Tuesday, May 11, 2010

first day as AP

Hey guys,
Well, i made it to Utica...i got here about 5 hours ago and now I'm here in the office with Elder Fullmer, and we have had a crazy day already. The life of an assistant to the president is yet to be defined.... i will let you know when i find a good way to articulate what i'm feeling. We were scheduled to pick up the new missionaries from the Syracuse airport at 2:00. We got to the airport to find out that their flight has been cancelled due to technical difficulties. Then President Bulloch was in contact with Salt Lake for about an hour trying to figure out when they could possibly arrive. Turns out they are going to stay the night in Detroit and will fly and arrive here at 9am tomorrow.... So we came straight back to Utica. In the car to and from Syracuse we have been talking about so much that has to happen in the next couple weeks. It's so different being in such a close proximity with President Bulloch... it's only been a few hours and i feel like i have already learned so much. I cannot believe how much trust he puts in me as one of his assistants. He will talk plainly and straight-forward about missionaries and problems in the mission. President Bulloch literally looks to us for answers and solutions. I am just trying to take this all in.... but it gets more and more exciting as the time goes by. I am really anxious to see what will happen within the next few months of my life.
I love you guys, i enjoyed talking to all of you!
Here is the email that President Bulloch wrote to us this week, i really liked it and i thought you guys would enjoy it because it doesnt only apply to missionaries. enjoy!
May 10, 2010
Dear Elders and Sisters,
       I hope there is a sense of optimism about the new transfer.  The Oxford English Dictionary defines optimism as having "hopefulness and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something; a tendency to take a favorable or hopeful view." The word is originally derived from the Latin optimum, meaning "best." Being optimistic, in the typical sense of the world, ultimately means one expects the best possible outcome from any given situation.  To me optimism is captured best in the gospel principle of hope. Hope gives an assurance that “the desired blessing will be fulfilled in the future…” (PMG, 117)  On the other hand, pessimism is the tendency to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad or undesirable outcomes, results, conditions, or problems (see Wikipedia Encyclopedia).  The most common metaphor to illustrate the difference between the optimism and pessimism is the one that asks if we view a glass of water as half full or half empty.  I hope you have learned that how we view things has a dramatic effect on our attitude.  And our attitude has a dramatic effect on our happiness. 
       One of the great lessons of this life is that happiness is not the absence of difficulty, but the ability to see difficulty in the context of the gospel plan, and deal with it in a positive way.  “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.  If not so… righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither… happiness” (2 Nephi 2:11).  Opposition and difficulty are necessary elements of truly understanding and enjoying happiness.  If my happiness is totally dictated by the circumstances and conditions around me, my happiness will in large measure be out of my control.  When I understand that lasting joy and happiness are fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), I will find happiness in doing things that invite the Spirit.  Have you noticed that it is very difficult to be pessimistic and happy at the same time?  It is like trying to be happy and angry at the same time.  It just doesn’t work.  On the other hand, have you noticed how things change when we have an optimistic view?  When we look at the bright side it invites light into our lives.  As we learn to “submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord” (Mosiah 24:15) we will learn to find peace and hope, even in difficult situations.  Hope and peace create an optimistic view that invites greater happiness.  I invite each of you to look for the good in your life.  No matter how difficult things may seem, I guarantee you it would not take me five seconds to find someone you would not want to trade places with.  Life is good—enjoy it!
       May Lord bless and guide you always,
       President Bulloch

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