Monday, February 24, 2014

Week 3

Parkinson Fam, 

So much has happened since I last wrote home. Some good, some bad. 3 new missionaries joined our zone. Elder Conatti from Brazil, Elder Hendricks from Alberta, and Sister Adams from Germany (although she was born in America). All 3 of them are going to the Netherlands. It's kind of nice not being the youngest one anymore. I feel a lot more comfortable as a missionary and with the MTC life. As far as bad news, my companion, Elder Pestridge, found out Thursday that he is going home. He has a medical problem that didn't get better and he went back to London on Saturday morning. I was pretty bummed out, but I'm grateful for the short time I got to get to know him and all that he taught me. I now call chips "crisps" haha. He helped me learn how to speak "proper" english. 

There were two very good devotionals this week. It's crazy how many good speakers they get to come to the MTC. I actually got asked to give the opening prayer at Sunday's devotional so that was pretty cool. Although, it was also pretty terrifying.

It's been a big learning week for me. My teacher showed me a mormon message in which Elder Christofferson tells a story about a currant bush. The moral is that we need to be cut down so that we can grow back stronger. God knows what he wants us to be. I had one investigator lesson I taught this week that was a complete train wreck. Yet, despite how bad it went I needed the experience because it taught me valuable lessons about my purpose as a missionary. I'm here simply to represent Christ. By myself I'm nothing, but through Christ I know I can be an effective missionary. One scripture I've really liked this week is in Alma 26:12. 

Happy Birthday to Hannah! I hope it was a good one! I was bummed to hear David's team lost. You'll have to let me know how Boise Varsity does in the tourney. 

Lykke til! Jeg elsker dere!

Eldste Parkinson

Before Elder Pestridge left

The New Zone
Marcus Corbitt (former Boise missionary) just found me while I was writing home!