Monday, April 30, 2012

I've had a full plate lately... really!
The Start of a New Era
It's interesting to find at the end of a week how time can go by so fast, yet last Tuesday feels like a month ago.  I'm not really sure how to describe it, but I would say it is due to being anxiously engaged in a great cause :)

This last week was packed with traveling to New Hampshire for an all-day Zone Leader Council, an exchange with the Ellsworth Elders, District Meetings, more people/appointments than we can handle, moving tons of furniture, eating delicious Ronnie's Libs! (Lonnie Wilcox's Famous Ribs) (Thanks Wilcox family! we love you!), transfer calls, and a Sunday that left us fulfilled :) ...ya, we've had a lot on our plates this week, and honestly, the only full day on proselyting that we got was Saturday, and that was a beautiful day, haha.  We've been focussing a lot on plans and ideas for how to start off this next transfer the right way, and how to help us and the Zone find the most success.  We have a lot of plans for how to help uplift the Zone, and as we looked at our area we found many things we wanted to change, update, and improve - one of which was our furniture.

This last transfer, we started serving at the Habitat for Humanity - a place that accepts, refurbishes, and sells donated furniture and building materials; they then use the money to build homes for
less-forunate families.  Everytime we are there we clean up furniture to put out on the main floor - all the while talking to people we work with and trying to strike up a gospel conversation with them (last
week we got to teach a young woman about most of the Plan of Salvation and then later gave her a Book of Mormon!).  The managers there a hold us in high esteem as being the hardest workers they have (seed planted!); also, they gave us incredible discounts on two desks! 
Don't play with your food, Dusty.
Saturday night we received our transfer calls, and neither of us are leaving! yay! - but there's a twist, we will be recieving another companion - a third member of our companionship - yes, we will be in a trio for the next 3 weeks.  Not only are we not set-up perfectly with 3 desks in our apartment (sweet mini-miracle), and not only are we excited for how fun a trio is, but we are already planning on taking full advantage of this opportunity to go on as many exchanges with missionaries, and splits with members, as possible.  The work here has been going great, but it's been too great to the point where we can't keep up with all the things we need to do and there simply isn't enough time in the day to do it all - so we're looking forward to the extra insight and help from another companion, as well as the days where we can go on splits and do twice as much work :)

We've got a some solid plans for the Zone, and a new Zone Leader coming to town.  So if you're like me and thought things here were tough and busy - buckle up, cause it's about to get crazy.  It's the start of a new era - the work in the Brewer Area and Bangor Zone is about the explode!

From Maine with Love,

Elder Dustin Carr

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