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Mesquite Nevada Stakes

Elder Tauaimalo Fiso

The Sandhills


Hey everyone! Hope y'all are doing well. It's been a great week. We had transfers and I am now in Gordon, Nebraska!! My new companion is Elder Kinikni. He's a funny dude and is the LIFE of the party. He's Tongan and supposed to go to Tonga, too for his original assignment. Anyways back to Gordon, it's a tiny, tiny town of about 1,800 people right on the border of South Dakota and Nebraska. I thought Mesquite was small but then there's Gordon and another town right outside of Gordon that's called Clinton that has only 33 people. It's crazy. The awesome thing about small towns is that everyone is so nice! You wave and they wave back. You can start a conversation with random people and go off for like half an hour(great contacting). The people in Gordon are so nice and I'm glad to be here!

Out here in Gordon there are three sets of missionaries: a set of sisters, elders, and some ranch elders. The ranch elders are basically service missionaries that help out on some of the ranches here in the Dakotas. Elder Kinikini and I are mainly the proselyting (regular missionary work like finding people and teaching lessons) elders, but every once in a while, we'll go down and help at a ranch with the other elders. It is definitely a lot of fun! On Friday, all we really did was help clean out some huge sheds and barns but come spring and summer time, there will be a lot more fun stuff to do:).

On Sunday, we met the new branch president, President Redman, and we just got to know each other and told him about the area. He then asked me and Elder Kinikini to speak in sacrament probably 20 minutes before the meeting. Usually I would be nervous as heck, but I felt pretty good about speaking (and I'm not the greatest speaker by far). I talked about prayer, it's importance, and how it has changed my life. Whenever I think of prayer, I think of my dad. Prayer was a priority for him. I would always catch him on his knees before going to work or going to bed. He's the greatest example of prayer in my life and I'm forever grateful to call him dad. Prayer is definitely a blessing, a way for us to communicate with God. I challenge you all this week (I will try as well) to make Prayer a Priority. Take about a minute or two to have a conversation with your Heavenly Father. Give gratitude and ask SPECIFICALLY for things you stand in need of. I promise you that as you do, your life will be filled with peace and you will begin to notice all the blessings, even the small ones, God had given you.

"Oh, how praying rests the weary! Prayer will change the night to day. So, when life gets dark and dreary, don't forget to pray."

Ou te alofa tele atu ia outou uma,

Elder Fiso

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