Hello Everyone! What a wonderful week to be a missionary! Conference!!
(Apparently I have a blog? Hello!)
This week was rather uneventful this week, for my companion and I at least. We had 11 lessons fall through. Either the person wasn’t there, or they couldn’t meet at that moment. Some of these people were regulars too! Most of the time when someone misses a lesson, it’s their first one. It also sucks when it’s raining and you have the next four hours filled with lessons and they aren’t there. What do you do when a lesson falls through: Finding (aka tracting). So basically it was a lot of knocking on doors this week haha.
Speaking of the rain, apparently there was a storm over here? Hurricane Joaquin? The storm didn’t really effect us here, just a lot of rain. It rained for like three days straight! We were pretty soaked. We were pretty down on our luck, being that it was raining and we were just walking in the rain, and it kind of got to us. We were trying to be 100% obedient and trying to be directed by the Spirit, but nothing was working out! Today, in personal study I was reading a talk given by Elder Bednar from last conference called “Therefore They Hushed Their Fears.” In it, it talks about how we have nothing to fear, and how we need to put our faith in the Lord. He relates a story from Matthew, where the apostles are on a ship in a stormy sea. They are fearing for they’re lives, because of how bad the water was. Then they see a man walking on the water, who says that he is Jesus. He tells them not to be afraid. Peter says, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” Peter then walks on the water toward Christ! Then he gets scared and begins to sink. He calls out and Jesus saves him.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
We need to remember that in our times of fear, like mine, we need to turn towards the Lord. He’s always going to be there for us, and we need to remember that. My companion and I decided to “Ponderize” this scripture this week. If you’re not sure what that means, you need to watch conference! Anyways, we decided that when we are down on our luck again, we are going to turn toward the Lord.
One cool thing that happened this week is that we got to go on exchanges with the zone leaders! We actually get to see the zone leaders a lot, and they are awesome! One of them, Elder Christensen, is from Hurricane. Whenever someone asked where we were from, I would say a small town in Utah and he would say an even smaller town in Utah ha! We had a great time. We tracted a couple neighborhoods, including the ghetto. It’s not really ghetto, it’s just the closest thing we got to it in our area, so we call it that. It’s government housing, but it’s not even that bad. Like, we walk around there at night, and it isn’t scary and actually most of the people like having us around. We met a woman named Caryn last week, and then this week we met her husband, John. They are really nice and we’re going to try to teach them this week. It seems like everyone here has a crazy work schedule, and it’s really hard to find both people home at the same time.
(Another side note, but we’re in the leasing office again. I HAVE to find out where they get their jazz tunes. This band is CRAZY!!)
Another guy we talked to in the ghetto is this black guy named Justin. The first time we met him, he was standing on his porch, smoking a cig. We didn’t really see him, because it was dark, and we were about to knock on his door when he said, “I’m right here, man.” Ha. We proceeded to talk to him about what we do as missionaries and how we have a prophet on the Earth today. He liked how we talked. We started talking life more, and he brought up how everyone was going crazy with the Pope coming around. He said that people were treating the Pope like Jesus! All respect to the Pope, but I’ve got to side with Justin. The Pope is just another man, a holy man at that, but still just a man. We should be putting our faith and worship towards our Father in heaven.
We talked to Justin again the other day, and he was glad to see us! He enjoys talking to us. We were talking about football, the weather, and about our church. He thought it was crazy that I was only 18, and on a mission for my church. I told him it was because I believed so much that my church was true, that I gave two years of my life to the Lord. I encouraged him to read what we left him with last time, and he said that we could stop by anytime we’re in the area.
Remember the words that the leaders of our church left us with in this past conference. I’d invite all of you to rematch or reread your favorite talks and take to heart the words that they spoke. Also, what a blessing it is to have three new apostles!
Remember who you are, and keep being yourself. I’d encourage you guys to be genuine at all costs. I love all of you and keep you in my prayers! The church is true!!!
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