So, I read a lot from you that you want to know what things I do as an assistant. Well, we have to do some work on the computer and make sure all the information that we have on the missionaries is correct (Area, companions, cars, . . .) It's not the most exciting part, but I like to do that kind of stuff. We do some training at MLC (usually an EDPEP: Explain, Demonstrate, Practice, Evaluate, Re-practice). We help President and Sister Felix plan it out, type up the agendas, and help the office staff with whatever they need. They are a lot of fun and I have really liked getting to know them better.
I will be going on an exchange with Elder Gibb starting tomorrow. He is a Zone Leader up in SLO ( he replaced me). They, Elder Haines and Elder Gibb, will be coming down for MLC tomorrow, so we just do the exchange after that. I will be staying in Ventura. I am going to have to know this area and the people! It is usually moments like this, when you have to put more trust/faith in God, that you see miracles. Yeah, we go on exchanges with all the Zone Leaders.
We don't have a free day this whole transfer. Each day we have a training, exchange, district meeting, Zone meeting, or weekly planning or devotional! We are packed! This month I should be able to go to the temple because it is the month of my birthday, but we'll see if I make it. . .
The weather here is perfect every day. 70 degrees with a 5 mph breeze and a few clouds. They say that this year will be El Nino. As far as I know, that means we are supposed to have a lot of rain and storms/flooding, but lately it's been pretty dry.
I want to share something that Sister Bramwell (Bishop's wife) said in her talk at Stake Conference. She asked us if we had noticed that all the parts of the "armor of God" are defensive except for the Sword of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:11-17 In essence, our words are our only weapon (Alma 31:5, Helaman 3:29-30)
I knew that my 20th birthday was coming up, but I hadn't really counted the weeks/days. Wow! Elder Ruby will be 20 on December 7th! I can't believe it! I realized that if all my children go on missions, they will turn 20 while serving their Heavenly Father. December 7th is a Monday, so I will get to email him on his birthday! One of the tender mercies of the Lord.
I love all of you and look forward to Christmas call-ins!