This Sunday, I was called to be the new District Leader. We have just received a new Elder today, who will be companions with Elder Stevens. I haven’t met him yet, so that will be news for next week. I have many new responsibilities as a DL. I think it’s interesting how missionary leadership positions are. They are often known as being a missionary to missionaries. I am to “convert” the members of my district in the ways of unity and love. As I was talking to the other DL, he had said “when you worry about other people, you don’t have time to worry about yourself”. I think this opportunity to serve will allow me to relive some stress, but at the same time, it will be much more work. I need to conduct meetings, go to meetings, get mail, organize volunteering opportunities, and look out for all members of the district.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this last week, but the MTC is a huge petri-dish. I’ve had a light cold for about 4 days now, and the other missionaries have had colds for 2 or 3 weeks. If anyone in the district or zone gets sick, everyone gets sick. Hopefully this is the only time I’m sick before I leave for Singapore.
We were able to hear from two General Authorities this week. Elder Condy (I think that’s how to spell it) addressed us at a devotional. He spoke on our purpose and actions as missionaries. When we are called to be missionaries, we are expected to devote all things unto God. We devote our time, talents, energy, and knowledge. When we waste time, we are wasting God’s time. It was a very inspiring message, and I think it can be applied in many ways.
Sooooooo… I finally was able to obtain a Mandarin Hymn book. We have been checking the MTC bookstore twice a day for the past three weeks. They apparently only stock the time every couple of months. The MTC has a weird “code” of valuable items. It is unwritten, but cardboard boxes, packing peanuts, tape, card readers, “good food”, and water are the most valued items. The water fountains here taste weird, and so does the food. I’m sure I’ll value those things even more in the mission field.
One missionary in my district was able to get an update from a missionary that just left for Singapore. It looks like my chances of going to east Malaysia are high. That means lots of mosquitoes, grass huts, parasites, and possibly machetes. I hope at one point I will have an opportunity to serve in the cities. But I’m sure grass huts and dirt roads will be quite a fun adventure too!
This next Wednesday, we will receive a new Mandarin district in our zone. It also happens to be our SYLO day. SYLO is Speak Your Language Only. As a district, we made it a goal to speak only Mandarin on Wednesday. I think the new missionaries will be very confused. We will also get to have a bit of fun with that. I also received my Mandarin missionary nametags! We were all very excited to get these.
Nothing much has changed, today (Monday) is my first real day as a DL, so I’m still figuring out responsibilities. Anyway, until next time!