Don't just fulfill your calling. Find other things to do to fill extra hours:
•Get to know & love the members. Be a friend to them.
•Look for service projects you can work together on with members
•Gain the respect of local leadership
•Use the handbook
•When they love & trust you they'll accept your counsel
•They'll need simple teaching techniques
•Magnify your calling
•Be involved in helping young missionaries
•Accept extra assignments
•Support EVERY baptism
Think outside the box:
•Make friends everywhere you go
•Get involved with those around you
•Get them to teach you their ways
•Appreciate local attractions
•Go with new friends to see & do things
•Always look for the good
What are your resources & skills?
Are there needs I can fulfill?
Do I have talents/skills to share?
Get involved in the community
Look for ways to interact with others
•Small acts of service
•Neighborhood get togethers
•Service with other churches or organizations
•Health improvement or a health club
•Volunteer at schools
•Become a resident. Mentally move there
•Make it your home
•Use resources to fulfill your purposes
•Keep in touch with people after returning home
•Read promises in your mission call
This is painted on a building in Marksville.
Unfortunately it isn't going to show up the way I'd hoped, but it says:"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects that which never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson
What I love about this, in addition to the quote itself, is that it depicts, in small ways, much of this area--especially the cypress trees, water & little wooden boats.