Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Glendale Week 43 *June 9, 2014

Hey, how are you!

This week went by really fast because of transfers. They always do. We
don't find out Until Tuesday afternoon what is going to happen to us
so the waiting is the worst part! It's antagonizing. We were sitting
around debating on whether or not to go shopping because if I'm
getting transferred I don't want to have to cart around groceries
haha. Elder Thompson was going around saying how his fate was sealed
and how he would stay but it was up in the air as to what would happen
to the rest of us. We all laughed and continued to wait. Then it
happened, the text came. And guess what! Only Elder Thompson was
getting transferred! He was blown away. The next while consisted of
packing and reminiscing of all the good times. He was hoping to get
out of this dang heat but secretly I did to want him too. Because I
had to stay and endure, so should he. haha.

On Wednesday we had the actual transfers. Elder Thompson got called up
North. Again! To serve in Cottonwood. That lucky duck! My new companion
is Elder Bradley Lewis from Columbus Georgia. He is an amazing
missionary. He has come out on his missions a little later in life but
that has made such a difference. He has a drive like I have never seen
and he is so excited about the work. Everyday is a pleasure and a new
adventure with him. I am constantly laughing my head off and having a
blast. The work will move forward swiftly here in this ward. I am so

One thing that I have been struggling with ever since I stepped foot
off the plane is talking with everyone in the streets as we ride to
and from appointments. I've tried to be better but it's hard if you're the
only one doing it. But elder Lewis is determined to do it. He is
always looking for ways to introduce the gospel and he looks to me to
follow him and at times lead. It is amazing the amount of success that
we have been able to see just by doing this. There was this one lady
name Hermie that was doing some yard work. We asked if we could help
and she said no. But elder Lewis was persistent to share with her the
blessings of the gospel. We started talking about her family and found
out her husband had passed away. I took out a plan of salvation
pamphlet and testified of it to her. She was so impressed. She asked
if we had a Book of Mormon. We said we had one but we would only give
it to her if we could explain it. She gave us five minutes of her time
but as we started to read and feel the spirit that turned into twenty
five minutes. It was amazing. I could not stop smiling. It was so much
fun. I haven't felt this way for a long time. I am smiling even as I
write this email to you now. That is how powerful the spirit is as we
do the work of our Lord.

Brother Fullmer has gone to Maine to visit his son so we have the house
to ourselves. Man it is so apparent just how much he does for us. He
is so good to us. I am so excited to see how this work starts to move.
We are in finding mode and I know The Lord will see our efforts and
double them. He will give us the opportunity to teach because He knows
we really want it. I just have to keep up the faith and the effort of
finding all that I can. I love you all. Keep up the great work and
keep moving forward. Never give up hope. There is light at the end of
the tunnel and a Savior there to help us along.

Love Elder Cole Safford

last pic with Elder Thompson

Sister missionaries and me and Elder Lewis

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