I hope you are all enjoying summer and the nice weather that it brings! I don’t know too much what the weather has been like where you live, but here it has been fantastic. Its been perfect for about 2 straight weeks now. I love it. This week has been a bit different in that it was a transfer week. I am still in Liverpool, but I got a new companion! Elder Ford from West Jordan, Utah. He is a 6’4, 220 pound man with a deep voice and a hard personality. He loves working hard, seeing results, and moving on. He loves getting dirty and won’t hesitate to smash whatever he doesn’t like. He doesn’t smile. He doesn’t laugh. Only works. He loves being real. He loves playing basketball and baseball. He loves being a man. Did I paint the picture good enough? I sure hope so. But of course anyone who knows me knows that I tend to over do it. So take probably half of what you imagine away and that is him. Ha honestly though he is great. We are going to have a fun transfer working together in Liverpool.
I will get the big news out of the way. So here in England there is going to be a church pageant soon. It is a big deal because it will be the first one EVER outside of America. And it is going to be in our mission boundaries. It is going to be the biggest missionary event EVER in the UK. It will be huge. I’ll talk more about that next week. But because of this, over the 10 day period that the pageant is being run, 8 of the Quorum of the Twelve will be coming. What’s even better, is that on the 8th of August, we will be having a full mission conference. This conference with all 200 missionaries will include Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve, and Elder Evans and Elder Kearon of the Seventy. What a priviledge! These four might disciples to visit this mission! To counsel with us and help us and bless us. I look forward to it!
Recently, I have had the opportunity to speak to a couple other missionaries and have found that we have some talented individuals in our mission! Of the missionaries that I know there is a 1) Former professional snow boarder 2) Professional footballer (soccer) and 3) Semi-professional tennis player. There are others as well. Now I have noticed one thing in common among these great talents. Sad to say, they all had accidents that ended their sports careers. One of them broke his back and the other two broke their legs. Speaking to one of them recently, I asked him why he thinks that that happened to them all. He answered that it was because he needed to be “compelled to be humble.” As a result of these accidents, each of these athletes came on missions and blessed many many lives, including their own. One Book of Mormon prophet explained this cycle well when he said, “And now, as I said unto you, that because ye were compelled to be humble ye were blessed, do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?” (Alma 32:14).
When we begin to forget God and what he has done for us; when we trust in ourselves and our abilities, forgetting where they come from; when we choose to do our own will rather than His; in short, when we allow pride to grow within ourselves, we will be “compelled” into humility. This will happen not to ruin our lives, rather to save them from a later destruction. So just remember, choose to be humble by recognising your realiance of help! By so doing, you will be stronger, not weaker.