"I am standing on the shoulders of giants here in Preston"
Hello Family! A lot has gone on in the last 10 days! For starters, when transfer calls came I was sure that Elder Palmer would be leaving (he’d been in Swinton for 6 months), and I would be staying. Well, that’s not how it happened. We soon found out that Elder Palmer and I would both be leaving, and we would be whitewashing out of our area. This is because the Zone Leaders are moving to the YSA ward in Manchester and this calls for Chinese missionaries. So Elder Eggers and Elder Cai are taking over in Manchester. Now as for myself, I am following in the footsteps of my father, and replacing Elder Moss in Preston to serve with Elder Nielson from Taylorsville, Utah. Elder Nielson came out with me and we have become good friends whilst serving around each other. This makes the fourth person that I have served with that came out with me. The others being Elder Eggers, Rapata, and Harris. Now it was quite sad to leave Swinton after only one transfer, just because that is when you start getting to know everybody. The other thing was that we had been teaching a lot of great people. Update on a few of them... We taught Maurice Fox, the member referral for the 2nd and 3rd time this past week, and he is doing very well. After coming to church on Sunday, he felt like he belonged and everything about him just seem to be better. He had such a different countenance the third time we taught him compared to the first. With teaching the plan of salvation, it really opened his eyes to what he has wanted to know for so long. He accepted a baptismal date for the 25th of Feb, if all goes well I’ll be going down for it. Anita, and Norbert, the Hungarian couple, are doing very well. Anita is one of the most sharp investigators I have ever taught. She is eagerly curious about knowing more and is really starting to come along. We brought a Hungarian missionary who was serving in Bolton, which really helped them to understand “gospel terms.” Jeff, Mandi, Kiron, and Loretta are all progressing towards baptism in early march. Jeff called us in the middle of the week, and told us, "I’ve received an answer to my prayer.” He went on to explain how after reading and praying he felt the influence of the Holy Ghost, he explained it almost in line with Helaman 5:30. We were able to go over and say goodbye, and told them all we would be back for their baptism. I'm sitting now in the Library that is literally feet away from the Preston Market, which is full of Church History. Actually where this library is, is where the “Truth Will Prevail” sign was seen by the early missionaries and coined as their motto. I am standing on the shoulders of giants here in Preston, and what a blessing it is to be serving here. And this is my first time being in the North of the mission, and this part is the scenic part of England, have a look for yourself, Google “Lake District." Some other news regarding transfers is that Elder Corbin is training. That means that 4 generations of missionaries are in the mission at once! That is not a common thing, very rare. Well, I said all four in the mission at once, but that won’t be for long, because Elder Moss heads home today! He and Elder Cunningham both go home today, and it will be my first companions that are going home. It is weird to think that they won’t be here anymore, as my entire mission has been involved with them. It is sad to see them go, but it won’t be for long, we’ll be good friends for awhile. We will speak again on Monday! Love you all! Elder Eliason p.s- I forgot the card reader, so pics next week..
haha my letter sounds a little bit depressing. I am not down at all,
I actually am the opposite. Change is always exciting, and I know
that the Lord has had a hand in these transfers. That is something
that I have learned over and over!