Monday, March 24, 2014

It's Bloomin' in Virginia! - Elder Dallin Remund

Written by Elder Dallin Remund, serving in the Virginia Chesapeake Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaking Spanish.

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Hey y'all!

It's good to be writing again. I ran out of time last week, so I didn't get to give the usual update. Spring is coming in for good. All the trees are blossoming and the grass is getting green. The weather's still getting really hot and really cold, which always throws us for a spin when we're out tracting!

Not too much to say as of now. Things are getting in a pretty similar groove. We study and eat lunch till noon, get out and tract and find potentials all the way till around six o'clock when we eat with a member of the branch. Afterwards, we go and try to find some less active members or some more potential investigators. It stays pretty regular that way. A lot of our appointments fall through, but we keep going forward in faith!

A little update on E and M, we visited them and saw their baby. They are working towards baptism, but won't be able to do it until they are married in December. It was a little upseting, but we are pressing forward! The branch has been so great in helping them out and being good friends. In the end, the thing that matters is that they live the gospel and stay close with the branch.

On Saturday, I ate over at my Aunt Annie and Uncle Dee's house, who actually live in our proselyting area! They brought us onto the Air Force Base and we had some pizza. We got to share a message from the scriptures afterwards, which was awesome!

Something that has been on my mind a ton has been the attribute of charity. The whole idea of losing yourself in Christ's love is amazing. It connects to just about every attribute of Christ and principle of the gospel. I have felt Christ's love increase so much as I read about His love and then go out and try to share it with others. The greatest sacrifices come in being a servant to other people. Christ was the ultimate example. President Eyring referenced this scripture in the First Presidency Message for March:

 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

I'm grateful that Christ loved us enough to do His Father's will and give us the Atonement.
We received news yesterday that the first weekend of May, an Apostle is coming to Virginia to speak to our stake. They chose us out of 5 or 6 stakes, so we are privileged to be there! I'll keep you updated on who is coming and everything. I am so excited!!!

Espero que ustedes tengan una buena semana!

Con amor,
Elder Remund
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Spring Greetings from the East Coast (March 31, 2014)