Monday, September 10, 2012

Bangor members recently reactivated
In Vermont
I am in Essex, Vermont, now and my whole world has been turned around - not upside down or turned-over, but rather just that everything here (the culture of people, pace of the work, missionaries, and all the land) is just so different from anything I have been used to. It's really difficult to have to readapt to this big of a change, but I'm working on things. My companion's name is Elder Weaver; he is from West Haven, Utah. This week together has been interesting because he was with his last companion for the last 3 transfers and he has been here as a Zone Leader that whole time, plus he has been in Vermont for 13 of his 18 months so far. I am very different from his last companion and I work quite differently with a different mindset, pace, and plan for this work/people, so that has been pretty tough for us to adjust to and see where to compromise and agree. I'm focusing on being more humble to watching how things work/have worked, and then making sure my offered suggestions do not come across as demands. :)
Ava Weaver and her friend
Our convert's baptism went great!  Everything went smoothly - a member did the ordinance and it was a very sweet service with our ward mission leader's wife playing violin during the waiting period. It was just so great to be a part of this convert's decision to follow Christ through the rest of her life, and to see her start her journey towards eternal blessings with such confidence and enthusiasm. Also, I missed another convert's baptism and confirmation this last weekend due to the move, but I heard it went great and I hope to get pics sometime; it sure is amazing to see that she was able to finally come to know of the truth even so late in life. At 85 years old, she chose to covenant with God and follow Christ; I look forward to the day where she can reach her ultimate goal of being sealed to her deceased husband, and hopefully set an example for her children that will help them desire to do the same.
Ward Msn Ldr Wilkerson Family
Well things here are moving along, I'm still adjusting and just trying to see how/where I fit in here, but I look forward to sharing more miracles with you next week, along with the progress of an investigator who will be baptized September 29th! :)

Elder Dustin Carr

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