Thursday, September 17, 2015

Busy busy busy!

Well the subject explains why I didn't write last week. Last week was
transfers and I got transferred! I am now living in Elizabeth serving
as Traveling Assistant to the President. My new companion is Elder
Pearson! Whoooohooo!!! My most favorite district leader EVER!! We
served around each other for a while and he was my district leader
when I was in Irvington! Our assignment is to travel around the
mission and train missionaries while going on exchange with them!
Elder Pearson and I are both new to this assignment.. It's never been
an assignment before as far as I know so we are kinda learning as we
go here. We live with the other AP's Elder Garfield and Elder Hicks,
who is also a new AP! So we are all learning from Elder Garfied who is
a Boss and is the youngest in the mission out of all of us! He got
assigned as an AP at 7 months out!
But it's been pretty crazy these past couple of weeks! A big mix of
meetings with President Taggart, working the other AP's area going on
exchanges! Crazy!
It's been a blessing being able to spend time with President and
Sister Taggart! They are such amazing people!  Last Friday we met up
at the mission home and planned for Friday. Our meeting with Elder
Smith the Area Seventy that is visiting our mission and training the
leaders! Super excited about that! President started out our planning
with a segment from the 2015 Mission Presidents Seminar and it was
Elder Holland and Elder Christofferson giving a training called "Doing
the Will of the Father". Soooo Amazing! Thy talked about how the
second coming of Christ will be a lot like in 3 Nephi when he appears
to the Nephites. (3Nephi 11:8-11) Christ says "I have suffered the
will of the Father in all things from the beginning". Of all the
things he could say or all the things that he's known for he says
these words. So we understand that we have agency in this life but
unless we do the will of the Father and are Obedient our life's won't
turn out how we and Heavenly Father want it to be. Our quote of the
month is by Elder Packer “Obedience to God can be the very highest
expression of independence. Just think of giving to him the one thing,
the one gift, that he would never take. Think of giving him the one
thing that he would never wrest from you. . . . Obedience—that which
God will never take by force—he will accept when freely given. And He
will then return to you freedom that you can hardly dream of—the
freedom to feel and to know, the freedom to do, and the freedom to be,
at least a thousand fold more than we [were].” It's amazing what is in
store for us if we are obedient!

This past week we went on two 3-day Exchanges! I went to Patterson
with Elder Johnson and Elder Thomson from Monday to Thursday and then
shot over to Caldwell with Elder Jessop and Elder Brown!
It's been AWESOME to get to know these Elders and see how their areas
are doing! It's such a privilege to be able to get to know so many of
these guys! Beyond excited for these next couple of transfers!

Well again so sorry for the lame short emails but know that I love
this Work! I Wouldn't be anywhere else in the world! Jersey is my

Love you all! Until next week!

-Elder Fotu

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