Happy Birthday!

Dear Family,

Well this week was a pretty good week! We were super busy with President and Sister Adams the whole time. We traveled all over the country interviewing missionaries and have a couple more days of it this coming week. It is pretty cool getting to spend a lot of time with the mission president. I have learned a ton from all three that I have had.

Although we didn’t get to spend hardly any time in our area this week, we had a cool miracle happen of having 10 investigators at church. Our ward mission leader played a pretty big role in that. He even went out and visited some of our investigators by himself for us while we were gone. He is the definition of fulfilling your calling. He goes above and beyond and has made our life a ton easier. He even planned a surprise birthday party with Elder Lopez for me. On my birthday, we went over to have a correlation meeting with him, and when I walked into his house, my converts from this area and some of our investigators jumped out and yelled happy birthday. Elder Lopez and our ward mission leader planned it all out and I had no idea about it until the moment that I saw balloons and heard everyone yell happy birthday. It was really cool to get to celebrate with converts and even a few really positive investigators.

I also got to spend a lot of time with President and Sister Adams on my birthday since we were doing interviews. They were super nice and got me a nice shirt, some ties, and some socks for my birthday as well. While we were doing interviews, my companion came in behind me and tied his tie around my eyes and they brought out a cake then as well. They sang happy birthday and then Elder Lopez happily shoved my face into the cake! Haha it was pretty funny. I got him back pretty good while we were taking pictures though.

I am extremely grateful for all the things that family, missionaries, members, investigators, and mission president did for my birthday, but I think the best part of having a birthday in the mission is that you are more concerned about the spiritual well being of others than the fact that it is your birthday. The mission has really taught me to focus on others and not so much on myself. I feel like that has made me happier than I have ever been before in life. It really is true that when we lose ourselves in the gospel is when we find ourselves. I definitely have figured a lot more out of who I really am in the mission field. I am excited to continue serving the Lord and give everything I’ve got in the mission. I hope you all had a great week! Love you!

Love,

Elder Black

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