Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Biggest Surprise of My Life - Letter to Mom - 21 September, 2015

Dear Mom,

Well, this is going to be a crazy email. So, uh, buckle up and have fun!!

Let's start off with the stake blitz. This has been over a month in the making, and it was super good. We wanted to have a blitz completely centered on the Book of Mormon, so we invited President Wada to come and to give a training to both of the zones in the Musashino stake and then we would go and try to give out as many copies of the Book of Mormon as possible. It was so fun. President Wada came and talked about a lot of good things, focusing a lot on helping people overcome the problem of opposed parents/spouses. It was super good, and something that we have trying to work on a lot with the people that are getting close to baptism here. We then went out and we had three blitzes. It was great. A blitz is where you go on two or three splits for about an hour each, and just learn lots of different teaching and finding styles. It was really good, and super fun. I am so glad that we did it. We, in the end, handed out 71 copies of the Book of Mormon and got to talk to over 200 people. It was so great. I loved it. I love talking to people on the street and seeing the different personalities that everybody has. It was a great blitz, and I learned a lot.

That brings us to Saturday. I am going to title Saturday the most incredibly surprising day of my life. So, we went to go to Fuchu District meeting, and it went as good as usual, but there was something special that everyone was waiting for. It was......

Transfer Calls!!!

So, here is the deal. I am transferring! I am going to Kanagawa. Now, if you look that up you are going to find that it is not only a prefecture, but also a city, I believe. I will be living close to the station called, Higashihakuraku or 東白楽 in Japanese. I am super excited. If you notice, it is about two stations away from Yokohama. I am so stoked for that! I love that. I love Yokohama so much. It is really what I call home in Japan. I don't know why! haha I didn't even live that close to it before in Hodogaya, but it just feels like my home. But, then there was a shocker in the call too.

Elder Driscoll is tranferring.

So, let me explain. There is something called white washing. That is when both of the people in a companionship get transferred. Usually it is because people are not communicating with President Wada, they are disobedient, or the area is dead and not doing anything.

We sent emails every week. We were obedient. Our area was the busiest area in the entire mission (by far).

So, what happened? We were so confused. I just saw all of our work, all of the things that we had built in our area, start to fall apart. I came super close to crying in district meeting. I didn't know what to do. What was going to happen to the people that we were meeting with? Were they going to be okay? How would they transition so suddenly? How was the ward going to take it? It was a really hard moment. Interestingly enough, just before opening the email that had the call, I felt super good about the coming transfer and the Holy Ghost really confirmed to me that it was going to work out. So, I just decided to trust. We called President and found out that he just felt the zone leaders needed to switch areas back to Kunitachi where they were before, and so he was whitewashing. It didn't have to do with us being bad or disobedient, or our area or anything. He told us the missionaries that were coming in and I was thrilled to learn who they were. They are absolutely incredible missionaries and I am so excited to work with them in transferring all of the people over to them. I
know that the Lord provides a way for everything to be okay, even when it feels or seems like our world is falling apart. Don't worry if hard things happen. The Lord is in charge. I love you so much, and I pray for you.

Speaking of you, how are you feeling? I am sad that Quinci is still sick, but I know that the Lord will help her in His own timing. Trust Him. I can never say that enough. Trust the Lord. I know that all things are in His hands. I love you and I thank you for all that you have done for me. You have changed my life over and over and over again!! Talk to you in 96 days, mom!! ;D haha

Love, Elder Livingston

P.S. I will send those letters soon!!

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