Thursday, August 25, 2016

What Lack I Yet?

For some reason I always felt like you were going to be a seminary teacher. [Editor's note: That's my new calling/responsibility at church--an early morning bible study.] Just to let you know maybe 3 or 4 of my companions came on a mission because they had a good early morning (not from utah) seminary teacher. So if it ever gets hard, just remember that the one or two people that are listening are going to be very thankful and tell their future mission companions about you.

I have been thinking about what I want to major in my whole mission. With Elder Cook in two of my areas, I decided that I want to own my own business and that college is going to be just for what I want to learn. I have been pretty drawn to Economics for a while. Even when I tried to pretend to understand that Austrian theory economics book, I still wanted to learn more about economics. Then when I took the Econ class at BYU (even though I got a C, all of my test grades were pretty high) I thought the class was super interesting. So I think I'm going to do Economics when I get back. I haven't gotten a chance to really talk to Elder Spencer about it, but I think it will probably just seal that desire. I also read in my patriarchal blessing about it a lot.

I talked to President Christensen in my interview yesterday about what he feels like the direction of this area needs to be. Since there are so many internal problems, he wants us to focus on helping the members to trust the district leadership and help them love Elder Spencer. It's been interesting to meet with a lot of the local leadership here and how almost all of them have very little trust in the church. It's not discouraging--just a little shocking. 

This week I get to apply a lot of the teachings that Pres Christensen helped me with in his interview. I got to tell him some of my concerns, and he helped me to figure out how to solve them. He recommended that I apply the "What Lack I Yet?" talk to kind of help with some of the complacency that always makes its way into older missionaries lives. I will follow that counsel this week and figure out what it is that I lack. 

Yes, the KC accent is pretty easy to pick out and Elder Khiev sometimes gets laughed at when he says stuff that's pretty blatantly "accented," so I'm working on getting all those into my vocabulary. My language goals for the rest of my mission are basically to just be more and more fluent every week. 

Sorry this is all I have this week. 

Elder Hall

Sofie: Have you seen any monkeys lately?
Wyatt: Yeah. Sometimes when I go to hills on pday I see monkeys. But they are scary. I don't like monkeys. Sometimes people train them to steal stuff like in Aladdin. I've never gotten anything more than a shoe stolen, but sometimes people get their phones stolen.

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