Elder Josh Garff

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week 8 MTC "A Rohi" and Au Revoir Elder Kimball and Elder Arne

Hey everyone!

This week was by far the strangest week that we have had in the MTC. We had one member of our district, Sister Thornock, get her mission reassigned due to medical reasons and she is now in Las Vegas! So, hopefully she'll have an awesome mission in Vegas and use the Tahitian that she learned in the MTC! The Lord knows what He's doing, so though it was hard to say good-bye to her, especially since she was fluent in French and helping me out a lot, but Las Vegas is where she needs to be! Our roomates, Elder Kimball and Elder Arne moved out this week, they're going to France! They got here earlier than we did and they're leaving before us too!
On some happy notes for the week, we sang for the whole MTC last Sunday at the devotional that we had! We sang an old Tahitian hymn, "A Rohi" and it was awesome! There were 12 of us and we had a mix of Bass, Tenor, Alto, and Soprano arranged by ourselves, it was pretty legit! I also saw Elder Devashrayee this week! He and I grew up as neighborhood/sport friends and it is awesome to see him here! He's here for 9 weeks and he is my classroom neighbor here! It'll be awesome to have another one of my best friends in the MTC! It's been awesome to see Sister Jones, Elder Smith-Driggs, Elder Devashrayee, and I'm excited to greet everyone else who is coming soon!

Overall, this was an extremely crazy week with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows while I have been on my mission. The thing that I have learned however is that no matter what stage we are in, whether feeling good or awful, we always need to remember our God, remember to pray to Him, and remember to read our scriptures every day. The days can really drown out perspective, but if we can keep a long term perspective on everything and do the things that will help us in the long run, which may not necessarily be the things that we like in the short run, we will be ultimately so much happier than we would have been had we not chosen God ahead of ourselves.

Elder Garff

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