Week 99 – Happy December!

Hey, Hey, Hey! What is going on everybody?

Things out here in Modesto are going great! We just got our transfer calls last night and I will be headed off to the Almond Grove Ward. Since I only have three weeks left on my mission I am going to be in a trio! My new companion’s name is Elder Gross. He has been on his mission for 12 weeks now and just got done being trained. We will be training a new missionary that is coming in today so it will be fun! Round two of training! I am sad to leave one of my favorite areas that I have served in to go to a new area for only three weeks. It will be a great three weeks though! I have so many great memories in the Riverbank Ward as well as with my companion Elder Silva. We have been together for 6 months now all together and it was great!

I am going to miss all of the wonderful members and friends that I have made in the Riverbank Ward! I am looking forward to coming back and visiting everybody! I am so grateful to have met so many people in that ward who are so kind and always willing to lend a hand. I think the Riverbank Ward is the Celestial Ward, right behind the Alpine 11th Ward! Haha! It is a joke that has been going on throughout the ward. I tell them all Zion is in Utah and they say it is here – just to fill everybody in on the joke!

There were so many different miracles that happened this week and every week! Sometimes you just don’t know where to start. I will share one miracle that happened this week. We were out biking around visiting people. We got a list of people that the ward would like us to go see. We don’t hardly know any of them. All of our plans fell through and we weren’t exactly sure what to do. We went down the list of people and felt prompted that we needed to go and visit this particular sister. She lived fairly close so we stopped by. She opened the door and said hello but said she was super sick so she couldn’t shake our hands. Well, our first instinct was to ask if she would like a blessing. She thought about it then said, “Yes.” We walked in and met her two little daughters who were both super cute. She has a four year old daughter who has down syndrome and a little two year old. They are super cute kids! Before we gave her the blessing she said she had to tell us something. I guess earlier that day she had just lost a child. She was pregnant and had a miscarriage and found out a couple hours before we knocked at her door. We gave her a blessing and after she said she felt so good. Her parents are active up in Sonora but she hasn’t been active in “the longest time.” It truly was amazing. I am grateful for God guiding us and directing us to where we needed to go. I have truly been able to see the Lord’s hand in my life as I have been here on my mission.

The quote for today is from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Hope is never lost!” I know I have talked a lot about hope but that truly is what gets us through things. Having hope and having faith. I know I have had to have a lot of hope and faith throughout my mission. It has paid off. I hope that I can make it to the celestial kingdom! Hope is such a big word. Alma 32:21 is the best way to describe it. Have a wonderful week! We are off to play some pickleball with members in our ward!

Love,
Elder Pope

We ate at a pretty good all-you-can-eat sushi buffet last week! It was pretty good!
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So after district meeting we had the great idea to see how many people Elder Schultz could hold. Elder Silva jumped on then I jumped on top of Elder Silva. They couldn’t catch the picture fast enough so there is a before and after!
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This is how we #LightTheWorld! Haha!
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