Monday, December 31, 2012

"We always manage to have fun times here in the mission."
Dec 31, 2012

Set Goals for this New Year

I'd like to start off this week with the message from my mission president, which I thought was very inspirational for a new year:

Merry Christmas!
"What will you resolve to do in the coming year? Setting New Year’s resolutions can be a tradition that fades in a few days or it can be a mindset to change our lives ... it is all about mindset. It wasn’t too long ago, in 1996, when President Hinckley set a goal to have 100 temples by the end of the year 2000. Others felt it couldn’t be done. Guess what? It was done by the end of the year 2000. Now there are 197 temples throughout the world. President Hinckley understood the principle of goal setting.
To accomplish a goal several things must be in place. First, you must write it down. A goal unwritten is just a dream. Second, you must discover and write down all your resources to accomplish your goal. The Savior said, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, this man began to build, and was not able to finish.” (Luke 14:28-30) Third, you must make a plan to accomplish your goal. Care must be taken not to become distracted. You may mistakenly think because your plan yields success, but does not accomplish your goal, that you have been successful. Fourth, you must execute your plan. If you plant and plant and never reap your crop, your work will be in vain. Fifth, you must evaluate to see if your plan accomplished your goal."
Set those goals, follow through! It can change your life! As missionaries we set goals every day, and I can tell you that they do drive us to do much more than a day lacking goals.
Christmas was quiet and nice here in Utah. We spent the whole day inside, with our Landlady who is 90 and didn't have any family to visit her so we stayed with her. It was great to Skype the family! They all look the same except my 15 year old sister Christie. She's growing up in a most rapid manner!

This week we had a very hard week after Christmas. We had a baptism all set up for Saturday night. The program was made, the chairs were set, the font was filled, but Satan was working very hard. This lady, Nora, was very nervous about her baptism, but she was definitely ready. Her mother, however, convinced her that she shouldn't be baptized. As a result, we had to drain the font and head out. We didn't find any new investigators this week, and we lost about 6 of our old investigators. We're still chugging along though, we have the change to bring a girl named Amollia to the waters of baptism on the 12th of Janurary, and she's solid for that date! There are bright things ahead and we're still pushing on!
Though our area didn't have any baptisms, I got to go back to Sandy to see the baptism of an old investigator who I taught with Elder Gomez. The baptism was very simple and nice, and the family was very happy. I was so happy to see my old area, and all the wonderful people there. The Gospel is true anyway we go!
We had some great times with the ice outside, we always manage to have fun times here in the mission!
Elder Allen
We heard from Dallin H. Oaks on Christmas Eve. It was a short a simple talk about Christmas, but all 200 of us missionaries got to shake his hand! He's an amazing person! We heard musical performances from his children as well. Tonight, New Year’s Eve, we get to hear from D. Todd Christopherson as well! It's quite a treat to be able to meet Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ in person here in Utah!

Not much time today, but have a great New Year’s, set some goals and stick to them! (See above)

-Elder Torboog/Grobot/turbor/Cyborg/whatEverElseHispanicsCallMe- Toborg

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen too many comments and I don't know if it is because they know you don't have time to read them or because most reading your blog also send you emails. So here is my comment - I love your blog. I love reading your stories, your experiences, and most of all your testimony. You are mature way beyond your years and are stalwart in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You are a leader. I thought as I saw the pictures of you on Temple Square for Christmas has special it is to be serving there and to have that opportunity. Not too many missionaries get that. Often times our Senior missionary blogs are about where we've been on our p-day and who we've met (Senior and young missionaries) because we don't have the same missionary experiences of being out among the people 24/7, meeting those whom the Lord has placed in your path who are waiting to hear the Lord's plan of happiness. It is thrilling to read your blog and to feel the missionary spirit and the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Keep up the great work, you are an example to all of us. Uncle & Aunt Flynn