It is super funny to get a transfer call. Late Saturday night, Elder Moss and I
had finished planning, I was ironing and we were just talking. We were 90% sure we were staying together. The branch is doing amazing! We have 50 to 60 each week, and at least 5 nonmembers each week. The Lord is doing such great work here. Anyway, we got the transfer call, and the Lord has other plans for me. I will be headed down to Fresno to serve in the Riverside Ward. From everything I have heard, it is one of the hottest areas in the mission, as well as one of the largest biking areas! So... all those years of hating biking may finally be paying off! I am so grateful for the Lord's trust. As I am contemplating the big change I keep thinking back to Nephi's example in 1 Nephi3:15. We always talk about 3:7 where Nephi talks about how he will "go and do," but often we lose sight of what happens 8 verses later. They were rejected. The Lord commanded them to do something; and they weren't able to do it. But that isn't the end of the story. Nephi doesn't let it end like that. I know that the Lord needs to teach me something in this new area with my new companion. I did have one super quick story to tell though: I was on an exchange in the Spanish area again, and strug- gling through a lesson. It was with a less active member of the group who is the only member of her family. She lives with her husband, daughter, and grand- daughter (all nonmembers). It was crazy because we felt prompted to have her write her testimony down and put it on the fridge. The Spanish Elders said they
saw her at churchon Sunday! Too often we lose hope in people. During testimony meetingyesterdayone of our members said "you can live weeks without food, days without water, but only hours without hope." I promise that is true. The Church is true! He lives! He loves you!