishops combined together, in the purpose of missionary work. We gave a thought on the power of love, and the power that it has to cast out all fear... Ohhhh boy. Welcome to WILMINGTON!!

I was also able to see one of the missionaries that I previously trained, who happens to be in our same district! What a blessing it is. The Lord has been so kind, and has given me so much in the last couple days.... I cannot express in words how powerful the atonement of Jesus Christ is... The more you learn, and the more you understand, the more it just begins to make sense... The roots of faith, can never be too deep. How unsearchable are the depths...  It's truly great to be a representative of Jesus Christ, to think that our job, is to make the choice people have to make, as easy as possible. Think of all that Christ has done for us, how easy he's made it for us. He's taken the road himself, he's gone through all of the hardships, and he's lived the life, so that we can have full trust in his simple gospel, to guide us towards happiness. The ONE thing that we have, is our own choice, just like our investigators out here... The second someone says 'Yes I will do that', it's our duty to help them feel just as we do.  We feel the joys and the blessings that come to us instantly as we keep the commandments of God. It's incredible! It's hard to imagine all the joy that Christ must feel as he sees us make simple steps closer and closer to him. I wish I had more time to go on!

As I mentioned, we now cover both a YSA branch and a ward.   Our bishop's on fire with what he's done for this area!  He announced over the pulpit for all the congregation to teach someone in their home... It's been great! Well, there will be much more next week! I love y'all so much and am so grateful for all y'all have done :) Till next week!
Love,  Elder Langford

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