Turning 21

Well, i am apparently 21 now. Still feel like a boy, not sure when this whole thing of feeling like an adult is going to kick in, probably not for a while. President Omer tried to convince my companion and i that we are men, but…ya no.
Well, how can i begin to describe my last few weeks. Its been quite hectic and because we focused alot on our investigators and areas in the beginning of the transfer, we had/have alot of administrative business that we had been putting off that came back to haunt us. Things like baptism records, exchanges in different areas, conducting a few meetings and filling out all kinds of Key Indicator statistics.
Although the work as been more of service to the church lately, each morning as i have knelt and prayed to understand more of the Atonement and of the mission of the Savior Jesus Christ, then opened my scriptures to learn through the prophets words, i have been feeling nourished and uplifted. There is just something about the Book of Mormon that has been helping me get answers to my prayers. Missionary life is like a roller coaster, some weeks we are full of energy and of the spirit, and others we find ourselves low and dispondent, a bit our of focus. It just happens. Here are a few of the scriptures that really stood out to me this week that gave me answers to my prayers.
2 And they had aviewed themselves in their own bcarnal state, even cless than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the datoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be epurified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who fcreated heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.

 3 And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a aremission of their sins, and having peace ofbconscience, because of the exceeding cfaith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come, according to the dwords which king Benjamin had spoken unto them.


33 But if ye will aturn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all bdiligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.

So, the bottom line is that these last few weeks i have taken alot of comfort as i have acted on the Lords promptings. Its pretty clear what he wants me to do so that i can grow, its become rather simple to know what he wants me to do next, just doing it is the humbling bit.

I have been having the time of my life with Elder Bodily by the way, we get along great. I have him a pretty lekker hair cut last night not gonna lie, i have gotten pretty good. So, its been fun to have a friend in my companion and we had a great birthday week. The things we did were made so awesome because of how excited we were and how much fun we have as a companionship. I swear i was like a little kid going into Kruger, literally singing the Jurassic Park theme song for the first 15 k’s or so. It was a party. I gained some perspective through Gods Window the day after, that was legendary. It was a good time.

Family, i love ya! Check out the dropbox for pictures of our adventure. Like i said, it may not look too amazing to you, but i thought it was the most fun.

Elder Elliott




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One comment on “Turning 21
  1. Douglas Smith says:

    Hi Elder Elliott,
    I enjoyed reading your letter and looking at the pics.. Looks like things are going well for you. Well, here is my input in regards to you becoming a man at 21. I think that 21 is just a number. I have seen many people who act like adults when they are 21 and some who don’t ack like adults until they are much much older.
    When Grami and I were 21, we already had 3 children. We had to grow up fast, however I had to act like an adult when I was 17 because I was working full time with adults. But, the operative word is ACT! I didn’t really feel like an adult until I was 23 when we started to be active in the Church. So Austin, I considered you an adult when you left on your Mission. You knew what you wanted you knew who you were and you chose to spend two years out of your life serving others! Kids don’t do that, adults do! Not all Missionaries are adults, because some of them just go on their Missions because they feel the pressure from their parents or others to serve. Therefore, they act like kids when they get away from the adult leaders.
    I will say that most of the return Missionaries that I deal with in my Ward, do act like adults. They are response able in their callings, they attend college and they pursue the search for a wife. What I mean by that is this; they don’t just “hang out” like kids. They actually date young women who are strong members of the Church. If or when they see that she is not equally yoked with him spiritually, they politely move on to someone else. They are adults and they know that they should have a degree and they should be married. Not that I am saying that they need to rush into marriage with the wrong person, however, if they are not dating the right person to marry, then they move on.
    Well Austin, you have some time before you are back home being concerned with college or Marriage. Enjoy the rest of your Mission, keep working hard for The Lord, be obedient at all times.
    Love you, Papa

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