Monday, June 22, 2015

Loving Carmichael So Far!

June 22, 2015

Haha this week was great! I can already tell this transfer is going to be a good one. I didn't get to email too much last week so I will try to make up for it this week.

So transfer calls were on Monday night. We were visiting some recent converts and I got a call from President Jardine. I was kind of nervous because I knew he was calling all of the missionaries getting sent to the Modesto mission and I really wanted to stay here in Sacramento. It was a big relief when he told me I was staying. Then he told me my new calling and zone and that I would be in English work now. I felt really excited and also a little nervous. He told me to pray for confirmation from Heavenly Father about my new calling. And I did the next day in the temple. As I was praying, I felt such a powerful feeling of peace and love. I can't explain how amazing it felt. I know it was my Heavenly Father letting me know I am going right where I need to go.

Tuesday I said bye to a some of the families in North Sac that I have grown close to. It's crazy that you never know the impact you can have on someone’s life until you leave and they tell you. I was sad to say bye but I think I will serve there again sometime again.

Wednesday Elder Parker, Snow, and Tallie came and picked me up and took me to Carmichael. I got all moved into my new apartment. And of course there is a pool right out our door which stinks because it's always a million degrees outside and that pool gets tempting haha. Anyways a little bit about my new companion. Elder Parker is from Dallas, TX. He has been out for almost a year. He's a "healthy" eater so there wasn't too much to eat this week. He is trying to stay in shape because he has a baseball scholarship at BYU when he gets back. We workout every morning so that'll be good. Hahah I gotta have some real food so I will stock up today when we go shopping because I can't survive on just veggies and fruit. He is a really good teacher and missionary. I'm learning a lot from him. I can already tell that we are going to have a lot of success together.

Cool experience on Wednesday night. We were going to dinner at a members house and we were like 10 minutes early so we walked across the street to knock some doors. On the second door we knocked we met this lady named Elba. She was so nice. When we introduced ourselves she was like oh, your Mormons right? And we were like yes. Well after talking to her for a while we found out she is from El Salvador and she recently had a brother pass away. She was really struggling with her faith in Jesus Christ and needed a little help. We testified about eternal families and the hope we receive when we live the gospel. Then we said a prayer with her. She wanted to hear my Spanish so I said it in Spanish. It was really cool. I know it wasn't coincidence that my first day in Carmichael we run into someone who speaks Spanish. We have an appointment Wednesday with her so I am excited for that.

Friday I had a new leadership meeting in Rancho Cordova. It was so cool to see the difference from last transfer to this one. We studied the talk Jesus: the perfect leader, by Spencer W. Kimball, is Probably one of my new favorites. We had a big discussion on it and talked about how we can become better zone servants and district servants. I learned so much. I think the biggest thing I learned is that leadership is a chance to love, serve, and strive to set an example.

Later that night we had an awesome lesson with our investigator Carlos. You know it's going to be a powerful lesson when President Jardine and Elder Sutch come to teach with you. Carlos has amazing faith and knows he needs to be baptized. Just have a couple little hurdles he needs to get over. One of which is inviting his fiancé to come to the lessons and get involved in it. President Jardine invited him and his girlfriend over to his house for dinner in a couple weeks. Hopefully she comes because that will be a game changer.

 We had a Hoedown the other night for a ward activity. It was so much fun!
I got to meet some of the ward members and eat some good food. Haha there was also some karaoke. Haha everyone wanted us to go up so we did. Hah we sang Love Story by Taylor Swift. Everyone got a kick out of it. I have a video but I can't send it or I would.

Another shot of us singing
some karaoke at the ward party.
I am loving Carmichael so far and I know there are many more cool experiences to come. So glad I get the chance to serve here. I know it is right where the Lord needs me at this time. My testimony is growing so much every day through all of the amazing experiences I get to go through. The Book of Mormon is real and true. It shows us the way back to our Father in Heaven and gives us guidance in whatever struggle or challenge we are going through. I know these things for myself. And I'm so grateful for my testimony.

*2 Nephi 33:10-12*
10 And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.

11 And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye--for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness.

12 And I pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us, if not all, may be saved in his kingdom at that great and last day.

Love you all! Have a great week!

-Elder Gammell

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