So this week was really good, we had a lot of fun. We have transfers tomorrow, and so we went to visit some people that we'd wanna say goodbye to in case we leave....and we literally just found out that both of us are staying!! YES!! A third transfer with the same comp...that's a new one, but I'm glad it's Elder Harker:) so as long as we don't get another call tonight saying differently, we should stay the same, still here in good old Portland:) I love the Portland ward, it's a beautiful place. Anywho, now that that anxiety is over with, we have a lot of work to do!
From my experience so far as a missionary, the most effective "why" is because you love the people you serve. Truly, honestly love and care about them and their eternal progression. In John 15, the Savior says "Greater love hath no manthan this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." When you love the people here, you gladly sacrifice your time, your talents, your energy; you fast for them, pray for them, and you don't think about what it does to you. You don't matter, they do. When you reach that level of "why" is when you work your most effectively, see the most success, and get the most out of your mission. You change and get better more than if you were to focus on trying to change yourself and get better for yourself.
It takes a lot of patience and humility, but it is worth it. I'm still working on it, but that is my why. Anywho, I love you guys! That's my testimony of why I'm on my mission. You can go out for any reason, but the reason you stay is what is most important. I hope you all have a great week!!
1-3. Model Plane a member gave me:)
4. My After Picture from WeightWatchers;)