Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10 - Email Home - 1st Transfer!

So this was a crazy week! Everything from transfers, to movies, to new families!

So the beginning of this week was pretty sad. Because President Riggs had informed me that I was leaving, I was able to talk to pretty much everyone I wanted to say goodbye to. The hardest were Sister A (she's the one that had helped us teach S in her home. She pretty much became my Grandma and closest friend in Belmont Ridge) and the S family.

I am now transferred to the Falls Church Ward! To send packages or write snail mail, my new address is:
132 Chanel Terrace, Apt 104,
Falls Church, VA 22046

The area is different than what I'm used to! Its like a mix of downtown SLC and Provo. Lots of little shops everywhere with the occasional high-rise building! My companion is Elder W and he is from Seattle, Washington. We get along pretty well!

So at transfers, President Riggs got permission to watch "The Sarratov Approach". Oh my gosh. That movie was amazing. I strongly encourage everyone to see it, both members and non-members! The whole mission attended and watched it.

I am still a Technology Specialist! There are now four of us and Elder W and I, are two of them. Elder G (my last comp) and Elder L (he came out with me) are the other two! We are all excited to be the Tech Specialists.

My first night here, we met a family from Togo! They have two kids. They are so ready for the Gospel of Jesus Christ! There is a slight language barrier, but we were able to teach them the Restoration and leave two BoMs for them!

On Friday, we taught a lady named S. She's turkish, and she doesn't speak a lick of english! So we have to get a translator to help us out. Thankfully, the Lord has blessed us with a ward that has many foreign service people, so we get a lot of different language speakers in our ward! She is amazing! She's so sweet and she is totally ready to fully except the Gospel, save one thing. She struggles with the authority part. She's been already baptized in a different religion, so we are trying to by-pass the language barrier and help her understand that part of the Gospel.

Sunday was crazy! We had ward council at 9AM and Church at 1PM. We made the decision to stay at church and just study there. Church was different, but the doctrine was the same. That's what I love about our church. No matter where you go, the Spirit will be there, and you don't get different doctrine then you would anywhere else! After Church, the Spanish Elders were having a baptism at 6:30 so we helped set up. By the time we left it was 8:00 PM. We spent 11 hours at the church!

This week has been really different, but the Spirit has been here! I'm really grateful for the Holy Ghost and its companionship. I am so glad that Heavenly Father has given that to us. It truly is the greatest gift. I am so grateful that we can have it constently if we are living worthy!

I am also very grateful for the Savior and his Atonement. It is amazing.

I love you all!
-Elder Armstrong

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