Well, it is certainly not everyday that you sit down to watch General Conference and then learn that major changes will be taking place in the mission you are serving in! We love President and Sister Clayton. We were surprised to hear his name called during theafternoon session of General Conference! But, we know that the Lord has great things in store and that President and Sister Clayton will be a wonderful tool in the Lord's hands and will be used to bless the lives of many in the following years. I am grateful for their examples and am excited to continue to learn from them! :) They will be with us until . I will be able to spend 1 transfer with our new mission president and wife before leaving the mission. (That also means the soon to be Elder Robison will be coming out under the new mission president! It will be exciting to follow the mission!)
This week has been good! We are continuing to work hard and to help others to come unto Christ! I love Napanee and the surrounding areas! The Lord is preparing the way and helping us to find those who are ready that He is already working with!
As always, we LOVED General Conference! We watched it at the small Napanee Chapel with a few other members off a projector. I personally loved President Eyring's talk. I loved his focus on Christ. How this is Christ's conference. These are men called to do His work. This is His gospel! I think sometimes, it is easy to forget that and get caught up in the little details. But, ultimately, everything we do in the church is to help draw us closer to Him and our Heavenly Father! I loved it! It was just what I needed to hear and be reminded of this week! :) I also loved Elder Holland's talk and Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson's! I am excited to read and re-read these talks throughout the next 6 months! General Conference is amazing. I am grateful the Lord loves us and blesses us with inspired leaders to help us come unto Him! :)
Exciting updates in Napanee! We are currently experiencing an Arctic Vortex!! Ah! Jokes. Sounds a lot scarier than it actually is. But, there is once again some snow on the ground.. :) We love the random Canadian Winters!
Mike and Tiffany have a date for baptism!. The word of wisdom is their only hang up. We are excited to keep working with them and help them overcome these things and strengthen their faith in Christ!
Roger, our 77 year old Catholic investigator is living the word of wisdom! He joined us for General Conference all day yesterday! There are so many talks that were just perfect for him! One of the things that peaks his interest the most is the temple, sacrament, and Holy Ghost. There were so many talks directed towards these specific things! We believe he knows it is true. :) At this point there are just some social concerns in his way.
One day this week we were out in the northern part of our area and, through a non-member referral, were able to find this super sweet young mom that is interested in listening to what we have to say! The added bonus is that her and her family already drive all the way into to Napanee to go to church there. We are super excited to back and start working with her and her family!
God is so good. Sister Thomas and I have both gained a huge testimony of fasting this transfer. God is leading us to young families who are open to listening to the gospel and learning. The branch is so in need of young families! We are excited to continue to seek out those who will help to build the area up! It has truly been a miracle transfer and we are excited to finish it off strong! :)
Remember that God loves you! Your Savior loves you! They are really there! They love you and want to hear from you often! Draw closer to Christ, and He will draw closer to you!
I love you and hope you know that you mean the world to me! Have a wonderful week and always remember to Choose The Right! :)
Thought you might love to read our Mission President's email! We love the Clayton's so so much! When we first heard the news all we wanted to do was cry... haha! But, it will be good. They are going to bless so many lives as they continue to do the work of the Lord! :)
April 4, 2016
DEAR ELDERS AND SISTERS,
The Lord blessed the mission with several baptisms with many more scheduled for the next weeks. The Lord is working in his vineyard and we are here to teach repentance and baptize converts.
This particular conference was a sentinel experience for Sister Clayton and me. We received the call to serve as a general authority seventy on . We couldn’t talk about it to anyone including our children until after the afternoon session of conference. If you were surprised, just know that we were also. I am grateful that the Lord would allow me the sweet privilege of serving Him in this new call. Sister Clayton and I are particularly grateful that we will be able to continue to work in the wonderful Canada Toronto Mission until July when President and Sister Shields come to lead our mighty mission.
FROM SISTER CLAYTON:
To our dear, dear missionaries!
President Clayton and I are so grateful for you! You fill our hearts and our spirits! I am so grateful so know you all! I wanted to add my little paragraph here to tell you how much we love you and how you will be in our hearts forever. We look forward to the coming interviews when we can sit down with each of you.
We miss you down here in Salt Lake! We can't wait to get back to you!
We love you!