Elder Josh Garff

Monday, October 17, 2016

This Week Was Really a Pain in the Neck!

Josh and Elder Piazza with their Tahitian Drums
Hey Everyone,

This week certainly was a fun week... As a result of the hike we did last week, my neck was badly sunburned and was stiff because the sunburn held it there for 3 days. So fun doing contacting and lessons like that!
Sunscreen.  Sunscreen, Sunscreen.
Other than that, it was a good week. The highlight would have to be the Relief Society Activity. We played the Tahitian drums for the Branch of Vaiaau and it was fun! We watched a dance, listened to songs, and saw a parade for each of the wards/branches, which was awesome!

For a more formal note, we had several great things happen this week, and a lot of progression. I'll say more in the weeks to come, but it is amazing to see the great miracles come to pass through the little miracles. Alma 37: 6-7.

Lastly, Elder Piazza and I are staying together another transfer! We got the calls a week early, and found that we will be losing 4 sisters :( But, they will be replaced by 4 other sisters, so we still have the Relief Society! It will be the first time that I will have stayed with a companion for 4.5 months and it will be great! I am excited to see the results this transfer! 
Le'a is one of their investigators.  She is awesome and should be getting baptized soon.

Funny Moment: We were teaching a 13 year old boy named Gustave about the law of chastity. We told him that homosexual relationships were not good for Heavenly Father and right after, he started laughing uncontrollably and said he wasn't MaHU! It is now a joke between us as missionaries ha ha ha!

Culture Shock: I was about to tell all of you to make sure to wear suncreen, but, I realized that in Utah there will be snow soon... So that was a bit of a culture change!

Spiritual Thought: This week, due to the sunburn and stiff neck, I thought a lot about a common word in the scriptures "stiff-necked". After being through a week of "stiff-neckedness", I realized how wise this counsel was. If we are too prideful for the commandments of God or if we are too set in our ways, we are only hurting ourselves. As we keep the commandments and as we become less "stiff-necked", we free ourselves and all pain associated with our pride goes away. My challenge to you all is to obey the commandments of God. This will not only help you avoid being stiff-necked (a perfect sunscreen), but will also help you loose your "stiff-neckedness".

I hope all is going well in Utah! Go Utes!

Elder Garff 

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