Monday, July 19, 2010

Safely Back in Murfreesboro

Hey everyone!

I made it safely back to Murfreesboro! :) It has been a very long/hectic week though, running around trying to find out who's who and figuring out where everyone lives.

I am glad I am back because I sort of know the area, so it wasn't too hard, but it has been a pretty stressful week.

Transfers were good, the whole mission was there! The second time ever that our whole mission has been together. It was cool to get to see all of my past companions...well the ones who were still out. :).

We are in our apartment..which bytheway feels like a prison :( I will send ya'll a picture).
We have a mold problem in our bathroom :/. It is disgusting! We are looking for apartments to move into...AGAIN..except hopefully I will be able to move in this time, instead of getting transferred.
Anywho, my companion is Elder Lawrence, he is from Seattle, Washington. He's a goofy kid, but we have fun together, which is important, and we work hard.

Everyone in the ward kinda remembers me since I was there for like 4 was good to also see everyone in the M'Boro ward. They all remembered me...which is good :) It only has been 3 months but it seems like much longer...That ward felt like leaving home when I left it. I got to see Ariana (recent convert) and she was excited to see me as was all the other members definitely feels like coming back home, which is nice.

I love this area so much! Not too bad of a week for not knowing where anyone lives..only taught 16 lessons, but we did alot of other things in the apartment, getting it clean/ working on a map and continuing on updating the area book.

I am no longer District Leader but I am Senior is kind of nice to be able to take a break from leadership. Sometimes I wish I could still be DL so I can go on exchanges in M'Boro, but at least I can see the members on Sundays.

The ward here is good, much smaller then Bellevue. Speaking of Bellevue, Taylors baptism is on Friday morning/wedding, and I am happy to report that I got permission from President to be able to go to that :) I am way excited, hopefully Elder Dean will be able to be there to.

This week should be somewhat normal, we know the area better, and have met most of the members. We also get to go to institute, which the teacher here is AWESOME! Brother Halverson..I think he is about if not better than John Bytheway. It was a way good lesson on Wed night. It's a good way to get to meet some of the YSA since we cover MTSU campus we can go.

Glad to hear the move is going well...Hope it continues to go well..Andrew did write me and tell me the good experiences that he is having. It's good to hear from him.

Everything is going well here. Oh, I finally got a picture of Elder Ragle and his wife! He looks way goofy in the picture...kinda freaky actually, but that's just the way he is. I miss him. I'll have to forward it to ya. Hope everything is going well for everyone.

Oh, for my 100% commitment, its coming along very well, some bumps here and there, but I am progressing. I got to Alma chapter 30 this morning. I am blessed to be able to have an hour to study the gospel every morning, it definitely makes a difference in your day. I admit that there have been times on my mission where I didn't do my studies, but I can tell, and also members and everyone else can tell if you are obedient, and obedience is definitely the way to go. I have learned that. I am truly thankful for the gospel in my life, and the time that I have it to share with others. I couldn't think of a better place to be...It definitely is hard, but WAY worth it! My testimony had definitely been strengthened out here serving a mission. The gospel truly does bring joy to others, I have seen it change me, and other people that I have taught. It is the greatest joy in life. I heard this saying from Brother Halverson on Wednesday night "The gospel makes bad people good, and good people better." That is so true. I can't say thank you enough mom for taking the time to listen to the missionaries, when they knocked on your door...It has changed my life for the better. I have been lucky enough to have that "mighty change of heart" and want to share it with everyone I see :) :) :) :) Thanks for your love and support I LOVE YOU ALL!

Love ya'll....keep doing what your doing.

-Elder Edgell

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